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In the context of Japanese culture, the word kawaii means cuteness. Most kawaii designs transform everyday objects into overly cute characters by adding simple facial features like two wide eyes, a small nose, and a dot for the mouth. Most commonly created with pastel colors, we’re challenging you to turn a widely popular dish into a repeating pattern that’s just too cute to eat!


Overview

What do you get when you combine the harvest season, sushi that’s just too cute to eat and an artistic technique that’s spot on? The September design challenge themes, of course! This month’s themes will require you to pull out your design toolbox and show us how you celebrate the season! Are you ready for the challenge?

Prizes

  • 1 first place winner each week will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • The 2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly-voted designs from each theme will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive 10% commission on every sale -- no $5 swatch required.

Kawaii Sushi Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 3 PM EDT.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (21” x 18”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs.
  • Public designs previously uploaded on Spoonflower.com are not eligible for this contest. Designs do not require printed proofing to enter the contest.
  • Moderation will take place at the close of the contest deadline.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes.

Timeline

  • 08/04/2017: Submissions open
  • 09/12/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 09/14/2017: Public voting opens
  • 09/19/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
  • 09/21/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

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Pointillism

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Winners to be announced September 28

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2018 Calendars

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Submissions close September 26 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 28

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Family Recipes

See the Challenge

Submissions close October 3 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 5

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Botanical Block Print

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Submissions close October 10 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 12

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Farm to Tea Towel

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Submissions close October 17 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 19

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