Grisham-Trentham Lecture brings Flavor Paper founder to Auburn University campus

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Jon Sherman, founder and owner of the custom wallpaper firm Flavor Paper, will be the keynote speaker at the 26th annual Grisham-Trentham Lecture Series at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28, in the auditorium of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Sherman started Flavor Paper in New Orleans in 2003 after salvaging vintage print equipment and ’60s and ’70s era hand-screened motifs from impending destruction. Since then, he has been responsible for designing many of the company’s exclusive wallpaper prints, including motifs with such names as Sassy Toile and Fishnet.

With a majority of clients in the New York area, Sherman and Flavor Paper relocated to Brooklyn. The Flavor Lair, as the headquarters are called, houses all the equipment for digital and hand-screened print production, offices and a showroom. The New Orleans location is being transformed into the Flavor Fabric facility, a new venture for the business.

Sherman himself has been featured in magazines including Entrepreneur, Interior Design Magazine and Luxe.

Also on March 28, the Apparel Merchandising and Design Association will present “Fashion Framework,” a fashion show and design gallery, starting at 7 p.m., with a reception in the hotel’s prefunction foyer. The design gallery will feature mounted designs from apparel and interior design students.

The fashion show, which begins at 8 p.m. in Ballroom A of the hotel, will feature student designs, as well as collections from Jordan Wolk, a luxury women’s wear line based in New York City and created by two Auburn apparel design alumnae, Sara Brosious and Aimee Mars. Student design competition winners and door prize recipients will be announced at the show.

While the morning lecture is free, the evening events require an admission fee. Tickets are $10 for students with student ID and $25 for non-students. Proceeds will go to support the AMDA Peer Giving Scholarship. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance online at Questions should be directed to Patti Northcutt at (334) 844-7260 or

The Grisham-Trentham Lecture Series was started at Auburn University in 1987 by Professor Gary Trentham as a way of bringing world-class designers and business leaders to campus to share their experiences with Auburn students. It is supported by an endowment created by the late Charles Grisham, an Auburn alumnus, and Betty Grisham, an artist and textile designer, from Huntsville.

(Written by Amy Weaver.)

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