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 😉

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Surtex 2014 Prep

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So, for the last..mmmm…. 7 months (!!!) I’ve been thinking, scheming, creating, planning to exhibit at Surtex in NYC, May 18th -20th. We’re two weeks out from the start of our trip and now’s an excellent time to share some prep photos. Maybe these will help future exhibitors? I know I SCOURED the internets, reading every.single.post about setting up, design and makin’ it look good. I found so many helpful posts and not to mention the excellent webinar hosted by Cathy Heck.

I’ll have an 8′ x 10′ booth (452!) situated close to the middle/back of the convention center. I’m hoping for decent traffic, it seems like it’s on a main “road” to the cafe. Also we will have cookies. Just sayin’. We took some photos since I had everything all laid out..

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Press kits and business card stacks…

ImageAction…. ImageOne of the binders… ImageOne of my “take aways”, a friend told me she liked collecting bags at trade shows, mostly to carry all the stuff you get! I had fun making these.

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ImageWe went with vinyl banners for out booth walls. The colors are stellar.

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Yay! Can’t wait to hang everything up! We also have deep navy carpet tiles we are putting down, but I haven’t seen those yet… Wish us luck!