As you know I design surface designs for companies for items such as greeting cards, t-shirts and packaging. I am excited to announce a recent licensing partnership with Keka Case. Choose from 10 of my designs for tech cases for your tablets! I will be offering matching cellphone cases in the next month. Stay tuned. Here are a few of my items for sale. Go here to see my designs!Leave a Comment
As you know I love pattern and often have it around me – on my clothing, on my bags, my journals and other things I carry. I am in pattern heaven with these new Kleenex-on-the-go packages. I have a variety of styles and keep them in my pockets, bags and car. They even go with my outfits! I love the city scape and the boho bird patterns!
Check out their Kleenex Style website to see more of their artful products and enter to win a trip to NY for two in March to find your Kleenex brand style with a famous designer and a $5,000 shopping spree by participating in their “Catwalk or Kleenex?” quiz. Enter through March 7th to win – limited to once per promotion period. Go here to take the quiz to enter. Good luck!
This is a sponsored post by Kleenex Brand. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
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I am in the big push right now prepping for the upcoming Surtex tradeshow. I am exhibiting with my girls from Art Licensing LA again in the same booths: #734, #736. (Sign up for our newsletter to see more of our work and announcements!) The Surtex marketplace is a 3-day show in NYC in May for companies to license and purchase artwork for their products. This is my second year exhibiting and feel like I learned a lot from last year’s show to take into this one.
1. Quality over quantity:
Last year I wanted to have a large body of work to exhibit with. It was my first time exhibiting and I had no idea what to expect – so I obsessed over the number of collections I had to make. I tried to squeeze in more and more before the show and found it wasn’t necessary. I am sure it is a typical first-timer mistake. This year I am focusing on a smaller amount of collections that I feel are commercial and really represent me and my style.
2. Follow trends:
Last year I didn’t follow trends as much. I looked at the popular themes that companies are looking for like birthday, Christmas and baby but didn’t really think about trends within the themes. Woodland animals is HOT. White hot. You can throw a stone and hit something with a fox on it. It is the new “bird”. Why not design a birthday collection with foxes? Colors also trend. Black and white is really popular and gold is also everywhere. I need to consider the trends – it is a guaranteed hit.
3. Don’t compare yourself to others:
I psyched myself out when I looked at others’ work. I was extremely intimidated by their amazing collections and intricate artwork. I felt like I couldn’t do what they were doing and my art style wouldn’t translate to the retail world. I still have doubt. It’s that ridiculous voice in our head that holds us back. I try to shut it down and not let it control me… it creeps back in sometimes. I realized I was comparing myself to people who have been exhibiting for years and have a substantial business. I will get there. I am not them and have a different set of circumstances than they do. Everyone has their own path. I am on mine and shouldn’t expect what worked for them to work for me.
So here I go. Time to hunker down and get some serious work done. I will be posting some sneak peeks and Surtex prep posts til May. Stay tuned!Leave a Comment
This year, Kleenex is turning 90. 90! I had no idea it has been around so long. I visited their playful and interactive Kleenex Style Studio website to learn more and found out several historical facts. Here are the two that fascinated the designer in me.
Kleenex is definitely a staple item in my work studio. When painting, Kleenex is used to touch up paint marks, to dab excess paint off my brushes and to wipe them dry. Of course my love of pattern design comes into play when I select a box to match my studio decor. The brightly-colored floral ones are my favorite and coordinate well with the colors and patterns on the pin board. I loved the art on my Kleenex box so much it inspired me to paint flowers in a similar palette!
For their 90th anniversary, Kleenex is partnering with style icon, Isaac Mizrahi, to introduce four new and unique designs to the Kleenex Expressions line of products and is hosting a big reveal event on March 17 at Grand Central Station in NYC with Isaac! It’s one to definitely check out if you are in NY in March. Be the first to see the new designs and win some cool prizes!
In addition to the big reveal Kleenex is hosting a sweepstakes for you to get in the action.
TO ENTER: Visit their website to enter the “Catwalk or Kleenex?” sweepstakes through March 7th, 2014. There you will answer a series of questions asking you to identify which design is Kleenex brand and which design is from the catwalk. By taking the short quiz, you are automatically entered to win an all-expense paid trip for two to New York City to find his/her Kleenex brand style with a famous designer. The winner will also receive $5,000 spending money for a NYC shopping spree. Entry is open January 13, 2014 through March 7th and limited to once per promotion period. You can check it out HERE! Good luck!
This is a sponsored post by Kleenex Brand. However, all opinions expressed are my own.Leave a Comment