Announcing May and June’s Design Challenge Themes

APR 20, 2018

Can you believe Spoonflower’s very first design challenge was held almost 8 years ago? The daffodils theme challenged the Spoonflower community for the very first time and holli_zollinger’s daffodils_yellow won the hearts of the community as she took home our very first grand prize. Since then, the weekly prompts have made Thursdays our favorite day of the week (after Saturday, of course!). We can’t wait to see what designs make it into the winners’ circle during our May and June challenges.

If this is your very first challenge, don’t forget to review how to submit an entry before you get started and as always, have fun!   

Marrakesh | Results Announced May 17

We’re traveling to the former imperial city of Marrakesh in Morocco for this week’s design challenge. While strolling the bustling alleyways of the souks or bazaars, you won’t miss the bold colors from the handmade rugs, traditional attire and lanterns being sold by local artists and vendors. Channeling the rich hues and the intricate geometric designs on goods you might find being sold, create a repeating design that will inspire a case of wanderlust. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close May 8 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins May 10. See official rules.

Elegant Holiday Limited Color Palette | Results Announced May 24

The flowers might have just started blooming at the Spoonflower HQ but we’re skipping ahead to the season of merriment and holiday cheer. Using at least two of the colors from the palette provided (#2B061E, #5A001C, #AAB5A8) and optional accents of black and white, create a repeating design inspired by a sophisticated winter dinner party. As you create your pattern, don’t forget to think about how your design could be used to complete a picturesque winter party on Roostery’s finished goods like table runners, cocktail napkins and placemats. Though you can only submit one design to this challenge, consider creating a coordinating collection to decorate an entire soirée. Color variations and colors outside of this palette will not be accepted. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close May 15 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins May 17. See official rules.

Animals by Air | Results Announced May 31

From birdwatching to beekeeping to falconry, winged creatures have always captivated us. This week’s theme will have you soaring to new design heights after creating a repeating design inspired by everything from barn owls to bats and butterflies to bees. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close May 22 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins May 24. See official rules.

Animals by Land | Results Announced June 7

Explore the wildlife that inhabits the earth all across the globe be it in the jungle, desert, mountains or plains in this week’s Animals by Land design challenge. Sometimes cute and fuzzy, most often mischievous and untamed, terrestrial creatures will caper across your canvas when you create a repeating design inspired by your land-bound critters. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”.  Submissions close May 29 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins May 31. See official rules.

Animals of the Ocean  | Results Announced June 14

From the Pacific to the Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Southern, this week’s Animals of the Ocean design challenge is all about the sea creatures that thrive in the great wide-open waters. Whether you skim across the surface or plunge deep into the ocean’s depths, create a repeating design that highlights what you would find within the lively underwater world full of mysterious marine life. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close June 5 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins June 7. See official rules.

Bauhaus Movement | Results Announced June 21

From 1919 to 1933, the Bauhaus School was the epicenter of architecture, art and design, and is regarded as the “most influential school of all time”. Once seen as a radical way of thinking, artists behind the Bauhaus movement paved the way for modern art. The Bauhaus movement had a core style including clean geometric forms, balanced visual composition, bold typography, striking colors and a futuristic yet functional look. Using these iconic elements, create a repeating design reflective of this art form. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close June 12 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins June 14. See official rules.

Four Wheels | Results Announced June 28

This week’s challenge will have you revving up your design engines as you create a repeating surface pattern inspired by your favorite set of four wheels. Do you picture the classic cars that ruled the road on Route 66 or find yourself on the farm riding a tractor through the fields? Whether it’s tractors and trucks, convertibles or collectibles, get those design wheels turning! Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21” x 18”. Submissions close June 19 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Voting begins June 21. See official rules.

Grand Prize

One Grand Prize Winner each week will receive $200 in Spoondollars. The winner will also receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

Second Place

The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars.

Third Place

The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars.

The rest of the top 10

4th through 10th place winners will receive a $20 Spoondollar credit.

All of the top 25

Each of the top 25 entries, determined as set forth above, not receiving one of the foregoing prizes will be automatically proofed for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (approximately a $5 value) (the “Runner Up Prize”) if winners are verified sellers.

 

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