Today I’m thrilled to announce the details for our very first D*S Book Tour events! We’re starting in Design*Sponge’s home base, New York City with not one, but two fantastic events! In most cities our crafting event will take place in the same location as the main party, but we’re doing things a little differently for NYC. Our first crafting event will be on Saturday, September 10th at the New York Public Library as part of their Crafternoon series! The NYPL is near and dear to my heart- it’s where I did my favorite D*S project ever, Design by the Book, and it’s where I met my partner-in-crime and managing editor, Amy Azzarito.
This will be out biggest (free!) crafting event of the entire tour, with the RSVP cap set at 95 people! Together we’ll learn how to make a custom foam stamp that we’ll then use to create your own stamped fabric, tote or clothing. You’ll have special templates pre-designed (you will of course be welcome to free-hand your own designs) by a local designer- all you need to do is bring a tote bag, pillow case, or other small fabric item you’d like to personalize. We’ll provide the rest. I’ll be teaching the class and afterwards I’ll be signing copies of our new book, Design*Sponge at Home.
Event: Crafternoon at NYPL
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Location: Main branch of NYPL / Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue
Cost: Free (just bring your own fabric item to print on)
RSVP: Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are
recommended. The Crafternoon is now full, but we hope you join us for the official launch party on September 13. RSVP below.
Our second event in NYC is the biggie- this is our official launch party! We are so excited to be working with West Elm as our tour co-sponsor. West Elm’s Upper West Side store will be hosting our first party and signing on the day of the official book launch, September 13th. This will be a truly special event and it will be open to everyone! We’re going all out for this party- there will be custom window displays out front, a special customized photo backdrop* (designed by Poppies & Posies) to go with the Smilebooth photos you can take, and, last but certainly not least, we’ll be auctioning off West Elm products (furniture & accessories) that have been customized by artists that were featured in the book! The auction will benefit the New York Public Library, the site of our first crafting event. Here are the details below:
Event: Signing/Party at West Elm, Upper West Side store
Date: Tuesday, September 13th
Location: West Elm, 1870 Broadway, (62nd Street and Broadway), New York, NY 10023
Details: In addition to a book signing and party, guests can take part in a charity auction to benefit the NYPL. We’ll also have a custom photo backdrop created by Poppies & Posies against which you can take photos with your friends.
RSVP: Please RSVP by September 9th right here at West Elm’s Facebook page. Just click “I’m going”!
[A huge thank you to Julia Rothman who not only did all the illustrations for the D*S Book and book cover, but who designed these, and all 30, of the invite signs/posters you’ll see online and at all of the events. Thank you, Julia!]
*Almost all of our book tour events will have custom backdrops created by local artists!
A summary of this week’s highlights (our weekly wrap up) continues after the jump…
Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:
- D*S BOOK TOUR: 2011 D*S Book Tour Dates!
- Biz Ladies: Dealing with Stress
- Living In: Cleopatra
- Sneak Peeks: Jesse James + Kostas Anagnopoulos, Laura Terp Hansen, Sisse Jonassen
- DIY Projects: Adorable DIY Fabric Chandelier, Vintage-style Brass Pendant Lamp, Vintage Book Travel-tech Organizer
- Past & Present: Ombre + Accessory Round-up
- Before & Afters: Colorful Credenza, Copper-Trimmed Vanity Table, Dining Room Makeover, Home Renovation
- What’s in Your Toolbox: Soojin Kang
- Sewing 101: Luggage Tags
- Make It Yours: Famille Summerbelle
- Artwork: Jeremy Miranda
- Misc.: New: Ferm Living Fall/Winter 2011, Stone & Honey, Christen Maxwell, Gadgets for the Creative Class, New: Rifle Paper Co. Calendars + Notepads, St. Jude’s Here & Now Collection, Fifty One and A Half, TW Pottery