Hello, my name is Carol Eldridge. I am a designer living in picturesque New England in a charming and very historic town called Marblehead. It is a seafaring town, founded as a fishing village in the 1600s and is now known as the "Yachting Capital of America." The charming narrow streets with the grand old sea captain's mansions along with the smaller fishermen's houses create an architectural delight. In the warmer months, life here revolves around the spectacular harbor and the Atlantic Ocean where many people go to the beach or go out on their boats to enjoy the summer breezes. The charm and allure of the town is apparent when one sees the photos. I have been inspired by these surroundings all my life, the beach, the ocean, the fresh salt air, the many hours spent sailing and racing as a child and just growing up in a small town atmosphere so steeped in history. It is here that I made my nest, my family living here for many generations, finding that a town like this gets into your blood although you may travel far and wide, you can't wait to return to the comfort and beauty of Marblehead's rocky shores.
This is my first post to my new blog and I am excited to be joining this wonderful creative party that I have become privileged to know and learn about only recently.
I have come back from exhibiting my designs at the annual Surtex Design show in New York in late May, where artists display their new design collections for manufacturers to potentially license from them. It is an amazing show with a wondrous display of talent from all over the United States and Europe. I have been involved in the show for many years and serve on the Advisory Board as well as give seminars about art licensing. It is a great way for all the many artists who work in individual studios all over the country to get out and socialize with one another and network and share their experiences. We are all playing the waiting game right now, waiting for the manufacturers we met at the show to contact us about the designs we sent to them following the show in response to their requests to see more of our work. Hurry Hurry Hurry get out all the artwork to the potential client, then wait and wait and wait for the response...it's all part of the mystic I guess. I welcome this opportunity to be part of this new experience and this extension of the creative community. later, carol