And of course our local members are invited to our meeting to hear Burt Kallander speak about Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers.
Burt left art school to work as a silk-screen artist for a sign company in 1981. In 1985 he was hired by Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers to mix colors and print. Bruce Bradbury introduced Burt to the 18th century design principles and assigned him to manage the Art Department. There he created such patterns as "Algernon" and "Penelope Border", as well as adapting patterns, hand-cutting separations and developing new color schemes for Bradbury's collection. Burt's responsibilities also involved reproduction work for specific restoration projects. Leaving Bradbury's in 1990, he then returned for almost three years working for Mt. Diablo Handprints. The relatively small size of these companies enabled Burt to develop proficiency in many capacities. He struck out on his own in 1998 but continues to work closely with Bradbury & Bradbury on special projects.
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!
The SPDG Featured Member program promotes one member's surface pattern design work, displaying it throughout our website, and in the header along with a credit and link to his/her online portfolio or personal web site. As featured member, you will also have a feature page on the site.
To submit your name for the drawing, please reply in the comments section of this blog post by Wednesday, October 1, 2:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. We will randomly select a name from the list of entries, and notify the lucky by email.
In order to qualify for this promotion, you must be a member of SPDG. If selected, you will be contacted with further instructions for providing images and your interview responses for our blog. Please do not apply if you have been the Featured Member in the past twelve months; your turn will come around again!
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