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.
I've only recently begun to peruse the Uppercase blog on a daily basis, so I missed the submissions call for their surface pattern design guide. That doesn't mean we have to miss their Surface Pattern Design special though! One hundred artists will be featured, including Jessica Nielsen, Nadia Hassan and Elizabeth Olwen. No. 21 is due to arrive on shelves and in mailboxes in April. If you made a submission, we'd love to hear about it. Meanwhile, to make up for my oversight, please enjoy this awesomeness!
San Francisco Bay Area members of the Surface Pattern Design Guild may want to jet on over to the Design Center in San Francisco for Design San Francisco 2014, an annual event taking place this year on February 4th through 7th.
There will be speakers on a variety of topics. Zinc Textile will share the inspiration behind their new collections. Also included are textile designers Nomi Franklin and Seema Kirsh. Meanwhile Benjamin Moore will present Color Trends 2014. Another promising presentation is on Protecting Original Design: What Every Designer Needs to Know About Patent Law. While many of the speaker events require advance registration, these dates still promise many exhibits to be explored as a guest of the Design Center.
If you attend any of the Design San Francisco 2014 Events, we’d love to hear what speakers and seminars wowed you, and what you learned.
I am a firm believer in the idea of using sketchbooks to generate pattern ideas. I love to fill pages with motifs and possible pattern layouts. Many of my sketchbooks doodles have led to final pattern designs.
Naturally I was thrilled when I came across this video from world renowned British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes sharing her insights about the importance of using sketchbooks to inspire designers in their work. Her sketches are amazing! Hopefully you will be as inspired as I was by her thoughts. Please follow this link to the video: Zandra Rhodes Using Sketchbooks
If you're in London right now, rejoice! January 31 sees the open of The Fashion and Textile Museum's Artist Textiles exhibit. Promising to feature textile designs from key "European and American art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism and Pop Art" with many rare pieces not publicly displayed before, and featuring a regular Who's Who of artists from Braque to Warhol, this exhibit promises to be well worth a visit. The Fashion and Textile Museum was founded by iconic British designer Zondra Rhodes, and is located at 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF. The exhibit runs from January 31 through May 17, 2014.