When Surface Pattern Designers are researching trends we tend to start with the major fashion sites, scanning through the last runway show to see what themes we can pull together. This can be a very inspiring way to begin, but your second stop should be Pinterest. Now, not everything on Pinterest will be trending for the coming year. However, there are several well kept trending boards you might want to take a look at.
If you missed our January 14th guild meeting, you missed some pretty clever designs incorporating handwritten text in response to our January design challenge. Luckily you still have time to celebrate National Handwriting Day, Saturday, January 23rd. Sakura of America is celebrating with a giveaway. To participate write your favorite quote on a piece of paper, preferably with one of Sakura's fine implements of course, and post your entry on Instagram with the hashtag #handwritingmatters. Winners will be chosen from entries made between Friday, January 15th, and Monday, January 25th, 2016. Full Giveaway Terms are here. The prize includes several gorgeous Pigma Micron products, that I'm sure you'd be delighted to get your hands on!
In A Creative Space features our members inviting us into their home studios. Whether it's a corner desk, a cleverly fitted out closet, or a marvelously airy atelier, we want a peek! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
From hip happening Oakland, California - situated on the San Francisco Bay, SPDG webmistress Pamela Farmer shares her new backyard studio.
I love filling my space with all the funny little things that make me happy, like the tiny rocking chair made for my mom by her uncle years ago, and the colorful old pots that used to house her African violets. (Here's a tip: Never ever drop a paint tube lid, because I'm convinced they fall into alternate dimensions or something. When you empty a tube of paint, consider saving the lid. But in a pinch, threaded electrical caps do the job just fine even if they do look funny!)
My favorite thing about my space is all the horizontal "stations", where I can paint, work at the computer, sew, or just doodle; sometimes all of the above in rotation on one day! I especially love the table. It's roomy enough that I can have friends here to work and play. And when alone, I've discovered that just sitting on the other side of it can do wonders for when I'm suffering page fright, or a creative block!
During the Guild's last tutorial meeting Jill Turney asked fellow members if anyone had a way to help her find the individual sketches in her vast sketchbook collection. Sometimes we forget that just asking can get you the answer you need.
Like Jill I also have many sketchbooks full of work and this is the method I have come up with that works for me. I have one or two sketchbooks going at once. Although I don't draw every day I do have designated times twice a week to put pen to paper. After a couple of weeks the pages start to really add up. I then start thinking I want to work on a design using teacups and I know I was drawing them a month ago, how do I track it down?
1. At a certain point in my drawing I start to feel like it's time to get my images into the computer. It ends up being every month or two, but if you draw more then 2 times a week you might want to increase the amount of times you scan your work.
2. My scanner is set to scan my work in black & white, 600 dpi. This is what works best with my sketchbook, but every scanner is different, do a few test runs changing the parameters to see what works for you.
3. After I hit scan a screen pops open for me to approve the image. This is an important step, on this screen I name my image based on what is on the page. (ie: teacups spoons daisy March 2015) If you wait to name your scan till you are done, you will not do it, believe me. Faced with 20 scans that need to be opened up just to see what it is, you will just dump them into a folder and be done with it.
4. Once I am done scanning all of my images it is time to put them away. In the past I have put them all into a folder called Sketchbook March 2015, but as I continue to draw I find I need more distinction. I now have individual sub folders called Food, Flowers, Animals... kept inside a folder called Sketchbook.
I hope this helps you get a hold on your drawings. If you do something different let us know, we would love to learn something new.
If you get the chance, don't miss the Fashion Museum Bath. Their exhibit on the lush detailed garments of the Georgians is set to end on January 17th. If you can't make it in time don't worry, The Fashion Museum Bath has many other garments to entice a passionate textile designer. Go check them out, they have refreshed their standing collection so, even if you have been here before, you may see something new.
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