| |DON'T FORGET: MEETING TOMORROW!Please join us tomorrow night for a follow up to the webinar at our May meeting. Here are the details.
How to Start Your Own Creative BusinessThursday, May 16, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM At The Berkeley Finnish Hall, (Lower level), Berkeley, CA Featuring:
Accountant – Rex Davis
Attorney – Elaine Dai
Entrepreneur – Sarah Schwartz
We hope to see you there!
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Thanks to all those who joined us for Michelle Fifis's webinar Launching Your Surface Pattern Design Business yesterday! It was an informative hour and the perfect introduction to tomorrow night's meeting topic How to Start Your Own Creative Business.
For those who could not attend the webinar, we will be posting the recording soon. You will be sent a link via Google Groups, so stay tuned!
| |SPDG members: don't forget our webinar Launching Your Surface Pattern Design Business tomorrow at noon Pacific Time. This is a free event that we are hosting with Michelle Fifis of Pattern Observer, and it will tie directly into our How to Start Your Own Creative Business meeting on Thursday
.If you plan on joining in, please register by following the instructions in the email that we sent out yesterday. For those members who cannot attend, we will be recording the event and posting it for you afterwards.We are excited about the webinar and hope you are too!
| |Are you thinking about starting your own surface pattern design business? Or, have you started but want some advice on how to grow it? If so, you won't want to miss two awesome events we've prepared for the month of May to help all of you budding entrepreneurs!
On May 14th, our webinar series with Michelle Fifis of Pattern Observer continues with Launching Your Surface Pattern Design Business. Michelle will discuss how to launch your business and reach out to industry contacts in a big way, as well as offer tips on building an online portfolio. She will also explain why having an area of expertise is essential to your new business. As always, her presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. The webinar will be live from 12 pm – 1 pm Pacific Time and will be recorded for those members who cannot make it.
Later that week on May 16th, SPDG will be diving further into the specifics of setting up a business by hosting the in-depth panel discussion How to Start Your Own Creative Business. Our panel will feature an attorney, an accountant, and an entrepreneur who will be fielding both pre-selected and on-the-spot questions about the nitty gritty side of a creative business. Want to know what's involved in getting a business license? Does the idea of filing quarterly taxes vex you? Ever want to pick the brain of someone who's climbed the creative business ropes before? This meeting is for you!
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The San Fracisco Design Center will be hosting a "lunch and learn" with interior and textile designer Kathryn M. Ireland on Wednesday, May 1st from 12 – 2 PM. Ireland is known for her modern reinterpretations of classic European designs from the 18th – 20th centuries. She will be presenting her latest collection, a collaboration with Scalamandré, and sharing her creative process at the event. Tickets cost $45 which includes lunch and wine. More information about the event and registration can be found here. | |
| |Yesterday's webinar How to Find Work as a Surface Pattern Designer with Michelle Fifis was a success! We're getting good feedback from members and we hope to host more events like this in the future.
We want to give an extra special thank you to our host Michelle Fifis of Pattern Observer. Michelle generously shared her knowledge about working in our industry and tackled a ton of our questions.
If you missed the webinar or want to view it again, please visit our Google Group for the link and password. You can also find the special SPDG discount code for 25% off Michelle's upcoming Sellable Sketch e-course in our Google Group. The discount is good for either the live course or the self-study.
Thanks again, Michelle!
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| |SPDG members, By now you should have received instructions on how to register and prepare for tomorrow's webinar, How to Find Work as a Surface Pattern Designer, with Michelle Fifis. If you haven't already registered, please do it as soon as you can! You will want to download the application that we will be using for the webinar before it starts. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
And, if you can't make the webinar, DON'T WORRY! We will be recording it for you to view later at your leisure.
| |On April 6th, the award winning UK pattern design studio and creative organization Patternity is launching an exhibition and series of pattern themed events in London that they've aptly titled Pattern Power. It will be the first of what they hope to be an annual celebration of pattern that will include talks, workshops, collaborations, films, pop up shops, and more. Patternity has recruited leaders in the world of fashion, design, and technology to put together a mutifaceted presentation, the focus of which will be stripes, hence the name Superstripe. You can catch an eye-popping preview of black and white Superstripe imagery on the Patternity blog. And, if you're lucky enough to be in the London area between April 6 – 21, you should definitely try to catch the general exhibition and a few of the events!
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| || |Hey, SPDG-ers! We have a winner among us! Check it out: our very own Kim Andersson has won The Printed Bolt’s first REPEAT(ed) design challenge of 2013.
REPEAT(ed) is a competition that was introduced as a way to get new designers into the quilting world. Having been a quilting devotee for a number of years as well as having studied textile design in the Bay Area, Kim was perfectly suited for this competition. She was chosen as a finalist from hundreds of applicants to compete against 9 others in a "Project Runway" style series of challenges. Each challenge ends with a winner and someone who is eliminated from the competition, culminating in one overall winner at the end of the series.
The first challenge this year was to design a print based on the theme Wanderlust. There wasn’t much more direction than that, and Kim let her imagination run wild. She came up with an exquisite design that looks like embroidered folk art in a bright, fruity palette with a light, airy feel that would appeal to all but the most curmudgeonly. You gotta love this print—the judges sure did!
Not only did Kim impress the panel of highly reputable judges, including Amy Butler and Michelle Fifis (who will be addressing us in our special webinar next week), she won the hearts of the Readers’ Choice voters as well! A double win!Congratulations, Kim! We are so proud of you!
SPDG members: We will be sending you an email the day before the webinar with specific information on how to log in. Stay tuned...