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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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Registered visitors for Blueprint will be given complimentary transportation to Blueprint from the Javits Center! Get on the bus! Oh yeah!

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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!

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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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Got to spend the day yesterday at Surtex in New York! So wonderful!  Hopefully I’ll get to go again next year. If so I’d want to go down a day earlier to avoid the flying twice in one day. Going to the show in two waves may not be a bad idea either.  There is just so much to see.
I was surprised how much detail and flair the illustrators, designers, and studios decorated their booths. Just looking at the hundreds of beautiful, bright booths is enough to make your knees weak;  but then if you stop and look at portfolios you may find 20 minutes getting away from you. Though no time wasted.  Every where you look there is inspiration and upcoming trends invading your eyes no matter what you do.

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