Spoonflower’s Emerging Designer Grant

AUG 20, 2013 updated Jul 15, 2021
Hillary Predko – Ontario College of Art & Design

This fall design students head back to campus and begin to dream up exciting ideas for class assignments and independent projects. Spoonflower is making it easier for up-and-coming designers to use custom digitally printed textiles through the Emerging Designer Grant.

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Madison May – Pratt Institute

This grant was created to support undergraduate and graduate students in pursuit of textile and design degrees worldwide. Selected recipients will receive an award of $150 in Spoonflower credit to design their own digitally printed fabrics and wall media for use in shows and exhibitions. 


Rachel Sumner – Parsons The New School for Design

Previous grant winners have created apparel for runway shows, designed progressive fabric art, and displayed work in university galleries. Spoonflower offers the Emerging Designer Grant to assist students who want to push the boundaries of textile design and demonstrate the unique capabilities of digital printing. Rachel Sumner, Spoonflower’s very first grant recipient, used the Emerging Designer Grant to achieve success with her thesis project. “Spoonflower was absolutely crucial in the success of my senior thesis at Parsons The New School for Design,” she said. “I loved working with a company that I could form a relationship with and they really made me feel like my collection was important to them.” 

About Spoonflower: Spoonflower was the first company to make it possible for individuals to create, print and sell their own fabric designs. Founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks who had crafty wives but knew nothing about textiles, Spoonflower’s community now numbers over a million individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and more. Spoonflower’s marketplace offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world. The site has been mentioned in the New York Times, Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, CRAFT, ApartmentTherapy, and many other terrific publications and blogs.

For more information, please visit: http://www.spoonflower.com/design_grant or contact Allie Tate at help@spoonflower.com.

See work by previous recipients on our Emerging Designer Grant Pinterest board.

*Update: Recipients are chosen monthly on a rolling basis. 

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