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I’m so excited for January! Not only have I been creating the best artwork ever, but I’m so happy to say that Designastration Studio has been growing! This January I’ll be showing artwork from other design and illustration studios along with my own designs.How cool is that?!

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Kicking it old school.. what do you think? Should I do more handpainted patterns?
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Printsource August is over!
I’m so very happy I attended this show! I was a little nervous (what else is new) since August is usually slower than May and January, but I decided to go for it. I’m so glad I did! I made some great new connections, sold a bunch of artwork, and got into some new product categories! Kids undies, fleece fabric, and pool toys! Can’t wait to see the new products!

I also can’t wait to go back in January. See you this winter NYC! But first, let me enjoy the rest of this summer and even some fall.
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13230286_558414711365_2660908029790665244_nBlueprint is over.. what a whirlwind! I can’t believe 5 days flew by just like that! This was definitely a show of a different color (pun intended). Everyone exhibiting and circulating the show all admitted openly to feeling the energy and comrodery at Blueprint. I have to admit I was unsure how I would do at this particular show as it was  full of talented artists and prolific agencies. Not to mention the majority of the buyers were from the paper product industry. Seeing as I have mostly been selling to fabric and apparel companies, I was very curious and eager to see how the paper and gift industry would accept Designastration Studio. Much to my delight I had a very successful show! Most of my design friends know that I’ve been itching to have my designs on wrapping paper, and it was a dream come true when several wrapping paper companies stopped by and purchased some of my most special designs. I’m so excited to share that my artwork will also be on greeting cards, gift bags, party tableware, and even stationary! One of the giftwrap buyers also mentioned the possibility of using the characters in the design for wall decals!
Everyday of the show was busy except for Sunday, which also happened to be the opening day at Surtex. On Sunday the artists and studios spent some of the slow time getting to know each other and having so much fun. Artists from the UK, Europe, and from all over the US all pitching in, sharing ideas, and talking about art. How could you not fall in love with Blueprint?

 

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A year or so ago, while I was researching trade shows for the surface design industry, I started coming across whispers of a brand new show that would be starting soon called Blueprint. After a bit of research I discovered that Blueprint was the brainchild of Cinnamon Joe Studio, a studio whos artwork often inspires and delights me. I became fascinated by the idea of this new type of show.. (imagaine! a show created by artists!) I watched their website and blog for any clues and details. From what I could tell exhibiting at the show was by invite only and it consisted of the most prolific artists and agents in the industry.
The success of their first show became more then just industry gossip and rumors. During my visits to other shows, the whispers of Blueprint turned into a growing excitement. They have since had their second show and after hearing so much about their great accomplishment I wrote to Cinnamon Joe/Blueprint and crossed my fingers.
A few days ago I got a call from the UK. Due to a last minute change… Blueprint had one extra spot!
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Showing designs to a buyer at Printsource. Photo courtesy of Jellybox Design

When I first started talking to artists and agencies about their experiences showing at trade shows; I was told by everyone that you need to show at least 3 times before buyers start to take you seriously.
Well, my third Printsouce New York show is over and I’m so excited to say that it was a great success! I had the distinct opportunity to meet so many new companies and sell to so many new product categories. In spring 2017 my designs will be available on diapers, baby onesies, gift paper, bed sheets, and kids craft materials. I also sold quite a few patterns and collections to fabric and quilting material manufacturers.
3rd time is indeed a charm!
See you in August Printsource!

 

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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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