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Digital Fabric Printing + Spoonflower Tour

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Thanks so much everyone for the positive feedback on yesterday’s post about my fabric and gift wrap designs! I chose Spoonflower as a company to work with because they offer an amazing innovative service: the ability for anyone to design their own fabrics, wallpapers, decals, or gift wraps and share them with the world.

I was in North Carolina earlier this year and spent a few hours with the people at Spoonflower in Durham, touring their facility and asking them all about how the process works. With their permission, I took a few pictures while I was there and Allison was kind enough to answer my questions.

spoonflower headquarters slipper chairs

 

1) How long has Spoonflower been in business, how and why did it start?

Spoonflower was founded in 2008, just as the US economy was entering a recession. Surprisingly, the recession did not actually turn out to be our greatest challenge. The idea for Spoonflower came from Stephen’s (one of our co-founders) wife Kim. Kim asked Stephen if he knew of a website where she could print fabric to make curtains from her own design. It turned out that one didn’t exist, despite the fact that interest in sewing, fabric, design and making things by hand had exploded on the Internet.

2) How do the printers work and how much fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap do they print in an hour/day?

We print using large format inkjet printers, similar to the printer you have at home or in your office, just much bigger! We print around 1800 yards per day.

spoonflower printing

 

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More Etsy Art I Heart

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Oh the gallery wall, we love it so. It seems everyone’s got one these days including us. Last month I featured a group of Etsy artists and today I’m back for more in a new monthly series. Last time many of you suggested favorites in the comments, plus I discovered a few more myself. Enjoy the roundup, and I hope it inspires you to add something new to your collection!

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Find vintage natural history and botanical prints at Belle Maison, plus unique art nouveau prints too.   

belle maison vintage prints

 

No doubt Albie Designs has illustrated a city you’ve visited, preserve the memories with one of her unique works!  city illustrations albie designs

 

Cathy Hillegas watercolor landscapes have exquisite detail, it’s as if you’re really standing there staring at the view.

cathy hillegas watercolors

 

I’m smitten with the illustrations of Brittany Lee, each sketch tells a story and her birdies are a favorite!

brittany lee illustrations

 

I have a weakness for abstract art and loving the vivid versions spied over at Color Rich.

abstract art colorrich

 

Clare Elsaesser paints the feminine physique so beautifully, I love the ethereal quality of her work.

clare elsaesser paintings

 

Obvious State combines quotes from authors of the classics with unique illustrations, witty and wonderful.

obvious state literary prints

 

I’m as enchanted by the titles of these prints as I am by the subject matter at Janet Hill Studio.

janet hill studio paintings

 

What talented artists have you been admiring lately on Etsy?

 

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