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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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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Print Studio Workgroup

Thursday, February 22, 2018

This past Fall, I had the wonderful opportunity to work through the Textile Design Lab’s first “Print Studio Workgroup.” Textile Design Lab members who had a professional online…

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Searching for the “right” way

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

When I share with you that there is an abundance of information in this industry, I am sure you’re not surprised. It’s everywhere and if you like to…

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Setting Boundaries Within Your Design Business

Monday, October 23, 2017

Setting boundaries and following through on those boundaries can be extremely difficult in such a competitive industry. It’s difficult to find clients, so when you do it can…

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Guest Expert Interview: Chris Olson

Monday, October 16, 2017

This month we have the privilege to welcome Chris Olson, experienced surface pattern designer and marketer, to the Textile Design Lab as our guest expert. Chris partners with…

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At Pattern Observer we strive to help you grow your textile design business through our informative articles, interviews, tutorials, workshops and private design community, The Textile Design Lab.