This year's Fabric8 Contest is well under way, and our community has chosen the 8 finalists who will have a shot at signing with Moda Fabrics to release a beautiful, botanical collection! As finalists work on completing collections based around their winning designs, we're getting to know the top 8 a bit better in a series of interviews with each of our finalists! First up we have Catalina Kim, the designer behind the oh so lush and colorful Botanical Dreamscape entry.
You're feeling especially creative, so you decide to try your hand at entering one of Spoonflower's weekly design challenges. You picked the perfect theme, now it's time to start designing. All of the sudden, panic sets in. What size is best? Where do I begin? Fear not! In this post, we'll discuss how to size your designs just right for the standard fat quarter contests, swatch-sized "disty" contests, and even one-yard contests. Read on to find out how to master sizing to create a winning entry for any design challenge theme!
STANDARD CONTESTS: SIZED AT A FAT QUARTER
Most contests default to a fat quarter preview, which is what the community sees during voting. So the trick is to make sure the elements in your design will be easily recognizable from a canvas of this size. If you're using a design program such as Photoshop, it's a good idea to set the canvas (document) size to 21" x 18" which is the size of a fat quarter.
Once you upload your design to Spoonflower, the preview will default to a fat quarter view, which accurately reflects how your design will appear in the contest. If your design has lots of fine detail that you're worried won't shine through at the fat quarter scale, just click the 'bigger' button to enlarge your design until you are satisfied.
Once you're happy, go ahead and enter your design into the contest of your choice using the "Enter in Contest" option to the left of the preview.
Once you enter a contest, Spoonflower provides a preview so you know exactly what your design will look like. It's important to note that we do not recommend editing your design after submitting it, as that can cause the voting thumbnail to break. You also won't be able to upload a revision once your design has been entered so be sure the version you're submitting is the final version. If you don't like how your design looks in the entry preview, consider withdrawing it and re-entering later once you've made your modifications.
Now all you have to do is wait for voting to open, then vote! We totally won't judge you if you vote for your own design.
DITSY CONTESTS: SWATCH VIEW
In fabric design, the term ditsy doesn't mean scatterbrained. Rather, it refers to small scaled, non-directional scatter prints. The motifs in your design ideally shouldn't be larger than half an inch to an inch in scale. So for our "ditsy" contests, Spoonflower typically calls for designs to be formatted in the swatch (8" x 8") size so that those fine details you worked so hard on will not get lost.
ONE YARD CONTESTS
Occasionally, Spoonflower will throw a curve-ball with a one-yard sized contest. Often these are border print contests, but they could also be cut-and-sew contests as well. For these, you'll want to set your document size to 42" x 36." Once your design is uploaded, select the "one yard" view. The larger the preview size, the harder it is to see those details, so keep this in mind when designing.
Once you have sizing mastered, you're half way there! Always remember that the size that may be perfect in a contest, may not be the size you want to ultimately have your design at in the marketplace. Once a contest is over and the results are final, you can always adjust your design back to the size you want it to be permanently. Feeling confident? Find a contest theme that speaks to you and enter now!
You know it’s beginning to look like fall when you’re drooling over the designer looks in the extra-thick September issues of Vogue and the like! We are so inspired for a new season of dressing, and we can’t wait to flex our DIY muscles to recreate some of our favorites from the pages of high fashion.
With close to 800 entries, this has been our most popular annual Fabric8 Design Challenge yet! Spoonflower and industry sponsor, Moda Fabrics, have narrowed it down to 100 semifinalists, and now's the time for you to step up and help decide who will advance to the final round. Between now and September 2nd, choose your favorite Botanical Sketchbook designs. The top eight designers selected by voting will be asked to expand their design into a 4-piece collection before the final votes are cast and the next fabric design superstar is announced!
