Do you ever find yourself scrolling through your Instagram feed “oohing and ahhing” at all of the photos of handmade garments stitched up by sewists around the world? This month, all eyes are on Me-Made-May (#mmmay17), a challenge designed to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to wear and love them more. Today, Zoe Edwards, the maker behind this social challenge and author of “So Zo…What Do You Know,” stops by the blog to give us an inside scoop on the hashtag that is inspiring us all!
It’s no coincidence the word mom spells wow when flipped upside down. From carpooling to crust cutting and lending an ear to lending a hand, moms ( and mother-like figures) wow us in so many different ways. Some moms show their unconditional love through creativity, while others go a more tangible route : endless amounts of hugs, kisses, and embarrassment! Luckily for the Spoonflower team, we have an office and factory full of talented, hard-working moms who show their love for not only their family at home, but their family in the office! Keep reading to learn more about five of these mama bears.
We’re thrilled to introduce our latest featured designer, Atlanta-based Sarah Marks, also known as Thirdhalfstudios. She has a way of creating playful art with unexpected items and a large dose of imagination. Read our interview with her and find out what keeps her inspired!
If you've been keeping up with April's Japanese Garden Design Challenge with Sprout Patterns (currently open for voting!), then you've already seen the buzz around the launch of the new Asaka Kimono pattern from Finnish indie pattern maker, Named Clothing. Sprout Patterns Director Caroline stops by the blog today to share her fascinating conversation with the duo, getting to know the inspiration behind Named, and what it's like to work at your dream job with your sister!
Caroline: We are excited to introduce Named Clothing, a Finnish pattern label founded by sisters Saara and Laura Huhta.
We're back this week with another design rockstar interview as part of our SpoonChallenge: Creating a Fabric Collection with designer Bonnie Christine. We recently fell in love all over again with printmaker, designer, author and educator, Lizzy House, when she co-instructed the Creativebug Fabric Design Series. We were so excited to get to sit down and chat with her about design, inspiration, and what really makes a collection work. Lizzy's seven lines of fabric, series of quilt patterns, and her book How to Enter the World of Textile Design make her more than qualified to teach us a thing or two!
This week we've got a unique designer and illustrator interview to share with you as part of our SpoonChallenge: Creating a Collection with Bonnie Christine. She attended SCAD, she hails from Brazil, and her name is Sarah Watson. Sarah has done everything from wedding calligraphy, children's book illustration, and packaging design, but her true interest is still, and will probably always be, in textile design. Now, let's delve a little further into Sarah's creative process, her greatest fear (hint: velociraptors), and current aspirations!
Creating a fabric collection is an exciting but involved process. From gathering inspiration to getting started with the the hands-on designing process, it takes a lot of work. As a part of our SpoonChallenge: Creating a Fabric Collection with designer Bonnie Christine, we’re sharing exciting interviews with textile design rockstars. Today we take a few minutes to dig into inspiration, daily life, and design with Toronto-based designer Elizabeth Olwen!
Describe your typical day
This is an organic and ever-changing thing… But every day starts with a good cuppa tea and a snuggle with my two cats. I work from home, so I can ease into the day. I spend a good deal of time answering emails and managing the administrative aspect of my business, and on good days, lots of creative work. I could be working on new greeting cards for a client, or developing home decor products, or planning my next Skillshare class, or my favourite, just spending time drawing or developing new patterns with no particular client in mind. I do find that I really like to work on the most creative aspects of my work at night, away from my computer, when I know that work emails have stopped for the day and I can feel most free. I tend to work a lot, because I love what I do, but I’m always actively striving for work/life balance and making time for myself and the people I love.
We’ve launched into week three of our August SpoonChallenge: A Month of Drawing. If you’re just now joining us, it’s not too late to sign up for the SpoonChallenge to receive daily drawing prompts, creative inspiration, and interviews with amazing illustrators and pattern designers. Share what you’re sketching with the hashtag #spoonchallenge on your social media platform of choice, and see what others are drawing. If you’d like to jump in, follow the link after our artist interview to sign up for the SpoonChallenge!
Meet Leah Goren, a Brooklyn-based illustrator and surface pattern designer whose painted ladies, animals and florals feature in commercial artwork, publications, textiles and other goods.