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I love dinnerware and I dream of having my own collection of dinnerware one day. For Surtex I prepared a few dinnerware mock ups in the hope that I can get a manufacturer interested in one of these designs. Fingers crossed!
Here’s a little sneak peak of what I’ll be exhibiting at Surtex.
It’s almost show time!
Yes, I’m finally going to Surtex! This is the first time that I will have my work at Surtex and I’m very happy about that! Unfortunately, I don’t get to go in person this year but sending my work it’s a dream come true!
Surtex is the premier tradeshow devoted to selling and licensing original art and design for all types of products including stationery, giftware, toys, publishing, home wares and lots more. It is anticipated that there will be around 6,000 people in attendance from 49 countries. So it is huge!
The show will be held in May 17-19, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York City.
This is my Surtex flyer:
Surtex is the type of show that every designer dreams of exhibiting at and having the chance to speak to businesses and manufacturers from all around the world.
If you are going to Surtex make sure to visit booth 222. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency and I will have my best prints and patterns at the show.
So my first RAW show was last Friday and I’ve finally had a few spare minutes to write about the show and share a few pictures. First of all, I have to say that I loved the experience! I loved that I was able to show my work to a large group of people and talk to them about what I do and get feedback.
To prepare for the show I had a small set up in a corner of the house with everything that I was going to be showing on the night. It was very useful and it was great practice to help me work out how I would display all my work.
Here’s my wonderful assistant for the day. She helped me with the set up and with all kinds of things on the lead up to the show. If you are doing the show, make sure you have someone help you with the set up on the day. It took us around 2 hours to set it up for the night!
Busy setting up for the show. You know what I love the most about this photo is that I’m surrounded by bright colours and patterns. This is exactly how I have imagined my life and this is exactly how I want to spend the rest of my life!
Here I am, happy and a little nervous, as the doors of the venue were about to be open to the public!
The dress I’m wearing is also my own design :)
Another thing you’ll probably need for the show is a big car. I had a relatively large set up and I also had large pieces of furniture. I drive a small car (it’s a little Honda Jazz) and crazy me thought I could fit my entire booth in my car… Well… That was never going to happen! I could barely fit all my things in my husband’s car and he has a twice as much storage space in his car! I should have taken a photo of our fully packed car so you’ll just have to imagine a car fully packed to the roof! I could not see a single thing through the rear view mirror! And my sister’s face, who was sitting on the passenger seat next to me, was right up against the front windscreen!
And this, the most dreaded part of the show. Getting onstage! It wasn’t that bad, just a few simple questions but for someone who isn’t used to public speaking it’s a little nerve wrecking!
I also included a number of little tags with a short description about the work I was presenting. I wanted to give my display a more personal feel and I wanted to make sure that people knew that I’m designing each and every single one of these pieces.
At the show I was exhibiting some of my latest collection of work which included silk eco-friendly scarves, ring binders, folders, pencil cases, coasters, three quarter leggings, journals, mugs, clipboards, wrapping paper and cushions.
There’s just one problem now. Now all I can think of is which show or market will I do now? There are a few local options that I need explore and I’m certain that in the next few weeks I’ll be doing a show somewhere :)
All of these designs are now on my brand new Etsy shop.
I’ve just added two silk scarves to my Etsy shop – Black Symmetry and Symmetry Scarf.
I think black makes everything looks so much more elegant and if your style is simple and classic then you’ll probably love this design.
I love geometric designs and I love to design them. This design is clean and elegant featuring 4 beautiful colours.
The silk is beautifully soft and gentle to the touch. It’s also nice and thick without being too heavy or too thin – just the perfect thickness. The colours are vibrant and full of life.
All dyes used in the making of this scarf are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) approved and eco friendly.
The scarves are square and they measure 39.4×39.4 Inches or 100×100 Centimetres.
Take a look at my Etsy shop and let me know what you think!
Some members of the Cultivate Art Collective have come together and worked on a beautiful 2015 calendar full of gorgeous artwork. The calendar is now available for purchase and you can get it from the Cultivate Art Collective shop.
Here’s a quick sneak peak of what it looks like:
In the calendar you will find artwork by the following artists:
Cover design by Cyndi Pfeiffer
Calendar page Daniela Glassop
January Tracey English
February Claudia Owen
March Gill Eggleston
April May Leong
May Kate Mason
June Susan Kasielke
July Dewi Citra
August Rhiannon Connelly
September Jamie Dougherty
October Lynda Metcalf
November Dawn Sokol
December Tessa Rath
Back cover Kathryn Moncrief
The calendar is available for instant download so you can print your copy of it at home. Once I get back home from holidays I’ll get my calendar printed and I’ll print two copies, one for my wall and one for my diary where I write all my deadlines.
I hope you like it!
Yes, you read it correctly. I’m going to Printsource! This is the first time that I will have my work at Printsource and I’m super excited about that!
Printsource is the premier market for surface and textile design in the USA and it is the main resource for surface and textile design for America’s major manufacturers and retailers. The show covers many industries including men’s, children’s and women’s apparel, bed and bath, kitchen and tabletop, paper goods and stationery, wall coverings, window fashions as well as other surface and textile design applications.
The show will be January 13 and 14, 2015 at the Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street, NYC
This is my Printsource flyer:
If you are going to Printsource make sure to visit Stand A17. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency and I will have over 100 prints at the show.
I’m feeling optimistic and I’m hoping I will have a successful first show. Let’s do this!
