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, ArtLicensingShow.com 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 :)
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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.
The surface pattern design-dedicated blog Print & Pattern started in 2006 and now it is one of the world's best known pattern blogs. The featured designers and studios are numerous and now it has a very important role in the pattern community as a bridge to connect designers, pattern-lovers and the industry. I started to check the archives about 2 years ago and now I finally caught up after checking the site day-by-day for new posts. Although it took a long time to check all the archives, I was able to see what came out, as well as what disappeared during the past few years. It was well worth it to gain this knowledge as a newcomer in the pattern design industry.
The blogger (aka Bowie Style) published three books from the blog archives and they introduce many designers from well-known artists like Orla Keily to numerous new talents in the world. The three books are 'Print and Pattern', 'Print & Pattern 2' and 'Print & Pattern: Kids'. I believe the 4th book, which will be full of geometric patterns, is in progress to be published and I am certain that it will be another treasure for burgeoning pattern designers.
Print & Pattern supports Surtex exhibitors by publishing Surtex flyers and Print & Pattern is very generous to help designers, especially first-time exhibitors. My work was featured this year in 2014 as well. Print & Pattern selected my pinwheel pattern which, although it is one of my personal favorites, is a pattern that I did not promote much. I saw the post on the car ride to NYC and it made my journey to Surtex happy.
I love to teach and I love to learn even more. When I moved into our new place in 2012, I just simply wanted to create my own designs for the curtains and pillows. With a little bit of research, I found Spoonflower to print out my own fabrics and discovered The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design e-course. Module 1 had already finished and Module 2 had just opened up. I registered with curiosity, without a clue that my career would be changing. I set up a little studio room in the house and I hoped to pick up my brushes sometime again besides working with computer. This course pushed me to sit and draw something immediately and I just fell in love.
It is surprising to see how many people are actually from a professional computer graphics field in the course and many of them want to find their own voice in work. Seeing other designers talents, creativity and growth are another inspiration under the very supportive community and the combination between the quality program of producer Beth Kempton, the founder of 'Do What You Love' and Rachael Tyler who is such a generous and great instructor, makes me keep coming back and now I am taking Module 4, after taking Module 2 and 3.
The courses are not just simple workshops. They are full of creative exercises, computer skills and business side. If you have more time available, the better to dedicate. There are briefs from well-known companies and it is a great chance to build a portfolio or to work with real productions. In Module 4, as the title says 'Building your professional portfolio', the course provides high resolution photographs of white rooms/objects sets and gorgeous textures that you can apply with your designs. The five master classes give you must-know computer skills as a surface designer and I picked up useful skills for future uses that I did not know about.
I think my favorite part was individual reviews from Rachael and Khristian A Howell (another great designer).
I did not expect that they recorded actual review video for each designer and that feels more personal. It is a nice chance to be exposed to other people and get valuable suggestions and feedback and this also gives you more objective eyes to look at your own designs. Additionally your website is visited and discussed, giving you valuable tips. This is a seven-week course and now it is in the sixth week. I have been so busy because of Surtex preparation and wish I had more time to work along with this course. I really enjoy the everyday posts and would like to revisit after the trip. If anybody is interested in surface designs check out the website below and meet the great Make It In Design team as well.
I am grateful that the official Surtex e-newsletter 'On The Surface' introduced my studio in their Vol 4 issue #23 (published Apr, 8, 2014) and I am so happy to see my work featured with other talented artists and studios. This issue also featured guest speaker Francesca Ash, publisher of Total Licensing, who talked about how to write/publish yourself effectively for editorials, which is a very, very useful article. It is always hard to write about yourself and your work and this article nailed down all the good points. I think it would be helpful for not only Surtex exhibitors, but also for any artists who need good guidelines for writing objectively about their own work. If you would like to check it out, click the link below.
Surtex e-newsletter 'On The Surface' Vol 4. Issue #23