86% of my resolution pasted, sum up of creating a textile design weekly…

As written before, I took the resolution at the beginning of 2013 of participating to all the weekly contests of Spoonflower.

The contests are : design a fabric in the proportions asked (8″x8″ * if its a swatch or most of the time 21″ x18″*  if its a fat quarter and rarely 42″x36″*  if it’s a full yard). The theme is given by Spoonflower. Sometimes a colour palette is restricted (you have to use and only use the colours specified), other times it is asked to create a pattern within the dimensions with explanations written on the fabric and seam allowances included. Most of the time it’s create a fabric design that fits a fat quarter (21″x18″ * horizontal) that respect the theme and considers repetition. (depending on the repetition, half drop, hal brick, mirror or basic it’s all in the mathematics!)

Since January 1st I submitted over 40 designs. It’s an exercise for the creating muscle, let me tell you!

Here’s the resume of my performances (yellow frame : made it into the top ten, red : FIRST place):

1-Snake 2-ToileJouy3-Australia4-MardiGRas 5-LoveLetters6-Africa7-Critter 8-LionLamb 9-GirlPower10-PaintedEggg11-JaneAusten 12-BabyAnimals  13-GardenTools14-PopChick15-Sailing16-Birthdays  17-Geek18-GREek19-Mod 20-FRogs  21-Farmers22-Midsummer23-Citrus24-Picnics  25-Horses26-Crickets27-Byways 28-bit 29-Fireflie 30-fashion31-Pencil32-DimSum33-dino   34-Kuler35-Geo 36-Constellation  37-Pies38-Costume 39-Ghosts 40-Calendar

The resolution I made with myself had many purposes  : force myself to create weekly, create a portfolio to knock on textile printers doors and challenge myself to a year contract and keep my word.

CREATION wise : The more you create the more you’re creative!!! It’s a muscle. Yes, I had themes that were really difficult, but the thing is though it! And no matter what, enter the contest with the design you came up with no matter what.

PORTOFOLIO wise : I have 40 designs of really out of the box themes, so I can show that no matter the theme I can create and be inspired. So Christmas fabric here I come! On top of my resolution,  I manage to challenge myself to add to certain really inspirational designs that I made. By doing so, I design  a few collection with blenders fabric, and mid scale fabrics. So, then again, It shows in my portfolio that I can decline an idea into a viable collection yey!!

CHALLENGING MYSELF wise : At first I thought and said to myself if its to difficult or a boring theme or it doesn’t fit with my schedule I could skip 1 design per month. But you know what? I couldn’t do it. I did all the contests that I could enter. And by doing so I’m proud of myself by not giving up or giving myself excuses.

There’s 8 contests to go before the end of my resolution. For sure I’m going to prepare my portofolio in 2014, to show the fabric printers and hope for a collection contract or even just a try at first. But I think I’m going to continue entering the contests. Maybe not all of them but I think I’m going to miss it 😉

After all of this my conclusion is :

– When it comes down to voting on-line, don’t beat yourself if you don’t perform. Sometimes your best design won’t do so well and a design that you did without “suffering” will be in the first ones. Be aware and honest. If others a clearly better accept it, and study there success, try to observe what makes it so great is it details, out of the box thinking…? (don’t copy!)

– Fame comes in waves… surf it. But don’t despair when it goes away and don’t wait for it, it will always come as a surprise!

– Keep your word, make the challenge big enough to be proud of overcoming it, but not to big that you set yourself for failure that’s not the point.

That was my reflexion, my resolution is almost over… I’m wondering if I’ll give myself another one for the next year. I’ll have to think about it…

For now, this week challenge is Film Nor (it took me 5 designs before being happy with what I’ve done, but submitted it just in time)

I really hope it gave you the will to challenge yourself with a 2014 resolution!

* 8″x8″ = 20cmx20cm          * 21″ x 18″ = 52,5cm X 45cm             * 42″ x 36″ = 105cm x 90cm