It's 2016 and trends they are a changing. Don't wait to get on top of it, check out Elle's 2016 Fashion Trend Guide. Take a look at where the year is going and get inspired to start planning where you're going. Color, pattern, direction; get it all.
Some Surface Pattern Designers sell designs outright and some license their work to one or more companies. We asked Carol Van Zandt how she keeps track of her designs and collections, and which has been licensed to whom.
Carol starts by giving unique names to each of her designs/collections. For example, XX_forestfriends_purple. The XX represent a 2 letter abbreviation she uses to refer to a particular collection, followed by a description of the piece followed by colorway information. She uses this method as the name of the piece, as well as the name of the thumbnail that is submitted to potential licensees.
When she has a completed collection she adds it to an Excel spreadsheet. Each design and colorway has it's own individual part number. She further breaks down information about the piece in columns for number of colors in the design, information about the repeat, who and what market has licensed it, and the length of the license.
Carol also copyrights a new collection when it is added to the spreadsheet. Think this could work for you? Give it a try and let us know.
Our next guild meeting Thursday, February 11th, features San Francisco based illustrator, print maker and surface designer Jen Hewett.
Jen will be showing examples of her boldly saturated hand-printed designs on bags and apparel.
Learn about her on-line 2-day class, and live 1-day class in block printmaking in association with the Handcraft Studio School in Emeryville. (Go to the Handcraft Studio School website, and you'll quickly find that Jen's are the only classes that are sold out three months in advance!)
This is where I met Jen, and I know you will love to meet her too. She's positive, enthusiastic, encouraging, full of ideas and understands the artist's way. Bring your questions to engage with our creative and business savvy guest!
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