Design-A-Day SpoonChallenge: Day 14

Design-A-Day SpoonChallenge: Day 14 - Found Objects
We're in the home stretch of our Design-A-Day SpoonChallenge! Are you hanging in there? Today's #SFDesignADay comes to you from 2014 Spoonflower Staff Challenge Winner, Allie Tate, head of marketing at Spoonflower in Berlin. Allie knows better than most that you needn't look further than the contents of your junk drawer at home to create an award-winning surface pattern. 
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Allie: Surface design doesn't have to be complicated. It can be as simple as using everyday objects laying around your home to create a compelling textile design. Find inspiration in items you use every day or test your creativity by incorporating unusual items into your fabric design.
Fancy Florals: 2014 Winning Staff Challenge Design
To create this design, I used materials purchased at a local hardware store as a part of Spoonflower's 2014 Staff Design Challenge. By restricting the tools available (and with just 1 hour to create and upload our designs from start to finish!), we had to really get creative in how we executed our design ideas. For me this was a really fun exercise in flexing my creative muscles and making something I may not have made otherwise. 
Allie shows off her new Faux Suede upholstered chair, covered with her winning Spoonflower Staff Challenge design Fancy Floral!
Once I scanned in my "junk drawer items" collage, I increased the brightness and the contrast to remove most of the mid-tones in the scan. Then, after uploading the design to my account, I used the Spoonflower color changer tool to create this teal background and  change all of my elements to black. This allowed me to still keep the hand-created look, while also giving the design a clean, modern aesthetic. 
Staff Challenge entry from Spoonflower's Director of Engineering, Kelly Walsh.
2014 Spoonflower Staff Design Challenge Top Ten Winner: Paper Spring by Kelly Walsh
Spoonflower staffer Kate Butler's entry for the 2014 Spoonflower Staff Challenge made and uploaded within one hour from a paper plate, paint chips, yellow string, painters tape and a glue stick. 
2014 Spoonflower Staff Design Challenge Top Ten Winner: Fiber coral! by Print room manager, Janet Talus
2014 Spoonflower Staff Design Challenge Top Ten Winner: Fiber coral by Janet Talus
Spoonflower Office Manager, Kelly Baugh used paper, string and washers to create this geometric, clean design which placed in the top 10 for the 2014 Staff Challenge.
Spoonflower Office Manager Kelly Baugh used paper, string and washers to create this geometric, clean design which placed in the top 10 for the 2014 Staff Challenge. 
Allie's pro tip: Get really creative! Grab tools and objects you may not think twice about using to create a surface design. By doing so, you'll get outside of your box and create something truly unique and interesting. You just may surprise yourself! Use design tools like Spoonflower's color changer to stylize the image and make it look just right. 
Missed a few days and want to get caught up? No problem, we've got you covered on the blog! Don't forget to tag your designs influenced by today's SpoonChallenge with#SFDesignADay. We'd love to see the designs you can come up with using items from your junk drawer, or found out in the world! 

This one was difficult to get an idea for, but it was much simpler once I got going. The found objects that I used were my straight pins and buttons. I did a couple of arrangements, and photographed them. It took a long time to clean up on the computer, but I finally got it finished. Maybe when I'm not trying to do this on a deadline, I'll make a color version.



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