We love blending art and technology together here at Spoonflower, which is why we are particularly excited about seeing math designs on fabric in this week's contest. Tell us who created the most beautiful equation and deserves a spot in next week's top 10.
The Marketplace is full of creative and amazingly talented designers. We are constantly impressed with the variety of designs and truly beautiful art added each day. In reflecting on the past twelve months, we've rounded up the community's favorite designs. Take a peek at the 10 designs that gained the most likes this year!
Tchaikovsky's famous ballet becomes the inspiration for an amazing range of fabrics. We're taking Christmas week off, so you'll have two weeks to choose your favorites. We'll announce the winners on New Year's Eve!
Interested in learning how to create your own fabric designs? A Spoonflower Welcome Pack is the perfect tool to get started! Included in the Welcome Pack is:
- $35 in Spoondollar credit for the winner to spend on Spoonflower
- A Spoonflower swatch book with samples of all the fabrics and materials, including wallpaper and gift wrap, that we offer for printing
- A copy of a terrific book called Heather Ross Prints: 50+ Designs and 20 Projects to Get You Started. Heather's book includes a disk of her whimsical artwork and great ideas for using it in projects ranging from shower curtains to wallpaper. You can also find Heather’s designs available for ordering in her Spoonflower Shop
Enter by Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 for a chance to win! We will announce the winner on the blog on Wednesday, October 22nd. Congratulations to Sue Barney– winner of our Jamie Lau custom shirt giveaway!
Today's Fabric8 finalist interview introduces Brooklyn-based designer Cody Scarborough. Stay tuned to hear from the last four of our eight finalists before voting on their final Cosmic Voyage-themed fabric collections next week!
My design process is a little bit different every time I start a new project. Sometimes I have a very clear mental image of what I want to produce. But most of the time it starts with only a seed of an idea that I let evolve as I go. I usually have so many ideas crowding my thoughts that I can never hope to realize them all! Sometimes instead of sketching out my plans, I’ll write down a verbal description of what I’m thinking because it’s faster than drawing.
Inspiration usually finds me in the form of a color scheme. I love browsing design blogs, Pinterest and Etsy for unusual and exciting color combinations that I collect as little color palettes in Photoshop. Just a walk around a diverse city like New York spurs my creativity, too. I feel incredibly lucky to live in Brooklyn!
How did you come up with your Fabric8 design?
I’m a huge Star Trek fan, so this year’s Fabric8 theme, Cosmic Voyage, was a fun one to participate in. For my design, “Distant Galaxy”, I wanted to do something playful and vibrant. I thought about the bold colors of a nebula and the interesting textures of planetary surfaces. I tried to arrange the motifs in a way that would feel like they were moving to give the design some rhythm.
What's your favorite art medium?
I do my main design work in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, incorporating some hand-drawn or painted elements as well. Sometimes a texture overlay in a digital design can really bring the art to life.
Who is one of your favorite visual artists, textile or otherwise, and why?
There are so many artists I admire. I’ve always been fascinated with Chuck Close’s painted portraits. Each colorful “pixel” of his paintings is a work of art in itself. I’m fond of quirky illustrations by artists like Oliver Jeffers, Sarah Walsh, Hsinping Pan, Suzy Ultman and Yunmee Kyong. I’ve always loved the folk arts of Mexico, too. You can’t help but feel joyful when you see the mixture of all those bold colors and patterns.
If you could meet any character from a film, who would it be?
Since I’m a Trekkie, if I could meet any film or TV character it would probably be someone aboard the many Enterprises, Voyager or Deep Space Nine. If I had to choose just one character to have a conversation with it might be the Data. Even though he is an android, he embodies some of humanity’s best qualities.
Where would you go if you could travel anywhere, and what is one thing you'd most like to see or do there?
If I could visit anywhere in the US it would probably be the annual art licensing show, Surtex. I hope to someday show my work there! I would also love to go somewhere with rare endemic species, like Madagascar or Costa Rica. When I was little I used to dream about studying primate behavior like Jane Goodall.
What do you think next year’s theme should be and why?
As far as next year’s Fabric8 theme, I’d love to see something along the lines of “Everyday Objects” or “Diverse Collections of Everyday Things”. The things we use everyday can be very interesting design subjects when you see their diversity collectively. One of my favorite drawing exercises is to choose an object, like a toothbrush, and draw as many different varieties or versions of it that I can think of.
What are your plans if you win?
Winning Fabric8 would be a huge step for my design career. Creating this fabric collection has given me a fantastic opportunity to stretch myself as a designer. I’m so honored to be part of the top 8!
- Favorite color: Orange
- Spirit animal: Pygmy marmoset
- Favorite food: Bánh mì
- Place I’d most like to visit: Surtex
- Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
- Favorite movie: Moonstruck
- Dog or cat: dog – I have two pugs 🙂
- Favorite season: Summer
Whatever the weather, there's nothing quite like the vastness of the sea to inspire awe and restore perspective. Dive into your week headfirst with these ocean themed designs, and check out even more beautiful ocean fabrics in the Spoonflower Marketplace!
In the wise, ocean-inspired words of Jon Kabat-Zinn,"you can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf," and I hope these lovely prints will float you through your Monday!
Here's to a lovely week ahead,
'Tis the season for the Queen's Official Birthday, and these five crown fabric designs have us ready for a royal celebration!
Here's to you, Queen Elizabeth II, with wishes for a very happy birthday celebration!
With Cinco de Mayo coming up on Monday, what better weekend to craft the perfect fiesta?! These fabrics and DIYs have us ready to say olé and celebrate!
MEXICAN CACTUS by sydama
MINI CACTUS PIÑATAS on Oh Happy Day
LOVE FIESTA by SammyK
DIY CINCO DE MAYO GARLAND on Lovely Indeed
PAPEL PICADO by thirdhalfstudios
DIY PAPER PICADO VOTIVES with free printables on WhimseyBox
CACTUS FLOWERS by hannafate.
FIESTA FLOWERS on Aunt Peaches
PONCHO DAISY by Fabric Farmer by Jill Bull
EASY DIY FRINGE RUNNER FOR CINCO DE MAYO on Hank & Hunt
Here's to a festive Cinco D-I-Yo!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! We're celebrating by browsing the luckiest green and gold fabrics in the Marketplace! Take a peek at 13 of our favorite festive St. Paddy's designs.
Sure and Begorrah, it's Leprechaun Laundry Day by Vo_aka_VirginiaO
Shamrock Shuffle by Verity Maddox
Linen in Butterscotch Gold by Joan McClemore
St. Patrick's Hide and Seek by Leighr
Horsing Around: Sunshine by Nadia Hassan
Green with Luck by Sparegus
Flowers+Leaves by Heleen Van Buul
Lucky Four Leaf Clover by Roz Robinson
Polka Dot in Gold Glitter by Sparrow Song
"A Moi la Fortune" by Nadja Petremand
Lucky Clovers by Oksancia
Shamrock Shower 2011 by Nikky
Drown Your Shamrock by Cherry and Cinnamon