Spoonflower makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Founded in May 2008 by Stephen Fraser and Gart Davis, two Internet geeks with crafty wives, when Stephen’s wife, Kim, persuaded him that being able to print her own fabric for curtains was a really cool idea. Knowing very little about textiles, Stephen and Gart decided to ask around the web to see if other crafty folks were interested in printing their own fabric designs. Turns out, Kim wasn’t alone. The Spoonflower community now numbers over a million individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more.
The ability to design and print short runs of custom fabrics is particularly exciting for fashion designers. Not only can they create a garment that is an original silhouette, but designers can take their ideas one step further by printing their own textile designs. Spoonflower actively promotes budding designers through the Spoonflower Emerging Designer Grant--a program created to support undergraduate and graduate students in pursuit of textile and design degrees worldwide. Through this grant, Spoonflower awards students with credit to more easily incorporate digitally printed substrates into collections and shows to increase awareness of the capabilities of digital printing.
To support DIY as a cultural movement, they created the Greenhouse, a classroom and community space at Spoonflower HQ in Durham, NC, to provide a local space for hands-on learning, experimentation, and making. The room is used for classes, lectures, workshops, and social events, most of which are offered free of charge.
They’re excited to offer designers the opportunity to create completely unique collections while connecting with the local community. From the start, Spoonflower's mission has been to support crafters and designers in making products, whether that’s curtains or couture, that are customized in a way that was not previously possible. Empowering small and sustainable creative businesses and designers is the cornerstone of Spoonflower’s service and community. The opportunity to link up with like-minded entrepreneurs similar to the folks at Redress and support local designers is so rewarding.
Redress Raleigh would like to thank Spoonflower for their continued support not only for emerging designers but through sponsorship of the 2015 Redress Eco-fashion and Textiles Conference - community partners like this help make a great event!