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  • Use the public domain for creative assets

Using Public Domain Art to Create Patterns

May 19th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration, Design Basics, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , |

Today on the blog, we’re exploring how you can use public domain artwork within your own pattern designs. For many of us, the thorny territory surrounding copyright can be a little confusing and downright intimidating. However, once you understand the basics, you’ll appreciate that the public domain is brimming with potential inspiration and design resources. Read on!

  • Kawakubo Design Inspiration WeaveUp

Inspired by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons

May 6th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , |

Here at WeaveUp HQ, we love the Met Gala. It's our favorite fashion holiday. We were glued to Instagram on Monday, watching A-listers take avant-garde looks to the red carpet. This year we are far more enamored with the exhibition itself than the celebrities playing dress up. For the first time since the 1983 Yves Saint Laurent exhibit, the Costume Institute's exhibition will profile a living artist—Comme des Garçons’ very own Rei Kawakubo. Read on to learn more about Kawakubo and see our favorite Comme des Garçons looks!

  • Op design and art WeaveUp

What We’re Loving: Op Art

May 4th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , |

Last month, renowned optical artist Julian Stanczak passed away. To honor his memory, we're delving into Stanczak’s journey and the story behind the resurgent optical illusion design trend. Read on!

  • Create colorways with WeaveUp

A Colorway Collection!

April 18th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , |

If you're familiar with WeaveUp, you've probably heard about our color customization technology. Most designs in our library can be color edited to fit your exact needs. To showcase the power of our customization technology, we thought we'd flex our creative muscles and create a unique collection - a single design in lots of colorways. Read on to see the whole collection!

  • Textile Design Guide for Stripes

Textile Design Guide: Stripes

April 13th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration, Design Basics|Tags: , , , |

Spring is in full bloom and here at the WeaveUp office we’ve got sun, sand, and sea on our mind.When creating our latest seasonal collection (inspired by said sun, sand, and sea), we began to ponder - how did the stripe pattern first came to be associated with nautical endeavors? Today, our Textile Design Guide picks back up with an investigation into the surprising backstory behind the simple stripe! Read on!

  • How to simplify designs on WeaveUp

How to Simplify Patterns

April 11th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , |

The WeaveUp customizer allows for the color editing of designs with 12 colors or less. Some designs will have more editable colors than others, allowing you to create multidimensional layers of detail and color. But - the more colors a design has, the more colors you have to hand pick, right? Wrong. You do not have to pick a different color for every single color swatch in a design. You can repeat the same color across multiple swatches, reducing the number of colors and in many cases, simplifying the design. When you're in the customizer tool, hover your mouse over a color swatch. You will see a small eye dropper icon. Click the eyedropper to "copy" the color. Now, you should see a small tear drop icon. Click the tear drop to "paste" the color. You can paste this color to all the chips in a design.

  • Donna Skupien Designer Interview with WeaveUp

Featured Artist: Donna Skupien

April 6th, 2017|Categories: Featured Artists|Tags: |

Working in the Colorado mountains, Donna Skupien creates her surface designs surrounded by nature - just the way she likes it. Donna's firm, Bridgewater Moss Designs, has delivered stellar surface patterns for clients large and small. Learn more about Donna, her inspirations and her obsession with prints in this week's installment of our Featured Artist series.

  • The power of WeaveUp's mirrored repeat

The Power of the Mirrored Repeat

April 4th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , |

One of the coolest features of WeaveUp's customizer is the ability to change the repeat style of a design. WeaveUp offers four repeat styles: basic, half-brick, half-drop, and mirrored. Today we're going to talk about the mirrored repeat. In the screenshot below, you can see where to find the mirrored repeat button in our customizer.

  • Sheila Hicks Interview with WeaveUp

Textile Design Guide: Sheila Hicks

March 29th, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , |

This week we continue our Women's History Month series with a closer look at the incredible work of fiber artist, Sheila Hicks. While Hicks is not strictly a textile designer, she helped pave the way for a more open-minded investigation of the arbitrary divide between traditional crafts and those deemed professional arts. As such, we honor Hicks for her role in bringing a greater understanding and appreciation to the genre of fiber and fabric as a whole.

  • Armi Raatia design WeaveUp

Textile Design Guide: Armi Ratia + Marimekko

March 21st, 2017|Categories: Inspiration|Tags: , , , |

In honor of women’s history month, our textile design guide will be profiling some of the fundamental female figures in the fabric/fiber trade. Today, we put the spotlight on Armi Ratia, the brainchild behind iconic Finnish design house, Marimekko.