The second Lake design challenge ended in a frenzy of delicious designs! Congratulations to this week’s winner, heatherdutton, who took home the grand prize with her entry Pizza Night. In addition to a $200 Spoonflower credit prize, Heather was hand-selected by Lake to be featured in the Spoonflower coloring pack on the Lake app, available August 23. Joining her in the winners’ circle and coloring pack are baileyknudsen (second place) and pinkowlet (third place) who have received a $100 and $50 Spoonflower credit respectively. But that’s not all! Our friends at Lake loved the entries so much that instead of featuring the top eight winning designs in the Spoonflower pack as originally planned, they’ve chosen a top nine! See how you’ll be able to bring these designs to life on the Lake app here and don’t miss the entire tasty top 10.
1. 258 votes for Pizza Night – Coloring Book Black & White by heatherdutton
2. 248 votes for Food Frenzy by baileyknudsen
3. 243 votes for fruity felines! by pinkowlet
4. 208 votes for Fresh vegetables and pickled veggies by heleen_vd_thillart
5. 201 votes for colourfood by gaiamarfurt
6. 198 votes for Funki Fungi by seesawboomerang
7. 197 votes for Sushi Coloring by marketa_stengl
8. 186 votes for Pomegranate garden by dariara
9. 185 votes for I love toast! by littleknids
10. 183 votes for Vegetables by julia_gosteva [Read more…] about Announcing the Food Frenzy Lake Coloring Book Design Challenge Winners
Welcome to another edition of Spoonflower’s Meet the Designer series! This week we’re introducing surface pattern designer, Heather Dutton, who resides in the quaint coastal town of Kennebunk right on the southern tip of Maine. Heather began her career as a fashion designer in San Francisco but she quickly fell in love with designing seamless patterns in the process. Shortly after, Heather diverted her career to follow her heart launching Hang Tight Studio. We’re so happy to share Heather’s story with the community today—we know you’ll gain your own dose of inspiration.
My day starts with:
“An embarrassing amount of coffee while I check my emails and look at yummy images on Flickr, Pinterest & Instagram. Once I’m fueled up I head to the beach for a long walk with my sweet Sussex Spaniel, Gracie Mae, before I settle into my studio for a day filled with designing and Netflix binging.”
Treasure maps, city maps, and even secret forest maps! We traveled across the globe to find this week’s design challenge winner, Globetrotter – Travel Map Aqua by Heather Dutton. Heather is no stranger to the winner’s circle. This win marks her fourth time taking home the $200 Spoonflower credit grand prize. A congratulations is also in order for second place (kathrinlegg) and third place (bluecoin) winners. They will receive $100 and $50 in Spoonflower credit, respectively. See the entire top 10!
1. 308 votes for Globetrotter – Travel Map Aqua by heatherdutton
2. 301 votes for The Simple Life by kathrinlegg
3. 280 votes for illustrated_map by bluecoin
4. 266 votes for Camping Map by lburleighdesigns
5. 254 votes for City Map by kostolom3000
6. 253 votes for Fall Color Map by vinpauld
7. 251 votes for Summer Camp Adventure Map by juniperr
8. 244 votes for The Grand Adventure by miaclarke
9. 243 votes for Pirate treasure map by heleenvanbuul
10. 237 votes for map by svetlana_prikhnenko
[Read more…] about Announcing the Illustrated Maps Design Challenge Winners
The flowers must have been in full bloom this week for designer Heather Dutton, who took first place with her colorful paper-cut floral design! While we’d love to send her a bouquet of fresh flowers, Heather will be receiving the grand-prize of $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner, Rocsanne Putri will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner, Jody Mcmullen will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. See all the top 10 winners.
1. 266 votes for Cut Flowers – Floral Collage by heatherdutton
2. 251 votes for Spoonflower_PaperCut_RocsannePutri by rocsanne_putri
3. 240 votes for Paper Florals by jody_mcmullen
4. 238 votes for Paper Meadow by mariaspeyer
5. 222 votes for Purple Paper Anemone Collage by micklyn
6. 220 votes for cutflower_poppy by torysevas
7. 217 votes for Spring Paper-Cut Bouquet by cherishedminky
8. 216 votes for paper florals by marta_strausa
9. 201 votes for Matisse’s Garden by gracedesign
10. 198 votes for ranunculas by wingmade
[Read more…] about Announcing the Winners of the Paper Cut Florals Design Challenge
A big round of applause is in order for Heather Dutton who earned first place this week with her gorgeous springtime tangram design. Heather gets to take home the grand-prize of $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner, Sarah Treu will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner, Elena Naylor will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. See all the top 10 winners.
