Arts & Humanities Society & Culture

Georgia Museum of Art to focus on fashion, innovation April 3

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Stephen Fraser Photo by Leigh Ann Hines

Athens, Ga. – As part of a collaboration with Athens Fashion Collective, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will present a free lecture by Spoonflower cofounder Stephen Fraser April 3 at 11 a.m. in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium.

Spoonflower is a web-based digital printing company that allows users to design, print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper, decals and gift wrap, as well as browse and purchase the designs of others.

Prior to launching Spoonflower, Fraser worked as a consultant for Internet start-ups and served as marketing director for, a print-on-demand book publishing company, from its 2002 launch through 2006. He is also the co-author of an upcoming book on designing fabric, scheduled to be published by Abrams Books in the fall of 2014. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.

That evening, beginning at 8:45 as part of Museum Mix, the museum’s thrice-yearly late-night art party, Athens Fashion Collective will present spring collections from six regional designers: Sanni Baumgartner (Community Service), Shawna Lea Maranville, Amy Flurry and Nikki Nye (Paper-Cut-Project), potter Rebecca Wood and Megan Huntz (Megan Huntz Dresses). Baumgartner’s clothing uses fabric she designed and printed through Spoonflower as part of a design sponsorship. She collaborated with photographer Ian McFarlane, who shot close-ups of natural details in the North Georgia mountains that served as the basis for her fabric designs.

DJ Winston Parker will provide sounds both during the fashion show and after, until 12:30 a.m., when Museum Mix winds down. All the museum’s galleries will be open, including the Jane and Harry Willson Sculpture Garden, the permanent collection wing and the current slate of temporary exhibitions. Earth Fare will provide free refreshments, and there is no admission charge. Athens First Bank & Trust is sponsoring Museum Mix.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton St., University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see or call 706-542-4662.