Our next guild meeting is the first of what we hope will be many webinars to come. We hope to bring more content to our members throughout the globe, and make it simpler for our local members to be involved as well. As a guild member, your participation can begin right away! Read on, and then hop over to the forum where you are invited to pose questions for our guest speaker.
Cherish Flieder is an internationally-featured artist, designer, creative entrepreneur, and award-winning children’s book illustrator and designer. Since 2008, Cherish has been teaching as an adjunct instructor for marketing, illustration, design and technology classes at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. She has also been invited by several other universities and colleges across the USA as a guest artist to demonstrate/teach/present on art, social media, and website development. Founder of the LinkedIn Art of Licensing Group, she has most recently introduced ArtLicensingShow.com, a safe and protected place for artists to showcase their work online.
During this time period computers were not used in the design process. It was all drawing, blowing up the image to life size and laying motifs out. Birtwell’s process specifically was to draw a face, then the garment below, only then would she begin to design the fabric. “Most textile designers don’t think about where the print will end up, how it will work in three dimensions, but Celia always does,” says Linda Watson.
After 10 years in the fast paced fashion world Birtwell’s partnership with Ossie Clark ended in divorce. With 2 sons to raise Birtwell was looking for a change and found the slow process of designing interior textiles fit her perfectly. Celia Birtwell is still going strong, check out her website to see what she is up to now. http://www.celiabirtwell.com/
The SPDG Featured Member program promotes one member's surface pattern design work, displaying it throughout our website, and in the header along with a credit and link to his/her online portfolio or personal web site. As featured member, you will also have a feature page on the site.
To submit your name for the drawing, please reply in the comments section of this blog post by Wednesday, January 7th, 2:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. We will randomly select a name from the list of entries, and notify the lucky by email.
In order to qualify for this promotion, you must be a member of SPDG. If selected, you will be contacted with further instructions for providing images and your interview responses for our blog. Please do not apply if you have been the Featured Member in the past twelve months; your turn will come around again!
Being the SPDG Featured Member is a wonderful way to gain exposure for your work.
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Last week Pantone announced their color of the year for 2015. About Marsala, their chosen color, they say:
So you've impressed us with your custom printed kicks; and your special brand of cool is on a custom printed backpack / t-shirt / hoodie. But until now your unique imprint has been missing on the shiny happy faces of your followers. Rejoice, surface pattern designers! The day has arrived, and your fans can now see the world through you-colored specs! Canvas Eyewear brings us custom printed sun glasses. With options like matte, frost and clear frames, UV protection, and several lens options, Canvas sunglasses are priced at around $89. And there's more! Each week Canvas Eyewear has a weekly giveaway in which one lucky designer's name is randomly drawn, and the winner gets to design their own sunglasses for free. One caveat; currently Canvas Eyewear doesn't seem interested in courting artists, or rewarding their creativity; their FAQ doesn't contain any information about ownership of artwork, or royalties. With sites like Society6, Kekacase and even Spoonflower, this seems weirdly retro, and not in a good Rayban Wayfarer kind of way. Perhaps they will change this in the future.
Back in January we were salivating over the Artist Textile exhibit at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. If you never managed to finagle an international flight to London, take heart! The exhibit opens at the American Textile History Museum next week, and runs through March 2015. We'd love a plane ticket to the East Coast right about now, but failing that we'd be just as pleased with a report from any of our East Coast guild members who manage the trip!