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Talking Window Treatment Trends with Cathy Wilkerson

After graduating with a degree in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design, Cathy Wilkerson spent the early part of her career as a designer and then Design Director at Robert Allen. Each season she worked on their ubiquitous color books. This work kept her intimately in tune with current trends in the textile industry, especially color and design trends. In her current position as a Regional Sales Manager for Norman Window Fashions, her design background and eye...

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New Hampshire Interior Decorator Kelly Murphy Shares Her Process

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with an interior decorator? We have, so we found one to talk to about the process. New Hampshire interior decorator Kelly Murphy of Décor&You has been practicing interior decorating in the Granite State for over a decade. She gave us the scoop her turnkey process to making over a room.But first, what’s the difference between a designer & a decorator?It’s important to know the two designations are not interchangeable. An...

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New Britain Museum of American Art presents Anni Albers

Anni Albers is best known for her time in the weaving workshop at the Bauhaus in Germany and later as a teacher at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. But that is only half of her story. In 1950, she and her husband Josef moved to Connecticut when Josef accepted a job at Yale University. Despite spending the rest of her life living on the outskirts of New Haven, many people outside of Connecticut don't associate Anni Albers with...

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Natural Dyeing with Materials from the Yard and Kitchen

Our latest trend letter is all about natural materials. Wicker, rattan and cane are catching our eye on modern pieces, geometric lighting and even with loud pops of color. Natural materials are inspiring products even in the automotive industry. But, natural materials are also extending into textiles and not just in fiber form. Natural dyes are having a moment in the spotlight. While mostly reserved for smaller brands and limited runs, it's fun to see brands as big as...

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What are the Pros and Cons of Licensing a Design?

So, you need a design for a project or product. Great! Now what? It can be a big decision whether to license a design, design one yourself, or buy one from a designer. Like everything, there are pros and cons of licensing a design. Knowing them can help you make the best decision for your business and have the best design possible.To help you make the best decision, here are the pros and cons of licensing a design.Licensing Pros:There...

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A Daily Creative Practice, Tips for Success

Artists and designers from across disciplines often have something in common, a daily creative practice. It makes sense. Art takes work, practice, and most of all, time. Whether you make art for your job, your hobby, or your side hustle, the need to create is competing for your time with everything else in your life. Yet, it can be hard to make the time for it. In our fast paced life, it can feel indulgent to spend time not...

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A Closer Look at Manufactured & Synthetic Fibers

Humans have been turning fibers into materials with which to clothe themselves, warm themselves and express themselves for millennia. Still, there are certain moments in time we can point to as having made huge impacts on the way textiles are made. The invention of the cotton gin and then of the spinning jenny are two such moments. So too is the invention of synthetic fibers.When we talk about human manufactured fiber, we're talking about fiber that doesn't exist as...

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Neoconnect, Trends from Neocon’s Virtual Event

I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling like June just wasn't the same without Neocon. To try and fill the void, organizers produced a month full of virtual content and events called Neoconnect. We attended a few of the seminars and followed along on social media. While it wasn’t the same as being there in person, it was inspiring to see what’s new and what trends are percolating.What was the focus of Neoconnect?The #MetropolisLikes product awards given out by...

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Create a Texture Library & Enhance Your Print Designs

As a textile designer, one of the best tools in my designer toolbox is my texture library. Designing patterns digitally, I sometimes felt the patterns looked a little flat. To breathe life into a pattern, I add texture to a design instead of a flat color. This technique optimizes a pattern by adding depth and dimension. Where it previously felt flat or sterile, the pattern now has the illusion of a woven fabric, regardless of the material on which...

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Giving Yourself Time for Creativity

If you're not careful, work-from-home life can easily turn into work-all-the-time life. Spending more time at home, have you found yourself working more? At Design Pool, we're definitely guilty of it. That's why we've been so inspired lately by friends giving themselves the time for creativity.We're particularly loving those with a daily creative practice. For many artists, that practice informs their work and brings balance to their lives. It's easy to feel like creative time is indulgent or...

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