In person or online. These classes can all be presented as a 3 hour session in-person or a 2 hour virtual demo/lecture with lots of time for Q&A.
Designing Signature Fabric Prints (Digital Fabric Design)
You don’t need to be a Photoshop pro to be able to digitally design and print your own fabrics. This class is packed with projects you can design using simple and low-cost digital design tools, most that work just from your web browser. You will learn how to create a variety of projects, from painted, doodled or digital artwork and gain the confidence you need to build on those basic instructions to make your own designs. Then, we’ll take a tour of everything you need to know about printing with Spoonflower, including tips about color, resolution and scale. For the virtual version of this class, because it’s not practical to watch a Zoom session and follow along with the online part of projects in real-time, this session will be presented as an interactive demo with hands-on components, handouts and links to refer to later, plus lots of opportunities to ask questions. No fabric design experience necessary, but you should be comfortable with basic computer skills like opening and saving a file, copy/paste, and using a thumb drive. You do not need Photoshop or any special software for this class.
Designing Kaleidoscope Geometrics (Digital Fabric Design)
Get a taste of what it is like to digitally design and print your own fabric with Spoonflower. This session focuses on abstract designs, so you don’t need to feel limited by your drawing skills. We’ll start with simple hands-on art, transform it into pixels, and create two seamlessly repeating geometric patterns all in one session. No special software or computer skills are required; you can create amazing patterns using just your web browser and some simple design tools. For the virtual version of this class, because it’s not practical to watch a Zoom session and follow along with the online part of projects in real-time, this session will be presented as an interactive demo with hands-on components, handouts and links to refer to later, plus lots of opportunities to ask questions.
No fabric design experience necessary, but you should be comfortable with basic computer skills like opening and saving a file, copy/paste. You do not need Photoshop or any special software or equipment.
Tea Towel from a Recipe Card (Digital Fabric Design)
Do you have a favorite handwritten recipe card in your collection? Make your own keepsake tea towel by scanning your grandmother’s handwritten recipe card and learning how to scale it up to fill a fat quarter of fabric. See how to upload and digitally print it on to linen-cotton fabric with Spoonflower to make a one-of-a-kind tea towel. Bring a 5×3 inch recipe card with you to class; see supply list for details. Your printed fabric fat quarter will be mailed to you after class.
No fabric design experience necessary, but you should be comfortable with basic computer skills like opening and saving a file, copy/paste, and using a thumb drive. You do not need Photoshop or any special software or equipment.
Macro Photo to Digital Fashion (Digital Fabric Design)
Design fabrics using macro photos of everyday objects. First we’ll do a hands-on photoshoot with our smart phones to capture images of everyday objects like beads, feathers, pebbles and textures. Get ideas for lighting effects and adjusting focus as well as framing your images. Then we will edit our photos while learning about cropping, resizing, resolution and ratios to create a finished file that is ready to print at large scale on a yard of fabric.
Fabrics to Match your Decor (Digital Fabric Design)
Learn to design your own hand-drawn fabric designs from a simple marker doodle that we’ll translate into a sophisticated mandala-like digital repeat and upload to Spoonflower.com to print on to fabric or wallpaper. You’ll choose the colors for your design by learning how to match the colors you see on your computer screen to colors in your house – your couch fabric, a favorite photograph, or kitchen paint colors – to make your own home decor accent pieces.
Etsy Shop Behind the Scenes (Business of Art)
Tips, techniques and words of wisdom from a long-time Etsy Seller about what it takes to run an Etsy shop. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the technical side of running your shop, setting up items via the Shop Manager, and choosing shipping profiles; as well as marketing and search tips to help get you started on the right foot. Note, this is a lecture style class, you do not need to bring a computer.
10 Ways to Sell Your Work (Business of Art)
There are many ways to sell your work online, but how do you decide what will work best for you? Some platforms, like Etsy, are well known but there are new opportunities for getting your work out there that pop up every day. This session will be packed with information: compare and contrast selling options like Etsy, Pinterest, Amazon Handmade; making your work go further through RedBubble, Blurb, GotPrint, Moo; how to use payment options like Square and more. We will also take a look at what it takes to really get started: what is a realistic timeline for your first sales, how to build momentum and how to decide what works for you.
Photo Basics: Editing Digital Images (Digital Photography)
Don’t know your MB from your DPI? This session will help you out with the vocabulary of digital photographs and images. Every publication, show jury and call-for-entry has a different set of requirements for your images. Learn how to re-size, crop and rename your images to fit the requirements for submitting them and most especially to translate and unravel the requirements with confidence. We will do a number of practice exercises and have time for questions and discussion.
Photos in a Snap (Digital Photography)
A quick crash course in photographing your work using your smartphone to capture and edit images. Learn tips for using everyday materials to light your work and basic edits that can help your photos shine.
Design your own Typeface (Digital Fabric Design)
Learn how to create your own font or typeface! Using your favorite art materials, you design a whole alphabet of letters in your favorite style. Once your letters are drawn, painted or cut out, you scan/photograph and upload them and using a free online tool you can make them into a font you can download and use on your computer. Get tips for fine tuning your font, styling your letters and more.
Intro to Pixlr
Get started with simple but powerful graphic design app, Pixlr E. Pixlr is free, works right in your web browser, and is an easy and accessible tool to start designing your own graphics, editing photos, designing fabrics and more. Learn step-by-step how to create and edit designs and use many of the built in tools. This class will be presented as a demo with detailed live Q&A. Because it is not feasible to complete a project on your computer while simultaneously watching a Zoom presentation, you will complete any projects on your own after class has ended. You do not need any special software or equipment for this class; all parts of the project can be completed using your own computer and basic web browser.