This week Spoonflower and Carousel Designs are teaming up for a very special fabric design challenge! Vote for your favorite southwest-inspired fabric designs to be used in a baby bedding collection.
Today, as a part of our series dedicated to providing creatives with business tips and advice, we are sharing our a few of our favorite books and sites committed to textile design. Take some time this weekend to unwind and dream up your very own surface design venture!
Digital Textile Design, Second Edition covers everything students and practitioners of textile design will need to learn about designing and printing digitally. The book examines how designers can access this technique, looking at the work of those currently exploring its possibilities, and provides an insight into the technology involved in digital textile printing.
Looking for a site that celebrates all things surface design related? Print & Pattern is the page for you. Learn more about design through artist interviews, browse postings for design related jobs and more!
Learn how to take your art work and transform it in to sellable textile designs with the wonderful resource that is Make it in Design! Founders Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton share their expert knowledge to provide readers with a one-stop shop for thriving in the world of surface pattern design.
Pattern Observer is the perfect resource for the budding surface designer. Founder Michelle Fifis shared information on how to grow your textile business through their informative articles, interviews, tutorials, workshops and our private design community, The Textile Design Lab.
As one of our favorite textile design books, Laurie Wisbrun walks you through everything readers need to know to create gorgeous fabrics. Collected within are step-by-step tutorials for designing patterns (both digitally and by hand), a comprehensive section on printing techniques—including digital printing, screen printing, stenciling, block printing, and resist dyeing—and even insider tips for developing a collection and bringing it to the marketplace.
Beagles have long been adored for their ability to track scents and give a loud, baying howl when excited. For our latest Weekly Design Challenge, we asked designers to give us their take on the lovable hound – check out the contenders and cast your vote today!
As the utensil most likely to be assigned sentimental value, spoons come in countless shapes, sizes, and colors and are loved by all–check out the top 10 spoon designs and congratulations to Kate Rhees on her winning spoons design. Cheers to the spoon!
1. 517 votes for Spoons by katerhees
2. 439 votes for Les Spoons by amel24
3. 415 votes for Spoon Quilt by juliesfabrics
4. 361 votes for In My Kitchen by oliveandruby
5. 310 votes for Spoons by heleenvanbuul
6. 309 votes for Coffee Spoons by ebygomm
7. 306 votes for Loony Spoony Yard Sale by christinewitte
8. 289 votes for spoons by oleynikka
9. 275 votes for lotsa spoons by gracedesign
10. 267 votes for Party Spoons for Summer by robinpickens
This month, we’re exploring resources and opportunities for creative business folks. Today we sit down with Emily Sanford, a NYC-based artist who visits the blog to share how she stays inspired and provides tips for budding textile designers.
Emily Sanford started exploring surface design while pursuing her undergraduate degree in ceramics. The opportunity to explore textures and pattern opened her eyes to the world of surface design. Using watercolors as her medium, Emily creates a range of beautiful textiles. Here, Emily shares more about how she started designing textiles, where she hopes to take her surface design career and how she stays inspired.
Over the years, we've seen a lot of spoon-inspired fabric, but none as fun and funky as this! Vote for your favorite print in our very first spoon-themed Design Challenge.
Sometimes a theme doesn't need a subject, it just needs a palette. We asked designers to use four colors, with no particular theme, and ended up with a range of entries that are all inspiring. Be warned: this is one of the longest contest voting pages you'll ever see!
In honor of Australia Day on January 26th, Spoonflower designers invite you to take a trip through Australia's most beautiful cities through lovely surface patterns. From Perth to Brisbane, enjoy this cross-continental tour.
What about penguins is so gosh darn cute? Their little waddle? The fact that they all look like they're wearing tiny tuxedos? The way they slide around on the ice? Whatever it is, we love them. Get a good dose of penguin-preciousness in this week's contest.