Dena Molnar is a textile designer and the co-founder of WOVNS, a cutting edge textile technology platform that allows designers to develop and order custom woven textiles, in quantities as small as a single yard. In the era of digital fabrication platforms, desktop 3D printers and CNC machines, the goal of WOVNS is to revolutionize textile production, creating access and immediacy for woven textile development. Come join us for an evening with Dena as she tells us about her background and about how she built the new WOVNS platform. She'll discuss the process and challenges of developing such a platform, the benefits of small scale custom production and introduce us to creating our own designs on WOVNS. The meeting will be broadcast live on Periscope for our non-local members. To learn more visit the wovns website: www.wovns.com
I had the opportunity to beta test the course this spring, with several people from beginner to advanced skill levels in Photoshop; it does not disappoint! There are lots of excellent blending mode tips and tricks, and smart objects becomes your best friend! Not to mention all the bonus articles she adds along the way, with the most current new apps for color capture and working on tablets. By the end of the course students know how to take their new repeat design, upload it to Spoonflower correctly, and how to get the best color match for printing on fabric.
Sherry is very generously offering one scholarship to her new course for one lucky webinar participant, a $100 value. We will draw from the names of guild members who post questions live during the webinar and announce the winner on our blog.
Sherry will share Photoshop techniques you may not have known about or had time to discover on your on during our one hour webinar. There will be a live question and answer following her presentation.
So mark your calendars and pull up a chair to your monitor, open your tablet or turn on the Smartphone on the fly and join us!
Members in the News: Jennifer Holbrook, Odessa Begay & Sarah York; Solvejg Makaretz & Beth Schneider at Surtex
In July 2015 we mentioned that Jennifer Holbrook has designs licensed to Magic Murals. In the film "Miracles From Heaven" the mural appears in an exam room scene, on a cabinet. Pretty cool, Jennifer! You can keep up with Jennifer's latest design projects on her website, JGHolbrookDesign.com
Sarah York has hatched a project with Elmwood Brand, creating packaging for a trio of Tesco Finest Easter eggs. The UK grocer has built a reputation for their annual limited edition eggs, having previously won Good Housekeeping's "Best Easter Egg" two years in a row! But who cares about the chocolate; look at Sarah's beautiful abstract paintings on those packages! Keep up with Sarah's career and latest work at SarahYorkDesigns.com
Solvejg Makaretz has announced plans to introduce her Tröskö brand to Surtex, coming up May 15-17, 2016 at Jacob Javitz center in New York. We're sure Solvejg's crisp fresh designs will make a splash with buyers. Solvejg looks forward to meeting other guild members at the show! You can see her work at TroskoDesign.com. Be sure to visit Solvejg at booth 466.
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!
The True Cost is a documentary film about the effects of the fashion industry on those involved in the creation of clothing or the purchasing of it, as well as the enormous costs to the environment. Specifically the documentary targets "fast fashion." With the costs of manufacturing clothing being deflated, clothing is now more affordable than it has been at any point in history. Retailers have responded to this potential bonanza of profit by creating from 50 up to 100 "micro-season" collections a year! And in turn consumers have responded to the constant barrage of "New! New! New!" by purchasing more than ever. Frequently these fast fashion garments are not worn more than once, with the result being an average of 72 pounds of textile waste per man, woman and child per year! That's a staggering amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Meanwhile, farmers suffer under the injustice of patented seeds, and garment workers are killed in horrific accidents such as the Rana Plaza factory collapse.
As consumers, the website suggests we practice Buying Better; use social media to ask clothing manufacturers "who makes my clothes?"; donate gently worn items to charity; be more thoughtful about what you buy, and commit to wearing it 30 times or more.
The answers are not all simple. One suggestion shared by thetruecostmovie.com is that we purchase clothing made of sustainable fibers such as organic cotton, and recycled polyester. However, concerns remain that polyester fibers shed when we wash our micro fibre clothing are harmful to ocean life. With so many of us on the planet, plainly the global effects of the clothing we wear bears a lot of thought.
What about us, the often anonymous artists who make fashions and accessories so appealing with our prints and patterns? Do we bear any responsibility? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
The True Cost is available for viewing on Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, ITunes and VHX, or at the website TheTrueCost.com.
Guild member Sarah York was featured on tractorgirl.au this week.
Julie Gibbons is the girl behind tractorgirl.au, a website that focuses on the visual side of your creative business. She offers insight on branding tips, small biz how-to, and design and making how-tos. This is a blog well worth checking out.
See more about Sarah, and her beautiful work at her website sarahyorkdesigns.com.
And then there's us, the Guild!
We can't believe we didn't notice this sooner. Back in September Swiss surface pattern designer Simona Cellar called us out as one of her Top 10 blogs about surface pattern design! The Surface Pattern Design Guild is right there in the mix with Pattern Observer, Uppercase Magazine, Make It In Design, and more! Wow! A big thank you to Simona!
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