With its fabrics seen everywhere from the work of local designers to the pages of popular magazines, Durham textile producer Spoonflower has made quite a name for itself in the fashion industry in just seven years of business.
That name will become even more well-known with the publication of the company’s first book, “The Spoonflower Handbook,” which is now available. Co-written by the company’s co-owner, Stephen Fraser, the book serves as a textbook of sorts for DIYers who want to create their own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap.
Fraser said the book was a longstanding goal for the company.
“Even during the first few years after Spoonflower launched, we were asked fairly often if we had ever considered publishing a book,” said Fraser. “The popularity of our website generated a lot of curiosity about the art of fabric design and the skills required to do it.”
Aimed at both the novice and those already possessing some sewing skill, the book details how aspiring designers can use computers to upload designs and print their own fabrics. Fraser said it fits the company’s mission of helping people to express their creativity.
“Fabric is a really great example of a product that enables self-expression because even people who don’t design fabric can get enormous pleasure from looking at it, imagining projects that it could be used to make, and selecting designs that they love,” he said. “Publishing this book is a way of introducing more people to the possibilities that are available to them creatively by designing fabric, gift wrap or wallpaper, and also by creating things for their lives, homes and loved ones with those materials. We wrote this book to demystify that process, which in some ways is also why we started Spoonflower. We wanted to make this technology and art form accessible to everyone.”
Peachy Keen boutique in Cary will raise money for childhood cancer research during the Peachy Wears Hope fashion show, featuring Headbands of Hope, Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$150 and all proceeds from ticket sales and 10 percent of retail sales during the event will benefit cancer research charities. Visit thepeachykeen.com/blog/peachy-wears-hope-charity-fashion-show for tickets and more info.
The fashionable side of SPARKcon, fashionSPARK, kicks off this week with a jewelry and accessories trunk show featuring pieces by local designers on Friday from 8-10 p.m. at the Visual Art Exchange in downtown Raleigh. The following day, the runway heats up with up-and-coming designs during the Wear What You Are Fashion Show, Saturday at 8 p.m. on the Main Stage of City Plaza. General admission to the show is free, but VIP tickets with guaranteed seating are available for $25-$100 at sparkcon.com/sparks/fashionspark.
▪ Fine Feathers boutique in Chapel Hill will have new designs from Marisa Baratelli in store Thursday through Saturday. The collection includes everything from casual looks to mother-of-the-bride outfits. Call 919-942-3151 for more details.
▪ Belk in Cary Towne Center will have morganite and raspberry rhodolite gemstone jewelry from LeVian for a trunk show on Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For details, call 919-467-5050, ext. 281.
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