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August 14, 2013

Chesterfield woman makes one-of-a-kind aprons

Shanna Henry makes one-of-a-kind aprons

ANDERSON — There’s an antique pulpit in the corner of the living room. The chair in the studio is ringed with a tutu. Beatles memorabilia and vintage trunks dot the scene. Fabric peeks out everywhere, and color drenches everything.

“I’m big on color,” said Shanna Henry. She’s the eclectic entrepreneur behind Red Banana Designs. Henry designs and makes vintage-style aprons made from vintage fabrics – but they’ve got attitude, and each one is unique.

“I always liked the vintage-style aprons,” said Henry. She points out, “You don’t have to wear them just to cook. They’re multipurpose. They’re sassy.” The aprons have a form-fitting cut that looks to accentuate the positive. Henry describes them as kitschy and flirty.

“I’ve always been into pin-ups. I always thought it was cool to embrace your sensuality without going too far,” said Henry. “I think it’s fun…. You can tap into that inner sexiness.”Henry haunts antique stores and garage sales to hunt down her vintage fabrics and buttons.

She dives into her ample stash to start creating her aprons. She usually develops about ten of them at a time, although each one is different. She embellishes each one with buttons she’s collected.

“I like that they have personality,” said Henry. “I like that people are into them.”

Along with the specialty aprons that Henry makes, she’s also creating floral hairpins and bottle-cap magnets which are going over well at the city market.

Henry indulges her creative side beyond textiles by painting with acrylics. She helped out with the Walking Man initiative in Anderson. Henry credits her dad for her arty genes, and her grandmother for her sewing side.

“My grandma is a seamstress. She gave me a sewing machine in middle school,” said Henry,Henry was born in Anderson. As a child she lived in Texas, Florida and Oklahoma. At age 11, she came back to Anderson. In 2000, she headed out to Seattle.

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