Since I am still a student and my dreams of having my designs produced on a large scale are still to come true, I have a wonderful design technician who digitally prints my designs at University. Printing at such small volumes is very expensive, and so I am not able to print out much as I am saving my allowance for my end of year degree exhibition.
I have recently been thinking about what I may do after University in the nearer future, and continuing with my design practice is incredibly important to me and there is no doubt I will carry on creating new design collections. I have had ideas about printing my designs onto fabric and then creating items such as cushions, shift dresses etc and then selling them online. I think that my sewing skills could finally be put to use and I know it would be something I would enjoy doing, and being passionate about something is always key to making it a success!
I have recently discovered Spoonflower, which is an American company which digitally print small orders of fabric for a very reasonable price. I have received a sample print which was of an impressive quality, and so I have now ordered a full set of fabric swatches from my latest textile collection. The only thing to be remember is that certain import taxes can be applied to orders over a certain size from America, and so I need to look further into this.
Here are a couple of images of my printed fabric, as it is great to see what a design looks like when absolutely finished.
Fabric sample printed onto cotton from children's design collection
Spoonflower fabric sample printed onto performance knit fabric from children's design collection
If anyone knows of any UK based digital fabric printers who will print small orders then please let me know as it would be so much better to order without the fear of paying an import tax!
Thanks for reading, Stephanie x