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Fashion Friday: Meet Traci Ackerman, founder of Red Disk wallpaper

Name: Traci Ackerman, 48.

Who she is: Founder of Red Disk, which produces hand silkscreened wallpaper created by local artists using the color palette created by C2 Paint. Designs include a collection that reinterprets the 1920s wallpaper designs by renowned American artist Charles E. Burchfield. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in art education with a minor in art history from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science degree in art education from SUNY Buffalo State. She is the mother of two daughters, ages 15 and 22. Her husband, Mike, is her business partner. The Lockport native and former art teacher will be decorating a second-floor sunroom along with designer Philippa Radon at the 20th Decorators' Show House scheduled to open to the public April 27 to May 19, with a sneak peek of the undecorated house Feb. 9 and 10.

What she's wearing: J.Crew classic black toothpick denim pants and crew-neck top; Nike Pegasus Zoom X running shoes from Fleet Feet on Delaware Avenue; earrings by local artist Sarah Kieffer, whose designs are sold at the Burchfield Penney Museum Store; German silver, copper and zinc "Peace" bracelet by Sergio Lub; Shinola men's black and navy Runwell watch; Thom Brown eyeglass frames from DITA , SoHo, New York City; J.Crew vintage-inspired pendant necklace.

Signature pieces: The peace bracelet she is wearing, handcrafted in Northern California using traditional techniques.

Her Maledetti Toscani handcrafted leather crossbody bag is another signature piece. "For my 40th birthday I visited this tiny shop in Montepulciano (Tuscany, Italy), established in 1848 and still using traditional techniques passed down through the generations. I met the artisan who handcrafted my bag," she said.

Fashion statement: "My fashion has always been about the details, and never too many at one time. In recent years, feeling good, overall wellness and being kind to my body began to balance the aesthetics. I ran a marathon in 2006 and injured my right hip and foot. After foot surgery, I realized heels were never going to be part of my life, and I accepted it. It definitely changed how I approach my fashion. With my love of design, I'm always on the hunt for interesting pieces that are well made and comfortable," she said.

Last thing she bought: Her Thom Browne eyewear.

In the market for: "Fresh color palettes and smart classic design, produced by companies that share my values," she said.

Traci Ackerman in front of the installation of "Flowers  at Night" wallpaper, a reinterpretion of one of Charles E. Burchfield's designs, and other samples from the collection. The installation is near the entrance to the galleries at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

 

Her watch and bracelet. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

 

Her crossbody bag from Italy. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

 

Her necklace. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

* Take a look at last week's Fashion Friday:

Fashion Friday: Meet costume designer Kari Drozd

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