What you'll learn:
How to create a production ready textile design file in a repeating or tapestry style layout using the WOVNS platform. You will have the option of sending your file for production and receive your own custom Jacquard woven fabric.
What to bring:
• A laptop (both Mac or PC will work), preferably with Adobe Suite (Photoshop and / or Illustrator) installed. Familiarity with Adobe Suite (Photoshop and / or Illustrator) is helpful as we will be designing in these programs.
•A textile design or a motif to work with (Dena recommends skimming over this tutorial before designing or choosing a design or motif to bring)
WOVNS Swatch Blankets will be available for use during the workshop to aid in the digital design process and anticipated result as woven fabric.
Participants will have the option of submitting their design files for production at the end of the workshop. The cost is $45 - 48 / yard.
Free for members
$25 for non-members
For long distance members, we will be capturing some video and will post notes and images of the event in our private Facebook group archives
April 15th, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00pm
We will have an SPDG gathering at nearby Trader Vic's after the workshop for those who want to stick around and socialize.
5 Captain Dr, Emeryville, CA 94608 in the Watergate condo complex.
Directions: From the freeway, take the Powell Street exit. Take a right after the little Watergate market. You can't miss the building-- it's a big, brown 1970s style wooden building on the left.
There are two parking options:
1) In the complex -- Directly across from the Clipper Club is a small perpendicular, unmarked street (it abuts the tennis courts). There are about 12 visitor spaces. Each is marked with a low marker, you need to look out for the marker.
2) Along Powell Street/the water
Attendees are recommended to park anywhere along Powell Street/the water. Anywhere is fine unless it is a clearly marked red zone.
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Check out Surface Pattern Design Guild member Pamela Farmer's most recent blog post on the new Netflix documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design. It sounds like something every Designer can be inspired by.
The US Copyright Office is reviewing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and wanted to gather more information on how creatives experience working with the Copyright Office. If you are an artist or designer who specifically show their work online and work with the US Copyright Office, take the survey linked below created by the Copyright Alliance.
Let your voice be heard, complete the survey by February 17, 2017, it will take about 15 minutes.
For all of our members in the UK and any soon to be tourists, plan on a visit to The Fashion and Textile Museum. They are housing the first ever UK exhibition of Josef Frank’s textiles.
Frank was an Austrian born architect who emigrated to Sweden in 1933. He joined the famed Svenskt Tenn, creating a prolific amount of work and helping to redefine Swedish Modern Design.
If you can't make it until April, pop into the exhibit of Gudrun Sjoden, a textile artist and company owner of Gudrun’s World since 1976. She is widely recognized as a pioneer of sustainable fashion. See the influence from the past to the present in Swedish design.
Until I stumbled on their Instagram feed, I'd never heard of PATTERNITY. When they announced their book, I was intrigued, and they very kindly sent me a copy for review here.
PATTERNITY is a London based design studio, consultancy and archive founded in 2009 by photographer/art director Anna Murray, and surface/product designer Grace Winteringham. And yet, like me, many surface pattern designers may have never noticed them This almost seems to be "by design." To briefly summarize the PATTERNITY Manifesto, they believe that by drawing from the patterns that occur all around us everyday, designs can be created that are comforting and can effect change.
PATTERNITY projects are driven by the core belief that a shared engagement with pattern can have positive and powerful results.
PATTERNITY the book is an unexpectedly intellectual look at one of our most basic instincts, pattern seeking. When you open it for the first time, you may be surprised. This is not the kind of design book you're probably used to; instead, the images are of urban photography, fashion and sculpture, juxtaposed in a way that highlights their similarites. PATTERNITYs design colloborations are shown throughout, everything from boldly patterened Clarks dessert boots to an art installation created with and about chocolate!
The book has three sections. Curiousity explores the design elements found in nature, and our urban environments. Collaboration is about the value in creating with others in an age when digital tools so often make it too easy to work in solitude. Connectivity explores the ways in which pattern can connect us to the larger world.
When I sat down with the book, it was just after the holidays. I was feeling a little drained, and creatively blank. Afterward I went for a walk in my neighborhood, and suddenly noticed pattern everywhere, from the local diner's accoustic tiled ceiling, to the metal acces plates in the sidewalks. I can see myself dipping back into this book again and again, for inspiration, and to see the world in new ways. And their online archive is well worth frequent visits too.
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