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.
Modern Thrive is hosting a workshop entitled The Business of Surface Pattern Design. Modern Thrive is partnering with SPDG to offer a 30% discount for the three day workshop exclusively for our members The coupon code is available on our member forums. If you're not yet a member, it's easy to join.
The Business of Surface Pattern Design workshop runs July 7th through 9th, 7 PM CST. Featured are three established and successful surface pattern designers. The course will cover:
Five years ago Cassie Bloom founded Modern Thrive, offering workshops designed to help you figure out what you want to do with your life. She is passionate about connecting the right people together to help them make amazing things happen. Workshops and coaching help creatives across a broad range of disciplines thrive in their chosen field. The range of workshop offerings is broad. You can learn to use social media to grow your business, or to manage your business finances. Past classes are offered on-demand, with new classes added frequently. The site offers free coaching too, connecting you 1-on-1 to a coach or expert who will either answer your question directly, or provide you with links that will help you find the answer to your question.
In another exciting first for the Surface Pattern Design Guild, we'll be broadcasting tonight's meeting live. Our members from around the world will be able to join us via the Periscope app. To find out more about how to connect, step over the forums.
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!
These are the instructions for submitting artwork for our ReSource Hub booth at Surtex this year. Instructions and a link for submitting your artwork in a dedicated Google Drive folder are located in the Guild forums (accessible to guild members only.)
Our booth banners will feature member artwork. If you would like your work to be considered for use on the banners, here’s what to do:
(1) Each member may submit up to two separate pieces.
(2) Each piece should be submitted in full (preferably 17" x 22", no swatches) at 300 dpi. To do this, open your document in Photoshop and save it as a .pdf or .psd at 300 dpi.
One more note about how to label your files.
(1)Please label them Last_First_[name of piece]
(2) Please include your copyright notice on each, in a separate layer (to give us more options in creating the banners.)
(3) Please submit your work no later than May 1st.
[Due to booth size restraints, the steering committee will decide how many artwork pieces will be shown]
When your artwork is ready, you will find the link to the Surtex 2015 folder in the guild's forum pages (accessible only to guild members.)
You'll need to sign in with your Google account name to access the link if you're not already signed in, but once you sign in it will allow you into the folder. You may either drag your files into the folder or you may use the red button that says “New” and it will take you to File Upload. If you have trouble, you can e-mail your files to Jennifer Holbrook at email@example.com, and she'll put them in the folder for you.
Hope you're all having fun choosing which of your artworks to share in our Surtex booth!
We are also still welcoming donations for the booth this year.
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!
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