1. 278 votes for Calliope – Geometric Floral Aqua Pink & Gold by heatherdutton
2. 252 votes for Tangram Kites and Puppies by sarah_treu
3. 239 votes for Tangram goldfish and water lillies by elena_naylor
4. 237 votes for Modernist Owls Warm Tones Large by pinkowlet
5. 233 votes for Tropical Tangrams by designs_by_lisa_k
6. 231 votes for A shoal of tangram fish by ebygomm
7. 210 votes for Boxy Foxy by jenimp
8. 167 votes for Tangram Geishas by juliesfabrics
9. 165 votes for people puzzled by abstracthands
10. 161 votes for tangram town by scrummy [Read more…] about Announcing the Winners of our Tangram Design Challenge!
This week's Market Yourself March advice comes from Heather Dutton, of Hang Tight Studio. Heather shares her fun approach to marketing her creative business through colorful postcards, great goodie bags, and more!
If you're anything like me, the word marketing sends shivers down your spine. We're designers and artists, we'd much rather spend our time designing and being creative, right? Like it or not though, marketing is a vital part of running a successful business whether you're a big company or a small independent designer. It's easy to get lost in the sea of talented designers that are out there. You could be a design rock star, but if you don't market your amazing creations the only people who will know it are your friends and family. As wonderful as it is to have their support and encouragement, odds are it's not going to help grow your business.
It's easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to marketing your creative business. It's an industry all on its own and people major in it when they're in college for goodness sake! Since I clearly chose a different path by going to art school and spreadsheets make me break out in hives, I decided that first and foremost I needed to find a way to make marketing my business fun. If I'm not creatively inspired by what I'm doing and I'm not having fun doing it, then I'm definitely not going to stick with it.
When I opened my Etsy shop years ago I saw it as a perfect opportunity to let my customers know a bit more about me and my other creative endeavors. A new customer might not even know that I design fabric or that I run a creative business outside of my Etsy shop. Free samples and little treats make me absolutely giddy so I decided to create a little self-promotion goodie bag that I include with each of my Etsy orders.
My marketing budget is pretty small but I've found that a little investment goes a long way. One of the first things that I treated myself to was a custom rubber stamp for my design studio. It's an easy (and FUN) way to add your logo to just about anything. Another fun and affordable way to get your name out there is to create small stickers for your business. Moo.com is a great resource, especially since they allow you to have a variety of designs within one order instead of being limited to just one image.
My goodie bag includes a variety of little treats that all get tucked inside a small muslin bag that I've stamped with my logo. It's a little bundle of Hang Tight Studio fun and it changes whenever I have something new that I want to promote.
One of the newest additions to my goodie bag is a small swatch sampler that I created to help spread the word about my Spoonflower shop. Fabric is such a tactile product and I thought this would be a fun way to show people how amazing Spoonflower fabrics really are.
All of the little details add a personal touch when you're connecting with customers and they don't require a massive budget, just a little bit of time. Be creative, keep a notebook to jot down marketing ideas when they pop into your head, create a Pinterest board for inspiration, find a method that works for you and above all else, make sure you're having fun!
- Heather on Spoonflower
- Heather on Facebook
- Heather on Pinterest
- Heather on Instagram
About Heather Dutton
This week we're so pleased to be giving away a copy of the newest book by Laurie Wisbrun, fabric designer and author extraordinaire. Embellish Me: How to Print, Dye, and Decorate Your Fabric covers every technique I've ever heard of–and many I hadn't heard of before!–for creating and altering fabrics, from the first chapter on designing patterns and various methods of printing them, through dyeing and bleaching methods, and on through embellishment techniques including embroidery, buttons, lace, leather, sequins, fringe, and more. Lavishly photographed, Embellish Me provides an excellent and comprehensive introduction to all sorts of fabric creation and alteration methods, and is sure to inspire you to try new ways to design and create!
Heather Dutton, another favorite Spoonflower designer, contributed to the first chapter in Embellish Me on how to design patterns using both computer and hand-drawn methods, and has graciously agreed to select 6 patterns from her Bloem collection on Spoonflower to include as a Kona fat quarter bundle in our giveaway today. Thanks, Heather!
To enter this week's givaway for a copy of Embellish Me, a bundle of six fat quarters of Heather Dutton's designs, plus a little bag of surprise goodies that Heather sent along, just follow the link below. Entries will close next Tuesday, 2/19, and we'll announce a winner on 2/20. Good luck to you all!
