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Greenmarrow Studio was founded by multi-media artist and surface designer Yun Jeong Bae (배윤정) based in Chicago and the studio produces art and surface pattern designs for licensing. 


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Surtex, New Lookbook and The Summer!

Yun Jeong Bae


Greenmarrow Studio booth at Surtex 2015

After some very busy months preparing for Surtex and recovering from the exhaustion and doing follow-ups in June, the summer is here. Overall, the crowd was smaller at Surtex this year compared to last year, but it seemed like there were more potentially committed clients that visited the show. I was able to spend good amount of time with each client that I met and it was really great to learn their needs and to get some great feedback. The most valuable thing as a second-timer is clarifying my arena, which has given me more focus about what I should do. 


My new lookbook was done just before the show and I hope that people liked it. For me, the lookbook always brings me a great memory of shooting photos outside in the spring air (although Chicago still has very cold temperatures) and a souvenir of all of the hard work and fun preparation time. 


New lookbook 2015

In addition to the great show, a trip to Montreal directly after Surtex was planned in advance and it was so much rewarding and inspirational. The experience of the beautiful city fueled me with energy and many ideas for my next creations, which is a bonus. 


Marché Jean-Talon Farmer's Market in Montreal


Exhibition 'Spirit of the Tree' at Montreal Botanic Garden

Already half of 2015 is officially gone and I hope that many new and exciting things will happen before the year passes.



Art Licensing Show Just Launched

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The founder of the  Art of Licensing group on LinkedIn, Cherish Flieder took the licensing community to the next level. A hub of artists, agencies, art directors and industry experts, just launched March 26th and had an exciting ribbon-cutting ceremony on opening day. I love the powerful portfolio management system and one-click art work sharing function. I think that it would be really easy and helpful for art directors to see portfolios and have the ability to bookmark their favorites. I have been using the site for two months now since the beta period and the community is very supportive. Many interesting groups have already appeared that offer valuable information from experienced artists that I truly appreciate. Check out the site and connect with me :) 


Inspiration: David Bowie Is (Now in Chicago)

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From time to time I can appreciate that I have lived in an era with such influential or iconic artists. I recently felt this deep impression after seeing the exhibition of 'David Bowie Is' at the Museum of Contemporary of Art Chicago. With a guide of approximately 90 minutes for the tour of this exhibition, I spent over 3 hrs (and more time at the gift shop!) with a fulfillment of the joy of art and music. 

Besides Bowie’s beautiful music being played through the headphones for the entire show, I did not expect that David Bowie's exhibition would awaken my memories of being in an art school by looking at the words in his works that were influenced by William S. Burroughs, Dadaism, Pop-art, German Expressionism, even dystopian literature (or whatever you would name it). It is just thrilling to see his whole life along with the trail of art that was and is still going on.

Long enjoyments to short summaries, my favorite three parts of the show were

1. The stage costumes that he had worn displayed throughout the entire show, which were just FABULOUS. (David Bowie was Alexander McQueen's first celebrity client-surprise!)

2. The “Starman” music performance with kaleidoscope-way mirror installation was my favorite section.

3. Lucian Freud's painting of David Bowie became a part of the wallpaper motif which collaborated with Laura Ashley.

Cheers, V&A! After seeing the appearance of the Victoria and Albert museum at Surtex, I appreciate how they celebrate with their treasures.

The must-see exhibition goes until Jan. 4. 2015 at MCA Chicago, reservations are required.

Surtex 2014 Review

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Already more than one week has passed since the show ended and I feel like I am still recovering from the intense excitement and the long drive. I never walked in Surtex before I exhibited, although I walked in Printsource last year in January, so I had a little bit of concern about the overall booth setup until the first installation day. Everything went well without any major problems (even though I accidentally brought non-adhesive velcro!), however I think I will do much better next time. 

Many beautiful and unique patterns at the show pleased and inspired me and the most important thing was that I received a lot of insight where I was standing, including why people liked my work and how I can grow. It is unbelievable that you can learn so many things in only three days and I have a clear mind that Surtex was a good decision. Another benefit was that the National Stationary Show and ICFF were held at the same time and I was able to walk and look around quickly. I would like to give a full day to see more in the future, because the shows are so huge and I couldn't see everything, even though I walked almost 20 miles/hr down every aisle. Also, many NSS exhibitors walked in Surtex to find their next designs, so there could be great benefits for Surtex exhibitors.


I had a lot of information from other designer's blogs about Surtex when I prepared, so I would like to share some my opinions for the prospective first-time exhibitors as well.

-If you do not have many existing clients, display your work a little bit larger. I saw some artists who's work was displayed too tiny, with too many works were on display, which can make it difficult to read your style at a glance.

-Your favorite designs will be people's favorites. People remember you through your distinctive style.

-You do not have to bring so many quantities of work. 

-Many buyers ask for holiday themes.

-Many European companies ask for outright sales, so be prepared to think about that, even though you don't have to decide at the show.

-I know this is hard, especially if you travel far, but if you can bring somebody to be your companion it would be a tremendous help to not only move-in and out or carry, but also to grab lunch, go to conference sessions, look around NSS, ICFF shows and chat with your neighbors.

-Comfortable shoes (my last day I wore flip-flops).

These are my personal opinions, so please take this as one of many references.

Also my two designs, potted plants (Topiary Sanctuary) and coffee (Coffee House) were featured in Stylesight as a part of the Surtex 2014 trend report and I am very honored.


Stylesight is a subscription-based fashion/design driven content/technology company and I was lucky to have free access from the ABSPD course for a while. I don't think I can share the contents because of copyrights, but here are a few glimpses of my designs.


There are many artists also stopped by my booth and it was nice to meet them all. When I walked in Printsource last year I felt awkward and did not want to bother anybody. The only booth I had stopped by was designer Jane Dixon's booth and she was so nice to me and gave me a lot of valuable advice. I found out that Jane was also exhibiting at Surtex this year, so I stopped by her booth quickly to thank her again. It is always nice to meet some designers who support each other and I cheer them as well. My neighbors, like Mary-Kate and Brian from MK Studio from California (Brian made me laugh all the time!), and lovely Taiwanese girls, like Feng Liang from Feng Liang Design, Nina Edwards, Yu Hsuan Huang, Anais Lee and another Korean designer named Susie Lee Jin from ASNY Art Group, and lastly Kelly and John from Kelly RIchardson Images were awesome people and helped to make happy show experience. I hope to see everybody again. Also without my husband Sean, who has now returned to editing video again next to me, this amazing journey wouldn't have been possible.