With Spoonflower’s first group of Small Business Grant recipients well on their way to growing their small businesses, we are pleased to introduce you to the recipients of our Fall 2019 Small Business Grant! From children’s wear to whimsical backdrops that will make you feel young again, get to know our 12 grantees and how they’ll be using the grant to take their business to the next level.
“To be selected as a grant recipient means I can make more items upfront so that I can have them available for indie arts & craft shows and allow for faster fulfillment to online customers. With the grant I plan to use the fall floral fabrics that I designed to make a collection of dresses. In addition to the dresses, I’ll be able to add swaddle blankets and throw blankets to my collection which I wouldn’t have been able to do on my own.”
“Our purpose is to inspire personalized creative expression. We accomplish this by making our forms as true as possible to the person they emulate. Until now, this has been limited to just body shape. Our Spoonflower grant will finally make it possible for us to offer specially designed cover fabric in a multitude of base skin tones, as well as custom colors upon request. By creating draped, custom woven covers in their actual skin tones, our clients will not only learn valuable draping skills, but they’ll finally have a dress form that really looks like them in every way.”
“Receiving this grant means I’ll be able to bring some of my most creative ideas to life, designed to enhance play and sensory time with baby while also fulfilling all the needs and wants of the modern mama. I’m so excited to use Spoonflower for a brand new line of baby-oriented learning and stimulation toys featuring my hand-drawn illustrations.”
“As a small business owner, this grant reflects Spoonflower’s continued support for local makers and designers. As Spoonflower has been my fabric supplier since I started my business, I’m excited to grow my eco-conscious lifestyle brand alongside Spoonflower’s eco-friendly commitments in their fabric distributing and printing processes.”
“At the heart of our company, we are committed to supporting, empowering, and connecting women. In part, we honor this commitment by sourcing all of our lining fabrics from female indie artists, and we couldn’t do this without Spoonflower. While the Spoonflower grant will certainly help us with production as we prepare for our first season of markets, its true value goes far beyond that. For us, this acknowledgement feels like a vote of confidence and encouragement to pursue our vision for the future of this brand. Our goal at Inner Beauty Effects is to lift women up, to embolden them, to inspire them, and this has certainly done that for us.”
“I’ve been treating this miniature adventure as a hobby so far. This grant from Spoonflower is the
opportunity I needed to really turn up the volume and see what can happen.”
“KatieStew.art LLC was born from an infatuation with vibrant installations that transport the viewer to another (ideally more magical) realm. I am the founder and sole creator of this design shop that specializes in creating immersive photo booths with custom props for special events. The experiences I create promote play and wonder no matter the viewer’s age.”
“I began selling kits and samplers of my designs using Spoonflower fabric in 2017. Focusing in on embroidery and craft patterns and offering printed kits and samplers has helped my business grow more in the last 2 years than the entire 10 years before. I’m excited to keep up the momentum by continuing to offer new designs and by reaching new customers and fans. Receiving a Spoonflower grant will be enormously helpful in achieving my business growth goals by providing the main piece of my physical product line.”
“I’m feeling incredibly honored to be selected as a grant recipient. Especially this year I can really use the financial support for my business as I will open my first little shop in October 2019. The grant almost feels like a lucky charm and I am especially looking forward to incorporating Spoonflower’s high quality eco friendly fabrics in my Spring collection 2020 since this corresponds to my philosophy of sustainable, ecological and fair children clothing.”
“This collection features photos of my father Arturo Cubacub’s paintings from the 1970’s that were remixed into repeat prints by my friend Lindsey Whittle. I made this clothing collection as part of my grieving process in the month after his memorial and the Spoonflower small business grant allows me to share this deeply personal collection with the world. My first sewing projects involved color blocking that was based off of my dad’s paintings, and I had always meant to revisit this idea in the future. When my dad got sick in October, I wanted to make this collection for him to show him how much his work inspired me.”
“At this point in my small business receiving the grant from Spoonflower is enabling me to develop some new and exciting products that I believe will resonate with many parents and their children today. I can’t wait to get my play mats and travel toys in front of more parents who I feel could really benefit from having them in their lives. I love getting customer feedback telling me how invaluable their play mat was on vacation, on the plane or even just trying to grab a coffee with the little one in tow. This grant means I will be able to help more parents to stay sane in this ever-increasing tech heavy world and help their little ones use their imagination and creativity to play wherever they may be.”
“I’m excited to use Spoonflower’s grant to subsidize meaningful Minky blankets which I will be donating to a nominated individual every month for the next year. My focus will be on giving my “Courage” blanket to chemo patients, my “Loved” blanket to members of the LGBTQ community and my “Fighter” minis to NICU babies. Being chosen for this grant feels like an encouraging vote of support from a company and community that I love and admire. I’m grateful for the grant because it will allow me to fulfill my dream of regularly donating blankets to individuals that will really benefit from the minky’s uplifting message and the love and support which can be felt each time the blanket is used. “
It’s easy to be inspired by this talented group of creative entrepreneurs! Keep up the momentum and start prepping your business for the next cycle of the Spoonflower Small Business Grant.