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Chatbooks Travel Collection

Ampersand Design Studio

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Oh hey, vacay! We've ready to do it up right, experience all the things, and document every fun memory that we make along the way!

Check out our new 'Go Everywhere' custom covers for Chatbooks. We know, we say it every time, but we love Chatbooks so much! They couldn't make it any easier to quickly create photo books straight from your phone - in just a matter of minutes! Now you'll be able to share all your photos from your summer vacation while you've still got the tan to prove it! Happy travels!

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Ampersand for Wunderkin Co (again!)

Ampersand Design Studio

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Our Ampersand x Wunderkin Co rainbow-themed collection was seriously a dream come true for us! As we were designing the patterns for this group (there are 5 - yay!), we kept thinking about where all these super special handmade bows would land and hoped they would put huge smiles on the faces of your little ones.

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In addition to the 5 patterns we designed, Wunderkin Co offers SO MANY STYLES to choose from. From mini knots to oversized pinwheels and everything in between, they have the perfect option for your little lady! 

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Before the launch, our friends at Wunderkin Co asked us a few questions about the collection and we thought we'd share our answers with you too! 

WHAT INSPIRED THE COLLECTION? WELL, THIS IS BASICALLY THE COLLECTION OF OUR COMBINED DREAMS. WE HAVE NEVER STOPPED OUR CHILDHOOD OBSESSIONS WITH RAINBOWS. WE'RE BOTH CHILDREN OF THE 80S AND EACH HAD A RAINBOW COLLECTION, RAINBOW BACKPACKS, SWIMSUITS, YOU NAME IT. WE'RE PROUD TO SAY THAT OUR OWN KIDS HAVE INHERITED OUR LOVE OF ALL THINGS COLORFUL SO THIS IS RIGHT UP THEIR ALLEY AS WELL. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOW IN THE COLLECTION? OH GOSH. HOW CAN WE POSSIBLY CHOOSE?! IF PRESSED, CARRIE WOULD GO WITH THE JUMBO RAINBOW MINI PINWHEELS AND MORGAN WOULD CHOOSE THE RAINBOW STRIPE OVERSIZED PINWHEEL.

HOW WOULD YOU PERSONALLY STYLE THESE BOWS? MORGAN HAS BEEN FIGURING OUT HOW TO CONVINCE HER BOYS TO WEAR THEM AS BOW TIES WITH BOTTON DOWN SHIRTS AND CARRIE WOULD LOVE TO DO TWO LITTLE BUNS WITH THE MINI PINWHEELS FOR HER DAUGHTER. 

WHAT THREE WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE THIS COLLECTION? HAPPY, BOLD & COLORFUL

WHAT ARE A FEW ESSENTIAL PIECES IN YOUR KIDS' WARDROBE? FOR MORGAN'S TWO BOYS, HAIR ACCESSORIES ARE NOT AT THE TOP OF THEIR LIST BUT HER 7-YEAR-OLD IS OBSESSED WITH COLORFUL SOCKS (INCLUDING LOTS OF NEON) AND HER 3-YEAR-OLD LOVES TO ROCK ALL KINDS OF HATS. CARRIE'S DAUGHTER LIVES IN SUNDRESSES AND LITTLE BIKE SHORTS (GREAT FOR IMPROMPTU CARTWHEELING) ALONG WITH ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF ADDED ACCESSORIES, FOR HER 7-YEAR-OLD, IT'S A COTTON TEE AND COMFY SHORTS ALONG WITH GLOW-IN-THE-DARK NATIVES. HER 17 MONTH OLD IS THE ONLY ONE WITHOUT AN OPINION ABOUT HIS OUTFITS SO HE MOSTLY GETS CUTE HAND-ME-DOWN OUTFITS FROM HIS BIG BROTHER. LUCKILY, ALL FIVE OF OUR KIDS LOVE WEARING THE T-SHIRTS WE'VE DESIGNED, AND THAT NEVER GETS OLD!

WHAT ARE SOME ADVENTURES YOU LOVE TO TAKE YOUR KIDS ON? WE BOTH LOVE TO GO TO THE KANSAS CITY ZOO AND SPEND HOURS WITH THE ANIMALS, TAKE A STROLL THROUGH THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART (LOVE TO GET THAT ART APPRECIATION STARTED YOUNG), AND THE LIBRARY AND LOCAL PARKS ARE ALSO FAVORITES.   

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT MOTHERHOOD? CARRIE: WATCHING THEM BECOME THE PEOPLE THEY'RE MEANT TO BE. SOME PARTS OF THEIR PERSONALITIES HAVE BEEN OBVIOUS FROM THE START AND THEN OTHER THINGS COME ALONG AND SURPRISE ME. EVERY DAY IS EXCITING AS I SEE THEM MAKE DISCOVERIES AND FIND THEIR OWN PATHS, LITTLE BY LITTLE. I'M ALSO DELIGHTED TO SEE IN WHAT WAYS THEY'RE SIMILAR TO EACH OTHER AND HOW THEY'RE DIFFERENT. I LOVE THAT THEY ALSO CELEBRATE EACH OTHER AS THEY ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING OR TRY SOMETHING NEW (MOST DAYS).  

