It may not occur to most people that this year’s college graduates stand at the leading edge of fashion design. In fact, as parents drop their children off at a specialty summer camp, they may not realize that their child is helping decide next season’s wearable trends. The next generation has an incredible amount of technology at their creative disposal. Today, we connect with two fashion design programs offering unparalleled access to digital technology and advanced design instruction. Justin LeBlanc, professor at North Carolina State University and runner up on Project Runway All Stars, discusses how his students are pushing innovation in the fashion world, and Rob Younkers, co-founder of STITCHED youth fashion camp, shares the incredible talent he discovers in his young designers.
If you’ve been keeping up with the Spoonflower community, you know that in April we launched our brand new Monthly Design Challenges and our weekly contests got a little makeover. In an effort to listen to our community and constantly improve, we are changing up the structure of our weekly challenges.
How it works: To “enter,” you are no longer required to post designs on social media with our specific hashtag. You’ll simply upload your design to Spoonflower, make it “public” and add in that week’s specific tag. Each week will have its own special tag, which is how participating designs will be found on Spoonflower. [Read more…] about July’s Weekly Prompts + Important Updates
Hello Designers! Voting is officially open for our June challenge, so we’re excited to present a sneak peek of next month’s “tricky” theme! We’re thrilled to partner with Betabrand for our Double Take Design Challenge. Betabrand is a crowdsourced, crowdfunded clothing company based in San Francisco that specializes in clothing that does double duty (Dress Pant Yoga Pants, anyone?). We’re teaming up to find designs that are not quite what they seem at a first glance.
We are looking for quirky new takes on classic patterns, designs that reveal more than meets the eye upon a second glance, an allover print that could be two things at once, or simply something original, bold, and sure to invite conversation. Designs will be previewed at the fat-quarter size (21″ x 18″) and must be original and created just for our Betabrand Double Take Design Challenge. Excited? Stay tuned for July 1 when we’ll make an official announcement of the amazing prizes, timeline and official rules. But until then…
To get your creativity flowing, we’ve pulled together some examples of super fun garments produced by Betabrand that invite a second glance (and plenty of compliments!). Take a peek, and if you’re looking for even more inspiration, head over to our Double Take Pinterest board!
Looking for a creative, inexpensive way to showcase your little artist’s masterpieces or planning gifts for grandparents and friends? Try using Spoonflower’s Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra to make canvas wall art for less than half of what it costs elsewhere online! And if you’re looking for a fun kid’s art table like the one featured in this post, you will love Step2’s art desks, which are designed and made in Streetsboro, Ohio.
PART 1: How to Upload Kid’s Artwork for a Linen Cotton Canvas Wall Art
Skip to PART 2: Wrapping your Linen Cotton Canvas Wall Art
If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly Photoshop project, then this is perfect for you! First thing to do is scan your artwork at a very high resolution (300 dpi and above) and save to your computer. [Read more…] about DIY Kid’s Canvas Art for Less Than $25
We like to think of The Academy of Handmade as a support system for makers. As longtime fans and sponsors of The Academy of Handmade, we’ve been proud to see so many artists and crafters thrive, growing their small businesses through this amazing recourse. Sharon Fain, founder and director of the Academy of Handmade stops by the blog to share how using Spoonflower custom-printed materials can help give your business an edge against competitors, so you can thrive too!
Huge news: we’re taking our 10% designer commission and adding a bonus! For the month of June and every month hereafter, if your monthly commissions exceed certain thresholds, you will retroactively qualify for an additional bonus commission on top of what you’ve already earned. And on top of that, you will be paid out every 14 days (instead of once a month) with no waiting period. We’ve even added a new payout threshold of $10 (versus the previous $20) so you can transfer that cash to your bank account even faster than ever. Check out our infographic below which breaks down the new commission tiers.
There’s no need to sign up or do anything differently, all you need is to make sure you are a verified seller on our site, and that your Paypal information is updated in your account. You can update that by logging in and clicking on “My Account” under “My Studio” and selecting the “Spoondollars” tab.
Sales not quite up to any of these tiers yet? You’ll still earn 10% on every sale–all day, every day. From professional designers who use Spoonflower for their entire income to hobbyists wanting side cash, the Spoonflower Marketplace is for everyone. And you always keep the rights to your work!
The new bonus structure starts now with June being the first qualifying month, which means that if you made more than $300 in commissions by the end of June, you can expect your first bonus payment to come July 13th. Didn’t make enough to qualify for a bonus but still earned more than $10.00? You can still expect a payout on July 13th.
When you thrive as a designer, we thrive. We are committed to providing a platform for you to be successful and share your designs with the world while being compensated fairly. Get to know fellow designers and learn more about all the vast ways you benefit from offering your designs for sale in our Marketplace, from free promotion, distribution through our sister brands, and exposure to our vast community.
