Melodie made this child's bow tie from KatieLukas' "Dog-tooth/houndstooth Check in Brown"
design printed onto organic cotton sateen.
What is your educational background, and did it have anything to do with fabrics or design?
My educational background is creative, but doesn’t correlate directly with fabric design. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, and a Master of Science in Entertainment Business. I studied all kinds of visual and performing arts while in school, so I appreciate great art and design no matter the chosen medium.
Can you talk a bit about your professional experience? What did you do in your pre-Spoonflower professional life? What made you want to work here?
I was a stay-at-home mom for a year, then I worked part-time at a stationery store on weekends for a few months before I moved to the Durham area to work at Spoonflower. I chose Spoonflower because there was an opening for a weekend printer operator. I was excited to be able to work weekends because it would give me more time to spend with my two-year-old son during the week. It has worked out really well for my family, and the transition into being a working mom has been rather smooth because of Spoonflower’s family friendly environment.
What’s your official role here at Spoonflower? Is there anything you’d like to do here as Spoonflower continues to grow and evolve?
My official title at Spoonflower is printer operator, but I also help out with getting our fabric ready to be shipped to customers. Because I have a business background, I would love to be able to help out with some of the administrative and marketing projects that Spoonflower is involved in. We also do a lot with local charities, and I am really passionate about giving back to the community. It would be awesome if I could be a part of that as Spoonflower grows!
Your husband, Jaysen, ended up being hired here shortly after you were which I imagine must be nice from a carpooling standpoint. Does it work well for you two to work at the same place?
We moved to the Durham area because of my job with Spoonflower but shortly after I was hired, Jaysen stopped by to visit and he really liked it here. So much, in fact, that he decided it would be cool to work here, too! It has been a wonderful experience working in the same place. We only work together two days per week, but it's nice to have the added dimension to our family life. We understand each other better because we have similar experiences at work. And yes, the carpooling situation is great!
What sorts of things have you learned since working at Spoonflower?
One of the most important things I've learned at Spoonflower is that there is nothing wrong with being really passionate about beautiful fabric, or great design, or even Dr. Who! In fact, it's an advantage. While printing, I often drool over beautiful designs, and visions of beautiful dresses dance in my head. It makes my job both rewarding and enjoyable.
Is the work environment different here from what you’ve been used to previously?
I've worked in many types of workplaces, and all of them varied in formality. But I can say that Spoonflower has been the most casual place I've worked. It is professional but lighthearted, and I have really grown to love it. Also, my coworkers have a wicked sense of humor! You can always hear laughter at Spoonflower, and practical jokes are common occurences.
What are some things you enjoy doing--creative or otherwise--when you’re not at work?
I am very passionate about music. I attend shows here in town about once a week, and I rarely go through a workday without serenading at least one of my coworkers. I also really like to sew. Most of my sewing revolves around making bow ties and neck ties for boys. It started because I couldn’t find something nice for my son to wear for Easter last year, and I have been making them ever since! (You can see Melodie's Etsy shop, where she sells her handmade neckties for boys, here.)
Do you have a favorite design or designer on the site right now?
I cannot get enough of Helenklebesadel’s “Blue Roots” design. It is so intricate, delicate, and vibrant. I just can’t decide which fabric I want to get it printed on!
How about a favorite fabric type?
For home decor, the linen/cotton canvas is my favorite. It has held up very well at my house, especially to sticky toddler fingers. I really love the knit for apparel. It is very easy to sew, and it hides my sewing mistakes quite well!
Complete this sentence: If I could only ______ at Spoonflower, _______ would be much ________.
If I could only listen to more show tunes at Spoonflower, there would be much more interpretive dancing!
Is there anything else you think we should know about you?
I really love donuts. And coffee.