After finding inspiration from the design work and textiles inside the Taj Mahal, emerging designer grant recipient R’Bonney Nola searched far and wide for fabrics to replicate these intricate patterns for The Pin Show, a Dallas, Texas based event that provides a platform for both emerging and established designers. As her search for this particular fabric left her empty handed, she quickly took matters into her own hands and put her semester of learning Adobe Illustrator to work by designing her own fabric. R’Bonney is visiting the blog today to share her experience as an emerging designer and what inspires her most.
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The textile industry has always been a large part of what makes North Carolina rich in history. From the furniture market in Greensboro to North Carolina State University’s esteemed College of Design and Textiles, Spoonflower is proud to support the local makers who are helping shape the fashion industry. This year, Spoonflower and the talented local design community celebrated the 16th year of Art2Wear, a completely student run fashion show at North Carolina State University.
“Art2Wear provides the teaching and learning environments for handcrafted experiences blended with old and new technology, unfolding the magical epiphanies revealed through making.”
Chandra Cox – Head, Department of Art + Design
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.
The on-demand digital printing industry has opened up a new level of possibilities for designers to customize unique garments and interior design projects like never before. Through the ease and accessibility of the digital-print platform, every inch of surface area on fabric or paper media can become a form of expression.
Here at Spoonflower, it is part of our mission to fuel creativity and innovation, so we jump at the chance to support fledgling designers doing new and exciting things in the textile world. If you're headed off to school this semester to study textiles or design, consider applying for the Spoonflower Emerging Designer Grant. This grant awards undergraduate and graduate students worldwide with Spoonflower credit to explore digital textile printing to create collections and exhibits. Recipients selected on a monthly rolling basis will receive an award of $150 in Spoonflower credit to design their own digitally printed fabrics and wall media for use in shows and exhibitions. Here's a look at some of the stunning pieces a few of our Fall 2014/ Spring 2015 Emerging Designer Grant recipients have created with their awards.
Calla's collection of women's activewear features textural surface designs derived from abstracted painting studies. Printed on Spoonflower's Silky Faille, Silk Crepe de Chine and Organic Cotton Sateen
This is Spoonflower's third year offering the Emerging Designer Grant and we are continually proud and amazed at the talent of these young designers of tomorrow! Find out more information about the grant and how to apply here.