Kim Kight, the fabulous fabric blogger (flogger?) over at True Up ("All Fabric, All the Time"), gave Spoonflower a lovely and thoughtful shout-out today. She talks about the democratizing power of digital production technology, which represents many of same advances for textile design that it does for industries like book publishing, photography, music, and video. Apart from giving many, many more creative people access to the tools to realize their visions, a sometimes overlooked aspect of digital production is its lower environmental impact. This is especially true in the case of textile production, which in its conventional form is highly wasteful and highly polluting. But the most pleasing bit of the post was being compared to Etsy, a site that may actually be the best Internet business ever.
…printing your own artfully designed fabric labels to go inside the gorgeous items you have made with your artfully designed custom fabric! You could size them however big or small you wanted, include washing instructions, a website address, anything! I’ll bet quite a few would fit onto a yard, and a rotary cutter would make short work of cutting them apart. How to finish edges, though–hmmm….
While we work on building the web site I thought it might be fun to set up a gallery on the photo-sharing site Flickr where folks following our progress can upload some of the images they would like to print on Spoonflower once we’re live. A Flickr gallery gives us a chance to share designs, but it will also provide a pool of images we can draw from as we print sample fabric.
If we decide to pull your design from the Flickr pool to print as a sample, I’ll email you first to ask your permission. I’ll also send you a swatch so you can see
how it looked.
You can visit the Flickr gallery for Spoonflower here. If you’re already a member of Flickr it’s quite easy to add an image to the pool. If you’re not on Flickr already, it’s free to join.
(For tips on preparing images for upload, see my previous post here.)
Thanks to all of you for weighing in on the logo. The results are in (original choices appear here). The logo on the left, below, is the winner, although many of you also liked the version using the alternate font that Caroline gave us after the voting had started. They appear here side by side, but I think for now we’re going to move forward with the people’s choice. I like them both, really.
(if the color of the flowers looks slightly different it’s because I mucked up the file somehow… they’re really the same)
Caroline, our talented designer, has posted a revision of one of the logo options that offers a slightly less confusing ligature (where the ‘f’ meets the ‘l’). If you think you might prefer this version to the one you voted on in the survey, maybe you could leave us a brief comment?
We are still in the process of defining the look and feel of Spoonflower, so the logo you see is temporary. At some point it might be nice to post two or three options and to let the group of testers vote on their favorite. Right now the leading candidate is something along these lines:
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We received well over 400 responses to our modest Spoonflower Interest Survey and it is clear that — however the details may vary — LOTS of you are interested in designing your own fabric!
Special thanks to the fantastic folks at Sew, Mama, Sew who posted a link to our survey, as well as to Burda Style and the fabulous craft-bloggers who also posted links: MeggieCat, Secret Cave of the Sugar Mama, MyLittleSewingSpot, and SadieAndLance.
I know you are anxious to get started, but please bear with us for a
few weeks. We hope to get things around here up and running by May.
While we wait for the big show to begin, I’d like to invite folks to submit images of things they’ve made — fun bags, clothes, pillows, and the like — for us to post here (with a link back to your blog, Etsy shop, or what-have-you). You can send photos or photo-links to kim at spoonflower dot com.
Welcome to Spoonflower. Our ears are always open. There is much more to come.