I’m a new member of Creativebug. I actually signed up taking advantage of their current Mother’s Day Sale, where you get a one year membership, to view any/all of their videos/classes, during your membership, plus a 15% off coupon for Fabric.com (coupon comes via email after you sign up).
Their year membership program, provides not only access to ALL video classes during your membership, but you get to select 12 video classes to archive to watch again and again in the future (forever).
I wasn’t really certain what I’d find on the Creativebug, but I quickly began watching some excellent online classes, many of which I’ll share insights with you in the future. But the series for “How to Design Fabric?” just locked me in and I honestly felt this class alone, was worth the fee for a one year membership to the Creativebug, at any price. Thus, today, I want to share insights about this series:
Here are a few inspirational words of encouragement that I picked up while watching:
- There are no real rules
- Do what you want to do as you have no clue where it may lead you.
Each part of this series is packed with great insights about How to Design Fabric, as well as to encourage you to be confident with your creativity. Each part also has a gallery where participants can share photos of their work and get feedback. And a great Discussion area for participants to ask questions and get feedback from the Creativebug teachers, as well as fellow students.
PART 1 – INSPIRATION AND INTRODUCTION (40:50 minutes)
What makes a fabric collection? How do repeats work? Where do you even start? This overview introduces you to the fundamentals of textile design, along with inspiration on how designers kick off a new collection. Hear the stories of each designer featured in the series, and follow along with an eye-opening paper exercise that helps you grasp the concept of a repeating design.
PART 2 – HOW TO DESIGN FABRIC: REPEATS BY HAND (1:07 hour)
Next we learn the fundamentals of building a repeating pattern. In Part 2, you will learn how to take a design and work it into a repeating pattern, and then let Lizzy show you how to block print the repeating design. All three designers also cover the sketching and drawing stages that ultimately translate into digital designs.
PART 3 – DESIGNING REPEATS DIGITALLY (1:13 hour)
Let’s move on to digital designs. Heather shares her process, which originates within Photoshop, and Denyse and Lizzy show how they draw and then create repeats in Illustrator (both presume a basic level of knowledge with each program). This episode also shows how to manipulate scale and tile designs, as well as pointers for getting the hang of drawing digitally.
PART 4 – WORKING WITH COLOR (1:05 hour)
Color is a whole other story unto itself. From sourcing inspiration to developing a palette, each designer talks about the importance of color in their work, and how to use color in effective and inspiring ways.
PART 5: EXPERT ADVICE (34:48 minutes)
Whether you are a casual designer or looking to work professionally, this final episode offers straight talk from the pros. Learn from industry experts as well as each designer, all of whom share their advice on how to approach fabric manufacturers and their evaluation of the retail fabric market. This episode gives you clear insight on the practicalities of developing and producing printed fabric.
My conclusion, this class is perfect for anyone interested in becoming a Fabric Designer, as well as those creative individuals that simply want to better understand the process. And, from the classes I’ve taken so far, I definitely see a value of being a member of the Creativebug. I’ll share insights on other classes on the Creativebug platform in the near future.
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