Design Sponge Book Tour Backdrop at Anthropologie

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

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  1. says

    That’s cool how you tied the color scheme in with the book. I’m so curious about Spoonflower. Were you happy with the quality of the print? Just wondering.

    Nice pictures :)


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