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Ampersand Design Studio


In the spirit of our previous post about sharing and building more of a community here, we're excited (and terrified at the same time) to announce that we've decided to get a booth at Surtex!!! It's been a goal of ours for as long as we can remember to show our work there. For those not familiar, Surtex is a surface pattern design tradeshow where artists (and in some cases, agents) show collections of pattern designs (like ours above) in the hopes that they are selected for use on products like bedding, paper products, tabletop items (and so on). The show is in mid-May in NYC and runs at the same time, and in the same building as, the New York Stationery Show. We'll just come right out and admit that we have a LONG way to go to get ready for the show and, to that end, we are kind of freaking out! The to-do lists are endless and the months are quickly flying by. We don't exactly know how we're going to get it all done along with the blog, the shop, our client work and trying to have some tiny shred of a personal life on the side, but somehow we are just crazy enough to believe we can make it happen!
Unfortunately, we can't really share all of our actual patterns for the show before we present them, but we still thought it would be great to share our experience of getting ready. We also like that creating this post officially holds us accountable to get 'er done (that and the hefty deposit we put down. eeks!) 
Have any of you shown at Surtex? Or is anyone else showing there for the first time? We would love to hear about your experience, if so. We'd also glady accept any general tips for staying sane in the midst of a giant project! Or a giant margarita! HA! Thanks for listening and we'll keep you posted on our progress!