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surtex 2013 // the big recap

Ampersand Design Studio

Although it was just two and a half weeks ago that we returned home from Surtex, it already seems like months have passed! This was our second year showing at the biggest art licensing trade show in the country and it was a complete whirlwind of seeing new and old friends, catching up with past clients and meeting many potential new clients, and of course, finding a little bit of free time to explore NYC!

If you're reading this, wondering what Surtex is, here's a brief description from their site:

"SURTEX® is the global B2B marketplace for original art & design—where artists, agents and licensors connect with manufacturers and retailers to create the next best-selling products in every category imaginable. Wall coverings, decorative accessories, bed linens, stationery, giftware, tabletop and so many more…if it’s any product with a surface design of any kind, there’s a good chance it originated at SURTEX. That’s because each year some 7,000 buyers/manufacturers from 49 countries converge on the SURTEX exhibit floor to buy or license the newest designs from approximately 1,000 trend-setting artists. It’s a veritable who’s who of manufacturers and retailers seeking first dibs on the best original art & design being created today."

When each artist arrives into the humongous Javits Center, this blank, cold, empty booth is what is waiting to be transformed. After doing tons of research last year, we pretty much had our set-up method down! We got our banners hung and shelf displays put up in just a few short hours and ended up with the entire afternoon to play in the city! (Last year we spent two days setting up-yikes!)

This was the first year we decided to put some of our actual products on display. We showed off some of our awesome licensed pieces like the patterned notebook sets and bicycle boxed cards (currently sold out-sorry) from teNeues, the Cream & Sugar fabric collection with Windham Fabrics, and even some of our very own products like the famous ampersand prints and our newly-released cell-phone cases!

Psst...we had some rainbowy-bright "I Heart Ampersand" pencils to give away for everyone that visited our booth! Note to self for next year: sharpen pencils BEFORE you arrive in NYC. Our booth was filled with pencil shavings but at least it gave us something to do during down time.

How amazing is this banner??!!! We found it on etsy from Studio Mucci and the entire shop is filled great handmade paper decorations in some pretty fabulous color palettes! Make sure to check them out! It's crazy how many compliments we got about our fun tassel garland!!

We had a few takeaways to go alongside our pencils! Hey, you never know what's going to make someone remember your booth, right?

We sported our ampersand bracelets (from Make Pie Not War) for good luck. And we accidentally dressed like our booth every single one of the three days. At one point, Morgan's pants were practically camouflage with one of our banners.

Overall, the second year showing at Surtex felt very different than the first. We just sort of knew what to expect, everything wasn't so unknown. We had many current clients that we were excited to get to see in person again after an entire year has passed! It's crazy how frequently we email and talk with so many people that we collaborate with, but don't actually get to see them in person, so, Surtex and Design Week in NYC is our form of a little reunion, and talking to our work friends was a real highlight! This year we also attended the Surtex happy hour and the Smart Creative Women happy hour, both of which were so great! During the show hours, we really feel tied to our booth to make the best of our time there, so the little get-togethers after hours allowed us to meet and hang out with some fellow artists, many of which have been huge inspirations to us! Others we've only talked to virtually, and others we met last year and were excited to see again. You're getting the point, right? It really is like Designer Camp in NYC!

Everyone keeps asking us, "how'd the show go?", and the truth is, you never really know until many months following because you don't actually sell artwork or sign contracts on the spot. All those discussions happen once we get home. That being said, we're pretty darn excited about the relationships we made this year! We were walking out of the show on the last day, dancing and singing. If all goes well, we cannot wait to be sharing the fun products that Ampersand designs will be making a splash on....so fingers crossed, right?!!!!!

We had to share the picture below of The Highline. On the last night, we packed up our booth in record time, dropped off our boxes, and just walked. Walked and walked all the way from our hotel down to The Standard Hotel for our tradition of celebratory drinks. There are a lot of long nights and crazy work days leading up to the show, then we try to make the very best of those three days while we're there, so it is such a relief when it's over! We can literally feel our shoulders resting a little lower. Just making it to the show is a success. So yeah, we just walked The Highline and talked about the future and took in the fresh (non-convention-center) air and the beautiful view!

