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Design Challenge - Summer Fun

08 June 2017 15:54

Today's Design Challenge theme is Summer Fun.

What do you think of as summer approaches?

Most of our summer fun takes place outside, so almost anything outdoorsy could count as Summer Fun.

Barbeques, cricket on the beach, Wimbledon, school Summer Fairs, Henley, swimming in the sea, fairgrounds, candy floss, holidays, mountain walks, sunshine and bright colours.    The list is endless.

So you should be able to find something which inspires a Summer Fun design, whether it's factual (pictures of fun activities, views, etc) or more abstract (sunny, summery colours, hazy pictures).

During a conversation in our FB Group, it was suggested that it would be good to have a bit longer to create a design.  I was planning, this month, to have an extra week.  However, I'll be away when the challenge would then close, so I'm afraid the timings will have to stay the same this time.  I'm planning to let you have a list of themes for a few months ahead, so you can start mulling over ideas.  I hope that meets with your approval.  Let me know what you think!


Please upload your challenge designs to your account on our website.  If you haven’t already got an account, it’s simple to set up.  You just need an email address, password and name, which can be your own name, a nickname or a business name.  (You will be prompted to log in or create an account when you try to save your design.)  Then email me at, to tell me the name of your account and design.  (So I can find the right one!)  This is the name you use on your account, please.  Without it, it takes a long time to find your details.  You may include your inspiration photo, too.  You may also upload your design to our Facebook page.  I will put any not already uploaded onto Facebook after the closing date.   In case you're wondering about the order in which designs are listed on Facebook, the first to arrive in my inbox goes at the top, with the rest listed in the order in which they are sent in.   We may select one or two to put into our competition winners slot.

 So, the challenge is:  Create a design suitable for printing on fabric based on 'Summer Fun'.

Technical matters:

Your design should be at a resolution of at least 150 dpi, but not more than 300, using RGB colour space.

When it comes to printing, the repeat options are:  Straight, Centre, Half-drop, Half-brick and Mirror.  Once you’ve uploaded your design to our website, you can play around with the repeats to see which one will look best.  For pictures of what the different repeats look like, check this blog post.

To take part:

Upload your design onto our website by Tuesday, June 20th, giving it a title.  Email me at, telling me the title of your design and the name of your account.  You can also say a little about the inspiration behind your design, if you wish.

The closing date for receiving designs is midnight on Tuesday, June 20th, after which designs will be displayed (at the fat quarter size) on Facebook and on the blog.  Any designs uploaded to Facebook after the closing date may be removed.

By entering, you agree to our challenge terms and conditions.

You may only submit one entry, which must be your own work and based on the theme 'Summer Fun'. ‘Your own work’ means any form of original art work, photography, etc which you have produced. Your design should not have been entered in one of our previous competitions or challenges.

All entries will be displayed, unless we feel that the subject matter is inappropriate.  Copyright will remain with you, but by entering the challenge, you give us the right to use your design in any way we wish on our web site and social media, for advertising purposes.

All designs entered into the challenge will be made public on our web site without charge and will be available for sale.   The designer will be paid £2 per metre commission on any sales of the design.

Happy designing!