Showing posts with label SURTEX. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SURTEX. Show all posts

Friday, June 22, 2012

Surtex 2012 & NYC Recap

{Laura and I at Surtex 2012, Day 1}

I thought I'd post about some of the fab restaurants we dined at while in NYC, after the Surtex show each night. I had the pleasure of rooming with Morgan & Carrie from Ampersand Design Studio and Laura from Laura Parke // A Girl Who Makes, so most nights we hung out together in the city which was really wonderful.

I'm super thankful that the girls were 'foodies' because I would be just as happy ordering room service after a long day! BUT I had a blast and absolutely loved each place we went so I'm SO thankful those girls drug me out!

We went to A.O.C. which has a fabulous patio in the back which we stayed at for hours. We could barely see ourselves or the menu but thankfully our orders went in without a hitch and came out super tasty! Morgan took us to Extra Virgin which was the most wonderful, tasty place ever! I think we even ordered appetizers, dinner AND dessert it was that good. We did some shopping in Soho (Topshop being my absolute FAVE!) and stopped into a Herman Miller shop where I found and bought a pillow with a pattern on it that I had seen about 10 years ago, and have been searching for it ever since!

Before heading home, we all met at The Park and dined in their garden area which was just to die for! It was like we were in a green house with really high ceilings, trees growing through the brick floor and birds fluttering about (cute ones...not the seagulls we have in Seattle). The Park is right across the street from The High Line park which was so unique to climb up some stairs and find this pretty park and walkway right above the city streets. And lastly, I was able to hit-up Uniqlo for their Orla Kiely launch where I snagged a few T-shirts in her famous prints!

I had an absolute BLAST hanging out with and catching up with these girls! What a fun trip!! Till next year...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Surtex 2012: Year 2

 As I'm continuing with Surtex follow-up and chatting with companies about exciting possibilities, I thought I'd take a moment to fill you in on the show! First off, I must say that in trying to get my 3 suitcases under weight for airline baggage fees, I accidentally sent my camera with my husband to take home in his suitcase, so all I was left with was my iPhone for pictures. Sadness...

So, after flying in from Kansas City, MO on Friday night, it was time to wake up early and head to the Javits center for the last day of set-up. With 2 suitcases, a huge box, a tube full of banners and Starbucks in hand, we took any cab who would take us and headed to the Javits center to set-up my booth. My good friend Laura (Laura Parke // A girl who makes, from here) came to help me with the show and we were able to get everything set-up with a few hours to spare.

This year I was in a smashing new booth location #325 which was a 10'x10' booth, which means, more space to cover and decorate. With my booth design, I wanted to do something a little different and build upon what I did last year. I kept banners on the side walls, and also rented some shelves to put current and up and coming licensed products on. On my back wall, I created a layered and overlapping effect of my work, where I printed my artwork and photography showcasing my artwork over-sized onto large foam core boards and then created a few paper pinwheels to give the wall more dimension.

 {Hope Chest stationery & fabric}

{Hip Holiday stationery}

It was really fun to see all the products together on the shelves! I picked up my up and coming new stationery with Blend, the licensing division of Anna Griffin, Inc. which was absolutely delightful to see! My Hope Chest fabric collection which is coming out in July is also made into this beautiful high-end stationery complete with glitter, foil, die cuts...the works! In addition to Hope Chest stationery items is my Hip Holiday collection, which will also be coming out in my first ever Holiday fabric collection! I just LOVE this holiday collection and all the items it comes in!

{My awesome Wellspring licensed products!}

Also added to the shelves are a handful of the gorgeous metal products from Wellspring! I absolutely love these pieces and the colors they are in! My husband spray painted these 3-tier holders to take them from drab to fab.
 {Some of my NEW Stationery product coming out! Stay tuned...}

My new iPop magnets were sprinkled about, holding up the stationery on the magnet boards. There's a lot of new designs that just came out, that I'm excited to show you in the near future!

{Hope Chest display outside of the Anna Griffin booth at the National Stationery Show}

Another little treat for me was seeing this Hope Chest display with my designer bio on the outside wall of the Anna Griffin booth, to promote Blend's stationery items. What a treat! I love the butterflies and the kite they made! 