Last week, we gave away a big bundle of fat quarters from Greta Songe–6 designs selected from her Spoonflower shop and 6 from her new collections with Marcus Fabrics–and the winner of all this loveliness was Audrey Clayton. Congratulations, Audrey, and we'll be in contact shortly about your prize!
This is the second in our series of profiles of the eight finalists in the Fabric8 contest, a competition from Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman Fabrics to discover a handful of the world's best amateur textile designers. Today we're offering a lovely interview with Heather Dutton. Look for more profiles next week!
Afternoon Tea by Heatherdutton, Heather Dutton
I was born in Maine but we moved around a lot when I was really little. We eventually settled back in Maine when I was about 8 years old and I grew up in the small college town of Orono.
After I graduated from art school at the Savannah College of Art & Design, I lived and worked out in San Francisco for a number of years. I later moved back to Maine, bought a great old farmhouse and now I live in the adorable seaside town of Kennebunk.
I got started designing fabrics when I was working as a fashion designer in San Francisco. I’d always had a passion for fabrics and part of my job at the time was to work with the in-house textile designers and a handful of print studios to develop and pick prints for the clothes I was designing. I’d always loved drawing and doodling different ideas that popped into my head and after watching the textile designers, I started to get drawn more and more into the world of surface design. Eventually I was lucky enough to find a job that combined fashion design with a little bit of surface design and from that moment on I was hooked. I do think it's funny that I design patterns for a living but 95% of my clothes don’t have a single decorative pattern or design on them. I think I own 2 or 3 things with a print and I hardly ever wear them. What’s that all about?
About a year and a half later I branched out on my own and started Hang Tight Studio. I heard about Fabric8 on the Spoonflower blog and I was crazy excited when I saw that you guys had teamed up with Robert Kaufman for another big competition! I was a little intimidated by the theme of “pen & ink” since I’m seriously watercolor challenged and it’s not a style that I’m used to designing in. To be totally honest, I almost didn’t even enter. A few days before the deadline to enter I got completely inspired and I decided that it was crazy not to at least give it a try. I’m ridiculously happy that I did now and it was really fun to branch out and do something a wee bit different.
When I’m not designing fabrics I love working on new goodies for my Etsy shop, hunting down cool vintage treasures at local flea markets, and going on fun adventures with my sweet Sussex spaniel, Emma Jean. We both love walking on the beach or being out in the woods. Living in Maine, there are tons of cool places to discover.
I love to sew and make little goodies for around my house or for friends and family. I recently made my very first handbag using my Chillout fabric and it makes me giddy every time I use it! Sometimes I have to pinch myself that it’s so easy and affordable to have my designs printed onto fabric thanks to Spoonflower. Sewing has always been fun but it’s kicked up a notch when you’re sewing something using fabric that you designed!
The list of fabric designers that I admire is a mile long but some of my absolute faves are Amy Butler, Heather Moore (Skinny Laminx), Khristian Howell, Joel Dewberry and the brilliant husband and wife team Brejer (Breanne and Jeremiah Simpson). I’m a bit of a movie freak and I honestly don’t know if I could pick a favorite but one of my favorite books would have to be The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. My fingers are crossed that someday it will be made into a movie.
My first reaction when I found out that I was one of the Fabric8 finalists was a seriously stunned “WHAT???!!!!” That was quickly followed by a racing heart and complete giddiness! There were so many incredible designs in the semi-finals round and even though I had my fingers crossed that I’d make it through, the other designers had set the bar pretty high. I was in my studio getting ready to start my day when I found out. I was so excited by the news that I didn’t get very much work done that day. It’s a huge honor to have been selected out of so many amazing designs and I can’t thank everyone enough for all the votes and support!
It sounds kind of silly but my creative process for this design started when I was doing dishes. My favorite coffee cup looks like a deep tea cup and as I was washing it I got a visual flash of all the different elements that ultimately ended up becoming a part of my design. Doilies, birdies, biscuits, tea cups and a swirly-edged pocket watch. It seriously was a burst of inspiration and it was actually “THE” moment that I decided I was going to enter to the competition. The next morning I couldn’t wait to start sketching all of the elements that had popped into my head. I didn’t know exactly how the design was going to take shape but once I scanned my sketches into the computer, turned them into vector art and started moving them around, the design just sort of fell into place.
Since I’m watercolor challenged I did the next best thing and finished the design by faux painting it in Photoshop. My hat goes off to the other designers who actually painted their designs! I don’t have my whole collection planned out yet but I’ve been playing around with a couple of coordinate designs already. There will definitely be more doilies & birdies popping up, some fun tea tins and a vintage inspired floral. My mind’s racing with ideas and I’m excited to dig in and finish the rest of the collection!