And this is too funny not to include, this is how we ended all of our evenings in NYC! ha!

packing for surtex...we leave in 3 days!

Ampersand Design Studio

So this is what packing for Surtex is looking like around here. And this is just the beginning. In addition to the "S" hooks, business cards, all sorts of adhesives, we also have huge 3' x 8' banners, a dolly, and lots of samples of our existing product. But we're getting close! We leave in THREE DAYS!!! Surtex, here we come!

PS...that also means that posting will be a little light around here for the next week and a half, but follow our facebook, twitter and instagrams (@AmpersandStudio, @MorganGeorgie, & @ CarrieKiefer) for NYC updates!

we're headed to surtex 2013!!!

Ampersand Design Studio

We're headed to Surtex 2013! Yes, we know we've already let you all know what we are up to, but this is our super-official announcement! We've been busy creating lots of exciting new artwork for the show and we are just ready to get there! For those not famililar, this is the one trade show that we attend each year to license our artwork to be applied to all kinds of products like stationery, fabrics, wall art, tabletop, bedding and more! This is what we gear up for every year and now it's just a couple of weeks away!

If you are a buyer, creative director or licensee, come see us in Booth 356 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC, May 19, 20th and 21st!

So do you want a little sneak peek of the patterns we'll be showing? Ok, twist our arm...you know we love to share!

This black & white-with-a-hint-of-color group already has one happy new home — it's just a hint of what's to come in our second fabric collection that will be out this October!!!

Then we tapped into our Girls-Just-Wanna-Have-Fun selves and went super girly! Gems, bows, big hits of pink—it's all here! You can take your pick on what really is a girl's best friend!

As two gals who met in Typography class, we can never hide our love of all things lettering! What do you think this pattern should land on? A journal? notecards? gift wrap? We tend to think the possibilities are endless!

There are also plenty of designs perfectly suited for the cool little ones in our lives. Perfect patterns for boys and girls bedding are all hiding within our binders and binders of designs ready for a new home!

And really, just SO much more. We have hundreds of designs, so don't forget, all buyers and licensees, come by and see us at BOOTH #356!!!

the road to surtex...

Ampersand Design Studio

So, just in case you've been wondering where we've been, we thought we'd pop in and say hi and explain what we've been up to. The Surtex trade show in NYC where we license our artwork is just two short weeks away. We have been drawing, painting and putting in long hours on the computer to get as many of our crazy ideas out on paper as we can! In addition to creating tons of new artwork and patterns to sell, we also design a booth and promo pieees for this show, so we're having the best time dreaming up our own little Ampersand-world for the show! The top pic above is a diorama of the back wall of our booth! So needless to say, in these last few weeks leading up tot he show, a few things fall off the priority list around this time every year and the blog seems to always get hit hard. So, we're sorry for the light posting lately, we'll be back up above water soon and we'll surely have lots of pictures and posts to share from our trip to NYC!

we're spending LOTS of time here!

So, if you are in the market to license some pretty fab artwork, stop by Surtex booth #356 and say hi!!!! We'd love to see you!

our Cream & Sugar fabric collection is shipping now!

Ampersand Design Studio

You might recall when we first announced our debut fabric colllection, Cream & Sugar, back in October! Well, it's finally printed on yards and yards of fabric and currently being shipped all over the world and hopefully to your local fabric shop!!!

It will also be carried in many online fabric retailers like Bloomerie and Hawthorne Threads, so keep an eye out in the next couple weeks and let the ordering begin! We'll be sharing some of our favorite projects as we are making them! Let the crafting begin! YAY! (clink, clink...cheers) – Morgan & Carrie

PS - we'd love to see any projects that you have made with our collection!! Send pictures our way :)

top two photos by Eric Linebarger