Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Booth at Surtex 2011

Well, I'm back from Surtex 2011! What a show! Here's a pic of me with my booth on day 3. Pattern & color explosion! Just the way I like it!

Surtex was just amazing. I walked the show last year, which was very helpful, and I would recommend to any artist out there who is thinking of exhibiting. Putting together a booth that represented my work was very fulfilling to do. There were a lot of fabulous companies walking through the show which was really exciting.

I was so grateful for my friend Holly who came to help me set things up, including constructing those amazing paper flowers! They took us about 9 hours to complete - quite a job, but well worth it. My wonderful friend Karin sewed the table skirt and chair covers for me too, out of my new fabric collection 'Just Dandy!', which is shipping this month!

I met and introduced myself to lots of fabulous artists during the show, such as Robin Pickens, Kate Spain, Erin McMorris, Patty Young, Genevieve Gail, Laurie Wisbrun, Jessica Swift, & Bj Lantz who was across from me and gave me great advice as a first timer.

{Paper Flowers we made out of my patterns}
Holly and I had a great time in NYC! We went and saw Spiderman on Broadway, which was absolutely phenomenal!!! I would definitely recommend it!! Thanks to some locals, we ate at a tasty & beautiful Thai restaurant called Room Service. Also, one evening ordered doughnut ice cream sandwiches from Holey Cream, and had them delivered to our hotel room, after a long day. I thought they would be gross, but they were quite amazing! I ended up eating at one of my favorite breakfast spots The Barking Dog 3 times while I was in NYC. It was a great place to catch up with my good friend Diane Kappa before she went back to Budapest.

Now that I'm back home in the Seattle area, I'm reaching out to all the fabulous contacts I've made and working away doing what I absolutely love!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

SURTEX 2011 - NYC - May 15th-17th

I wanted to let you know that I'll be exhibiting for the first time at SURTEX, and will be in booth #651! The show is May 15th-17th 2011 in NYC at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

If you would like to set-up an appointment, please e-mail me at

As I'm leaving for NYC in 1 week, I've been working away getting everything together, which has been really fun and exciting. My banners for my booth have arrived, and I'm putting the finishing touches on my portfolio. Postcards have been mailed out and tonight I picked-up office supplies and tools for my booth set-up. It's all coming together!

A good friend of mine is coming along to help me set-up and run the show, which I'm SO very grateful for!! I think between SURTEX, shopping and seeing Spiderman on Broadway, we just might have a blast!

I'll be sure to keep everyone updated and post pictures of my booth 'in the works'. Stay tuned for blog posts at the end of May!

For those of you out there who aren't familiar with SURTEX, here's some information from their website: SURTEX is the only show dedicated to original art & design for sale and license, attracting art buyers, licensing executives, art directors and product developers representing manufacturers, marketers and retailers from around the world.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Licensed Product - iPops

{all photos by Natalie G. Photography}

I wanted to let you know that my artwork can now be found on iPop product lines!

iPop's are the amazingly strong magnets that go 'click'! You can find my artwork in their 4-pack Clicks, 2-pack Rectangle Clicks, Big Clicks, Paperweights and Necklaces! These are such fun products to be a part of, and what's fun is they are at such a great price point and come in great packaging!

{4-pack Clicks}

{2-pack Rectangle Clicks}

{Big Clicks}

{Paper Weights}
I'll be sure to keep you posted once I know where and when you can find them in stores.

Monday, May 2, 2011

My New Job

After 10 years of dreaming, wishing, planning, learning, growing, freaking-out & finally letting go, I decided to take the leap and leave my full-time job in order to work for myself. Today is my first day at my new job, and let me tell you - I'm LOVING it!

What will I be doing you ask? Well, for one, creating artwork that I love, to license on a multitude of wonderful products that are out there. I absolutely love pattern in all forms and on all surfaces and am excited to be able to be available to do just that! I've been working as a Textile Designer in the fashion industry for 10 years - and will definitely be keeping my hands in that industry because I just love it! I am excited to broaden my horizons and to be able to learn and grow in new ways.

This was a huge decision for me - and I'm sure it's a huge one for everyone who faces this urge and decides to follow their passion - whether it be working somewhere spectacular or working for yourself. It's been on my mind for 10 years, and on my heart for 3. Most recently it's been on my legs, pushing me to jump! I kept holding back in fear until the passion got so huge I just couldn't contain it anymore.
A good friend of mine quoted this to me when I was on the border of trying to make my decision, and I came to the point in my life just recently where this quote rang very true for me - the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was greater than the risk it took to boom.
I'm one of those girls where I have to have my ducks-in-a-row. I'm super responsible and I have to have a plan and a couple of back-up plans too. If there's something I think I need to know to be successful I'll read a book on it, listen to a class, reach out to someone with wisdom. So, I've got a few plans & got savings built up to help me on my way. I'm sure it's not going to be easy - but it will be worth it. With all the planning, on the flip side, I'm focusing on keeping my mind open, being realistic and keeping my expectations loose.

Thanks so much to my husband Jake who has been asking me to leave my day job for quite a few months now, has been listening to my flip-flopping with this decision, and has been there for me over those 10 years of dreaming. Thanks so much to all of my wonderful friends who have been very encouraging and for believing in me. And thanks to all of you!

I am aspiring to blog much, much more now that my day job is working for myself! I'm also having a booth at Surtex May 15-17th in NYC to just get myself out there to meet people. {More on that later!}

So here I go! Leaping towards passion, towards the unknown, towards trying to discover more and more my purpose and to grow to become the best version of myself - to do the best that I can with the talents I have.

Chopsticks Quilt in 'Just Dandy!' Fabrics by Julie at Jaybird Quilts

Julie Herman over at Jaybird Quilts designed and sewed-up this gorgeous Chopsticks quilt - and used my 'Just Dandy!' fabrics! I just love the modern design of the triangles against the solid color! What a breath of fresh air! Beautiful work Julie!!!

These photo's capture the quilting by Angela Walters just wonderfully!

Please head on over to Jaybird Quilts to read all about how she created this lovely - including her impressive time captures! Both colorways of this Chopsticks quilt are also featured on Robert Kaufman's website.

If you are going to Quilt Market be sure to stop by her booth, #2644, to see Chopsticks in person! Also, this pattern will be available after Quilt Market.

Happy sewing!!!


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