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In Sanskrit, the word “mandala” simply means circle. It is known as a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. One of the most well known examples is the sand Mandala - a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. Entries will be previewed at the FQ size: 21″ x 18.” Submissions close 3/7/2017 at 3 p.m. EST.


Overview

Designers: you've tackled novelty animal prints, quirky winter themes, and gathered inspiration from creative hobbies and cocktails of the jazz era. Now it's time to switch gears and take a month to revisit everyone's favorite class from grade school: Geometry. Based on requests from our designer community, surface design trends and popular searches, we've carefully selected 5 geometric themes this month. Some are rooted in spiritual practice (mandalas) others we're used to seeing in nature (hexagons), and a few other super fun themes in between that we think you'll love.

Prizes

One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive $200 in Spoonflower credit. The 2nd place winner will receive $100 in Spoondollars. The 3rd place winner will receive $50 in Spoondollars. The rest of the top 10 winners will receive $20 in Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly voted designs (provided the designers are already verified sellers) will be automatically made available for sale in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required! In addition to cash prizes, the top 10 will receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

Mandalas Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 3 PM EST.
  • 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. The grand-prize winner will be the fabric design with the most votes.
  • Public or private 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

  • 02/03/2017: Submissions open
  • 03/07/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EST
  • 03/09/2017: Public voting opens
  • 03/14/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
  • 03/16/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

The Tortoise and the Hare Design Challenge

Tortoise and the Hare

Vote Now

Winners to be announced March 1

Art Deco Design Challenge

Art Deco Large Scale

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Submissions close February 27 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins March 1

Sisterhood Around the World Design Challenge

Sisterhood Around the World

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Submissions close March 6 at 3 p.m. EST,
Voting begins March 8

Monochrome Design Challenge

Monochrome

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Submissions close March 13 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins March 15

Summer Cookout Design Challenge

Summer Cookout

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Submissions close March 20 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins March 22

Modern Farmhouse Design Challenge

Modern Farmhouse

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Submissions close March 27 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins March 29

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