It is a good exercise to practice different topics, topics that maybe wouldn't cross my mind to design and to work on projects for different markets (apparel, fabric, stationary, etc..), also is a good way to get exposure for your work and the best part is to connect with fellow designers and share the process.
Once a week Spoonflower holds a design contest built around different themes and approaches, is always fun and inspiring to see how the designers interpret the topic and how creative they are.
This was my first contest entry of the year and the challenge was Penguins.
It was an an opportunity to create a pattern design with an animal theme (my first!) definitely a good stretch for me, lately is been all about designing florals so i needed to step out of my comfort zone.
It was fun to design the penguins I had a wonderful time and the final repeat remind me of a penguin colony.
|Penguin colony by Mayacoa©|
Was a surprise after the week's voting that my design made it into the top 10 designs of the contest.
I was jumping in joy to see that my design was voted and liked by the spoonflower's community and it was a good start to the world of competitions.
Being in the top ten gives you the courage and inspiration to keep participating is a great feeling but my main purpose this year with participating in the competitions is to get knowledge, learn and build my portfolio..and if a win or get into the top ten again..well that's good too :).
|The top 10 designs of the contest|
|Finished project by a Spoonflower's customer, looks great!|
|Penguin Colony fabric at my Spoonflower shop|
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