Spoonflower is not only a fantastic creative entrepreneur success story, they're a great supporter of the local design community. Having been a sponsor for multiple years, they are also one of Redress' biggest supporters. We recently got the chance to chat with Meredith at Spoonflower a bit more about working with makers in particular, read on for the details!
Redress Raleigh: The story behind Spoonflower's creation seems to have a lot to do with creative entrepreneurs and makers - how do you feel Spoonflower helps support the creative community?
Meredith: Thousands of entrepreneurs, makers and businesses big and small are powered by Spoonflower's on-demand digital print process. For designers and makers taking the next step of opening their own business, the thought of 500-yard minimums or expensive small batch runs can stop the business before it even gets started. At Spoonflower, designers have the ability to order just one yard of their design before moving forward with an entire collection. This easy entry point allows designers to test out their designs before confidently taking next steps. In addition to supporting Redress designers, Spoonflower offers an emerging designer grant, which was created to support undergraduate and graduate students in pursuit of textile and design degrees worldwide.
Redress Raleigh: For most of our designers, eco-friendly fabrics are really important. What types of eco products do you offer?
Meredith: From organic cotton to recycled ingredients, designers are increasingly seeking sustainably sourced materials. Spoonflower’s Organic Cotton Knit (made in the US) and Organic Cotton Sateen are made from certified organic cotton by Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) and our Eco Canvas is a 100% polyester canvas made with 45% recycled content, and our . All Spoonflower fabrics are printed with non-toxic, water-based inks that minimize waste and our environmental impact.
Redress Raleigh: For designers who want to grow their business and move toward larger production, how is Spoonflower helping facilitate that?
Meredith: Many designers quickly learn that the cost of small runs for manufacturing garments can be a costly investment. Spoonflower’s digital on-demand printing service allows designers to order small runs of their custom designs for sample garments. Spoonflower recently unveiled wholesale pricing and a PRO membership, giving designers the opportunity to grow their business at an affordable price point.
Redress Raleigh: Spoonflower seems to be intent on reducing their textile waste as much as possible, which we love! What are some ways you are doing this?
Meredith: Fabric that doesn’t meet our high standards never ends up in the landfill. It is either donated to the Triangle community, encouraging creativity and upcycling, or shredded and used for industrial applications like car upholstery, furniture stuffing, bedding, and flooring. With each roll of digitally printed media we produce at Spoonflower, there is a little bit of unprinted remnant material which can be used for all sorts of projects. In an effort to make our process more sustainable, we love to offer these remnants to local textile and arts based organizations. Click here to learn more about our remnant donation program!