In the latest iteration of our Meet the Designer series, we discuss life and creativity with Kate Fearn (Petite_circus), a designer and illustrator who works from home in the Stroud Valleys, UK. With 14 years of in-house experience designing and illustrating children’s books, she has more recently broadened her portfolio to include surface design. Her work is inspired by everything from historic textiles, to English heritage, and fairy tales. Visit her Spoonflower shop, check out her recent winning “Vintage Christmas” design, and keep reading to find out what she’s up to these days.
Fall is in full swing, designers! November is all about getting your shop ready for the busiest time of the year — the holiday gifting season. With that in mind, we’re challenging you to keep “gift wrap” front and center of your design thought-process as you conjure up your next masterpiece.
Lace Gift Wrap
This year, Spoonflower celebrated its 8 year anniversary as a business empowering individuals to design and print their own fabric and papers. According to modern tradition, the customary “gift” for an 8 year anniversary is linen & lace. Well that got us thinking, what about lace on linen? Or better yet… on gift wrap! Gear up for the holiday season with a lace inspired design that would look great on a roll of gift wrap. Voting will be viewed at the 8″ x 8″ swatch size. Deadline to enter is October 25th, 2016 at 3 PM Eastern Time.
Poinsettia gift tags
Everyone knows the finishing touch to the perfect gift is a thoughtful tag. Let seasonal poinsettias inspire a gift tag design that can be cut out of peel & stick wallpaper swatches, gift wrap or even fabric. Take inspiration from our 2012 “Gift Tag” contest winners. Deadline to enter is November 1st, 2016 at 3 PM Eastern Time.
Alpine Chalet Gift Wrap
It’s time to get cozy après ski in the Alpine Chalet of your dreams. Whether it’s a roaring fire, hot cocoa, or a log cabin deep in the Swiss Alps, conjure up a Chalet scene that will make us want to hang up our snowshoes and stay awhile.Voting will be viewed at the 8″ x 8″ swatch size. Winners will be photographed on gift wrap, so design with this product in mind. Deadline to enter is November 8th, 2016 at 3 PM Eastern Time.
Each week, one popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The rest of the top 10 winners each week will receive $20.00. The top 25 popularly voted designs (provided the designers are already verified sellers) will be automatically made available for sale in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required! In addition to cash prizes, the top 10 will receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.
For more on November’s challenges, bookmark this page and stay tuned!
Congratulations to Graceful with her speakeasy-style design, The Sidecar! She will receive will receive a Maran slipper chair from Roostery upholstered with Eco Canvas in a design of her choice ($469 value).
The rest of the top ten winners will receive one custom Orpington tea towel in their own winning design from Roostery ($17 value). Designs voted into the top 11-25 will be automatically be proofed and made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace ($5 value). The top 25 will have their designs automatically made for sale in the Marketplace – $5.00 value!
1. 332 votes for The Sidecar by graceful
2. 323 votes for Bottles & Glasses *SpeakEasy Style by juliesfabrics
3. 315 votes for flapperfaces by joslynndowd
4. 307 votes for Speakeasy Special by robyriker
5. 304 votes for Have a Drink On Me by cynthiafrenette
6. 297 votes for Prohibition Cocktails by grace_andersson
7. 286 votes for Your Mother and I Met at the Speakeasy by edsel2084
8. 272 votes for The_Cocktail_Hour by j9design
9. 244 votes for cocktailgirls by gaiamarfurt
10. 208 votes for Hotsy Totsy! This Joint is Jumpin’ by vo_aka_virginiao [Read more…] about Announcing the Winners of our Prohibition Cocktails Design Challenge
Día de Muertos (Mexico’s Day of the Dead) kicks off on October 31st and rages on until November 2nd. Traditionally, southern and central Mexicans would celebrate & honor the deceased with sugar skulls (or calaveras) made of brightly colored sweets and flowers. We asked designers to interpret the iconic and sweetly macabre calavera last week. Browse their designs below, and get a jump on October’s renewed Weekly Design Challenges!
There is one overarching goal that touches everything we do here at Spoonflower: inspire you, our design community and continue to challenge you to keep creating and growing. In April of 2016, we made a bold move, changing the format of our beloved Design Challenges which we had been doing consistently every week since 2009. This reimagining came as a result of waning interest and participation, so we decided to shake things up a bit, switching from weekly to a monthly format. Each month focused on creating designs for a specific application, determined by that month’s chosen brand partner. We loved seeing the Japanese Garden kimono designs you created for Sprout, the quirky “Double Take” designs you whipped up for Betabrand, the Ocean designs you made for Bucketfeet, and many others. We sincerely hope the experience of designing with a specific theme and application in mind for a real-market “client” helped you grow as an artist creating not just for the fun of it, but actually for the purpose of bringing that art to market for long-term success. Opening inspiration doors, promoting community connections, helping to elevate and cross-promote your brand are core competencies that we intentionally foster within our community and embody a mission that we value immensely.
Another goal of ours at Spoonflower and something that’s integral to who we are and what we stand for is listening to our community of artists, making you part of our internal conversation and present in the decision-making process. We know that many of you missed the varied and plentiful opportunities that the Weekly Design Challenges extended, such as the opportunity to win and be recognized more frequently, a surplus variety of themes to be inspired by at any given time, and the exposure that our weekly contests brought to your design portfolio that yielded more design-centric conversation and potentially more sales. While the Weekly Prompts inspired many of you, they lacked the competitive aspect and ability to vote.
With Autumn and the holiday crafting season upon us, we would like to announce the official return of a classic tradition: the Spoonflower Weekly Design Challenge, in its original format. With at least one month in advance, you’ll now have a handful of different weekly themes to choose from at any given time so there’s always something new to design, and a new challenge open for voting each week. While there may still be the occasional brand partner for a challenge, we will return to singular themes without a partner. Now that Spoonflower has welcomed two new sister companies into the fold, weekly prizes will now expand to include Spoonflower credit, and possible Sprout or Roostery goodies as well. Thanks for your patience with us and we continue to listen and learn to continue to evolve and nurture this amazing community we’ve built together.
The Spoonflower family
Stay tuned for an official announcement of October’s Design Challenge themes (which will all have a tea-towel twist!) timeline and prizes on our blog next Wednesday.
Give a big round of applause to Kelly aka Weavingmajor, whose Rainbow Crayon Waves design was chosen as this week’s Plum Print top pick. Kelly will receive a shower curtain custom printed with her winning design, courtesy of Plum Print. September’s prompts were just announced, so be sure to join in on Weekly Prompts to come and find out what great prizes you could win for participating! We’ve rounded up a few of our own favorites from last week’s tagged Crayon designs below. Check them out and see all of the submitted designs here.
How it works: To participate, you’ll simply upload your design to Spoonflower, make it “public” and add in that week’s specific tag. Each week will have its own special tag, which is how participating designs will be found on Spoonflower.
Congratulations are in order for Elishka aka Robyriker, whose So Many Colorful Books design was chosen as this week’s Plum Print top pick. Elishka will receive a pillow custom printed with her winning design, courtesy of Plum Print. Join in on Weekly Prompts to come and find out what each week’s prizes will be. We’ve rounded up a few of our own favorites from last week’s tagged designs. Check them out and see all of them here.
In the newest edition of our Meet the Designer series, today we introduce to you Patricia Donovan (Chickoteria), an artist who captures the vintage designs and color palettes from her home base of Nashville, Tennessee. Keep reading to see what inspires this Spoonflower designer!