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What to read, watch and explore this week on Pattern Observer
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Hello there!

I hope that you are having a wonderful week!

In addition to several wonderful posts, including an interview with freelance illustrator Laura Coyle, this week we were also fortunate enough to award two new designers with our "Award of Excellence."

Designers Brittany McLaughlin and Esther Jongste have been a joy to work with over the past few years and we were delighted to add them to our small, but talented group of winners. You can check out their profiles and websites through our awards page. Congrats to both Brittany and Esther!

In our interview with illustrator Laura Coyle she shares some wonderful advice for designers at all levels, but what I loved the most was her advice to take action and stop procrastinating. We can spend countless hours tweaking our artwork or updating our websites, but at some point we just have to send the file or publish the post and see what happens. Yes, there will be mistakes and updates will need to be made, but that is the best way to learn and improve.

What action needs to be taken in your business or career? Are you avoiding a project or situation out of fear? If so, I recommend giving yourself a deadline and creating a list of small steps that can be taken to achieve this scary task. Hold yourself to this deadline and celebrate taking this step forward in your career. You'll be surprised what a relief it is to get this project off your "to-do" list!

Wishing you the best,
Michelle

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ON THE BLOG
Photoshop for Designers Featured Alumna: Gabriella Hoskin

“As a designer, I usually start by using hand-drawn elements. I like all the little imperfections and happy accidents you get when having your hand in the work, which brings a unique, beautiful and personal quality to a design. It’s also because I love the physical process of making art – experimenting with all kinds of materials and techniques, conventional and non-conventional..."

ON THE BLOG
Interview with Laura Coyle, Guest Expert in The TDL

Laura has spent nearly 20 years as a freelance illustrator and is also an amazing Adobe Illustrator instructor (she runs illustratoring.com, check it out!). Get to know Laura a little better in today’s interview, filled with some wonderful insights and advice for up-and-coming designers.
 
ON THE BLOG
Tips for Designing Prints for Swimwear

In Trishawna’s fun and informative training PDF, she provides 10 tips for designing successful prints for swim clients, based on her nearly 10 years of experience purchasing artwork for this market.
ON THE BLOG
Featured Textile Designer: Tamar Branitzky

Tamar Branitzky describes herself as a “textile designer, scarves maker, and collector of feelings.” Tamar’s eclectic mixed-media prints stem from her “vivid imagination” and “seem to be taken off the easel, to be worn as a work of art” in the form of her luxurious scarves.
UPCOMING EVENTS
The Ultimate Guide to Repeats

The group studies allow you to take our free courses along with a group of your fellow designers here in The Lab. This is recommended if you are new to the site and have never taken the courses before. The next UGTR group study begins on Monday, March 16th. Join us!
 
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