We could not be more excited to announce that our newest design challenge is open for entries today: the 2017 Spoonflower T-Shirt Challenge! We will be ringing in 2017 with a brand new Spoonflower tee printed by Raleigh’s own House of Swank and we want YOU to design it!
The theme is simply: Spoonflower. What does Spoonflower mean to you? What kinds of things come to mind when you think about the brand? Is it sewing? Design? Community? Flowers? Spoons? Put it all down into a unique, never before seen repeating surface pattern. Here’s the tricky part: you are allowed to use just 3 colors. Elements of the winning, all-over repeat design will be screen printed onto both white t-shirts and charcoal gray (the t-shirts shown above are the actual shirts we will use) so make sure to pick a color palette that would look great on both.
10/21/2016 – Submissions open
11/15/2016 – Submissions close at 6 p.m. EDT
11/17/2016 – Public voting opens
11/30/16 – Public voting ends at 6 p.m. EDT to determine top 25 entries
12/01/16 – Spoonflower will announce the winner
When we sat down to think about who we wanted to produce these shirts for us, we knew we had to go local. Our neighbors, House of Swank, print all their super rad t-shirts in-house on crazy super soft t-shirts. Right in our backyard of Raleigh, NC! Get to know full-of-personality House of Swank owner John Pugh (or as he’s more affectionately known, Johnny Swank!) in our Q&A below.
Spoonflower: When and how did House of Swank get started?
John Pugh: The House of Swank started about 6 years ago. I had been playing blues gigs around town under the name of “Johnny Swank.” (I picked up that nickname when I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2000. Anyways…) I had a little demo CD and wanted something to go with them. Went to the craft store, bought 6 shirts, screen printed them in the kitchen of the little apartment we were living in, sold them, bought 12 more, sold them, and 6 years later here we are.
SF: If you could describe your business’s personality in three words, what would they be?
JP: Bless Your Heart.
SF: What makes you proud to be an NC company?
JP: I grew up in the big city of Climax, NC, and have had the chance to live in several place from the coast to the mountains. NC is who I am, and I’m proud to put out products for others to rep our state.
SF: Lexington style or Eastern style barbecue?
JP: I’m BBQ agnostic, so I’m eating either style if it’s on a plate in front of me. That said, Eastern style is the only correct answer.
SF: What makes your products unique?
JP: I think one of the things that sets us apart are the hyper-local themed t-shirts. I freaking love all the sayings and weirdness that comes from being from a small town, and I like to lend that sort of flavor to everything we do. I’m all about simple designs with a pinch of snark. Basically, shirts you can get away with wearing to your mama’s house.
SF: How do House of Swank and Spoonflower relate to each other, and why are you excited to work together for this t-shirt challenge?
JP: I’m a total Spoonflower fanboy. Seriously. I love the crowd-sourced design challenges, custom designs, and the whole business ethos. Could not be looking more forward to working with Spoonflower on this t-shirt challenge! It’s going to be completely rad.
Be sure to enter into the first-of-its-kind Spoonflower T-Shirt Challenge before the deadline on November 15th! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!