Blue Print 3!

It’s that time of year!! Blue Print 3 is done and over with and what a GREAT show! As we flew in to LGA I did a quick count… and yes I used my fingers.. this trip was our 5th time in NYC and our 5th trade show (oddly enough each time we’ve ventured to the city, we haven’t done a show). Going to NYC is still super exciting to me, I look forward to it each time. There’s something magical about heading to the Big Apple!

Manhattan was shining as we flew in:

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Actually, the whole trip (minus a day) had FANTASTIC weather. Each evening we ventured out to ur favorite eating spots! Perhaps I’ll do another post on that…

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Looking toward Madison Square Park and the back of the Flatiron in the foreground.

Show set up happened early on Thursday morning, with the show opening at noon that day. Since Blue Print is put on entirely by the exhibitors, everyone graciously lends a helping hand in show set up and breakdown. One of the many reasons I love love love this show is that it’s not fussy, there’s no crazy rules about standing on chairs, we just get it done.

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Lucy from LJ Woodhouse laying out prints.

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Table adjusting, chair delivering and me pinning on my table skirt!

We had all the exhibitors bring 3-4 pop up banners to display artwork. I ordered mine off amazon and they worked so well, I was so pleased! Up in seconds! Trust me, I’ve done the whole command strip thing with vinyl banners and even another pop of banner style, and this time, these were winners. It’s the little victories.

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Prints were organized, chocolate treats were added to the table and we were ready to go in just a few short hours.

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All set up and ready to roll!

We had about 360 pieces of artwork at this show. A combination of my work and the talented Sarah Watson. I believe I had about 70 new pieces of art since the December 2015 Blue Print. Each time I pull my prints out of their boxes, I’m always blown away by the quality of our printer. We’ve had the same one since we lived in Atlanta in 09/10′. The Epson Stylus Photo 1400 is still going strong! Actually, we had the same model in college, it printed all of our portfolios for recruiter visits. We go way back, me and Epson.

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New tropical birds for this year, I couldn’t resist!

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I could sing Blue Print’s praises all day long, but probably the best part about it is the atmosphere. Happy clients, great conversation and no pressure! With only 38 studios, clients could take their time and still visit everyone they needed to. In these conversations relationships strengthen and future projects take shape.

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Busy, busy! Happy clients = happy exhibitors!

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It does my heart good to see a busy show! I’m not just an exhibitor, I work on a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff like the website and the social media aspects. We’ve been with this show from the very beginning (only ONE year ago!) and now we’re gearing up for the FOURTH Blue Print in August. We’re thrilled with how it’s grown and the wonderful attention and praise the show has received. A big THANK YOU to Paul and Andrea Turk, who put in an incredible amount of effort in organizing it all.  I know I can’t thank them enough for all they have done and I wish I could give you back all the sleepless nights!

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Thanks for shining bright, New York

One a semi-related note, I popped into Pier 1 Imports on 5th Ave to check out some designs they’ve purchased from me. The whale was a freelance gig after Blue Print last May, the type is not my design.

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Recognize this guy? Him and his 3 companions made it into beautiful ceramic plates! Hello toucan! This particular Pier 1 had the best display of the birds I’ve seen so far!

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Till next time, Blue Print 😉

 

 

Blue Print II!

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Hello! We’re still wrapping our heads around our recent trip to New York for Blue Print II! We had such a good trip… it’s so much fun to connect with other creatives. We laughed and high-fived with old and new friends and even sold some art! I thought I’d share some photos from the show:

Since Blue Print is put on by studios, we feel extra proud about all we accomplished. Team work makes the dream work! While it is a lot of work, it’s way more fun to do it with friends! Andrea made up paper cones to house holiday candy for our clients! Here we are sticking them all together.

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A few images from the show- Iskra doing business like a pro.DSC_0150

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A new friend! This lady is just as bubbly and sweet as you’d think she is! I can tell we’re going to have some good times.IMG_4759

And then there’s Brenda…. if this doesn’t sum up the end of a show I don’t know what does. IMG_4757IMG_4711

Can’t wait for the May show! I’m equally excited to see clients, old and new as well as all these lovely studios. Such a great group! Thank you to everyone who helped set up and break down the show, and especially to Paul and Andrea <<< the show would not happen without all their hard work!

