10 years ago, Kim Fraser had her heart set on making a set of yellow oversized polka dot curtains for her living room. When the oversized polka dot fabric was nowhere to be found, she took matters into her own hands. With the help of her husband, Stephen Fraser, and his colleague Gart Davis, the three set out to create a custom printing fabric company for a growing maker and designer community, and to finally get those darn polka dots! Launching in Mebane*, North Carolina, this ambitious team of three began hiring like-minded individuals and, now 10 years later, the business has grown into an international team of 165 creative employees.
From the late nights packing swatches in their kitchen, to the great frozen ink debacle of 2011, to the opening of a second factory in Berlin, Germany, it’s safe to say Spoonflower has come a long way and a lot has changed over these 10 years.
Want to know one thing that hasn’t changed? The Spoonflower community. Over the years, we’ve loved getting to know you as designers, makers and small business owners, and are always humbled by your genuine and diverse expressions of creativity.
We mean it when we say,
“We couldn’t have gotten here without you.”
Join us as we take a stroll down memory lane and see how you can help celebrate this exciting milestone with the Spoonflower team!
*Fun fact: The first Spoonflower factory was an old sock mill that was scouted during one of Gart’s bike rides.
Join the 10 Year Celebration!
Spoonflower turns 10 this month, and we can’t think of any better way to celebrate our birthday than by asking our community what Spoonflower means to you.
Whether you’ve just made your first design sale or your five hundredth, sewn a zipper pouch for a loved one, or shipped out a large order from your Etsy shop, we want to hear about it. Send us a short video, telling us what Spoonflower means to you.
- Grab a camera or your phone (don’t forget to turn it horizontal).
- Find a well-lit spot near a window and record your latest creative milestone.
- Email your video to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, May 22
- We’ll use an assortment of clips in a video celebrating our 10th anniversary, and the people who helped us get there.
We can’t wait to hear your story.