Take the Guesswork Out of

Your Design Process

Learn how to turn your sketches into marketable surface pattern

design collections with the Sellable Sketch process

Discover (or rediscover) your artistic style

Designing without the direction of a client, art director or agent is liberating, but it can also lead to feeling overwhelmed and unproductive. Imagine feeling confident in who you are as an artist and what you should be creating.

Become your best Art Director

We are often our best guide, teacher, and art director. Accepting this on the surface level is easy; however, tapping into this ability is not. Imagine being able to bring a sense of focus to your artistic process by knowing what to design each season and where your work fits in within this vast industry.

What if you were able to create collections that exemplify your style and resonate with buyers?

Starting on May 24, 2021

When I left my corporate job to launch a freelance business I was thrilled. I set my office up, registered my business, and then sat down to design. Whoa! I felt absolutely lost! For years I had been told what to design and I knew the style of prints I was expected to create, but when left on my own I was overwhelmed and unproductive. If my business was going to survive, I knew I needed a change. This is when I developed a system to take the guesswork out of what to design each season.

In the Sellable Sketch, I’m sharing the system I used to bring momentum to my business and work myself out of this design rut. This process brings clarity to the collection development process and designers leave feeling focused, confident, and motivated to get their work out into the marketplace.

I began sharing this system in 2012. Since then, hundreds of designers have been helped. They gained focus, confidence, and motivation to get their work out into the marketplace.

The course is now updated with fresh videos, exercises, and updated perspectives. Something new for everyone—including those who have taken the course previously. Now, I am thrilled to share it with the Textile Design Lab community.


The Sellable Sketch

Through the Sellable Sketch You'll Discover...

A method for discovering (or rediscovering) your artistic style

How to identify the ideal client, agent or market for your artwork

How to bring a fresh look to your artwork without losing your style

Methods for developing eye-catching pattern collections

How to become the Art Director and conduct your own collection reviews

Tips for marketing & presenting your collection

...and more!

It's time to bring clarity and focus to your collection development process

Starting May 24, 2021

The Sellable Sketch is held within the Textile Design Lab membership community and includes...

To register for this members-only course, pay just $49.00/month to start your membership. No commitment. Cancel anytime.

  • Nine video lessons walking you step-by-step through the process of creating an eye-catching surface pattern collection
  • Free access to WGSN for the duration of the course
  • Downloadable worksheets and templates that you can use each season
  • Feedback from a team of experienced instructors
  • Access to a weekly live art critique
  • Free access to ALL Textile Design Lab courses, design tutorials, marketing lessons and design challenges!

Course Schedule

All lessons include closed captioned videos, a design exercise to use immediately, and downloadable resources such as templates, checklists, worksheets.

In Lesson 1, you explore a series of exercises to help you identify your artistic style. This insight will help you to make decisions about who you are as an artist and what you should be creating.

In Lesson 2, you discover how to identify the ideal client, agent or market for your artwork. You'll begin to design in a more focused manner and feel more confident in where your work fits in within this vast industry.

In Lesson 3, you explore methods for bringing a fresh look to your work season after season, keeping buyers engaged and wanting more. Fashion trends and art history resources are discussed.

In Lessons 8 & 9, you create an engaging presentation using your new surface pattern collection and learn how to conduct your own collection reviews. This method will help you to step into the role of your best Art Director.

In Lessons 6 & 7, you create
your eye-catching collection. You'll master a balance between what you naturally create, with new, inspiring influences and industry relationships.

In Lessons 4 & 5, you begin to create the plan for your surface pattern collection. You'll learn what role your main pattern should play and how to brainstorm unique pattern coordinate ideas.


What is the Textile Design Lab? The Lab is a membership community filled with countless textile and surface pattern design courses, tutorials, and design challenges. As a member you have access to all of our resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so you can work through the materials whenever you have time! You can read more about the courses included in our community here.

Will I personally get feedback on my assignments? Yes. Our Textile Design Lab team of experts responds to questions and offers feedback on artwork through our private, online forum. The team checks the forum multiple times a day, Monday-Friday.

Do I need previous pattern design experience? This course is educational and inspiring for those who are new to the industry. If the course feels too advanced you can pause it, explore our other courses, and return when you feel ready!

I'm an advanced designer. What will I learn in this course? This course is also for experienced designers. You’ll learn a unique method for creating fresh collections season after season, while also staying true to your unique style!

Are marketing or repeats covered in this course? No, but these topics are all covered in other Textile Design Lab courses which are FREE with a Textile Design Lab membership.

Am I locked into a long-term contract when I join the Lab? No. All Textile Design Lab memberships are set to automatically renew, but these payments can be cancelled at anytime. Textile Design Lab memberships are non refundable.

Do I need access to Illustrator or Photoshop? Yes. You must have access to either Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop and have a basic understanding of how to use the program.

Will I be able to download the videos? Our Textile Design Lab tutorials are not available for download at this time.

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