The License and Design show was on the 14th floor of the Gift Building #2 this year, so the location was greatly improved from last year's show. We were right off the elevators so it was easy to find us. The showroom was a bit tight with all of us in a variety of booth sizes to fit into the space allowed, but overall we had a good show with lots of clients from "A list" companies coming to see us. You will note on the round table in front of us some of the "Dem Bones" Halloween fabric I licensed to Andover Fabrics, the little all over pattern with funky pumpkins and skeletons made into a table topper with an edging of white pom poms. On the same table is my "Dem Bones" Halloween collection for C and F Enterprises/Gallerie ll. They did a great job taking my illustrations and making them into ornaments, figurines, candle holders, etc. My Captain was there with me to help with the set up of the booth and to smooze with the clients. Everyone agrees he is a charming asset to have at a trade show for sure!
The opening night of the show they had a "Meet and Greet" cocktail party with sushi and California wraps which gave everyone a chance to say hello and mingle...it was full of customers eager to see what we had to license.
Here I am with a couple of my peeps, Kathy Weller and Ellen Crimi-Trent who were also exhibiting at the L and D show with me.
Talking with Paul Brent at the Cocktail party..not only a talented artist but a really nice guy.
Working with one of my clients on a new Halloween line to come out next year.... one always has to be a step ahead when you are licensing your artwork!
Following the show one night we went down to see the showroom of One Hundred 80 Degrees where I had a number of new designs coming out on products. My "Bat Divas" really came out so well and are so much fun...there are big ones that stand almost as tall as me, tiny ones to hang on a tree, medium size ones that stand on your tables, flying ones that you can hang on your door and one I designed that surrounds a giant polka dotted pumpkin to hold your goodies. They all are glittered dripping with jewels and marabou, wearing earrings and necklaces, with lots of patterns and polka dots they are just so much fun. Take a look.....
I also designed this Advent Calendar for them made out of wood with tiny drawers to hold little gifts of sweets or treats for the kids. Colorful and reusable! The "Snow Bells" collection came out really well with all the little guys made out of porcelain with tiny bells inside that ring out the holiday season. Each one is different with little fun Christmas icons attached to their hats. I also designed the display stand for the group as well. Very satisfying to see your designs come to life!
I designed a Santa and sleigh and some "Ravishing Reindeers" for One Hundred 80 Degrees as well...can be seen next to the "SnowBells" in the same display area, very cute all made out of metal.
The reindeer were also hanging from the ceiling of the display and are all in various colors wearing polka dotted snow boots. more photos and more about Atlanta later, thanks, carol