Where did April go? it seems to have disappeared from this blog!
Actually it didn't disappear - more like the time for writing blogs disappeared last month.
On top of the school holidays, Easter celebrations, a couple of birthdays in our family - I have been working hard to put together a folder to send to my agent in time for Surtex in New York at the end of this month (May 21st to 23rd)....
This is my first ever experience of Surtex, which for those of you not in the know, is one of THE major global trade shows for surface design and art licensing, or as they describe themselves: 'The Marketplace for Original Art & Design'
As much as I would LOVE to be there in person, it's just not possible for me to get to New York right now, so I am forever grateful that my agent, Elise Rosenthal, has given me this opportunity....
This time last year, having my work on show in any form at Surtex seemed like a distant dream. It was one of the goals I was working towards (I'd even written it down, a proper solid goal)... but I believed it would take a few years to achieve, not least because I didn't think I had the right body of work ready yet....
Then out of the blue, toward the end of last year, I had lots of conversations with Elise and ended up signing with her agency Rosenthal Represents to represent me for art licensing work, especially in the US. So, from October until now, I have been working continually, alongside my other work commitments, to build a portfolio of work for her.
There's nothing like having a solid deadline to motivate action and get things done!....
From where I was at the end of September until now, I have been pleasantly surprised to discover that I was able to put together a full Surtex book of work that I am happy to show. I hadn't realised how much we'd put together in such a short space of time.
I know I have lots to do in the coming year and can clearly see where the gaps are in my portfolio. I can also see what work needs tweaking and with the help of my agent, what needs developing to make it more marketable. All in all it feels like I am moving forward positively with my creative work which feels really great....
I've never had an agent before, but am really happy that I have chosen Elise as she has so much art licensing experience and is generous with her feedback and guidance. It's only been a few months of working together, but I can feel my work developing and I am learning loads which is the best thing of all - I never want to stop learning!
You'll find Elise and my Surtex book, alongside the books from the other wonderful artists with Rosenthal Represents at booth 2829 at this years show.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing a little taste if what I have been working on. If you are an art director or buyer interested in viewing my online licensing portfolio, please use the contact form on this site to drop me a message and I will let you know the password to view that section of this website.
Have a lovely week!
We've almost made it through January, the days are starting to feel a little longer as the daylight hours stretch a little more each day. It's a beautiful day here today, bright sunshine with a shimmery, frosty, sparkle everywhere. I don't mind winter when it looks like this.
However, to me, January always feels a bit of a tricky month. It feels like a stiff shift of gears after the Christmas break. Where a big push is needed to get back in the flow of work and pick up projects from where they were before the holidays, whilst at the same time planning for the year to come. It feels like the passage of one year to the next brings with it a big sense of time marching on and a niggle that we should all be doing more because there goes another year.
Yet look again and there's spring, quietly resting in the flower beds and hedgerows, gently waking up, shaking off the winter slowly, gathering itself ready for what lies ahead. Knowing that the best is yet to come.
I think we can all learn a lot from spring - nature's start to the year...
Which is why I've been busy developing lots of spring designs for my Spoonflower and Etsy shops and they are all up and ready to be seen bursting forth with all their floral prettiness...
Over on my Etsy shop I have a January sale running until the end of the month on all illustration prints and gift wraps - which includes these brand new gift wrap designs as an introductory offer....
I've also added some new pieces to my Society 6 shop, including this phone case.
Best of all, one of the pots of daffodil bulbs that I popped around our house at the beginning of the month has bloomed today.
What a wonderful sight!
My eldest daughter thinks I'm a little crazy for getting so excited about seeing a daffodil bloom. She is 10. My reply to her was ' To me, seeing my first spring bloom of the year is as exciting as Christmas day is to you!'.
She still thinks I've lost the plot. I can live with that!
The print in this image was by Alexandra Snowdon from her Etsy shop Snowdon
I hope you have a lovely week.
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