Last week, I had the honor of creating a backdrop for the Design*Sponge book tour at Anthropologie in Durham. Having been an avid reader of Grace’s blog since she first began, it was a thrill to be a part of her event.
Since I wanted to represent North Carolina (as well as my own art style) in the piece, I chose to use modernized elements with strong ties to the area: textiles, tobacco leaves and a bull. I had Spoonflower, a Durham based custom fabric printer, print my large-scale pattern of tobacco leaves onto linen.
I wanted the leaves to look like an interior decor textile and to bring in colors from the Design*Sponge book cover which is poppy orange with gold foil highlights. I thought that the paper mache bulls head would be a cheeky nod to Durham’s Bull City moniker and the ubiquitous trend of mounted deer heads – but with a glam gold twist.
I’m really happy with the way it turned out and had a lot of fun with it. I couldn’t have done it without Spoonflower and my friends Diana & Tanya. Diana, (of the soon to be resurrected blog, Please Sir) spent a few weekends with me elbow deep in paper mache glue, and Tanya (with me above) helped me setup the day of the event. It was also loads of fun having a few of my favorite lady friends there to celebrate too.
Image Credits: #2, 3 & 4 by Bliss