Jane Lewis Textile Scholarship

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

On August 24, 2017 we lost Jane Lewis, one of the most talented and knowledgeable textile designers in the quilting industry. Jane had been battling lung cancer since…

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Pret-a-Mockup by Kevin Brackley

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Textile Design Lab member Kevin Brackley recently released a series of digital product mockups for artists to showcase their amazing artworks. Sold under the brand “Pret-a-Mockup by Kevin…

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Partnership with Blurb

Monday, October 22, 2018

It is with great excitement that we announce our new partnership with Blurb, a self-publishing platform that makes it easy to design, publish, promote, and sell professional-quality printed…

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What Happens When the Art Director Draws a Blank?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Opportunities to design on your own, outside of the direction of a client, art director, or agent, offers a liberating creative experience. We all dream about this type…

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Partnership with Melissa Schulz of Branded Licensing

Monday, August 13, 2018

Life is full of surprises… When I started this blog back in 2010, I had no intention of teaching or mentoring other designers. My parents were both teachers,…

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We Want To Share Your Story

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

We have a number of new readers in the Pattern Observer community so I wanted to repost my call for submissions. If you are a designer, artist or…

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Recharge, Create, and Cultivate Your Creativity

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Creative exploration is an essential component to being a thriving artist. It is through trying new techniques, playing with interesting color combinations, and exploring new motifs that we…

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Surtex Recap

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Last month, Michelle and I had the exciting experience of exhibiting for the first time at Surtex at the Javits Center in New York City. We brought the work of over…

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Exhibiting At Surtex? We Want to Help!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Are you heading to SURTEX this year? We’ll be featuring the work of Surtex exhibitors throughout the month of May and would love to share your story. If…

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Free Live Training: Start Designing Textiles for the Women’s Activewear Market

Monday, March 5, 2018

Join me this Wednesday, March 7th for a FREE live training event! We’ll be discussing the women’s activewear market and how you can start designing for this inspiring…

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