Next Wednesday, June 15th, we will be hosting textile designer Michelle Fifis of PatternObserver in a Google Hangout on Air. Ms. Fifis is the creator of the popular PatternObserver website, as well as an instructor for the numerous workshops offered at that site. She has recently added "author" to her list of achievements with her new e-book Designing Textiles For the Fashion Industry.
Topics covered in the presentation will include:
Guild members can find a link to the Google Hangout on Air in the member forums. And if you have questions for Michelle Fifis, please submit them there in the forums. Be sure to sign in to the live event; we'll be giving away a copy of Designing Textiles For the Fashion Industry to one lucky viewer.
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!
This past July a few of our members spent a thoroughly enjoyable day learning some traditional Japanese fabric dying techniques with Ana Lisa Hedstrom, a well-re-known artist, whose textile work is in the permanent collections of many reputable museums.
It's Surtex time, and our members are to be found strutting their stuff around the web.
Next week brings the second in our new Webinar series. This time Sherry London will be answering your questions about Photoshop. Guild members are invited to hop on over to our Google group, and ask away! And be sure to keep an eye open there for an invitation to join the Google Hangout On Air in progress, early next week. Of course, once the GHOA is ended, the completed YouTube video will also be linked in our forums, for your further perusal.
Sherry London is a surface pattern designer and Photoshop expert. (She also happens to be one of our own guild members!) She has written over a dozen books on Photoshop, Illustrator, and Painter, and for many years wrote the Quick Tips column for Photoshop User Magazine. She teaches general-purpose Photoshop and Illustrator classes online and also teaches a Photoshop for Designers 6-week course with Pattern Observer that focuses exclusively on the needs of surface pattern designers. In addition, she writes a monthly TechTalk blog post for the PatternObserver website. With the initial goal of creating designs for her knitting machine, Sherry has now been using Photoshop since it was new to the world, 25 years ago!
The Surface Pattern Design Guild has been invited to take a booth this year at Surtex! Our booth will be in the ReSource Hub, alongside HP and Pantone, amongst others as we were last year.
Our goal at the show:
And you can be involved too!
And most recently he’s founded SKYOU, a new platform for independent artists to create and sell their own retail quality product lines. SKYOU provides artists with an online design tool to upload, position and layer their art on 3D models. Artists publish their finished designs to a SKYOU powered marketplace. All of SKYOU's products are manufactured to order. Artwork is printed on open widths of fabric, then cut and sewn into a finished product - exactly how the artist designed the product.
The SKYOU platform is not open, but rather invites individual artists to participate. A SKYOU print and pattern marketplace is due to launch in Oct. 2014. Come be inspired, and hear how SKYOU can work for you!
Our next meeting features guest speaker Brennan Mulligan of Skyou. Brennan is the first of many awesome speakers we are bringing to the guild from Surtex. He instantly stood out in the crowd because he was wearing an amazing tee-shirt. Turns out that tee was a product from SILO, the e-commerce platform powered by Skyou's on-demand technology. The evening's presentation will feature products designed by our very own Jenny Thayer. Stay tuned for more!
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