We love seeing what our creative community around the world is making and our friends in the UK never disappoint. Here’s a look at seven incredible DIYs whipped up using Spoonflower fabrics (printed and shipped from our factory in Berlin!) by a handful of our favorite British crafters and just in time for Me Made May.
Today is an exciting day, but first, introductions! My name is Jenell, and I’m a graphic designer on the Spoonflower marketing team. Nice to meet you! Today, I’m bringing you some magic in the form of a few black makers and creatives you need to know. No seriously, they’re pretty magical. Together they offer a smorgasbord of talent that ranges from surface pattern designers and illustrators to interior designers and DIY bloggers. That’s right, I am hooking you guys up! Enough chit chat, let the fun begin.
What’s the best part about being a woman of color in your industry?
“I think the best part is that I have a different cultural background to tap into. I find joy in sharing that part of me with the world.”
Can you believe it’s already been a year and a half since we opened our second factory in Berlin, Germany? For our European friends, we hope you’ve enjoyed the benefits of a closer factory such as faster turn-around times, placing your order in your country’s currency, and paying VAT upfront!
In celebration of this exciting year and a half, we’ve partnered with some of our favorite bloggers for our first ever Spoonflower British Blog Hop! Starting May 27, join us for a virtual trip to the UK to see what projects our friends across the pond are sewing up with their Spoonflower fabric (printed in our Berlin factory, of course). Be sure to check back each day as we update the blog tour schedule with links to the finished projects! [Read more…] about Spoonflower’s British Blog Hop
When Jen Anderson’s daughter Madeleine decided she wanted to start a business to help pay for college down the road, the only question was: What kind of business to start? The lightbulb went on after realizing that Madeleine’s love of music had led to a collection of instruments—and some not-so-exciting guitar bags. From there, they developed prototypes for a fun and functional set of bags that are customizable with vibrant Spoonflower designs, and Gigy™ was launched! Get to know our latest featured makers below.
My day starts with: “My online work. Since that is my least favorite part of the business, it is nice to get it done right away. Whether it’s catching up on the finances, writing a blog post, or ordering materials, it is done with a big cup of coffee. Then I drive the kids to school before heading into the studio.”
Our latest featured maker, Rosanna Bernstein, was inspired by her own journey through cancer to design and give away dolls for children undergoing treatment themselves. Her Etsy store, featuring Spoonflower-designed blankets, children’s clothing and dolls fuels her generous outreach: All Bee Brave Buddies dolls are sent free to any family who requests them. In fact, many in the Spoonflower community have donated fabric of their own to be used! Get to know Rosanna below.
Where do you live? “I live in Surfside, Florida, a small community on the Atlantic ocean, a mile north of Miami Beach.”
My day starts with: “A cup of steaming hot herbal tea and then off to my studio, a few steps away. For the past several years, it has been home to Baby Bonbons, my children’s clothing and accessory shop on Etsy. I generally spend the morning on the computer working with my shop and my nonprofit, updating web pages, organizing sponsors and fundraising benefits to fund the three Bee Brave Buddies dolls I have designed to give children battling cancer around the US, packing boxes to ship both our clothing and the dolls. I designed the dolls and started giving them to children 18 months ago with the proceeds from my Baby Bonbons shop.
We invite others to join our team to make sure we can make a big difference in the lives of kiddies with cancer and also send us any extra fabrics for our dolls. We also invite everyone who would love to feel the love of these children receiving the dolls, to volunteer and become a doll ambassador.”
Our latest featured maker had an unconventional start growing up as a child actress and singer on sets and sound stages across the country. Later, Kathryn Zaremba received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and moved to New York City, where she was a design assistant to Jonathan Adler and illustrated textiles for Rachel Antonoff. Now settled in Washington, DC, she creates whimsical textile designs from a workshop she shares with other female makers called the Lemon Bowl. Plan a visit if you’re in the area, and read on to learn how Kathryn fuels her successful small business.
My day starts with: “COFFEE! Then usually checking emails and customer inquiries, depends on the day. I try to plan a couple of days (or several half days) that are dedicated to making. The majority of my work is creating pattern designs for wallpaper and textiles but I also make paper portraits. These are intricate cutouts I am commissioned by people to make, so it’s important to allot enough time for them!”
My day starts with: “My son jumping on me to get out of bed (he’s the best alarm clock.) I get my son ready for school and then head off to the studio. If I’m lucky I try to hit the gym, but as all working moms know, making time for yourself is often difficult.”
We like to think of The Academy of Handmade as a support system for makers. As longtime fans and sponsors of The Academy of Handmade, we’ve been proud to see so many artists and crafters thrive, growing their small businesses through this amazing recourse. Sharon Fain, founder and director of the Academy of Handmade stops by the blog to share how using Spoonflower custom-printed materials can help give your business an edge against competitors, so you can thrive too!
We were so delighted to join our friends of Makers Collective at their annual business conference, The Makers Summit, in Greenville, SC in early March. The good folks of the Makers Collective sure know how to present an amazing event, and we're delighted to have them stopping by the blog to share a few of their favorite projects from this year's conference. Makers Collective co-founder Lib Ramos gives tips and tricks for how to throw the best craft party ever!
Lib: As part of Makers Summit conference each year, we host The Best Craft Party Ever. For the past two years, the party has actually been a series of progressive parties, where each stop features a craft project! If you’re looking to throw an epic craft party of your own, here are some of our tips for choosing the best kinds of crafts for a crowd.
Today we’re thrilled to introduce you to Spoonflower maker Rachel Roberts. Her Etsy shop ModFox, which features beautiful handmade modern baby bedding and apparel, has been a labor of love for Rachel and her husband Chris for the past five years. Based down south in Beebe, Arkansas, the young husband and wife duo run a successful creative business with the inspiration and support of their little “helpers”: three boys ages 5 and under (and a baby on the way!)