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.
Creative Community Spotlight
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!
Here at Spoonflower HQ, we are lucky enough to live in an area surrounded by aspiring designers and astoundingly talented artists. Recently, North Carolina State University students put on their 15th annual Art2Wear Fashion Show, and Spoonflower was a sponsor of the event through our Emerging Designer Grant program. The theme of which was "The Virtue of Obsession." Today, we're getting to know some of the student designers, led by Assistant Professor of Art & Design, and Project Runway contestant Justin LeBlanc.
I'm Angèle Gray, an Art + Design student from North Carolina State University, currently pursuing my artistic dreams of fashion illustration and textile design. As a senior in the College of Art + Design, my self-identity has grown to encompass both my role as an artist and more importantly a designer. As a designer, I am interested in how The Formalist Art Theory can influence textile design. It suggests that the value of art is determined solely on the artist’s ability to use the formal design elements of color, line, composition, and texture. My design process starts by placing a hierarchy on the overall aesthetics I want to convey, I am then able to hone in on more detail-oriented works. I believe textiles should excite the viewer and open their senses. When creating, I strive to develop aesthetically refined designs that will intrigue and provoke a sense of connection to my work as well as an enthusiasm towards textile design.
Join author and founder of Knack Studios, Barb Blair, as she leads a night of crafting ( supplies included)! Using techniques from her newest book, Furniture Makes the Room, the “queen of milk paint” will lead you in making your very own refinished jewelry box using supplies (yes, including the jewelry box!) provided by Spoonflower, the leaders in digital custom design. Enjoy light refreshments and snacks as you craft the night away.
Featuring instructions for 15 before-and-after furniture projects including dressers, tables, beds, and more in Blair’s signature bold style, a “toolbox” section detailing favorite techniques and materials, and photos of dozens of inspiring interiors, Furniture Makes the Room unlocks the secrets to decorating livable rooms around statement pieces. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the inspiration behind Barb’s newest book and make a take-home project of your own. Want a sneak peak at what we’ll be making? Visit last Tuesday’s blog post when Barb showed us how to update a jewelry box in under an hour!
Refreshments provided by Trophy Brewing Company, Union Wine Company, and Cupcakes by The Cupcake Shoppee!
Ready to join in on the fun? RSVP today!
What does Spoonflower have in common with Kaila Mullady, the 2015 World Beatbox Champion? Watch (and listen!) as Kaila uses Spoonflower to transform her apartment from plain and boring to exciting, vibrant, and personalized. Custom-printed fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap never sounded so good. Find your sound. Color your world.
Check out Kaila as she beatboxes through the print-on-demand fabric process. Want to see more? Be sure to check out all Spoonflower videos on our brand new videos page.
Have you ever been told a story about a group of people doing good for others and were so moved that you were inspired to get out there and make a difference too? For Lynne Goldsworthy, this was the case when she learned about Siblings Together, a UK based charity that promotes positive contact between brothers and sisters separated in foster care, kinship care, residential care, or adoption. When Spoonflower learns about organizations or groups of people who are donating their sewing and crafting skills for a greater cause, we always want to know more! So we sat down with Lynne to find out her story and how Spoonflower could contribute.
If you've been keeping up with April's Japanese Garden Design Challenge with Sprout Patterns (currently open for voting!), then you've already seen the buzz around the launch of the new Asaka Kimono pattern from Finnish indie pattern maker, Named Clothing. Sprout Patterns Director Caroline stops by the blog today to share her fascinating conversation with the duo, getting to know the inspiration behind Named, and what it's like to work at your dream job with your sister!
Caroline: We are excited to introduce Named Clothing, a Finnish pattern label founded by sisters Saara and Laura Huhta.
In April of 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal and left many homeless. Across the world in Durham, NC, Spoonflower’s own Anitha Kothandaraman wanted to do something to help. Anitha came up with the idea that the employees of Spoonflower could use its resources of remnant fabric and energetic, creative employees to sew blankets for Nepal. Just like that, Spoonflower’s Blankets for Good program was born.
Meredith, Spoonflower’s Community Outreach organizer, sews a RARE Bear to be given to a child living with a rare disease.
This past Saturday, over 30 community members and Spoonflower employees spent the afternoon sewing RARE Bears for one-of-a-kind kids supported by RARE Science Inc., a non-profit research organization accelerating cures for rare childhood diseases. On this very special afternoon, quilt guilds, sewing groups, and crafty individuals stitched up bears all over the country to Spring into Action. From California to here in Durham, North Carolina, it was RARE Bear mania!
Are you a hopeless romantic busy at night crafting your valentine the most thoughtful handmade gift? Are you baking the perfect heart shaped pretzel for your Galentine? Is your handmade Valentine's Day card so punfully perfect? Last week, we asked our loyal Spoonflower community (that's you!) to share love stories and show what they were making this Valentine's Day by entering our #SFSewInLove photo contest! With nearly 80 entries, we can confidently say the "love is in the air".
Now it's your turn to show the love! Vote for your favorite photos until Sunday, February 14th at 6pm EST over on the Spoonflower Facebook page. Winners will be announced on the blog Monday, February 15th so be sure to come back and learn who the three winners are! Winners will be receiving a prize pack from our friends at Fiskars with all the supplies you need to stay crafty in 2016.
Today, we've rounded up 6 entries that are making our hearts a flutter! From crafting to cooking, and family to felting, our love for the creative Spoonflower community is to the moon and back! Happy voting!
Embroidered hearts and little cooks in the kitchen make everyday Valentine's Day!
Punny Valentine's Day cards and a felted chocolate cake are the perfect way to have a guilt free Valentine's Day!
Here's to wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day filled with your favorite L word… love, laughter, lust ( and dare I say lazy!).