Spoonflower, a fabric design and printing service, is one of five winners in the Facebook Big Break for Business contest which was jointly sponsored by the social network Facebook and small business provider American Express OPEN. 11,000 entrants pursued the prizes of a Facebook page makeover and $20,000. Winners will fly to Palo Alto, CA for personal tutorials on using social media to grow their companies.
Spoonflower was founded in May 2008 by Gart Davis and Stephen Fraser to solve a simple problem of being able to print customized fabric designs. The company allows designers to upload their artwork through its website and print them on chosen a cotton or silk fabric using digital textile printing. Designers can sell their designs in an online marketplace on Spoonflower's website. Every week, designers are challenged to create a design based on a theme chosen by the company. Community members vote on the best design which then gets promoted through all marketing channels during the week. Over 100,000 people from around the world use the website. Spoonflower plans to use its winnings to create a Facebook application for the design contest.