These are a couple of my cards for Design House Greetings. They have one of the best assortments around. Something for everyone & all equally lovely! I've always enjoy sharing cards with friends & family. Such a nice way to express something that can be hard to share face to face or verbally.
(the sentiment is usually a little more gussied up too!)
I'm breathing a big sigh of relief this morning as Surtex kicks off it's first day in NYC! If you're not familiar with the show it's kind of like the super bowl for surface design. Designers spend months preparing new art with no real guarantee that anyone will purchase a thing. (that's the deal)
This is my first year showing with my rep Jennifer Nelson. I'm excited, anxious & curious to see the outcome! Her team of artist are so super talented! I feel honored to be a small part of that. Their amazing eye candy is pushing me to dig deeper & put the best of me out into the world.
The business has changed a great deal since I began in 2004. Social media has been a big factor in that. Getting better at it but, it's not something I enjoy. (I'm shy & somewhat introverted so it goes against my instincts)
This is Antonio & I at our first Surtex. We basically didn't know much. He had just quit his job as an architect to work with me. (I guess that's what love will do to you)
Back then there was no real social media or press build up you just brought your best art, business cards & some invoices. (and smiled a lot, look friendly was my mantra)
Today booths have gotten much fancier almost taking on a boutique feel. There is also A LOT more artist/designer trying to do the same thing. But at the end of the day it's still all about the art. Making it special, putting a little piece of yourself on paper & sending it out into world. Something I'm so grateful for. Since I was a little girl there's always been a crayon, pencil or paintbrush near by. I can't stop making it so, thank goodness there's an outlet for it all!
If your at Surtex this year think of it as a kind of celebration. Creatives putting themselves out there & doing their thing. If that's not beautiful I don't know what is!
*If I spelled something wrong sorry- I need a full time editor!
This kicks off an almost week long run of shows in New York.
I always breathe a big sigh of relief having this behind me each year. Print shows are a great opportunity to build a body of work that lets your clients know what you're inspired by as an artist. The shows, lets be honest, are a ton of work. That said it's my job & I love it!
If you're headed to New York stop by the Jennifer Nelson Artist booth. The seven super talents in her group have created the most beautiful NEW art. Not to be missed!
Surtex runs Sunday May 15th - Tuesday the 17th. If you miss the JNA at Blueprint please stop by Surtex booth 211 & take a look. Eye candy galore! (and some real candy too)