Today marks the 5th day of our series featuring the designers behind the entries from our annual staff Design Challenge! Did you know that all designs entered in this week's challenge were created by the folks who bring your custom fabrics to life? Once a year, the tables turn and employees get to show of their design skills in a challenge made just for the them! Just joining us? Click here to learn all about this once a year challenge!
Holly: Director of Operations
Design : Curiosities and Petals
Holly: My husband and I are collectors of odds and ends. We take a lot of walks, we garden, and we are always looking around for odd things in nature. Many of these things are small and ephemeral, and we pocket them and they eventually find their way to a windowsill or bookshelf nook in our home. There are shells, feathers, seeds and seedpods, a cotton boll, a buckeye, a broken nutshell, a cicada husk clinging to a leaf, and many other little "curiosities." For my design I decided first that I would make a drawing of many of these little things, and focus more on the contours and textures than on the realism of the items. However, I soon lost interest in my drawing and decided to take a photo instead.
How did you manipulate your photo to make it more "abstract"?
Using my photo, I played with the colors and exposure in PicMonkey, as well as changed some of the colors using the Spoonflower color-changer tool. I really liked the result! However, even though it was abstracted a bit, it didn't seem abstract enough for the challenge theme.
Curiosities and Petals by Holly
Nicole: Head of Product Development Sprout Patterns
Design : Foraged Finds
What inspired your Spoonflower Employee Design Challenge entry?
For this year's Design Challenge, I looked at my house plants and loose abstract paintings to get an idea of what I wanted to do. What really inspired me was Matisse's paper cuts; he has always been my favorite artist and I love his use of color and simplistic shapes in later work.
What technique did you use to create your design?
I usually draw or paint by hand and then scan my artwork into Illustrator because it adds a personal quality to your designs. Lately, I have been working on simulating the hand-drawn and cut look with Illustrator brushes, so this design ended up being 100% made in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop!
What was the hardest part about the Employee Design Challenge?
The biggest challenge for me as a designer in general is knowing when to stop. I have the tendency to keep working and trying to reach a level of "perfection" that is usually unattainable. Because of this, most of my work will always be in progress, ready to be revisited again another day.
Foraged Finds by Nicole
Alexis : Junior Graphic Designer
Design : Abstract Line Design
What was the hardest part about the Design Challenge?
I was super stressed out about doing something abstract since I don't usually work in that style!
Abstract Line Design by Alexis
There's just one more day to vote for your favorite Spoonflower Employee Design Challenge entry! Comment below with who you think will take home the coveted prize : an upholstered chair with the winning design!