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Field Trip is Back!

Ampersand Design Studio

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Field Trip is back and we are counting down the days! Field Trip is a pattern and illustration event that we helped conceive with a small, diverse group of established artists in 2016. This year, it takes place on Monday, May 21, 2018, in a beautiful, light-filled loft, close to other Design Week events taking place on the same day at the Javits Center. 

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 Some images of our show last year! Photos by  Christine Han

Some images of our show last year! Photos by Christine Han

Our goal in starting Field Trip three years ago was to depart from trade show norms. We wanted to show our work in a more curated and intimate setting, where artists and clients could relax and really enjoy the experience of engaging with one another. The concept was successful from the outset, resulting in many exciting collaborations with leading retailers.

The show gives clients and artists the chance to get together, review new artwork for purchase or license, and discuss collaborations. Clients can expect to see beautiful prints, patterns and illustrations, in a variety of different styles — from clean and organic, to bold and graphic, to quirky and hand-painted.

The show is fun and informal. Guests can sip cocktails, sample the candy bar, and listen to great music, while browsing through stunning artwork from artists with well-established brands. 

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The event was conceived by artists, and is totally planned by the artists participating — it’s a really inspiring collaboration for all of us. This year’s artists are Ampersand Design StudioBikini Sous La PluieCarolyn SuzukiElizabeth OlwenKelly VenturaNotteneSuzy UltmanJillian PhillipsSara Boccaccini MeadowsVictoria Johnson and Monika Forsberg

 Products and art by this year's participating artists 

Products and art by this year's participating artists 

Field Trip is a trade-only event, and attendance is by invitation only. For more information or if you are an Art Director, Buyer, or potential collaborator interested in attending future events, please request an invite on our website. Hope to see you there! 

New Chatbooks Covers!

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We have new custom Chatbooks covers out! We just love partnering with Chatbooks. We always have good intentions of capturing life's everyday moments, but then life's everyday stuff just gets in the way, doesn't it? Chatbooks makes it so easy to upload your photos, order a book, and boom - not only do you get to check it off your list, but you get an A+ for the design, too! 

How great are these family themed books? What a great gift, right? Mother's Day. Father's Day.  Oooh, Grandparent's Day! Or just because you have so many great shots of these stages that we never want to forget. Just thinking about photos of all of your cute families in these books gives us warm fuzzies... and maybe a happy tear (or twenty)!  

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Keep your eye out for even more designs launching this summer! We'll have you covered for all of your summer vacays! Document those memories in a snap; you'll be so glad you did! And with these fun, colorful covers, there's no shoving them straight in the closet, you'll want to leave them out to share with everyone!

Ampersand for Makers Collective

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YOU GUYS! Our latest bedding is live on the Makers Collective website... and in some good company we might add! It's coming soon to lots of other retailers too so we'll keep sharing as it continues to launch! 

This was such a fun project for us to work on! We originally created the simple, organic forms in the Mod Shapes quilt with cut paper and scissors. The abstract forms take a new life in this fresh color palette to create a sense of modern calmness for any bedroom.

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And can we just say we love how this room is styled with some of our other favorite Ampersand art prints? We want to wake up in this room every morning! 

New Ampersand Apparel: Tees, Pins & Patches

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Hi guys! Happy March! We're getting so close to Spring in KC. Um, despite the fact that it snowed yesterday - what?! We can't wait for those sunny, colorful days ahead! 

Speaking of colorful, cue our new Come Together tee. If there's one thing we feel pretty strongly about, it's that we all need to come together. We're hoping this can serve as a mantra, a daily reminder, a little nudge when you're wearing it around town.

And along the same lines, meet our Peace Sign tee, which we carry for the little guys too! Really no other words are necessary. Just Peace, man. 

We've been wanting to design enamel pins forever. LIKE FOR-EV-ER. And we did! Finally! And we love them! The color on these guys is perfection. We can't pick a favorite, so please don't make us! We won't make you either. Pick them all! But the Wink pin... oh, the Wink pin. Wouldn't it be amazing if we all saw the world through a rainbow lens in real life and not just in our dreams? We're pretty sure this pin is the key to unlock that super power. Let's all try it! Or the High Five. We want to give all of you a big high five filled with lots of love. Sneak this one on your friend's (or even better, a stranger's!) bag or jacket to pass it on!

We also introduced a few embroidered iron-on patches that are the perfect addition to spice up your sweatshirt, back pocket or bag! We can't stop with the rainbows! 

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Of course March means we're bringing back the green retro tee! We are loving the new green this year! We also have the original Retro Kansas City tee in navy and berry, and all three colors are available in adult and kids sizes! Best news ever! Because kids reppin' their city... does it get any cuter?

And last, but definitely not least, our new Kansas City raglan. Perfect for those in between weather days. 

You can find all of these new goods in our shop and at several of our favorite stores around town!

All these beautiful pics taken by K. Durkee