 

Blueprint Recap!

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Hello blog world! I’m back from an 8 day adventure to New York, where I participated in two print shows. Today’s post is all about Blueprint! There’s so much to say about this show… wow, I still can’t get over how great of a show we had. A quick run down- Blueprint was created by a group of designers wanting a relaxed atmosphere to meet with clients and sell artwork. And by golly, we did just that!  We had a wonderful open studio space in midtown Manhattan and ran our show from Thursday May 14th- Saturday May 16th.

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Photo credit- Roy & Jane

This really wasn’t any ordinary show…. 12 studios came together and helped set up the space, coordinate tote bags, ran the registration desk, shared in providing water and coffee for clients and offered support and advice like one big family. No one was on their own and really it was just a great group of people doing what they love.

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Set up day! Everyone grab a table!

We all pitched in and had tote bags made for guests! Each studio added in something special.

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Here’s my booth area all set up. I really liked being close to everyone. Lots of new friendships were formed! Even though we were close together, it really didn’t feel cramped when everyone was busy with clients.

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We had a BIG group dinner out, there must have been about 30 people! Thanks to Dan for coordinating that. I’ve never seen so much food in my life. And yes, the sangria was delicious.

DinnerIt’s hard to put into words how much Blueprint impacted us. I hate this term, but it was a game changer! We sold artwork outright at the show and I think that business model works best for me right now. I can’t believe all the new clients we met, some really exciting ones, for sure.

Here’s a list of the 11 other studios: Cinnamon Joe Studio, Tana Bana, Roy & Jane, Rafale Design, Gafiq Tafiq, Gather No Moss, Creativo, Dessin et Cie, Lucky Day, Verbeek Designs and LJ Woodhouse

After the show we immediately started planning the next one. Mark your calendars for December…. Blueprint is coming!

A special thank you to Paul Turk from Cinnamon Joe– he’s responsible for corralling everyone together and getting it done! Thanks for handling the hard stuff 😉

Announcing Blueprint 2015!!

YOU GUYS! This is soooo exciting. Well, I’m excited! There’s a NEW print show coming to NYC this May. Presenting Blueprint!

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What a group! Twelve studios will be coming together to bring you super awesome art for sale and for licensing. Visit the blog to keep up with show info and to register! You really don’t want to miss this show… come get first dibs. I’ll be there and if you can’t make it to Blueprint, I’ll also be at Surtex 2015, booth #465.

Pomelo & Pomelo with Guildery!

Hello! Lots of fun things in the works. I’m preparing (when am I not??) loads of new work for Surtex as well as a NEW print show I’ll be apart of..more on the new show soon! In the mean time, I licensed a collection with Guildery and it’s out on the market! Here’s a few of my favorite products. Thanks for taking a look!

Image Credit: Guildery

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Image Credit: Guildery

20 things about me! Weee!

This blog post is a part of the ’20 Things You Might Not Know About Me’ Blog Tag started by April from Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better. This month’s topic is all about sharing just a little too much information about yourself. If you’d like to participate or want more info, check out the beginning post right here.

 

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Question 1: How tall are you? 

I think I am 5′ 5 1/2″.

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?

I can touch my tongue to my nose and wiggle my ears. Is that a thing?

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?

Broken links or images without credit. 

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?

Teeth clicking while eating. UGH. 

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?

At the moment probably that song from One Republic- “Love Runs Out”. 

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?

Pencil Shavings Studio— I love the name and all the beautiful colors!

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?

Knitting/crocheting and letting my mind wander. 

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?

Ruffles potato chips with a ranch/sour cream dip. Best poolside snack, ever. 

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names? 

I have two dogs, both Havanese, named Pip and Obi. They’re 10 and 9 years old and are the silliest little bubbies ever.

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?

NF: “Bossy Pants” by Tina Fey… gets me every time I listen to it!

F: The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’m a big Tolkien nut!

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?

