Design challenges

I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts that I would love to develop my digital design skills, and it is my ambition to get funding for a decent computer with Adobe creative software.  In the mean time my personal challenge is to create commercially viable digital designs using the tools available free on the website.  I’m working on building a portfolio of designs that will prove I’m worth investing in.

In July the American print on demand company Spoonflower had an international free shipping day.  I’d been waiting for it, as I knew they have at least one per year.  Spoonflower enables designers to create a shop on their website selling fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper, but in order to sell my designs I had to order swatches.  Shipping costs from America to the UK are high, which is why I was waiting for the free offer.  I had 30 design swatches printed, which is the cheapest option.  I created  5 sets of designs, with 6 patterns in each set.  I chose 4 colour palettes and created 6 patterns in each.  Customers can buy each of the designs from one collection knowing that they will match.  The 5th set doesn’t have a unified palette, however I can now create more designs using the various colours in those patterns knowing what they look like in print.  You can find my shop by clicking on this link: The Thread Shed Studio on Spoonflower

I’m hoping to find a UK based print on demand service that works like Spoonflower to make my designs more accessible here.  There is a direct link from to Spoonflower which makes it really simple to upload my designs. As yet there isn’t a similar arrangement with a UK printer company.  Hopefully that will come.

Spoonflower also do weekly design challenges.  My entries haven’t won yet, however I will keep entering as I’d love to win one.  The most recent one I’ve entered is called Butterfly Coordinates, and calls for 4 coordinating designs based, obviously, on butterflies.  I’ve created my designs, and also uploaded them to my Redbubble shop, where they can be purchased on over 20 different products.  One of those products is a cushion (or pillow as it is known in the USA).  This is what my butterfly pattern would look like on 4 cushions.  I’d love your feedback on the design.  I will post details on how to vote in the Spoonflower challenge when voting opens later this month.image

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