MORGAN: THE WAY MY BOYS BRING SO MUCH LAUGHTER INTO OUR HOME AND OUR LIVES. THEY CAN SEE THE SILLINESS IN THINGS THAT I WOULD’VE OVERLOOKED. THEY HAVE SECRET JOKES TOGETHER THAT MAKE THEM GIGGLE. EVEN WHEN THEY ARE WRESTLING, THEY ARE CRACKING UP LAUGHING. SOMETIMES WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE A HAD A LONG DAY AND ARE FEELING TIRED OR STRESSED, THE KIDS WILL DO SOMETHING AT THE DINNER TABLE THAT GETS US ALL IN HYSTERICS AND REMINDS US OF WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT. IT’S FUNNY HOW SOMETIMES THEY TEACH US JUST AS MUCH, IF NOT MORE, THAN WE TEACH THEM! 

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW? @TAZA FOR FUN FAMILY GOALS, @CATANDNAT FOR GREAT MOM HUMOR AND TRUTHS, @JENGOTCH FOR ALL THE GIRL BOSS REALITY, @AMBERINTERIORS FOR OUR HOME RENOVATION GOALS, @CUPOFJO FOR A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING

WHAT PROJECTS OR ADVENTURES ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR? WE'RE BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS WITH EXCITEMENT BECAUSE WE'RE ABOUT TO OPEN OUR FIRST TRUE RETAIL LOCATION IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. IT WILL BE A SMALL SHOP HERE IN KANSAS CITY AS A PART OF A LARGER MARKETPLACE OF AMAZING ARTISTS AND MAKERS. IT WILL BE LOCATED ON THE COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA (WHICH IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP), AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO EXPAND OUR PRODUCT OFFERING INTO MORE TEXTILES AND STATIONERY TO FILL OUR SHELVES! THIS HAS BEEN SOMETHING ON OUR BUCKET LIST SINCE WE STARTED AMPERSAND SO IT FEELS LIKE A DREAM-COME-TRUE. 

DO YOU HAVE AN IDEAL COLOR PALETTE IN WHICH YOU LIKE TO WORK? WE DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE A FAVORITE PALETTE, BUT WE DO TEND TO GRAVITATE TO A FEW FAVES HERE AND THERE. WE OFTEN LIKE TO MIX IT UP WITH SOME LESS SATURATED COLORS AND A FEW BRIGHTER ONES. WE ALSO LOVE TO THROW A GOOD PINK IN THERE FOR GOOD MEASURE. WE COULD REALLY CREATE PALETTES ALL DAY, EVERY DAY IF WE HAD THE CHANCE. 

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BIG WARM THANK YOU !

Ampersand Design Studio

So much love, preparation and collaboration goes into planning Field Trip, that we can hardly contain ourselves when the day finally arrives. I think it’s safe to say we are still flying high from the great energy at the event this year. We are all so pleased with how our third show went, and we want to say a big warm thank you to all who came out!

After a rainy day last year, we were thrilled to have incredible weather this year. The loft where we hold the event was filled with sunlight, and really reflected the positivity around the event, and set the stage all of the amazing artwork put out by our artists.

This year we welcomed returning artists : 

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Victoria Johnson  

And some new ones too : 

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Suzy Ultman

Field Trip is truly a collaboration — between the artists who plan it (who truly feel like family) but also with the other amazing people who help put on the show…

Our fabulous caterer, Food in Motion

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Our event sponsor, Reyka, who generously provided vodka to make this year’s signature cocktail, The Field Tripper

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Our DJ Lauren, who always sets just the right mood with her impeccable taste in music

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Plus our photographer Christine (who captured these amazing moments!), our friend and fellow artist Lindsey (who managed reception for us this year), and our incredible venue manager (he’s the best), David. Thank you to all!

We want to say a special thank you to Moo, who did all of our printing for us! We were all fans of Moo before, but we love them even more now. They went out of their way to help us, printing giveaway notebooks with all of our designs.

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As well as… our extra special giveaway. This year, we collaborated to create a deck of cards! The cards are a blend of all of our work, brought together in the Field Trip palette. We think it’s a keepsake and it’s a true visual representation of just how well we all worked together to put on the show.

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Having face-to-face time with clients is so valuable for us, and we were so pleased to have such a great turn out to the show this year. We truly appreciate everyone making time to come visit the show and support our work. We’re all feeling so positive about future collaborations and were so happy to chat to so many good people.

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If you attended the show, we’d love to hear what you think! We will be sending out a questionnaire soon to get your feedback, and you can also email us at hello@fieldtripshow.com. We want the show to be the best it can be so all feedback is welcome. In the meantime, be sure to follow along on our instagram or sign up for our newsletter to hear about future events!

Thanks again for following along with this artsy adventure of ours.

All our best,
the Field Trip family

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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!

Ampersand Design Studio

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!