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

Ampersand Design Studio

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!

Ampersand Design Studio

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

Ampersand Design Studio

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)

Mom's Night Out Tea Towel Craft at Studio Nod

Ampersand Design Studio

We had the absolute pleasure of hosting a Mom's Night Out workshop at Studio Nod while we were in Chicago last month. For those of you who couldn't be there with us in person, we thought we'd share the craft tutorial with you right here! We're going to walk you through the super-easy steps to hand print your own tea towels! Using your choice of colors of fabric paint and tea towels, you can easily make your own custom design! Let's do it!

• Rubber Carving Block

• Scissors

• Fabric Paint

• Foam Brush

Step 1: First, use the scissors to cut out shapes from the rubber carving block. The shapes can be anything you want! You can cut lots of different shapes or just one and repeat it over and over. The possibilities are endless!

Step 2: Use the foam brush to paint one side of your rubber shape

Step 3: Press the painted side of your shape onto the tea towel. Once it is positioned, make sure to press down on all sides to ensure an even transfer.

Step 4: Repeat! That's all there is to it! Pick another shape...or the same shape...a new paint color...or repeat the same! The shapes can overlap or never touch. Play around with what you like best!

See! It’s easy, right? We sure hope you have fun with this! Grab some friends and put together your own craft night! Tag @thelandofnod so we can see what you come up with!

(All photos above by Kyndall Durkee)

ANNOUNCING Field Trip: A pattern & illustration event!

Ampersand Design Studio

We are SOOOOO EXCITED to announce that we are co-hosting a new licensing event called Field Trip in New York on Monday, May 16th. Field Trip was conceived by a small, but diverse group of artists. Our aim is to create a lively environment where clients may purchase or license new artwork and discuss collaborations. This event is happening at the same time as Surtex/NSS/ICFF, so it will be easy to take a  field trip around the corner to see us! 

Field Trip will be held on Monday, May 16, from 2:30-7:30pm, at a gorgeous loft space in the garment district and will have a fun, casual feel with cocktails and nibbles.

Artists include:


Victoria Johnson 

If you are interested in collaborating, we would love for you to stop by so we can meet you! It’s invite-only, so please visit the fieldtripshow.com to request an invitation or let us know if you think you’ll be able to join us and we’ll put you on the guest list.