Design

Chocolate Church Arts Center presents: Eight

You're invited to join Design Pool at Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath, Maine for Eight, an art exhibit featuring eight fiber artists from across the country. In this exhibition, each artist has created eight pieces of art, each measuring 8x8. Design Pool's Kristen Dettoni and Kristin Crane are both participating. Kristen Dettoni is showing eight of her needlepunch color studies. Many of the colors she uses in her work contain yarn she naturally dyed. Kristen Dettoni, Color Study...

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What is an Ombré & How Do You Make One?

An ombré is a stripe or pattern with gradual shading and blending from one color to another. In fact, the word ombré itself comes from the French word meaning shaded. A designer or artist can create an ombré using most textile techniques, including knitting, weaving, printing, and dyeing. Ombrés first appeared in pattern designs in prints in the early 1800s on wallpaper made by the wallpaper firm Zuber. These designs often used the ombré in a solid area of a...

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Design Pool Exhibits at NeoCon 2021 in Chicago

We are thrilled to share some exciting news. Design Pool will be exhibiting at NeoCon 2021. According to NeoCon, this event is "the world’s leading platform and most important event for the commercial interiors industry." Neocon launched in 1969 and "has served as the annual gathering place for the commercial design world’s manufacturers, dealers, architects, designers, end-users, design organizations and media. The three-day in-person event showcases game-changing products and services from both leading companies and emerging talent—providing unparalleled access...

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What is a Greek Key?

The Greek Key is a common motif in textile design and many other places where decorative elements are necessary. Whether or not you know the name, you have most likely seen a Greek Key design. In fact, it may even be in your home. Often used as a border, it is also used frequently in stripes. It is so versatile; it even appears on its own in allover patterns. Though it is referred to as a Greek Key, this distinct...

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Four Tips for Combining Neutrals in Home Decor

Recently, I interviewed Lisa Lev, of Lisa Lev Design based in Toronto. I asked her, "What is your most challenging, yet satisfying, project to date?" She replied, "the Clarendon job." This modern rehab of a heritage home for a repeat customer, was challenging for her. This client has a bad reaction to color and Lisa loves starting from the color scheme. But as you can see, Lisa embraced the challenge by combining neutrals to great effect. Photo credit: Alex Lukey Here...

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Introducing Design Pool’s Proprietary Designs Collection

At Design Pool, we understand that licensing designs isn’t always the best solution for every business. For those customers, we’ve put together a special collection of proprietary designs. Every design in this collection is individually priced and available for purchase. With this collection, you pay a flat fee upon purchase with no royalty structure. This means you own the design and that’s it! You assume exclusive rights to the design and can use it as many times as you...

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Rebecca Pry, Featured Designer in our Proprietary Collection

Our collection of proprietary designs has been growing, thanks to recent collaborations with independent designers such as Rebecca Pry. Rebecca is a talented illustrator and designer whose bright, bold, energetic patterns we can't get enough of. Rebecca's Design Pool collection is currently for sale in our Proprietary Library. You can gain access to that library by signing up for a free account. We sat down with Rebecca to learn a little more about her and her work. Can you...

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What is Chintz & is it Making a Comeback?

Chintz, glazed cotton prints, were the rage in over-the-top interiors in the 1980s and an excess associated with interior designer Mario Buatta, among others. This pattern-upon-pattern riot eventually died out, giving way to the minimalist and ubiquitous mid-century modern aesthetic –first in beige, and then in all white- we have been living with since.  Polychrome woodblock printed chintz was introduced to Europe in the 1600s when they were imported by the East India company. The word chintz comes from...

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10 Tips for Getting Over a Creative Block

Is there anything more frustrating than a creative block? At best they make you feel like you've wasted valuable time. At worst they can make you question all your life choices. When you make a living off your creativity, feeling blocked can be more than a nuisance. It can cause a lot of anxiety. Yet, you're not alone. Ask any creative person if they've ever felt like their creative well has dried up and they will surely answer yes....

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What is a Novelty Print?

A novelty print describes a particular type of pattern. Sometimes referred to as a conversational print, a novelty print has something about it that is, well, novel. These prints go beyond the familiar motifs of flowers, leaves, scrolls, and shapes. Instead, these designs contain unusual, but recognizable motifs. The novelty of the motif itself is a conversation starter. A novelty print typically utilizes the standard design tools in a textile designer’s toolbox, such as layout and repeat. However, instead of...

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