Soap? I don’t wear makeup and I rarely do my hair! So soap is a good one, gotta be clean!

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?

At our grocery store you can order from the Deli online and you have to enter a name. So to be funny, Ben wrote down “Truck Spank” (an inside joke from a favorite podcast). Anyways, the order wasn’t filled so I had to go up to the counter and ask where the order for “Truck Spank” was…. yea. 

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Coffee?! But that’s pretty much water… so root beer. I love me some root beer. 

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?

Oh probably Lord of the Rings! I think I like it even more now that I’ve been to New Zealand. 

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Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?

Artist + honors student!

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Is it weird I love where we live now (Florida)? So it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else. 

Question 17: PC or Mac?

MAC all day, everyday. 

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?

My husband does this super sweet thing. We run every few days and Ben gets up early with me to go run. Now, I know that doesn’t sound huge, but it is. He hates mornings and prefers to run after dinner… so for him to get up and go with me is really super sweet! Running is really important to me and I’ve had to take a 2 year hiatus because of an injury! He knows how much it means to me that I can run again.

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Question 19: Favorite celebrity?

Anthony Bourdain. Love his books and shows, we even saw him live!

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

Jessica Swift! I feel like we’d chat a lot, then realize 3 hours slipped away….. 

I’d love it if the following lovelies did this too! If you want…… ! 

1. Sarah Watson

2. Elizabeth Olwen

3. Victoria Johnson

4. Abby <<– from Love of Pattern!

For the Sake of Making Things

 

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Hi Everybody! It’s hard to believe my last post on here was about Surtex. Everything has sorta settled down. Follow-ups are completed and it’s time to start new work! I feel a bit rusty in the saddle, but I’m plowing through.

I’ve decided to help keep my work fresh in everyone’s mines I need to share more! Share process and final pieces. I hoard them way too much in fear of someone taking it. Ah well, caution to the wind! Above is a little reminder for today. I can be pretty harsh on myself sometimes, especially when things aren’t going how I envisioned.

In case you missed it, the lovely and talented Angie McAfee did a wonderful interview with me on her blog >> Check it out! 

 

While I’m still in Surtex Mode- Thoughts from a Newbie

 

Yay! I finished my followups yesterday! I don’t think I was quite prepared to deal with so many. In retrospect, I should have made an e-thank you card before the show so I’d have it ready to go when I got home. Whoops! So I did that on Friday, sent that out and today I finished up sending out more personal responses with requested images. 

While my brain is still full of thoughts from the show I better lay them all out here. Please remember these are my opinions, they may not be correct! This is me being nervous >> 

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1. Do not underestimate the power of Holiday art. This brought about 60% of people into my booth when I mentioned I had holiday designs. So much so that I’m seriously considering putting it on my walls next year. 

2. I wish I did more holiday art. I knew I should of but I was so burnt out! I do holiday art for my agent, Cinnamon Joe Studio and also for a client/past employer. This project drains all the holiday out of me. Must remember to press on!

3. But don’t force it. Quality vs. quantity. If you’re going to do it have both contemporary and traditional art. People asked for each almost equally. Traditional meaning classic themes and colors. 

4. Be active in your booth. This may seem obvious but there’s a whole other art to getting people to talk to you. I stood on the corner in my booth just enough to not be up in people’s faces but enough to say hi easily. Some people deliberately looked away as they walked by and if someone looked just long enough at my work I’d hand them a card/postcard and ask what they were looking for. Sometimes they stopped in, sometimes not. 

5. On that note, be happy, open and you. I happen to like to talk to people. I work from home and I miss being around people! So now’s my chance to talk to someone and not have to blindly send an email out into the twisting nether. 

6. We handed out 120 business cards, 108 postcards and 10 press kits (these were in the press room, actually.)

7. I was thankful I had Ben to help, he took notes or was with a second group of people in my booth. That only happened twice I think. Also it allowed me to step away and have a sandwich and refresh my brain. It felt good to just not be “on” for a bit. 

