African Print Fashion at Brooks Museum pairs with Spoonflower for design challenge


In celebration of our next special exhibition, African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style , Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Spoonflower – a Durham, North Carolina company – are partnering for an African-Print Design Challenge that incorporates the repeating design style of African print.

The challenge invites creatives to design a textile that highlights the dynamic traditions of bold and colorful patterns found in African dress. The winning textile design will be featured during the exhibition opening on February 23 and will be used for a  second part of the challenge. The winner will receive $200 Spoondollars and a $500 prize from the Brooks.

The public will vote online for their favorite design, then a jury of local Memphis fashion designers, makers and relevant Brooks Museum staff will choose the grand prize winner from the top 25 designs voted on by the public.

Submissions begin TODAY and end January 2, 2018.

Online public voting begins January 4 and ends January 9. The winning design will be announced January 11.

Entries can be submitted here:

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Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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