Upcoming Fabric Of the Week contest theme: BUGS!

JAN 22, 2010 updated May 30, 2016

Upcoming Spoonflower fabric design contest themes:

INSECTS: Yes, bugs. Easy, no? Deadline is Monday, February 1, at noon EST. The entry form is HERE.

CHILDRENS' PRINTS: This
contest is built around creating prints good for using in children's
clothes. For thoughts on this as a style, you should definitely read
this insightful essay by the brilliant Liesl Gibson at Oliver & S: "principles of fabric selection: approach juvenile prints with caution". Deadline is Monday, January 25, at noon EST. The entry form is HERE.

  • The winner of each week's contest receives 5 yards of free custom fabric.
  • Be sure to review our contest FAQ before entering.
  • We'll continue to announce new themes two or three weeks ahead of time via our weekly newsletter (which you can sign up to receive here).

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  • From the Spoonflower contests FAQ: ‘All submitted designs must be your own (you cannot nominate other people’s designs or use designs based upon other people’s work)’
    OK so this seems obvious. No plagiarism. Completely get it. But do I?
    It all comes down to that little phrase ‘based on’. What does this mean? Clearly we can’t copy and paste someone else’s work into our own, unless it is public domain. But say we want to include a picture of a horse in our design, and we get a photo off the internet, and draw a copy of the horse? Is this plagiarism? Should we have gone and taken our own photo of a horse? Imagine we want to make a fabric using repeats of a snowflake that is microscopic in real life. Do we have to collect the snowflake, create cold enough conditions to preserve it, put it in a petri dish, view it and photograph it through a microscope, or is it ok to look at pictures on the internet or copy something from a book or National Geographic?
    So let’s imagine it’s ok to look at pictures on the internet, what kind of pictures is it ok to look at? Is it worse to copy someone else’s line drawing than it is to copy someone else’s photograph. Where do we draw the line (pun not intended)? Is copying something by eye ok when copying something using a photocopier or scanner is not?
    What if we were to copy by hand a part of a drawing or painting but alter it in some way – in terms of colour or medium or through changing the direction of some of the lines…? Is this OK?
    I’d be interested in a debate about this one. Any opinions anyone?