Surtex 2015 has ended! There’s so much work that goes into preparing for a show like Surtex and it’s all done in just a few days! It’s almost like a wedding, you prepare for the big day for a whole year and then in a matter of hours your wedding day is all over :(

This was my first year exhibiting at Surtex with Cultivate Art Agency and I hope I can do it all over again next year! I already have lots and lots of ideas about the type of work that I want to produce. Now all I have to do is schedule enough time during the year to create lots of beautiful new art!

Here are a few product mock ups I did for Surtex:

Wallpaper Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen Quilt Cover Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen Placemat Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen Journal Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen Hand Bag Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen Case Mock Up For Surtex 2015 by Claudia Owen

Let’s hope next year I get to go to the show in person!

 

I love dinnerware and I dream of having my own collection of dinnerware one day. For Surtex I prepared a few dinnerware mock ups in the hope that I can get a manufacturer interested in one of these designs. Fingers crossed!

Dinnerware design by Claudia Owen 1 Dinnerware design by Claudia Owen 2 Dinnerware design by Claudia Owen 3 Dinnerware design by Claudia Owen 4

I dream of living in a place like this…

Glass House Mountains

This is the beautiful Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Image credit: Jason Starr

Here are some images from Cultivate Art Collective and Cultivate Art Agency booth 222 at Surtex.

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The booth looks great and I’m so excited to see everyone’s work on display. We’ve all been working hard for months to get to this point and it’s great to see everything on display.

Now for the next few days I’ll be very busy stalking everyone at the show on social media trying to soak up all the action from the show!

If you are going to Surtex make sure to visit booth 222. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency.

…all I can think of is this

Beach Cuba Gallery

Image credit: Cuba Gallery.

There’s only one hour to go until Surtex starts! Cultivate Art Collective and Cultivate Art Agency will be in booth 222 so make sure you stop by and say hello!

Here’s another sneak peak of what you’ll see at the show:

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Artists featured at Surtex are:

Susanne Kasielke, Angela KilpatrickAshley LoteckiGabriella Buckingham, Cyndi PfeifferBetsey Hodson, Claudia Owen, Natalie Williamson, Irene Chan, Susan K. Weckesser, Sophie Brabbins, May Leong, Sherry LondonRhiannon Connelly, Adrienne Vita, Este Macleod and Amy Reber.

Look at this beautiful intricate pattern in this lime slice. Think of all the patterns you could design based on this!

Lime slice

No image credit found. If this image belongs to you let me know and I’ll add your name and link to your website.

As part of my Surtex portfolio I’ve created a number of product mock ups to help people visualise what the designs would like on products. Here are some of the mock ups I made:

Product mock up for Surtex by Claudia Owen 1 Product mock up for Surtex by Claudia Owen 2 Product mock up for Surtex by Claudia Owen 3 Product mock up for Surtex by Claudia Owen 4 Product mock up for Surtex by Claudia Owen 5

In preparation for my debut at Surtex I have been updating my online design gallery. I have at least 80 design collections in my design library at the moment and I have lots more designs to add in the coming weeks. If you are a manufacturer or art director and would like to take a look at my design gallery please fill out the form here and I will give you access to it. The designs on my online gallery are available for licensing and outright purchase.

Here’s a small sample of what you can find in my design gallery:

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Now that Surtex is just around the corner I decided to update my Print and Pattern ad with a mini version of my Surtex flyer and here it is!

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It’s tiny! I’m really hoping that people see it :)

I’m always amazed by the quality and beauty of the work that Longina Phillips Designs produces. Just look at these gorgeous floral designs!

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Here’s a little sneak peak of what I’ll be exhibiting at Surtex.

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It’s almost show time!

Pattern inspiration comes in all forms.

Figs A Brown Table

This beautiful photo is from A Brown Table.

We are only days away from Surtex! We’ve been busy preparing for the show for months and I can’t wait for the show to start.

Please come visit Cultivate Art Collective and Cultivate Art Agency in booth 222. There will be lots of beautiful work to see for all kinds of applications.

Here are some of the flyers from some of the artists that are exhibiting:

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Artists featured at Surtex are:

Susanne Kasielke, Angela KilpatrickAshley LoteckiGabriella Buckingham, Cyndi PfeifferBetsey Hodson, Claudia Owen, Natalie Williamson, Irene Chan, Susan K. Weckesser, Sophie Brabbins, May Leong, Sherry LondonRhiannon Connelly, Adrienne Vita, Este Macleod and Amy Reber.

Yes, I’m finally going to Surtex! This is the first time that I will have my work at Surtex and I’m very happy about that! Unfortunately, I don’t get to go in person this year but sending my work it’s a dream come true!

