Exhibiting at Licensing Expo – Recap by Susanne Kasielke

Monday, August 22, 2016

Susanne Kasielke exhibited for the first time at Licensing Expo this past June and was kind enough to write up this informative post to tell us all about her…

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A Tale of Three Trade Shows & Beyond by Four Corners Art Collective

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This is the third and final installment in a series of guest posts by Four Corners Art Collective. You can read part one HERE and part two HERE.   Last week…

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Keys to Creative Collaborations

Friday, July 22, 2016

We are gearing up for our annual Collaboration for Designers group study that starts on Monday August 1st in the Textile Design Lab, and can’t think of a better…

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How My Computer Skills Landed Me A Job in Fashion

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Guest post by Sew Heidi When I was a little kid, being a fashion designer seemed comparable to being a Hollywood actress – something that isn’t very practical…

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Show Off Your Surface Pattern Designs with Stunning Photos

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Dari Design Studio guest post on Pattern Observer

We are so excited to welcome back Dari Design Studio, who we recently featured here, to share this fantastic tutorial on how to photograph your surface pattern designs to…

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“Getting Started on New Projects, Making Inspiration Happen, and Getting Around My Drawing Weaknesses”

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Guest post by Angelina Rennell. Images in this post are all works done during Angelina’s daily journaling, as well as her “image” inspiration collecting.     If you’re a…

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From the Textile Design Lab: Creating a Repeat by Hand with Manisha Harkins

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Photoshop and Illustrator are wonderful tools for creating repeats, but they are certainly not the only way, and we often are asked about ways of creating a repeat…

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History of Surface Design: William Morris

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.   William Morris (1834-1896) is best known these days as a designer of sumptuous patterns for textiles and wallpaper,…

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Wallpaper Printing Methods: Part II

Monday, June 2, 2014
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*Post by Tennyson Tippy. Missed Part I? Check it out here. SCREEN PRINTING Perhaps the most widely known and understood printing process, flatbed screen printing was developed in the 1940s…

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Book Review: Digital Textile Design

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  Digital Textile Design, Second Edition by Melanie Bowles and Ceri Isaac (Laurence King) *Post by Manisha G. Harkins.    I’m sure this second edition has already become a…

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