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Surtex 2016 Recap

All I have to say is WOW. Surtex was absolutely amazing! Ok, that's really not all I have to say. There's lots to recap so I'll start from the beginning, here goes! I arrived on Friday afternoon and called the other members of Four Corners to find out where they were. I walked over to the Javits to meet them...FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME! It was so fun! I turned the corner and there they all were, (minus Jane, she couldn't make the trip) Emma, Jocelyn, Julie, Kevin and Pippa. It was SO exciting and fun to meet them, there were huge hugs all around, it was fantastic! Sure, we had Skyped and talked for over a year but meeting in person is just different, you know?! And everyone was better than I had could have ever imagined! You know when you just "click" with certain people, well these were my people! Here we are in our bare booth on Friday.

On Saturday, we got our booth set up, which took almost the whole day. We really debated over all of the small details and I'm so glad we did because we got so much GREAT feedback on our booth. More to come on that later. Then we ventured over to Blueprint to go meet Pippa and walk around the show. She won the Young Designer's Competition and was exhibiting there. Her booth looked amazing, she had so much really good work, we were so proud! 

Emma, Pippa, Kevin, Jocelyn, Julie, Beth

Emma, Pippa, Kevin, Jocelyn, Julie, Beth

Then it was show day! Sunday morning came around really fast and we had a solid, steady stream of people all day. We weren't sure what to expect since it was our first show, but we saw and chatted with SO many great people. The thing about Surtex is making connections. Talking to people, networking, not necessarily selling your patterns, but there was some of that happening, too! We were excited on Sunday night thinking that we had a good start to the show and then Monday came. First, here's a picture of our final booth with all of the products, banners, books, giveaways, etc.

Our final booth. Look closely in the corner, we have 4 lampshades with our designs on them!

Our final booth. Look closely in the corner, we have 4 lampshades with our designs on them!

Everyone's products on display

Everyone's products on display

Tea towels hung from one of the posts

Tea towels hung from one of the posts

And tote bags

And tote bags

My display with my Blurb book, brochure, business cards and lookbook

My display with my Blurb book, brochure, business cards and lookbook

So as I mentioned...Monday came. It was in-sane! Monday was by far the busiest day for the show in general based on feedback from other artists, including ourselves. The traffic was heavy. We were all talking to different clients at the same time. There were random staples on the tables, papers on the floor, we were like - what just happened?! It was truly amazing! We got some really great contacts and leads and the day flew by! On Monday night after the show, Surtex puts on a cocktail hour in the atrium of the Javits Center. It was really nice to just relax for a bit and chat with other exhibitors. Here's a picture of us. Remember that I said earlier that we had great feedback on our booth? So many companies and artists that stopped by said how great the booth was. How it all coordinated so well even though each one of us has our own design style. We worked really hard to make it cohesive so we were relieved to hear such great feedback! And to take the cake, at the cocktail hour, Jennifer Nelson told us we should win an award for best new booth! That was awesome!!! We chatted with the artists that she represents as well as many of the artists from Brenda Manley's agency, My Favorite Things. Brenda was equally as amazing and complimentary. Hearing such great feedback from these seasoned artists meant so much to us! 

Kevin, Emma, Beth, Pippa, Jocelyn

Kevin, Emma, Beth, Pippa, Jocelyn

Tuesday was the last day of the show and even though the traffic was slower, it was solid. Again, got lots of really good leads and interest in our designs. Overall, I don't think we could have asked for a better first show. We were all so happy with the results. We spent Wednesday morning going through all of our leads and figuring out who was going to contact who before we had to go our separate ways. Here's the last of our group pictures before we said goodbye, looking a little bit more relaxed, but tired! Thanks for such a great show, Surtex!

Pippa, Kevin, Emma, Beth, Jocelyn

Pippa, Kevin, Emma, Beth, Jocelyn

Exciting News! Four Corners Art Collective Launches

It's been a whirlwind of a year. Things just seemed to have gotten really busy this year, but in a good way. In fact, a GREAT way! This news has been under wraps for a few months but I'm finally excited to announce that myself and six other artists have created a brand new global art collective called Four Corners Art Collective! What does that mean, you ask? Well, we have come together and formed one company per-se to advertise our work as surface pattern designers and illustrators to creative/art directors, buyers, manufacturers, publishers and more. We will share resources, advice, critiques, and be able to have a better market share in the surface pattern industry. 

We are seven artists based around the world (hence our name!), myself in the USA, Emma McGowan in England, Jane Smith and Julie Anson in Scotland, Jocelyn Proust and Kevin Brackley in Australia, and Pippa Shaw in France. Not only are each and every one of them an amazingly talented artist, they are all the nicest, most supportive people, and in this industry, that is priceless!

We have signed on the dotted line and will be making our Surtex debut this May in New York City! Surtex is the annual art licensing show where retailers and manufacturers look for prints and patterns to develop their products. We are all so excited and can't wait for our patterns to become part of the retail world! 

You can read more about each one of us, see our work and what we've been up to on our brand new website! And don't forget to follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with our latest designs. We're launching a brand new Instagram Countdown to Christmas challenge where we draw something new every day. Read more about it and join us!