Meet Spoonflower: Introducing Sarah, Kraken-wrangler

JAN 10, 2012 updated Apr 26, 2021

SarahIn the latest installment of our Meet Spoonflower series, we’re pleased to
introduce Sarah Hudson in her own words:

At the moment I’m on vacation with my siblings in Iowa visiting our dad. Today we went to the Figge Art Museum in Davenport where I saw some pretty amazing stuff, including Jackson Pollock’s Mural. We also went to a 3D movie. I boycotted the 3D glasses. I think 3D is kind of dumb. Looking outside, I’m disappointed to see that this is the first year that I’ve been here that it hasn’t snowed at all. It’s probably the mildest winter they’ve ever had, which is a shame because I look forward to playing in the snow every year.

I first heard about Spoonflower from someone at a screen-printing class a few years ago and then I stumbled on it again when I was researching companies in the area. I thought it was such a great idea and I was excited to find out that it was so close by.

My favorite Spoonflower activity is cutting down rolls because I get to see all the amazing (and sometimes silly) designs people have created. One frustrating day that stands out was just after we had gotten our new fixer, which we named the Kraken. I think we were having issues with our compressors because the Kraken kept shutting off by itself and our other fixer, Ajax, had stopped running because the belt had moved too far over to one side while fabric was still on it. Luckily, Stephen came in and with Janet’s help they were able to lift under the belt and move it over. It was stressful for a few hours not being able to fix any rolls.

In the past few months when we have been really busy, I’ve helped out by working some printing shifts during the weekends. I wouldn’t say that I dislike it, but I definitely think that printing is the most stressful job, especially because I don’t have as much experience as I do with the rest of operations. There are so many issues involved with the fabric that you don’t really have any control over. So it can be frustrating to have to print something several time before it’s OK to send. When I’m anxious at work, it’s usually because there’s so much to do that I’m afraid everything won’t be completed in time and some Rush orders won’t go out that really need to.

The first time I felt like I really ‘got’ Spoonflower was the first Saturday that I moved to my permanent weekend shift. I had just completed several weeks of training and I finally felt very comfortable in each area of operations (running the fixers, cutting down rolls, quality control, and shipping). Since I’m the main person on the operations floor on the weekends, I was able to divide my time accordingly between tasks, knowing what needed to get done.  It was the first time I felt like I really had a handle on everything that came with my job.

There are so many designers on our website that I love. Just a few are Stoflab, SusaninParis, and GollyBard’s woodland collection.

I just recently watched the documentary Man on Wire about the French high-wire artist who walked between New York’s Twin Towers, 1,250 feet above the ground, right after they were built. It includes real footage and still photos of the walk, which are beautiful but also really frightening. I would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it.

A year ago I was an unhappy cashier at Panera Bread while occasionally assisting a photographer with weddings. Three years ago I was an assistant at a small studio for a local designer in Raleigh. There was a lot of glitter involved with that job. A LOT of glitter.

When I was little, the only thing I ever wanted to be was an artist. I remember dressing up for career day with my little paint palette and a feathered hat. I’m not really sure why the hat was necessary but every year I had it in tow. If I could go anywhere, I’d love to travel to Greece someday.

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  • Kraken-wrangling is clearly a very important skill/job – and hardly one you could have been expected to predict for yourself as a young child. Although you might reasonably hope you won’t need it if you do travel to Greece! 😀
    Fortunately, “career day” is yet another thing the UK doesn’t generally inflict on its school children.