Insight

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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Trend or Fad? What’s the Difference?

In our series Talking Trends, we talk to designers in a range of industries from contract textiles, to finishes, to laminates. It’s fascinating to hear their perspective on what is trending, while at the same time they are keenly aware of what’s a fad. That got us thinking about the difference between a trend and a fad.What is the difference between a trend and a fad?According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a trend is defined as “a general development or...

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Advanced Digital Textiles Answers All Our Printing Questions

The technology of digital textile printing is changing at an incredible pace. As technology improves, so does capability and quality. It truly is an exciting time in the print-on-demand industry. With advances happening at breakneck speed, it's a challenge to stay up to date. But before you even get to that, you need to know the basics of digital printing for textiles. At Advanced Digital Textiles, we use cutting edge technology to digitally print on a range of fabrics...

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A Closer Look at Natural Fibers & Materials

Picking the right material to use for digital printing is an important one. If you're working with print-on-demand companies or thinking about customizing materials for your next project, you know there are a lot of options out there. That's the fun of customizing! Still, it's a lot to take in if you're new to materials and not comfortable with the lingo yet. What type of material do you want to print on? Can you print on natural fibers? If...

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Paula Becker

Paula Stebbins Becker on Creating Intuitively

Paula Stebbins Becker has worked in the textile industry for decades. In fact, she has designed for us at Design Pool. We know her to be a talented designer with a keen eye and rich experience. Yet, when we asked Paula to talk with us for our Talking Trends series, she was reluctant, uncertain if she was in tune with trends. She is currently creating a collection of handmade pieces of artwork that she sells to companies in the...

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Licensing Pattern Designs is Smart in Uncertain Times

A lot of small businesses, freelancers, and entrepreneurs are facing uncertainty these days. We can relate, we are too at Design Pool. Our goal to grow our business by licensing pattern designs is the same. Yet, our plans had to be reassessed. The shows we were exhibiting at have both been postponed. Both the Licensing Expo and Neocon have both been canceled. As a small business with big plans to grow in 2020, this has been a blow.BUT, we are still moving forward....

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