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Design Pool to exhibit at Licensing Expo 2020

Here at Design Pool we have big things in store for 2020!This spring Design Pool will be exhibiting at Licensing Expo 2020 in Las Vegas. The world's largest licensing trade show, Licensing Expo is taking place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on May 19 – 21, 2020. This show is free to attend, and describes itself as "the meeting place for the global licensing industry." A great place to network, research trends and find the perfect design for...

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Design Pool is Growing!

We are excited to announce that the team at Design Pool is growing! This year we are welcoming Kristin Crane to our team as Director of Marketing & Communications. Kristin has been writing for the Design Pool blog during 2019 and we are happy she has joined us full-time in January. Kristin's career began as a designer of woven textiles for the residential furniture and jobber markets, working at New England mills such as Quaker Fabrics. When the textile...

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Kristen Dettoni Design Process
Kristen Dettoni Design Process
Kristen Dettoni Design Process

The Design Process of Kristen Dettoni

At Design Pool, we like to say that our creative process is client-driven. We do this work because we love to see our designs find their way into a client's product and out into the marketplace. Founder Kristen Dettoni does the majority of the design work for Design Pool and is passionate about creating a beautiful and useful design library. For Kristen, her design process usually starts with a robust market and trend research. She knows that the more information...

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Kristen Dettoni Weaving

The Women of the Bauhaus

2019 has been an exciting year for anyone who appreciates the work that came out of the Bauhaus. Around the world, museums have been installing exhibits that celebrate the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany in 1919. From a vast retrospective of Anni Albers at the Tate Modern in London to The Bauhaus and Harvard, a small exhibit at the Harvard Art Museum featuring work from their extensive Bauhaus collection, enthusiasts are once again...

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Talking Trends with Kerry Rowe of Kerry Rowe Design LLC

At Design Pool, it is essential to stay on top of industry trends. Design Pool founder Kristen Dettoni recently sat down with Kerry Rowe of Kerry Rowe Design and creator of Box See Studio to talk trends in color, materials and finish (CMF). Kerry is an expert in the field CMF with over 20 years of experience working with clients such as AIS, Ghent, Camira Fabrics and Flying Pig Coatings. According to Kerry, when it comes to fabrics, texture reigns supreme....

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The Ace Campers! (Kristen - left front row)

A Creative Vacation Learning the Navajo Tapestry Weaving Technique

Georgia O’Keeffe first visited New Mexico in 1917 and said later, “From then on, I was always trying to get back there.” New Mexico can have that effect on people. The big sky, the clear air, the piñon trees dotting the landscape, it’s no wonder so many artists flock to New Mexico. And then keep returning. When Design Pool founder Kristen Dettoni needed a creative escape to unplug and be inspired, she came across an Ace Camps trip to study Navajo weaving...

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PrintingUnited 2019 Material Review

In October, we visited the Printing United show in Dallas, Texas. Printing United describes itself as a brand-new trade show that will “provide access to the latest solutions for apparel, graphics/wide-format, and functional printing applications.” Their goal is putting under one roof “access to all printing technologies.” Those of us in the industry all agree it’s an exciting time for printing and print-on-demand products. A show with so many different technologies and materials in one place was both informative...

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Museum and Textile Reproductions for Museum LA

Design Pool is excited to let you know about a volunteer project we are working on with Museum L-A in Lewiston, Maine. Museum L-A was founded to tell the story of the textile mill workers who had once worked in the Bates Mill in Lewiston, which ceased production in 2001. Their mission reads that it “connects generations and cultures, fosters a spirit of discovery and human ingenuity, and helps people experience the rich history and heritage of work, the...

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Suzani Pattern Definition and Design

A Suzani is a form of embroidered textile native to Central Asia. The term is derived from the Persian word for needlework, "suzanikari". Suzani tells the enduring story of mothers' love for their daughters and the beautiful handcrafted dowry pieces that they lovingly and laboriously created for their wedding day to bring happiness, protection, and prosperity into their married life. Suzanis were a symbol of a family's wealth; the greater the ornamentation signified the societal status of the bride's family. Through...

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Plaid Pattern Definition and Design

In its simplest definition, the plaid is a box layout of stripes, usually horizontal and vertical, and almost always crossing at right angles. The simple definition of a check-like arrangement is scarcely descriptive, but plaids have been produced in such a variety of layouts for centuries that a more searching definition might not cover them all. Their origin is in the threads of the loom, the warp set up lengthwise in the weft filling it in horizontally. Tartans are plaids...

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