I have been very busy putting together an exciting collection of designs. Here’s a quick sneak peak for you.
As you can see, it’s going to be very bright! Exciting times ahead :)
Thank you Julie for taking the time to feature me and my work on your blog. I’m so glad that you found me somewhere on the interwebs and decided to contact me. It’s great to know that people are actually looking at your website and that Google analytics is not just made up numbers!
I have been quite neglectful of my website lately (it might have something to do with my 11 month old baby…) So my posts are rather sporadic and seem to come in bunches and then quickly disappear for weeks on end. That’s my life as a mum now!
Just a quick post today to let you know that I’m a member of the wonderful Cultivate Art Collective. I’m very happy to be part of the collective because it will allow me to show my work at 2 shows (at least) early next year.
This is what my profile page looks like:
I continue to be amazed by how much the collective has achieved in its short life and I know there’s so much more to come.
If you are an artist or designer and you’ve been dreaming of getting your work at shows such as Surtex or Printsource, you should definitely consider joining the Collective!
I know I’m a little late with this news (better late than never!) but now my designs with Keka Case are also available as snap on phone cases. These are my 10 designs I have with Keka Case:
Each of these designs is available for: iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, iPad 2/3/4 and iPad Mini.
Please take a look at all my designs with Keka Case.
Just some time ago I created a profile on Utelier. Just in case you’ve never heard about them, Utelier is a directory, an educational resource and a marketplace combined. It helps new and established designers and retailers find other designers, manufacturers, suppliers and experts worldwide whom they can work with.
This is my profile page:
I really like the look of the website, it’s nice and clean and it looks professional.
I don’t know how much visibility I get on Utelier (I have no analytics and so far I’ve had no new business proposals coming from here) but I guess it doesn’t hurt being everywhere!
If you would like to have a profile on Utelier you can sign up here.
I should have mentioned this on the blog a lot earlier but my wonderful online friend Julia Grifol interviewed me for her blog a few weeks ago. I completely forgot to mention it until now. I guess it’s better late than never!
Here’s a quick preview:
If you want to know a little more about me and my work you can read the whole interview here.
Thank you Julia!
I have more great news today. I’m now a Casetagram designer!
So far I’ve only uploaded 5 designs but I’ve got a lot more designs to include!
In here I’m only showing you the iPhone models but you can have these designs in a number of different phone models including: iPhone5s, iPhone5c, iPhone5, iPhone 4/4S, iPod Touch 5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, iPod Touch 4, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note III, Galaxy Note, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Z10, HTC One, Optimus G and Optimus G Pro.
This is what my profile page looks like at the moment:
Right now I have 0 followers! I’m feeling rather lonely here :( if you have an account with Casetagram hope you can follow me and keep me company :)
Today I wanted to share more good news. I’m a Juicy Canvas artist!
The great thing about Juicy Canvas is that you can customize the designs to suit your needs. For example, you can you can rotate, re-size and place the artwork on the canvas however you want to. You can also chose the side colour of your canvas, add text, change the colours of the artwork, chose your own colour for the canvas and of course you can chose different sizes. You can customize the artwork as you see fit or you can leave it as it is! It is completely up to you!
Here you can see my name among other talented Juicy Canvas artists.
This is my Juicy Canvas profile page and as you can see at the moment I have 8 designs but I’m slowly adding more and more designs.
Right now you can get all these designs as stretched canvases but I know that in the coming weeks you’ll be able to get these designs on mobile phone cases, t-shirts and fine art prints.
This is where you can start customizing the artwork. Fun hey!
Come take a look at Juicy Canvas!
I’ve been busy updating my Moyo Directory profile. And just in case you haven’t heard, the Moyo directory is the home of surface pattern designers where you can find designers from all over the world. You can search by design expertise, browse portfolios and contact your favourite designer directly.
This is what the home page of the Moyo Directory looks like.
Here you can see my picture among the many other talented designers.
This is what my Moyo profile page looks like at the moment and I’m still adding more work to my page.
While you are there don’t forget to give my profile a little love. Just press the little heart below my photo J (You don’t have to create an account to give me a little heart, just simply click the heart and you are done!)
This post is long overdue now but I have some great news to share with you. One of my cards was featured in Moyo magazine issue 4.
This is the full-page spread
Here’s the close up of my card (item number 5). I have this card on my Venerate Etsy shop.
Moyo is the world’s only online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design and it’s a great magazine for when you are looking for inspiration or useful information in the industry. And the best part of all is that it is completely free!
Here you can view the entire issue 4 of Moyo:
Here you can view all the previous issues of Moyo. Enjoy!
I’ve set myself a goal to add a new design to my Society6 shop once a week to keep the shop looking new. Let’s see if I can stick to it now!
This is one of the designs that I have added recently. What do you think?
This design comes as a framed art print, stretched canvas, card, iPhone case, iPhone and iPod skin, laptop and iPad skin, tote bag, hoodie and t-shirt.
Please visit my Society6 shop for more information.
This is one of my latest designs that I recently added to my Society6 shop.
Yellow is probably one of my favourite colours. I have yellow shoes, tops, dresses and all kinds of yellow things, and as you might have noticed my blog and website and even my logo for that matter, have some yellow too. So to honour my yellow obsession I bring you this design (I’m sure I’m not the only one crazy about yellow).
This design comes as a framed art print, stretched canvas, card, iPhone case, iPhone and iPod skin, laptop and iPad skin, hoodie and t-shirt.
Please visit my Society6 shop for more information.