Do you ever find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed “oohing and ahhing” at all of the photos of handmade garments stitched up by sewists around the world? This month, all eyes are on Me-Made-May (#mmmay17), a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to wear and love them more. Today, Zoe Edwards, the maker behind this social challenge and author of “So Zo…What Do You Know,” stops by the blog to give us an inside scoop on the hashtag that is inspiring us all!
Creative Community Spotlight
Hey y’all. Spoonflower’s social media and blog manager Theresa here. Usually I address you all as Spoonflower, but today I want to use first-person. It’s not often we get personal here on the blog, but I simply could not leave without saying goodbye! After five years with this amazing company I have decided to pack my bags and head west to Colorado to find a new adventure. Saying goodbye is never easy. Back in fourth grade I was the last kid to leave the classroom because I refused to let go of my teacher, Mrs. Howard — who I had quite literally become attached to. Today I find myself in a similar situation, although my fourth grade teacher is Spoonflower and this incredible community.
Before I go, I mainly just want to say thank you. In my time here I have been astounded, humbled and deeply inspired by all of you designers and makers who follow along with Spoonflower. It has been an honor to create and source content that inspires you. Watching this community grow and discover your own personal super powers has been a unique privilege I don’t take lightly. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your world and learn from you.
In the spirit of reflection, I want to look back and share some of my fondest memories with you all. While I will carry countless memories of Spoonflower with me when I go, these are the five that stand out the most.
1. Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” Quilt for the 2013 Staff Challenge
Never will I forget the year I was on Team Hey Girl for the Staff Design Challenge back in 2013! I don’t think the majority of us at Spoonflower had actually ever properly quilted anything in our lives, and yet we were all faced with the challenge to work with a team to both design and sew a finished quilt using Spoonflower fabric. So we set to work and my team ended up taking third place with our Ryan Gosling Pixel quilt! Not bad for some quilting newbies! You can read all about the experience here and even buy the quilt top / back if you feel so inclined (still waiting for Ryan Gosling to come pick up his yardage).
2. Halloween 2013 Costume Contest Champions: Crafting Zombies
My first year at Spoonflower, I was told the company takes Halloween very seriously and so I knew I had to step up my game! Together with a couple of my Customer Service cohorts we pulled together some truly terrifying zombie crafter costumes — death by horrible crafting accidents! Complete with zipper face, pins coming out our faces and heads, we ended up winning the Halloween costume contest that year, which completely made up for the hours spent gluing a zipper to my face and undoubtedly scarring a few people for life. [Read more…] about My Journey With Spoonflower
At Spoonflower, we’re all about collaboration. Whether we’re working with our talented community of Marketplace designers to create whimsical projects like the chocolate milk tent or partnering with companies like Bucketfeet for weekly design challenges, the thought of bouncing around ideas with other creatives fills us with excitement! So, when we were contacted by Snap Pea Catering, a local catering company that focuses on wildly creative concept dinners in surprising locations, we knew this would be the tastiest collaboration to date. Although, we must admit, at first we were left scratching our heads as to how executive chef and owner, Jacob Boehm, would transform the Spoonflower HQ, a fully functioning factory, into a pop-up restaurant for three nights in March…
This past October, with the help of Marbles Kids Museum, Spoonflower got in the Halloween spirit at the annual Kooky Spooky Halloween party. Just two months later, Marbles was getting into the holiday spirit transforming the museum from a haunted mansion into a winter wonderland for Evening with Elves. Today, the Marbles team visits the blog to give you a closer look inside the transformation and show how they used Spoonflower’s Performance Pique and Fleece to make it all happen.
When you think of pizza, what comes to mind? Gooey cheese? Endless amounts of toppings?…Spoonflower wallpaper?
When local pizza trailer ( yes, that’s a thing in Durham!) Pie Pushers began planning the opening of their first store-front location in downtown Durham, they reached out to Spoonflower with a unique custom printing idea. While we knew this partnership would be the perfect blend of design, community support, and lots of creativity, we were mostly focused on one thing…pizza.
With the help of Spoonflower’s smooth wallpaper, learn how owner’s Mike Hacker and Becky Cascio transformed the two shop restrooms from blah to pi-zza!
Whether you’re busy crafting up a last minute Halloween costume this weekend or adding the final touches to your haunted house, find some last minute spooky inspiration from Marbles Kids Museum, neighbors of the Spoonflower HQ! With the help of Performance Pique and Woven Wallpaper, the museum transformed their space into a Kooky Spooky Halloween extravaganza for their annual frightfully fun celebration.
Remember our May Design Challenge with Bucketfeet, the company who works with artists to create amazingly unique shoes? Well, they decided to feature not just the winner but three Spoonflower designers in this limited-edition oceans-themed footwear line! Not only are they offering the winning design, Under the Water by lavish_season, but they also included two more Design Challenge top 10 finalists in this capsule collection: Oh, the Hue-Manatee by spottedpepperdesigns and Life at Sea by mimipinto. We’re so thrilled to see these designs come to life! Read on to get to know each of our talented designers whose designs will be featured.
It may not occur to most people that this year’s college graduates stand at the leading edge of fashion design. In fact, as parents drop their children off at a specialty summer camp, they may not realize that their child is helping decide next season’s wearable trends. The next generation has an incredible amount of technology at their creative disposal. Today, we connect with two fashion design programs offering unparalleled access to digital technology and advanced design instruction. Justin LeBlanc, professor at North Carolina State University and runner up on Project Runway All Stars, discusses how his students are pushing innovation in the fashion world, and Rob Younkers, co-founder of STITCHED youth fashion camp, shares the incredible talent he discovers in his young designers.
We like to think of The Academy of Handmade as a support system for makers. As longtime fans and sponsors of The Academy of Handmade, we’ve been proud to see so many artists and crafters thrive, growing their small businesses through this amazing recourse. Sharon Fain, founder and director of the Academy of Handmade stops by the blog to share how using Spoonflower custom-printed materials can help give your business an edge against competitors, so you can thrive too!