Ahh, the smell of brand new textbooks…the sound of binders clicking open and closed. Must be time for back-to-school! Congratulations to this week's Design Challenge champion, Julie Lynch (cjldesigns) for her winning design, "Notebooks Journals and Diaries." See how the rest of the top 10 stack up and don't forget to visit our Facebook page for photos of all the top 10 printed out and looking their best on Silky Faille!
1. 588 votes for notebooks journals and diaries by cjldesigns
2. 462 votes for Little Library boy by heleen_vd_thillart
3. 417 votes for ModernBookshelf by nethery
4. 385 votes for books2 by gaiamarfurt
5. 379 votes for Read More Books by sheri_mcculley
6. 376 votes for Between The Lines by seesawboomerang
7. 373 votes for School Books N Stuff by creativetaylor
8. 361 votes for book joy by scrummy
9. 357 votes for pile of books___ by caro-nika
10. 329 votes for Jolly Journals Collection by paula's_designs
Take your apparel design to the next level with new book Print, Make, Wear: Creative Projects for Digital Textile Design by Melanie Bowles, textile designer and co-founder of The People's Print! This book features beautifully illustrated step-by-step tutorials to walk you through creating your own printed textile design with hands-on traditional craft methods and digital techniques including the latest CS6 software Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Print, Make, Wear will guide you through the process of digital textile design to create truly original designs, ready to print, ready to wear!
We had the opportunity to thumb through a copy and were blown away by the expert tips and beautifully constructed garments. Melanie does a wonderful job walking readers through each project while empowering creatives to dream up their own interpretations of each garment.
To celebrate this wonderful design resource, we're giving one lucky community member the opportunity to take home their very own copy along with two yards of our most elegant fabric, Poly Crepe de Chine! This new fabric is a lightweight 100% polyester crepe fabric that is perfect for projects that require a soft drape and a delicate weight. Get started on your first completely custom garment created using Print, Make, Wear + Poly Crepe de Chine!
Enter by Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 for a chance to win. The winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday, September 2nd.
Whether reading for fun or studying for a class, books are universally important tools for education and understanding. Do you have a favorite reading nook or enjoy the smell of your local library? If yes, then it's time to browse all the book-centric designs and vote on your favorites in this week's contest!
With everything from leaf-munching caterpillars to nectar-sipping butterflies on display, the many phases of the life of the most showy pollinator were not lost on the more than 275 entrants to our Butterfly Coordinates Design Challenge! Congratulations to the first-time contest winner Oohoo with her butterfly coordinates design and don't miss all the top 10 winners' lovely coordinating designs! Be sure to browse our photoshoot with all the butterfly coordinate fabrics today on our Facebook page!
1. 329 votes for butterfly coordinates by oohoo
2. 321 votes for Butterfly Coordinates by memory
3. 312 votes for butterfly-coordinates-SF by treefishjane
4. 299 votes for Butterfly coordinates by heleen_vd_thillart
5. 276 votes for Butterfly Sketches Collection by khubbs
6. 269 votes for Wings N Things by natalierobin
7. 267 votes for spoonflower_butterfly_contest by dana_elena
8. 264 votes for With An Opposing Cloud by seesawboomerang
9. 263 votes for Vintage Garden Delights by christinewitte
10. 255 votes for Flying Fancy Butterfly Garden_Coordinates by robinpickens
We are just days away from opening our first round of voting for this year's Fabric8 Contest, the annual search for emerging fabric designers that will give one winning contestant a shot at designing a new collection for Moda Fabrics! Today, we're catching up with Lamai McCartan, the oh so talented designer who won last year's competition and landed the opportunity to release her first collection, Night Sky, with Robert Kaufman Fabrics!
Last year, we were delighted to get to know a bit more about designer Lamai McCarten (Lamai on Spoonflower!) in her Finalist Profile, and we are so excited to catch up and learn about her experience of winning the Fabric8 Contest and working with Robert Kaufman to designer her very first collection. Read on for Lamai's take on preparing for the contest and where she sees her designer career going after her win.