Just returned this past week from the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. My agent Julie Newman, shown here and with Tiffany Cullinan, had a fantastic booth that I just loved! It was a fresh and inviting space and a beautiful structure that was lovely to have meetings in. After numerous years of exhibiting on my own, I really appreciate all the work, thought, time and preparation that goes into getting ready and doing a show.
I had some good meetings with companies I currently work with as well as met some new ones with great potential. An unexpected brainstorming session was the highlight of one of the days...you never know when and where the creative idea grows wings and takes flight. Some of the best parts of exhibiting are the chances to meet other artists and designers and this trip offered a number of new contacts. My agent now also represents Jessie Steele, the brand of wonderfully chic hostess aprons, and it was lovely to spend some time with one of the founders, Claire Steele. And how fitting that Monday night, as I watched "The Bachelorette" on tv, there was one of the Jessie Steele aprons in the barbeque date scene! Another artist I was thrilled to meet at the show was the tremendously talented Kathy Davis. I admire her work and ability to reach so many people with her beautiful designs.
So home again. My head is full of thoughts, notes, ideas. Much to do and it's time to get back to work!