Next SPDG Meeting
Thursday, April 17
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Finnish Hall in Berkeley
Ever wonder what an art director looks for when walking the Surtex Show? Or what makes a sell-able textile collection? Or how does a top product design company function? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you won't want to miss our next guild meeting. On April 17th, we welcome Bridget Kelly, owner and CEO of The Little Acorn and BK designs LLC- also the original art director of Pottery Barn Kids. She will be sharing her experiences as a textile art buyer and as product developer for numerous well known international brands such as Pottery Barn Kids, Mattel, Esprit, Nike, Lucas Films, Vitamins, I-baby, Elegant baby and more. Additionally, She will be sharing her experience of launching her own children's product line, The Little Acorn. Come join us for an illuminating evening of show & tell.
The call for our next FEATURED MEMBER is on!
Is it YOUR turn for some exposure?
The SPDG Featured Member program is a promotion in which we display examples of a member's surface pattern design work throughout our web site in the header along with a credit and link to his/her online portfolio or personal web site. We also dedicate a page on the site to further spotlight him or her, including additional samples of work and an interview.
If you would like us to include your name in our drawing, please reply in the comments section of this blog post by Monday April 7, 2:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. We will select at random from the list of entries and announce the lucky winner later that day on the blog.
In order to qualify for this promotion, you must be a member of SPDG and you need to provide a minimum of 8 different digital images of your surface pattern design work for us to build your feature. If selected, you will be contacted with further information and instructions. Please do not apply if you have been the Featured Member in the past twelve months; your turn will come around again!
And if you put your name in the hat last month, but weren't chosen, please enter again!
Being the SPDG Featured Member is a wonderful way to gain exposure for you and your work.
Let us help promote you!
Surface Pattern Designers, have you checked out Pictaculous? The site is a wonderful engine for pulling palettes from photos. Just upload a photo onto the site and they make a palette directly from that photo. I took this recent shot with my camera while on a hike, and voila! Instant color palette. After uploading the first one, I found I just couldn't stop. Give it a try yourself, and if you have an iPhone you can upload the app.
Do you want to learn some new Photoshop and Illustrator techniques? Join us for our next meeting on Thursday, March 13 from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. to learn some Photoshop and Illustrator tips and tricks! Jill Turney will give a tutorial demonstrating the creation and use of art brushes in Illustrator. Jen Thayer will give a tutorial demonstrating some of the many selection tools in Photoshop. Other features are in the works. Hand-outs will be provided, and the demos will be recorded so you can review them at leisure in your own studio.
And BONUS! The evening also includes our first ever Guild Book Swap! Bring any design-related books that you are ready to part with, and maybe discover new treasures!