A few of my buttons, I ended up designing 12 for a fun assortment to choose from.
A floral print giveaway for special clients.
Sometimes the booth got busy & I totally forgot about this.
Whew, I won't lie the amount of work that goes into preparing for Surtex is immense. From updating your collection, being your own art director & editor, sending out some promotion, making banners, updating business cards, creating fun little branded giveaways & getting all that to New York-it's A LOT. All that said it's always a great feeling of accomplishment once it's done & you're standing behind the booth.
I had a good show. It's always important to me to stand behind my work & see what the response is like. People will let you know what's working & what's not. (not always verbally, you can tell by body language or a look) That keeps my eyes open & evolving which is essential as an artist.
Knowing and understanding your market is important.
I'm always blown away by how many super talented people there are in the industry and how kind and supportive most of them are. We're all putting our hearts, dreams & days behind what we do.
And while it's not always easy it's a beautiful way to walk through life. (doing what you love)
I'm excited to share that the next two books in the Hello, World! series that I'm writing & illustrating for Random House Kids is now out.
Birds & Backyard Bugs are board books for toddlers that give a colorful, basic but fun introduction to each topic.
The Hello, World! series was developed by myself & my wonderful editor as a way to share simple concepts about nature & science. Watching the series grow has been so rewarding! Two new books will be out spring 2018. (Dinosaurs & My Body)
It is my hope that these books bring families & young readers the same happiness they've provided me with.
Me signing some copies of the Hello, World! series at Barnes & Noble.
I was thrilled when Uncommongoods contacted me about offering some of my prints on their site. (*side note: they found me through my Etsy shop & selected art I was previously featuring there) I knew this was a wonderful opportunity to get this art seen by MANY more eyes than before.
First off is one of my most popular prints my I Think I Can art that I made as a personal piece years ago. I was a new mom, I had a baby bedding line, a small team of designers & was working around the clock. I made this print one night when I felt like I had to pull myself together because I KNEW I COULD! I framed the original & kept it in my bedroom so it's what I woke up to everyday. I kept getting complements on it & eventually decided to offer it online. (never thinking it would take off) It's been deeply satisfying to see it bring inspiration & motivations to others! (just like it did for me)
The second offering is my 50 states personalized prints. Each state has been illustrated with specific landmarks, fun facts, the state capital, flower, bird & more. This project was a labor of love I did out of my own quirky interest in state facts. Each state has a variety of personalizing options from a child's name to a family's surname or even as a birth announcement. Colorful & educational that's what I call a win, win! Find your state on here.