Move over, garden gnomes–the retro lawn ornament we’re loving right now is the classic pink plastic flamingo. Turns out, they look just as great on fabric as they do in a 1950s manicured lawn! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below, be sure to check out more from our Marketplace here.
We're teaming up with our friends at StoryPatches to bring you June's Design Challenge: Family Tree Coordinates! This Challenge seeks 4 coordinating designs that celebrate family, in all of its forms. No need to attach a story of any kind or create a quilt label, just submit four designs formatted in a one-yard sized file, that all go together and symbolize family to you. The winning coordinate designs will be licensed for an exclusive set of StoryPatches labels!
Not sure how your designs will look as StoryPatches labels? The possibilities are endless! The winning designer will work with the team at StoryPatches to create an exclusive set of quilt labels adapted from their Family Tree Coordinates – the perfect complement to any handmade project created with the winning designs!
Not sure how to design coordinates? Check out this blog post where our friend Bonnie Christine shows us just how easy it can be.
Need help with design layout? Download our coordinate template and instructions.
Still can't get your head around this challenge? Check out one of our previous "coordinate" design challenge winners.
Here's an example of four coordinating designs in the layout we're looking for for this Design Challenge:
An example of four coordinating designs, formatted to fit on one yard. All designs are by Bonnie Christine, and are not related to the theme of this Design Challenge
Prizes: Winner receives $300 cash prize from StoryPatches and a licensing contract to create a line of quilt labels, $300 Spoonflower credit + a press release. All remaining entrants in the top 10 to receive $100 in Spoonflower credit.
Click below to read more details about the Design Challenge timeline and official rules, as well as how you can be entered into a giveaway!
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.
As part of our new Meet the Designer series, today we’re introducing you to a designer who captures the vibrant flora and bright palette of her home city of Miami. Judy Quintero (Shopcabin) is a designer and talented painter who balances energetic colors with a laid back watercolor medium. Keep reading to see what inspires this Spoonflower designer!
Week One: Floral Dinosaurs
In order for creativity and artistic skill to thrive, it needs to become a habit. With that in mind, we launched our brand new #SFWeeklyDesign series. We give you the prompts, and you take it from there, posting your creations on social media using the hashtag #SFWeeklyDesign. Week one’s prompt was “Floral Dinosaurs,” and the results did not disappoint! Our designer community came together to create some pretty spectacular dinos. We were quite amazed! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below, and you can see even more here on our special Pinterest board.
May 30 – June 5: Cats + Donuts
(!!) In celebration of National Donut Day (June 3rd) and National Hug Your Cat Day (June 5th) why not put them together for an epic surface design? Sprinkles, jelly-filled, bacon-topped, calico, siamese, hairless. Will your cats be eating the donuts? Wearing them? Riding them through space? We cannot wait to find out.
June 6 – June 12 : Figs
From fiddle figs to brown turkey figs and purple genca, figs have been trending hard lately and we can’t get enough. Figs are currently in season where we live in the southern USA, so why not celebrate this delicious summer jewel with a fresh, lovely design featuring the almighty fig!
June 13 – 19: Ditsy Seahorses
Father’s Day is June 19th, and seahorses happen to be pretty awesome dads! The males don’t just play a role in pregnancy, but actually get pregnant. Females deposit their eggs in the male’s pouch, where he fertilizes and carries them until tiny baby seahorses emerge fully developed. Pretty amazing creatures if you ask us. Hat’s off to the best dads under the sea!
June 20 – June 26 Gemini Vs. Cancer
Twins versus crabs, who will win the battle of the best June astrological symbol?
Are you excited about Spoonflower’s recent addition of Fleece, but not sure what to make? Fleece is remarkably easy to work with, prints vivid color and high detail, and doesn't fray! Spoonflower’s Senior Graphic Designer, Robin, is here to show us how to make a custom zippered laptop case using a combination of Fleece and Eco Canvas.
We’re bringing our beloved Weekly Design Challenge back, but with a twist! If you live and breathe surface design, then we know that just one challenge per month isn’t enough for you. That’s why we’re now going to be giving you a new prompt each week to get your creative juices flowing. Not a fan of a certain week’s prompt? We’ll have new themes outlined throughout the end of the month so there’s always a selection to choose from. Participate in whichever ones speak to you!
How it works: To “enter,” all you have to do is upload your design on social media with the hashtag #SFWeeklyDesign during the week of the theme you’ve chosen. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Flickr all count as social media.
Will there be voting? There will not be traditional voting happening on our site, but designs with the most likes and comments will be featured by us on our blog and social channels.
Will there be prizes? At the end of each month, participants who use the hashtag #SFWeeklyDesign will be randomly chosen to receive prizes. Prizes could range from free design books and tools, Creative Cloud subscriptions, Spoonflower credit (or credit for one of our sister brands, Sprout Patterns and Roostery) to free fabric, etc!
Do I need to upload my design to Spoonflower? The purpose of the Weekly Prompts is to keep our community inspired and challenged. To participate, it’s not required to upload your design to Spoonflower, but strongly encouraged so you can start earning commissions if it sells!
Is this related at all to the official Monthly Design Challenges? Nope! This is just a little something extra because why not?
Where do I find the weekly prompts? You’ll always be able to find the weekly prompts on our blog in the upper right corner or by going here.
How do you choose the themes? Themes are chosen by seasonality, but also by what’s trending and what’s frequently being searched for on our site. By designing around trending topics, your designs will be more likely to succeed in the Marketplace.
May 9 – 15: Floral Dinosaurs
Sometimes two things that don’t usually go together just seem to go together so well…
May 16 – 22: Migratory Birds
Celebrate the incredible journey that migratory birds take each year! They travel thousands of miles between breeding grounds in North America, and their winter homes in Central and South America. Heading outside for a hike to admire birds in their natural habitat is not required but strongly encouraged.
May 23 – 29: Limited Color Palette Hawaiian Shirt
Because who doesn’t love a good Hawaiian shirt to welcome the official start of grilling season in the Northern Hemisphere? Please use each color in its full opacity. Black and White are permitted, but you must use at least three colors from the color palette as well.
use hex codes: #FF68FE, #0D236B, #71FFBE, #F1F89B, #FFBD6B
This month we’re bringing back our free Digital Download series, with designs that celebrate sustainability and our beloved planet Earth for Earth Month. Abigail Halpin of the Spoonflower Marketplace stops by to share some lovely watercolor designs, free to download!
How does it work? Just click on the hyperlinked text below to download the high-res version of all three of these designs. Once you’ve downloaded, you can edit the designs using the graphics software of your choice, then upload them right to your Spoonflower account to purchase on fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap. Alter them to match your home décor, change the scale, or whatever you fancy. Please respect the artist’s copyright– these designs are meant for personal use only!
We're 10 days into the #SFDesignADay SpoonChallenge! Today's design prompt is brought to you by Sharon Turner (aka Scrummy), an avid Spoonflower Marketplace contributor with a knack for Steampunk designs.