8. We used binders with my work. I like the feel of paper but I can see the benefits of going to an iPad. We had the iPad there as a second portfolio. I’ve been reading a lot about people’s experiences going all iPad but I just don’t know! Feel free to weigh in the comments! It sure would make things lighter and a bit cheaper. If we did all iPad next year we would need another one. What portfolio apps do you use?

9. Know your terms. It amazed me how many companies wanted to buy outright. Considering it’s an art licensing show and there’s a separate section for purchase prints, I found it interesting. I understand why they want to buy instead of license. 

10. We over-prepared and that’s ok. 4 different kinds of tape? 3 different command strip sizes? Clips in case the tape didn’t work? Yup, we brought it! Do bring a cloth to wipe down your banners, ours were filthy! 

11. Make sure there’s plenty of space to work on your table and it’s easily approachable. We ended up not doing flowers because I probably would have knocked them off! 

 

Surtex 2014 pt. 2- Around NYC

Once I thought about it, I realized I’d be in NYC for SIX DAYS for Surtex. Six days! Honestly I knew I wasn’t going to have any time to do all that I’d want to but we squeezed in some of our favorites.

But first I must add that I met so many fellow exhibitors and it was a pleasure. If I didn’t get to stop by and say hi, I’m sorry! Everyone’s booths were fabulous and I thought I’d take more pictures with people, but really I was without my phone most of the show.

I did make a serious effort to take my camera over to this lovely lady’s booth.

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Sarah Watson is awesome you guys. You don’t even know. I met Sarah about 5 years ago when I was an intern for Carter’s in Atlanta. She was the first person I was assigned to and she took me under her wing and showed me the ropes for pattern design. I haven’t physically seen her since I left the company in 2010 but we reconnected when we both realized we were exhibiting at Surtex. We’ve skyped and typed out all our hopes and fears, supporting each other till tear-down. I’m thankful I had her around! Go check her out, she’s all that and a bag of chips.

Also I must add in a HUGE thank you to two very special people! Although one doesn’t like to be photographed, Paul and Andrea Turk, owners of Cinnamon Joe Studio, provided us with so much advice during the show.

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Their booth was in a prominent location and they always do great business! Cinnamon Joe Studio represents my younger style of art and I couldn’t be happier to have them!

Back to food times.

The night we had to gather the cookies and FLOR tiles we ate at one of our “musts”, Ma Peche

ImageMa Peche is one of the restaurants part of the Momofuku empire and we are big fans. Also there’s a Milk Bar attached to the front, making it easy to pick up the cookies and eat here. We lucked out and were seated at the bar at 5:30.

ImageThey changed the menu to a dim sum-style service which we give 15 thumbs up. We tried so many delicious-as-always treats. Rice cooked in duck fat, lamb ribs and our all-time favorite Momofuku item- the pork bun.

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Yes. A cart FULL of Milk Bar’s offerings. The birthday cake, the candy bar pie, the crack pie… cookies…. truffles.. All of it. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve attempted a few of the Milk Bar recipes with more or less success. I had the candy bar pie and Ben had the crack pie, naturally.

I’ll spare the rest of the food pictures but we also ate a really good (and cheap!) pizza place off 48th and 8th called Patzeria. Of course we had one meal at Shake Shack! Mmmmm that chocolate shake!

One of my favorite stores happens to have many locations in Manhattan, so I make a point to visit at least one Anthropologie 🙂  I had to capture some pretty things, I used my phone so they are not great photos.

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Mmm these bowls!

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Always super fun displays.

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I know it’s blurry, but I love the patterns ❤

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Fun table runner.

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Free People had some great displays. Love the color dipped lanterns!

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Look at that! How fun!

Ok I lied, there’s two more food pics. Another must-go on my list is Le Pain Quotidien. I just love it here. I know it’s a chain but it’s soooo gooooood. The coffee was the best I’ve had in a long time. Maybe because we ate here the day after the show ended, but man, it was a fine cup of coffee. It came in that cute little pot with a perfect amount of cream!

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And this waffle. Super good. Super filling!

ImageAnd that was the other stuff we did while in NYC! I wanted to walk the High Line but it just didn’t happen. Maybe next time!