Thursday, May 26, 2011

Inspiration - Paper Runway Dresses

More New York inspirations...there was a great display of paper dresses created to showcase creative ideas and papers, hosted by the National Stationery Show and Kate's Paperie. I loved the full length black dress complete with paper mache dog a and paper chain leash. Details on the dress that really impressed me- the cut lace texture of the bodice and skirt with stripes from white typography on black background- just gorgeous!

I want a coat like this! Also thought the skirt back details on the middle dress were wonderful with elaborate folds and a single pink flower, and the fresh and fun color combos of this right outfit won me over.

For the girly side of you, ready for a summer garden party... I expect the butterflies to take flight in a beautiful flutter of color and light...

I am impressed by taking this paper to a more organic, leatherish state. The stitching detail was great!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


I returned last week from the Surtex Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. My agent had a booth there and I went for meetings with current and potential clients. I exhibited for three years on my own at Surtex before joining with my agent and I still have quite a few memories of the thrill, nervousness, anxiousness and stress of doing a show. It requires a lot of new work, creating displays and banners, marketing, getting your display materials TO the show, set up, and many many days and weeks of designing and analyzing what you are presenting, and then three high-adrenaline days of hoping it's all good and people love your work. When the show is busy, you feel like you are flying and love meeting manufacturers...when it has it's slow moments you wonder why, why, why did you come and do this and question the very crazy career path you've chosen.  Such a roller coaster ride. It's a very different experience for me when my agent has a booth and I come to the show but I am not singularly responsible for the booth and manning it. I do miss having a booth that is all mine and a bigger showing of my lines and styles. But for the first time at Surtex I actually arrived without being sleep-deprived for the week prior and a result, enjoying the time more.  After meetings I wanted to attend, I was able to see the National Stationery Show and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, both of which are happening at the Javits Center at the same time and are lovely and inspirational! 

Here, with the charming Phyllis Dobbs, at the Jewel Branding booth. Phyllis and I roomed together in Manhattan and walked the show together. It's great to see the show with another artist and see what they notice first and like.  It's the first time we've roomed together and with hotel rooms the size of tiny postage stamps, that is a lot of close together time. It was fun and I think she actually survived my snoring...
Phyllis and myself

The Opening Night Party for Surtex was at Battery Park and a good chance to relax, eat, drink, be merry and connect with new and old friends. We did notice the Stationery Show people got the indoors area and the artists were sent to the covered tent outside... hmmmmm....oh well, more scenic views of the park for us! I about died when I saw a rat run across the sidewalk that was the size of a small cat. Oh, New York. That rat's home is probably larger than my hotel room.

I loved getting to know Corinna Buchholz of Piddix and Erin Sarpa and Ilene Guy of Simon and Kabuki more over cocktails. And Amy Medhurst, the Licensing Manager Goddess for Mary Engelbreit always makes me laugh so hard I want to pee my pants!

Corinna, Robin, Phyllis, Erin and Ilene

Robin and Amy

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New York Moody Rain

Ah, New York. What a fascinating city. The three days I was there for Surtex, (and I'll write more about that after doing some needed follow-up) it was damp, cloudy, rainy and grey. Fog and clouds covering the tops of buildings, everything dark and shiny with the wet reflections of the moody sky. It didn't matter so much as I was indoors all day in the Javits Convention Center, but it did remind me of living in Chicago  and the midwest with damp spring weeks and thunderstorms. I felt cold and wet a lot.

The view from our hotel was the spectacular view I usually have when in New York. Other windows. It is interesting to see the buildings come to life, workers arrive, lights and computer screens glowing... makes me wonder what life would have been like if I had moved here after college. I considered Boston, New York and Chicago and at that time, Chicago won. I love my life and where it has taken me but it is still interesting to be reminded of the other possibilities of where I might have gone.

Monday night Phyllis and I took the subway to SoHo and Little Italy. It was quite empty, probably because of the weather. I had a great dish of pasta (Paglia-something-something-Mamma) and fantastic time walking the neighborhood streets.

New York, you are beautiful in your dark, mysterious, moody ways. But I was ready to leave you and the damp rain. So back to LA I flew last night. Hopeful to be back in warmth and sun. As I walked up to my car in the long-term parking I could see I left the car window down (yikes! I am lucky I still have a car!!) and while I was gone, it had rained. Inside seat and carpet wet and soaked. So I guess I'll be living with my damp, rainy grey New York state of mind awhile longer.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Couldn't we all do with a trip to Paris? recent project took me there in my mind! I am so excited to share I have done my first  novel cover for print and ebooks for my immensely talented writer and friend, Corine Gantz. Her novel, Hidden in Paris, is out now and is a story about three American women running away from their lives and starting over in Paris. It has already received over a thousand requests on the giveaway and there will be more giveaways coming. 

As a side note, Corine's  blog, is one of my favorite reads. She is a native of France and shows lots of beautiful international design and decoration inspiration and has a truly authentic voice and perspective. Luckily for me, she had beautiful pictures of France that she took on one of her trips back there. Please check out her blog and book. I'm very excited for her and wanted to share!!

now I need a croissant...