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Ampersand for Nod // Fall 2016

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We never get tired of seeing our designs come to life on really cool, quality products!! It's seriously why we do this whole design gig! Today, we get to share all of our latest designs for The Land of Nod. If you've gotten their Fall 2016 catalogs already, you might've spotted a few of these guys! Nod is basically the coolest company to work with and we continue to pinch ourselves that this little dream of ours is still happening! We hope you love our latest!

"Peace" for Freely Given Movement

Ampersand Design Studio

Hi everyone. We have desperately been wanting to put something positive out into this world in light of all the tragic events and division among people that we have been witnessing and watching on the news each night. We have been at a loss for words really.  It wasn't until @freelkygivenmovement approached us to design something, that we finally found the perfect outlet. Today, we are introducing a series of hand-lettered "Peace" tanks and tees where the profits will go to the Boys and Girls Club of America to support their mission of “enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens”. We're hoping for a brighter, less divisive and more peaceful future for all of our children. One love. Peace to all. Together, we are stronger regardless of race, sexuality, religion.

Please visit Freely Given Movement to see all four tees and tanks!

#freelygivenmovement #peace

Announcing: Ampersand for Blue Sky Planners & Calendars 2016-2017

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If you ordered one of our academic year planners or calendars from last year, you're going to be thrilled to know they are BACK! We have desk pads, wall calendars and various sizes of spiral-bound agendas! We're keeping things fun and colorful with bright colored dots and stripes and we hope that you can't look at a single day of your year ahead without smiling while you use this new line! 


You can find of all of our latest calendars and agendas at Staples stores, staples.com, Blue Sky and we have a very limited quantity on our very own shop! The academic year calendars start in July, so it's that time! Hop on it!

Our first Field Trip Show in NYC!

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Our First Field Trip!
Hey everyone! Well after many months of video calls, hundreds of emails and lots of new artwork creating, we hosted our first Field Trip show in New York two weeks ago. Deciding to put on our own pattern & illustration event as opposed to the trade show we usually do was a major decision for us but it has turned out to be a decision that we haven't second-guessed even for a minute! We are seriously honored to be involved with this insanely talented group of artists, not to mention, lucky to be able to call them all friends now!

As for the event, It's so amazing to see our clients face to face and get to meet potential new partners in person. We live in a digital world and it's convenient to communicate through emails and calls, but there's nothing quite like having a meeting in person!

The event space was filled with huge windows, making it super light. It set the tone perfectly! We had great music, cocktails (French 75 anyone?) and yummy hors d'ouvres. If you made it to the show, sincere thanks for coming to see all of us! We sure hope you had a great time! If you missed it...here's a little peek into the fun!

All of us together.
Elizabeth OlwenKelly VenturaKate ZarembaBikini sous la Pluie, Lotta Jansdotter, NotteneEmily IsabellaVictoria JohnsonAmpersand Design Studio (that's us!)

The beautiful photos are taken by Malcolm Brown (with the exception of a few). 

Food , music, cocktails and great artwork in a light-filled, relaxing setting.

And beautiful flowers too.

Our table with portfolio books, samples, business cards and just a little bit of confetti!

Carrie Kiefer & Morgan Georgie

Carrie Kiefer & Morgan Georgie

Both of us, just loving talking to our partners in person!

Victoria Johnson's lovely hand-painted designs!

Victoria Johnson & Kimberly (Nottene) cracking each other up!


Kelly Ventura

Kelly's display - we want to steal that plate!

Emily Isabella

Perfect, nostalgic beauty from Emily Isabella.

Immediately recognizable - Elizabeth Olwen's stunning work.

Elizabeth Olwen.

A fun, bright and charming display from Kate Zaremba - like Kate herself!

Kate Zaremba

Kimberly of Nottene, still laughing with Victoria!

Beautifully designed building blocks and a Field Trip cocktail on Nottene's display.

Lotta Jansdotter

Stacks of Lotta's incredible products.

Carolina from Bikini sous la Pluie.

A hamper of sophisticated loveliness from Bikini sous la Pluie.

Some of the goodies from the Field Trip Goody Bag

Kid's Pipe Cleaner Sculpture Workshop with Land of Nod

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When we were in Chicago last month, we had a total blast hosting a craft workshop with some great kids at The Land of Nod's North & Clybourne Store. We got to share one of our favorite kids' crafts: Pipe Cleaner & Straw Sculptures! We always love a craft that is great for a wide range of ages and has no mess!! Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s super colorful, fun to do, and ends up being one of those projects you want to save! Here is the tutorial so you can do the project at home:


• A styrofoam block

• Various colors of pipe cleaners

• Plastic beads

Step 2 (optional): String the plastic beads onto the pipe cleaners.

Step 3 (optional): Using the straws as a base, push the pipe cleaner into the straw.

After that, just let your kids play around! Your kids may loop the pipe cleaners from straw to straw or simply continue to build from the styrofoam block. No two sculptures will turn out alike, and after all, that is our favorite thing about art!

(All photos above by Kyndall Durkee)