The opportunity awaits you—
WOVNS has announced the upcoming Beta launch of an innovative new platform that empowers everyone to produce their own woven fabric.
This unique company was founded by sisters, Dena and Chelsea Molnar. Each sister contributes their individual perspectives and distinct design experience to the firm’s design and technology focus. With backgrounds in both the textiles and architecture industries, the two women have merged their knowledge of the built environment, interiors market, and fabrication of textiles with the development of this new technology.
“The WOVNS platform is transformational for the textiles field” says Dena Molnar, “WOVNS is scalable. It gives designers access to the means of production for small or large runs of fabric with a fast turn-around. This is especially important should a designer want to prototype a fabric before finalizing their design and initiating a larger production run.”
The WOVNS platform features a range of color palettes and qualities for designers to work with while designing their Jacquard fabrics. The palettes are downloadable for easy incorporation into a user’s digital design file. WOVNS also offers physical sample blankets corresponding to the digital palettes, so one can see the look and feel of the weaves they are working with while designing. Once a design is finalized and uploaded to the WOVNS website, it’s aggregated with other users’ designs for efficient production, while allowing individual customers to order as little as one yard of fabric. The unique system was especially created to open up access for designers and businesses seeking to develop their own fabrics. “We are interested in fostering growth for the platform’s users” says Dena, “and are working to build a company that is an excellent resource for the design community.”
The WOVNS website offers tutorials to help those new to textile design and the founders run workshops at design and technology programs around the country. The company has also introduced the WOVNS Collection, a curated fabric collection featuring up and coming designers using the platform.
WOVNS is currently running a Kickstarter campaign. If you're interested in helping fund this wonderful new opportunity open to surface pattern designers, jump on it quick. The campaign ends this Monday.
We at the SPDG are also excited to announce that Dena Molnar will be speaking at our Guild meeting on August 11th, 2016 and will be giving us a first hand look at how the WOVNS process works.
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!
So you've impressed us with your custom printed kicks; and your special brand of cool is on a custom printed backpack / t-shirt / hoodie. But until now your unique imprint has been missing on the shiny happy faces of your followers. Rejoice, surface pattern designers! The day has arrived, and your fans can now see the world through you-colored specs! Canvas Eyewear brings us custom printed sun glasses. With options like matte, frost and clear frames, UV protection, and several lens options, Canvas sunglasses are priced at around $89. And there's more! Each week Canvas Eyewear has a weekly giveaway in which one lucky designer's name is randomly drawn, and the winner gets to design their own sunglasses for free. One caveat; currently Canvas Eyewear doesn't seem interested in courting artists, or rewarding their creativity; their FAQ doesn't contain any information about ownership of artwork, or royalties. With sites like Society6, Kekacase and even Spoonflower, this seems weirdly retro, and not in a good Rayban Wayfarer kind of way. Perhaps they will change this in the future.
Leslie has more than 20 years experience in styling, manufacturing and product development from
conceptual design through production in both residential and commercial sectors. Her expertise in
woven fabrics includes engineering, manufacturing and testing. Clients included Steelcase, Calvin
Klein, Calvert Group and Pottery Barn, as well as Levi Strauss. In 1997 Leslie founded
TANGLEBLUE a product design and development consultancy in San Francisco.
Leslie trained as a weaver, having been introduced to textiles as an art medium. A perpetual
student, she studied natural dye under the Goblein Master dyer Jean Dufour and workshopped
with notable fiber artists and designers such as Jack Lenor Larsen and Louise Lemieux Berube.
She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art under Gerhardt Knodel, and was a Peace
Corp Volunteer in El Salvador, Central America working with the textile cottage industry. Her studio
is in San Francisco on Hunters Point Shipyard, where she shows annually during Open Studios.
Currently she is developing product for specialty shops and continues work with mills and on her
loom. Her designs and consultancy projects include Jacquard woven fabric and tapestry. She is a
trainer for Pointcarré software, a premiere textile design and engineering software, one of their
Join us at our next meeting where Leslie Terzian Markoff will demo Pointcarré textile software. We first encountered Pointcarré at Surtex, and were intrigued by it's potential. Leslie will demonstrate the software's capabilities to create repeats, colorways, and ability to visualize what the print will look like on different surfaces. This promises to be a fascinating evening.
"For 25 years, Pointcarré Textile Software provides a complete package for Printing, Knitting and Weaving aimed at Fashion, Home Furnishing and Technical Industry."
Are you bringing your "problem children" to the meeting tonight? Learning from each other is one of the best features and benefits of belonging to the Guild!
THIS JUST ADDED: Do you have an Illustrator or Photoshop problem that you need help with? Bring your file on a laptop or thumb drive, and we'll have an impromptu peer-to-peer problem solving session!
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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