Design Week gets themed

OFabz is back with earrings

Let me start by saying I play a small role within the organizing team for Design Week Fort Wayne. I’m personally passionate about the event, which makes me want to share it with you, and that wouldn’t change whether I was involved behind the scenes or not. Last year’s first DWFW was a smashing success that featured local and national design experts. This year’s event even bigger, even brighter, with some amazing speakers trekking to the Fort to talk all things design. One of the most significant changes to this year’s week-long program is that the days will be themed, making it easier for guests to attend the events that most interest them. Brought to life by Wunderkammer Company, with incredible support from Britton Marketing, DWFW will deliver nationally recognized design professionals, workshops, networking events, tours and more, all developed to grow the local design community, a vital segment of Fort Wayne’s economy. Notable speakers include Stefan Sagmeister, who’s created album art for The Rolling Stones, as well as Nicholas Thompson, editor in chief of Wired; Hugh Forrest, chief programming officer for South by Southwest and Margaret Cavenagh, interiors architect and designer with Studio Gang. What a lineup! Join in on the fun May 8-12. Learn more about the schedule, venues and ticket information at www.designweekfw.com.

One hundred percent produced, set and filmed in Fort Wayne, “Lizzie Shea” is a dramatic, indie, digital production which focuses on the title character, an artistic young woman in her early 20s who returns to Fort Wayne for the first time since she was a teen. From local writer/director Jack Cantey, the first season includes eight 15-minute episodes and features creatives of all kinds from the greater Fort Wayne community. “I think viewers will connect with, or at least root for Lizzie, as they see her wrestle with deeply buried childhood wounds that have manifested themselves in a myriad of internal and external struggles,” said Courtney Heiser, executive producer. Production began in January, with the first season of the series released on Vimeo in March and April. For more information visit www.facebook.com/lizziesheashow.

I feel so lucky to have so many creative and funky friends. They make life so much more fun, no? I’ve written about my pals, mother-daughter design duo Cheryl and Olivia Fabian, in the past and I’m excited to share an update. While their brand, OFabz, took a bit of a break and is no longer producing swimwear, they’re now back with the most adorable pompon earrings you’ve ever seen. I’ve been alternating between my two pairs non-stop and I seriously need to nab a few more. These colorful, lightweight cuties are an instant party and I predict you’ll see them all over town (and beyond). Pick up a pair at The Trove in Roanoke, Fancy & Staple on Broadway and The FIND on Wayne Street. For more stylish fun, follow OFabz on Instagram at www.instagram.com/ofabz.

If you’re a red wine lover, you need to swing by Idlehour Boutique for The Wand by PureWine. These disposable wands absorb histamines and sulfite preservatives from your glass in three minutes, which helps cut down on post-consumption annoyances such as headaches and congestion. The Wand also aerates the wine, maximizing its flavor and is made from BPA-free plastic and nano-pore beads to work quickly and efficiently. Idlehour Boutique, currently the exclusive retailer for this product in Fort Wayne, is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon., Wed. and Thurs., 10 a.m-3 p.m. Tues. and Fri. and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. at 526 W. Jefferson Blvd. Call (260) 420-1000, visit www.idlehourboutique.com or email info@idlehourboutique.com for more information.

First appeared in the May 2017 issue of Fort Wayne Magazine.

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