Each month CED spotlights strategic partners that help to propel Triangle entrepreneurial companies onto the national stage as successful businesses. One of our September Strategic Partner Spotlights is Spoonflower.
Spoonflower is a custom, digital printing company headquartered in Durham, NC. Spoonflower lets customers design, print and sell their own designs on fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap. The Spoonflower Marketplace offers over 350,000 designs created by independent fabric designers in over 50 countries, making it the largest indie design collection in the world. When you shop the Spoonflower Marketplace, you’ll be supporting a talented and devoted artist community, all while maintaining a slim eco-footprint via Spoonflower’s digital, on-demand printing process. Join the Spoonflower community of DIY-minded individuals from around the world who appreciate quality, custom design.
Founded in 2008, Spoonflower was the world’s first web-based service for custom fabric creation.
Making things with Spoonflower is the subject of a new title from Abrams Books, The Spoonflower Handbook: A DIY Guide to Designing Fabric, Wallpaper & Gift Wrap with 30+ Projects.
Why does Spoonflower support CED as a strategic partner?
Spoonflower joined CED to show support for this important local organization that works to spotlight the entrepreneurial development in the Triangle. We also joined to say thank you–for it was at a CED event that our co-founder, Stephen, first met Holly Maloney McConnell from North Bridge Growth Equity (who eventually invested in our business).
How does Spoonflower help North Carolina entrepreneurs?
With North Carolina’s history steeped in the furniture and textile industries, our digital, on-demand printing technology brings this tradition into modernity while reducing waste and water usage. Spoonflower’s custom, digital printing process is used by crafty entrepreneurs and interior designers throughout North Carolina and around the world. Look for colorful, custom pillows, curtains, upholstered furniture, and handmade clothes and you’ll find Spoonflower high and low.
What does Spoonflower envision for the future of entrepreneurship?
More and more creative individuals are seeking full or part-time self-employment as a way of freeing themselves from traditional corporate structure and following their passions with the meaningful work of “making.” With a rise in online marketplaces for handmade goods along with the DIY ethos coming into the mainstream, Spoonflower supports creative entrepreneurs in strategic ways, and really always has.
In 2008, Spoonflower was built on the idea that people want to create, print and sell their own artwork on fabric. Today, Spoonflower has a very close relationship to the maker economy since small business owners and independent designers are drawn to the Spoonflower Marketplace as a way to grow their businesses. By the customary nature of the Spoonflower Marketplace, designers get up to 15% commission on every sale of their designs, which supports independent designers in over a hundred countries around the world. How things are made is transforming, and we are excited to be a part of that.
Is your business committed to helping build a self-sustaining community of entrepreneurship in the Triangle? Join the network as a strategic partner of CED.