Featured Designer: Diane Sullivan

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Diane Sullivan’s path to surface design started with a formal education in clinical social work and a background as a potter for a number of years. Diane grew up in a…

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Featured Designer: Richard Baker

Friday, September 16, 2016

Today we are highlighting the amazing work of UK-based surface pattern designer Richard Baker. His bold and vibrant florals are such a breath of fresh air and we…

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Interview with Sew Heidi, Guest Expert for January in the Textile Design Lab

Monday, January 11, 2016

We could not be more thrilled to welcome back Sew Heidi to the blog (check out her fabulous recent guest post) and to announce that she will be joining us this month…

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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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Rebekah Strunz-Sherpa and The Sellable Sketch

Thursday, November 12, 2015
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Rebekah Strunz-Sherpa is a current Textile Design Lab member and designs under the name April Hitchcock Pattern Design. She recently completed our Sellable Sketch group study, having created this beautiful…

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Fashion Illustration with TJ Walker

Monday, August 31, 2015
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TJ Walker is a fashion designer and the co-founder of the streetwear brand Cross Colours, and has over two decades of experience designing clothing. This month in the Textile Design…

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Featured Designer: Vanessa Binder

Friday, August 21, 2015

Vanessa Binder is a creative designer, illustrator and maker based in the UK. Her many artistic talents center on projects from textile pattern and bag designs to illustrations…

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Featured Designer: Cathy Westrell Nordström of Studio Lilla Form

Friday, July 10, 2015

Cathy Westrell Nordström, of Studio Lilla Form, is a Swedish graphic designer turned surface pattern designer living in Stockholm with her husband and three small children. Having recently…

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Featured Designer: Carolina Abarca

Friday, June 26, 2015
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Carolina’s “Ethnic Spring” collection    Carolina Abarca is a former research scientist, originally from Chile and now leaving near Barcelona with her husband and two children. She describes her…

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Interview with Laura Coyle, Guest Expert for February in The Textile Design Lab

Monday, February 2, 2015

It is such a treat to welcome the lovely Laura Coyle aboard as our guest expert for February in The Textile Design Lab! Laura has spent nearly 20 years as a freelance…

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