Are you a sentimental treasure hoarder like us? We love tutorials that allow us to bring family heirlooms and precious memories into our everyday lives. This week guest author Emma Jeffery from the blog Hello Beautiful shows us to do just that by turning a family keepsake into a beautiful scarf. We recommend using Poly Crepe de Chine for all the elegance of silk without the cost or animal impact of real silk.
Emma: I have never really been the kind of person who collects trinkets, hoards keepsakes or has many treasured family heirlooms tucked away in the attic, but now that I have children of my own, I am increasingly aware of the importance of keeping items that will one day tell our family’s story. Our family history is no more, or less, remarkable than that of the next, but it is unique in its detail and its narrative is a gift for future generations to treasure.
That said, I am not naturally predisposed to keeping things that do not serve a practical purpose so I’m trying to think of ways to preserve the memories of events and people without cluttering up my house with boxes that are never opened or with figurines that sit on a shelf and gather dust.
When my mum told me she was in possession of a newspaper published on the day she was born I was immediately inspired to think of ways to release it from its captive state at the bottom of a dusty drawer and to bring the printed material to life once more. After all, what good are treasures or keepsakes if we don’t stop to reflect upon them once in awhile?
My mum was born in England in June 1944, the day after the Normandy Landings when the allied troops invaded northern France, resulting in the decisive allied victory that marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War. The newspaper is only 8 pages long (presumably because of the shortages at the time) but despite this, I felt there was a wealth of material: adverts, news columns, satirical cartoons, movie theater announcements, letters, crosswords…
I decided to take photos of different parts of the paper that caught my eye and although there was no ignoring the obvious war reports and political references, I found I was drawn to aspects of the paper that highlighted regular humanity during wartime. For example, there was an advert for soap which asked the readers to consider, ‘Will he find you as young and lovely when he comes home again?” I also took photos of the date printed on the paper (my mum’s birthday!)
With roughly 100 photos of different parts of the newspaper, I transferred them onto my computer and used Picasa to create a collage of my favorite images. In the collage option in Picasa, you are able to set a custom size so I put in 36” x 36” as I intended on making a silk scarf of these dimensions printed on to one yard of Spoonflower’s beautiful silk crepe de chine.
I then positioned and repositioned the photos I had taken until I was happy with the design. At this point the colors were still their original yellowing newspaper with black text, but using Picasa’s Duo-Tone option under the image processing tab, I was able to select two colors for my print.
Though I tried a few test swatches before printing my yardage, all the color options I chose were within shades of my mum’s favorite colors, to make this scarf really personal for her.
This is beautiful fabric with such a special print that I know the scarf will become a family heirloom. And whilst the original newspaper may soon be returned to the bottom of the drawer and forgotten once more, the scarf will be worn and enjoyed, and will help tell part of our story for generations to come.
About Our Guest Blogger
I’m an obsessive sewer, often leaping into projects with more enthusiasm than talent, more bravado than skill and more good luck than anything else. This technique has worked well for me so far and more often than not, I make things I love, even if they’re not absolutely perfect. And though I’m no expert, I have a passion for fabric, color and design. I know what I like and what I like makes me smile.
After reading last month's Spoonflower Handbook Master Class recap by instructor Becka Rahn, were you itching to road trip to the Spoonflower HQ? If the answer is yes, you're in luck! We are excited to announce registration is now open for the summer session of the Spoonflower Handbook Master Class on August 26-28. This workshop will be an introduction to using Photoshop for fabric design, with a specific focus on using layers and seamless textures to add depth to your designs.
Ready to get designing? Click here to reserve your spot today!
Spoonflower embraces a love that exists for itself, not bound by color, gender, or geography. And to celebrate all love during Pride Month, Spoonflower has created two exclusive designs highlighting the colors of the rainbow and the values of inclusivity that make our vibrant world of color and surface design keep on spinning.
Moogfest is an annual 4-day music festival and technology symposium featuring artists whose music uses Moog instruments or ideas. It began a decade ago in memorial of Robert "Bob" Moog, the inventor of Moog synthesizers. This year Moogfest was held in Spoonflower's home city of Durham, North Carolina! With all the music and tech chatter surrounding the festival, Spoonflower was overjoyed to have the opportunity to provide the signage.
Our Woven (peel and stick) Wallpaper was selected by Moogfest organizers as the festival's signage material because of its versatility––it can adhere to a huge range of surfaces and can be peeled off and repositioned multiple times with minimal loss of stickiness. With venues scattered around the urban landscape of downtown Durham and surfaces ranging from corrugated steel, brick, and concrete surrounding festival-goers throughout, our Peel and Stick was put to the test. We are happy to report that it held up great, even through the sun, rain and wear-and-tear of constant festival traffic.
In the spirit of art and innovation, Moogfest organizers chose to print their official colors, cut out simple shapes, and playfully stick them to the surfaces around venues, as if handfuls of oversized confetti had been sprinkled about the entrances. We loved how much these bright shapes enlivened local Durham landmarks.