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Sarah & Her Masterpiece!
Sarah & Her Masterpiece!
I love how the Internet has created endless possibilities for creative types to connect with companies that foster and support creativity. My art teacher friend at the high school where I teach told me about this company called Spoonflower. Spoonflower lets you take a design that you've created and turn it into custom fabric, custom wallpaper, or custom gift wrap.   LOVE IT! So how does it work exactly? Since I haven't used the company's services directly, I'm going to share what one savvy high school sophomore did under the guidance of her art teacher.
Sarah's Sunflowers
Sarah's Sunflower
First, Sarah painted three sunflowers using watercolor paints. Then, she scanned the paintings into Adobe Photoshop to adjust the contrast, and clean up the images a bit. Next, she brought the images into Adobe Illustrator to do a "live trace" which turns the images into a vector, where each color is recognized as a separate shape. Finally, she uploaded the images to www.spoonflower.com. The company recommends that you upload JPEG or PNG files not bigger than 40 MB. No matter the design or specifications, you only pay for the cost of the fabric, wallpaper, or gift wrap and shipping. Sarah bought 1 yard of fabric for $20, and received it in less than 2 weeks. The website also provides resources on recommended design tools to use. Sarah and her teacher had a few questions about pattern repeat and the Spoonflower Customer Service Department was excellent, spending almost an hour helping them.
Getting ready to iron
Getting ready to iron
Sarah learning sewing basics from her art teacher
Learning sewing basics
Sarah plans to give her older sister the finished product—these gorgeous pillows! So impressive. I just added this to my summer "Creative Project To Do" list, and may have to call Sarah for guidance, as well as her extremely talented teacher, Mrs. Agresti. Thanks for letting me share your collaborative creativity, girls!  

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