The lovely folks over at Patternbank are offering a free trade show report from their first excursion to the Top Drawer and HOME show in London. This three decades old trade show covers everything from paper goods to porcelain, and the free PDF is packed with images from the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. And it is free! Patternbank's regular trend reports are quite pricey, more than the average freelance surface pattern designer can usually splash out for, so head on over and get your copy!
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
You'll want to bookmark this A to Z of Adobe Illustrator at vector tuts+. Author and actual illustrator Mary Winkler has set out all of Adobe Illustrator's many (many, many...) features and capabilities in one handy A to Z guide, complete with links to tutorials and/or brief descriptions of what each tool can do. We all have favorite AI tools that we go to again and again, so it's brilliant to have all the other tools briefly described. I'm putting down my blob brush, and spending a few minutes (at least) with each of these features; who knows what that might inspire!
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.
The new year brings us yet another fantastic scholarship opportunity, this time from The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design in conjunction with Print & Pattern. One fortunate winner will receive a free place for four modules of The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design on-line course taught by successful British designer Rachel Taylor. See the Print & Pattern announcement for more information, and how to enter. And hurry, the deadline is February 12th, 2014.
Surface pattern designers living in the UK or Europe have a new opportunity to show their wares this month. For the first time The London Textile Fair is hosting a print design area. A new addition to the fair - which serves textile mills, accessories and trimmings manufacturers - the print design area will feature several print studios exhibiting collections for the Spring/Summer 2015 pre-season. The fair will run January 22nd & 23rd, 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH. If you attend the event, we'd love to hear about your experience!
Spoonflower is hosting a giveaway of a three month subscription to the PatternObserver Textile Design Lab. Be sure to enter by January 14, 2014. The winner will be announced on January 15, 2014 on the Spoonflower blog.
"The Textile Design Lab is a tight-knit design community where members are continually improving their craft, learning new techniques, staying informed with the most up-to-date styles, and making their artwork more profitable. At the core of the community are their most popular courses, The Ultimate Guide to Repeats and The Sellable Sketch, which designers can work through on their own or as a group. In addition to these courses, The Textile Design Lab includes pattern design tutorials, Adobe training tutorials, live webinars, a private forum for artwork critique and monthly guest experts who offer collection reviews, answer member questions and lecture on a variety of industry topics. One lucky winner will receive a three month subscription to The Textile Design Lab."
Over at DesignMilk.com there's a giveaway going on. Three lucky people can win a one-year subscription to Squarespace!
Many designers use Squarespace for their portfolio websites, and even for on-line shops. The resulting websites are modern and professional in quality. This is a great opportunity to bootstrap your on-line presence. Head on over and enter. I know I am! And hurry! You've only got until January 12, 2014 to enter!
As surface pattern designers, I'd venture to guess that many of us have magpie tendencies. And many of us have come to regard Pinterest as an indispensable tool for indulging our magpie natures in a way that doesn't take up any physical space! At the same time, we want to treat our fellow designers' work with respect and give credit where due.
Recently, I stumbled on a little Pinterest trick I'd like to share. It makes properly captioning our pins a breeze. For the sake of example, these images are from the eminently browsable Metropolitan Museum of Art online archive. This is a screen shot from their Bauhaus textile collection, with archive info.
When I use the Pin It button in my browser toolbar, this is the preview I get from Pinterest. Look in the caption section. Could be more informative, right?
Back at the source page, highlight the most relevant information.
When I "Pin It" this time, Pinterest will automatically copy and paste the highlighted text. See below. Easy!
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