Strolling through the halls of North Carolina State University’s College of Design, it’s easy to see why you can’t help but feel inspired. Between students working busily on the final touches of their end-of-year collection to the construction of a new installation, there’s no shortage of creativity coming from this design school local to Spoonflower’s headquarters.
emerging designer grant
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.
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.
Are you headed back to school to study textiles or design? Spoonflower’s Emerging Designer Grant awards undergraduate and graduate students worldwide with 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.
Tasleem Lee | California College of the Arts
Take your semester projects to the next level by incorporating custom printed fabric! The Spoonflower Emerging Designer Grant was created to support undergraduate and graduate students in pursuit of textile and design degrees worldwide. 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. More information and how to apply can be found here.
This fall design students head back to campus and begin to dream up exciting ideas for class assignments and independent projects. Spoonflower is making it easier for up-and-coming designers to use custom digitally printed textiles through the Emerging Designer Grant.