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Last week I visited Printsource New York  for the first time. Having been to Surtex twice, I knew that the trade shows were similar in that artist would show their artwork available for purchase or licensing to vendors. The two shows are slightly different though. My take on it, in a nutshell, is this: Surtex is a celebration of the industry where new ideas are revealed and new connections are made. PrintSource is a place were business gets done.
Now, I’ve had my eye on Printsource for a while and I was eager to see it for myself. I am ready for a show, but unsure which is right for Designastration. I spoke with a few artist who had booths, spoke with a buyer in the aisles, and then got an opinion of a friend, and fellow artist, who also visited the show.

Visiting a show like Printsource can really give you a sense of the industry and get you psyched up to create some new work. I highly recommend it if you are an illustrator or surface designer! But I’d like to suggest a word or two about etiquette when visiting shows as an artist. There are only a few rules, but they are golden:

1. If there is an artist or design studio you’d like to talk to, be sure there are no buyers talking, approaching, or about to approach them. You wouldn’t want to discourage a buyer from not visiting their booth by being in the way.

2. When introducing yourself to the artist or agent at the booth let them know immediately that you are an artist or not a  buyer.

3. If you are talking to an artist at their booth and someone else starts to approach (however apprehensively they peek in) Acknowledge it to the artist and excuse yourself so they can get to work selling their artwork to potential buyers. Let them know you might be back if you want to finish the conversation when they’re free again.

4. Do not request to look through their prints. This is a big taboo. It may seem like an innocent request to you, but it may not be to them. They don’t know you and no one likes to be put in a position that they have to say ‘no’. Unless they offer, just assume it’s off limits. Enjoy the booths though! I love to comment and compliment artist on the most beautiful booths. Most of the best work is on display anyways. Breathe it in and get inspired! Just don’t take any pictures.

Again, going to these shows is invaluable. Sometimes I wish someone had recommended one to me while I was in art school. Here are some links to art licensing shows:

If you know of some other, or up-and-coming shows, please share them! I’d love to hear about them!

Oh! and ‘yes’! I applied for a booth at Printsource this coming January. I’ll be extremely busy prepping, designing, and printing in the next couple months. I think Printsource is a great way to debut Designastration and I’m eager get started!

I’ve been creating a LOT of new work! Time to update the website a little.. just to round it off with some more characters.

It’s fun to see the differences between the original mock-ups/sketches and the finished products!Image
These Whisker Tails are great for puppies! They have bouncy-ballys in their heads, squeakers in their tails, and they will soon be available at pet boutiques all over the place.


Don’t be scared! Some new Halloween Designs have been released at PetEdge.

Yes Sur!

At this moment I’m on the Bolt. Somewhere between Amsterdam and 96th. I’ve got Lily Allen crooning in my headphones and a computer bag full of surface designer samples. Going to Surtex from Boston is always a long day but ALWAYS worth the trip. Trend forecast for 2015 predicts lots of soft greens and violets. Woodland themes and animals are still very hot (thank goodness!) I also noticed a lot of dramatic, black and white holiday patterns. A nice touch of drama to traditional Christmas. Lots of robots, cakes, rabbits, and florals.

I’m sad to leave New York so soon… but I’ll be back in August for PrintSource!


Updated the website last night with some fresh, new print collection details. Forest Tapestry and Vroom (show here). I’m working on a ton more and I’m truly having the time of my life.  In a couple weeks I’ll be heading out to Surtex and I’m looking forward to that rush of inspiration. No matter how smooth and fast I think I’m traveling; once I visit Surtex I get thrown back as my mind kicks it into Warp Speed.
I wish I could show some of my fun new product designs, but .. sigh.. still playing the waiting game for decisions to be made designs to be released for Fall. In the meantime I’ll enjoy Spring while it’s here. My little money pit is looking damn fine with all the pretty shrubs and bulbs I planted last year in bloom. Funny, I waited all Fall and Winter to see these blooms and now I’m waiting Spring and Summer to see the new products!


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