Ok, back to the show...Laura and I got in early opening morning (thank goodness!) and found my whole back wall to be on the floor! Gasp! Just when we thought we'd have time to eat our breakfast leisurely, we found ourselves in crisis mode repairing everything as fast as we could before the show opened. It was pretty stressful, but we were focused, amazingly calm, and just tackled it. I was completely overwhelmed by the kindness of so many of the other artists exhibiting who came over to see if they could help us, and bring us anything we needed. 
My booth was across from Kate Spain and she and her husband completely saved my life! They brought over tons of 3M Command Strips for me to use to patch my wall back together. Which is a huge lifesaver because I had taken almost all of my adhesives back to the hotel the night before and didn't have enough to use for a whole wall. Note to self: Bring LOTS of extra 3M Command Strips and keep them throughout the show. OH, and another Note to Self: NEVER buy non-3M duct tape! In my mad-dash through Lowe's I grabbed duct tape not even thinking that there were other brands or qualities out there. Now I know! Non-3M duct tape is not very sticky and with the overnight humidity in the Javits center, it was just a disaster.

After the stressful morning of the first day, things went really well. I had a blast seeing current clients in person after months of communicating over the phone and e-mail, as well as meeting new clients with fun, new possibilities! I'm still working on follow-up and communicating with new companies and will be able to gauge the awesomeness of the show more after a few more months. Overall, I had a blast and am really excited for the potential.

I roomed with 3 other girls, my friend Laura and Morgan & Carrie from Ampersand Design Studio. I heart every one of these girls! We had a blast going to fab restaurants and hitting up shops after the show ended each night. More about that in the next blog post...stay tuned!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Off to Quilt Market and Surtex!

After my home being transformed into a massive craft room, I'm gathering up the salvageable pieces from my whirlwind, packing them up and heading out!

I'm really excited about this trip because my first stop is in Kansas City, MO to attend Spring 2012 Quilt Market for the first time! I've been wanting to go for years so this is long overdue. I'll be at the Blend Fabrics booth on Friday, May 18th for the day. Please swing by and say hello and check out the debut of my new fabric line 'Hope Chest'! This is seriously my absolute favorite fabric collection to date. The colors are dripping with yummy-ness, the fabric quality is to die for, and the collection has some really fun and unique designs that I'm hoping you will just love. (And I'm currently planning an awesome photo shoot for this collection that I'll be sharing in July!...stay tuned!!)

My next stop is New York City for Surtex. I'm SO excited about this show this year! I'll be featuring my new work, have portfolios stocked full of delicious designs (for licensee's eyes only), as well as showcasing products from my current licensees. I'll be in booth #325 - swing by and say hello!

See you soon!

In the Press: Art & Design Licensing Sourcebook

 {My ad in the Art and Design Licensing Sourcebook}

Huge thanks to the Art and Design Licensing Sourcebook where they featured my work and latest happenings in their Summer 2012 issue! I was pleasantly surprised to find my work featured 4 times on pages 27, 77, 79 and 81!
You can view their new Summer 2012 digital edition here.

{Talking about my work having a fresh take on florals, my industry experience and Surtex showcases} 

{Talking about my 5 new licensing deals including my fabric and stationery lines with Blend! Coming out very soon...}

The Art and Design Licensing Sourcebook is an industry trade magazine that is your desktop guide to ‘who’s who’, keeping you updated with all the latest trends, new properties, retail analysis and a plethora of information on new developments.

{Featuring my tasty collaboration with Lucks}

{Showcasing Wellspring's product launch with my artwork}
SO exciting!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Featured on Print & Pattern Blog and the Surtex Marketplace

Huge thanks to Bowie Style from the fabulous Print and Pattern Blog for posting about me, my work, and my upcoming Surtex attendance!

I'm SO excited to attend this year, and have been working away like crazy to prepare. As a reminder, I'll be in booth #325!

Speaking of Surtex, you can now see a snippet of one of my new collections, "Tea House' on the Surtex Marketplace of rotating you need to wait a while for it to pop up.

I'm also working on some fresh, new things for all of you that I plan to introduce in the fall. Crazy, exciting things are happening and I can't wait to share with you!

Friday, March 30, 2012

I'm Exhibiting at Surtex 2012

It's that time of year again! Surtex 2012 is just around the corner, about 6 weeks away. I've been working away in my studio creating fabulous new work and getting things ready to exhibit. This year, I'm in a smashing new booth location, Booth #325!

For any licensees and manufacturers attending, please do swing by to say hello and peruse through my portfolios. I am now taking appointments from 9:00am-5:00pm in half-hour increments, and if you are interested, please e-mail me for a time slot.

For any designers and artists attending - I'd love for you to say hello! However, if you would be so kind to please be sure to read the Trade Show Etiquette before attending, us exhibitors would greatly appreciate it! Thanks!! 

Surtex is Sunday, May 20 - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 and takes place in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Hope to see you there!

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.


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