Pattern design techniques: Adding complexity

Designing interesting and original patterns and motifs is an essential skill in textile and jewelry design. Let's see some simple and classic techniques that are taught in major design schools. These techniques will learn you how to start from a simple and ordinary shape and create a more complex and original design.

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Coloring Pages that could inspire textile designers

Coloring Pages and Coloring Books are already a classic trend for both kids and adults. Colorists claim that their work is not only addictive but also original and creative. It is true that many coloring pages are so well designed and colored in that they could easily be categorized as art pieces, worth to be framed and displayed. Both the illustrator of a coloring page and the colorist contribute to the final result. There are many black and white illustrations and designd that could be transfered to textile prints, stitching, applique etc. Take a look at some coloring pages that could probably inspire a textile artist and designer. 

Zentanlge inspired hand drawn page by JoArtyJo

Mikis Theodorakis shows admiration for an embroidered artwork

Mikis Theodorakis, one of the greatest Greek musicians and song writers, examines with gentleness and admiration the embroidered work of his daughter.

Open Call / 18th ArtWear Biennial: Where Fashion Meets Fine Art

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Entry Deadline: 4/13/17
Exhibition Dates: October 20-28, 2017

The show is open to all wearable art and fiber art artists within the United States and Canada. All works must be original to the designer and completed within the last two years. The Lincoln Center has a right to reject a garment or accessory at any time.

Open Call / 6th annual Focus On Fiber/ Sacramento Fine Arts Center

All fibers and techniques accepted. Entry deadline: May 7

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Tutorial 07: Stitching stylized flower

To stitch the petals you'll use three colors of cotton thread (tropical blue, pale yellow and vivid red). To stitch the stem you'll use a deep green cotton thread.