Surtex is the premier tradeshow devoted to selling and licensing original art and design for all types of products including stationery, giftware, toys, publishing, home wares and lots more. It is anticipated that there will be around 6,000 people in attendance from 49 countries. So it is huge!

The show will be held in May 17-19, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York City.

This is my Surtex flyer:

Claudia Owen Surtex 2015 flyer

Surtex is the type of show that every designer dreams of exhibiting at and having the chance to speak to businesses and manufacturers from all around the world.

If you are going to Surtex make sure to visit booth 222. My work will be represented by Cultivate Art Agency and I will have my best prints and patterns at the show.

Today I wanted to share these two beautiful fonts I found. They are both simple, clean, modern and absolutely stunning!

Razor by Jeff Schreiber

Razor Free Font by Jeff Schreiber.

QUARZ 974 Light by Domenico Ruffo

QUARZ 974 Light (free font) by Domenico Ruffo.

Are you ready for Mother’s Day this Sunday 10th May? I hope you are!

If you aren’t quite ready yet, I’ve got something that might just be what you need. I’ve put together a beautiful Mother’s Day printable that will help you set up a gorgeous breakfast in bed for your mum.

Mums do so much for us and it’s nice to make them feel special by doing something for them. One of the simplest ways to say thank you is by preparing a gorgeous breakfast in bed just for her. This printable will help you get the right look for the masterpiece you will put together in the kitchen.

Unfortunately, I can’t help you with the cooking but I can definitely help you with some ideas. To help you cook something yummy for your mum I’ve put together a board on Pinterest with a number of recipe ideas.

There are savoury and sweet little treats for every mum! Personally, I can’t resist a savoury little something, anything with eggs and spinach is good for me!

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The printable includes:

  • Mother’s Day card
  • Placemat
  • Tea bag paper label
  • World’s Best Mum badge
  • Flags with four different words. Yum! I love you, Delish and Love
  • Gift tag
  • Happy Mother’s Day round flag
  • Mother’s Day gift voucher­­

The printable is available from my Etsy shop and it comes with instructions on how to put it together so you’ll know exactly what to do.

The printable comes in Australian and American English spelling.

Take a look at some of the highlights from Autumn/Winter 2016/17 Print Trend Report by Patternbank.

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The one print trend that I can definitely see myself embracing is this one below – Electricity, linear light show.

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It has everything I love – neon tube effects, luminous threads, stripes and zigzags, photographic prints, light painting effects, energetic movement, vibrant colour clashes and kaleidoscopic geometrics. Just think of the possibilities!

So my first RAW show was Friday 30th January 2015. I’ve finally had a few spare minutes to share about my experience on the blog and show you some photos.

First of all, I have to say that I loved the experience! I loved that I was able to show my work to a large group of people and talk to them about what I do and get feedback.

To prepare for the show I had a small set up in a corner of the house with everything that I was going to be showing on the night. It was very useful and it was great practice to help me work out how I would display all my work.

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Here’s my wonderful assistant for the day. She helped me with the set up and with all kinds of things on the lead up to the show. If you are doing the show, make sure you have someone help you with the set up on the day. It took us around 2 hours to set it up for the night!

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Busy setting up for the show. You know what I love the most about this photo is that I’m surrounded by bright colours and patterns. This is exactly how I have imagined my life and this is exactly how I want to spend the rest of my life!

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Here I am, happy and a little nervous, as the doors of the venue were about to be open to the public!

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The dress I’m wearing is also my own design :)

Another thing you’ll probably need for the show is a big car. I had a relatively large set up and I also had large pieces of furniture. I drive a small car (it’s a little Honda Jazz) and crazy me thought I could fit my entire booth in my car… Well… That was never going to happen! I could barely fit all my things in my husband’s car and he has a twice as much storage space in his car! I should have taken a photo of our fully packed car so you’ll just have to imagine a car fully packed to the roof! I could not see a single thing through the rear view mirror! And my sister’s face, who was sitting on the passenger seat next to me, was right up against the front windscreen!

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And this, the most dreaded part of the show. Getting onstage! It wasn’t that bad, just a few simple questions but for someone who isn’t used to public speaking it’s a little nerve wrecking!

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I also included a number of little tags with a short description about the work I was presenting. I wanted to give my display a more personal feel and I wanted to make sure that people knew that I’m designing each and every single one of these pieces.

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At the show I was exhibiting some of my latest collection of work which included silk eco-friendly scarves, ring binders, folders, pencil cases, coasters, three quarter leggings, journals, mugs, clipboards, wrapping paper and cushions.

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There’s just one problem now. Now all I can think of is which show or market will I do now? There are a few local options that I need explore and I’m certain that in the next few weeks I’ll be doing a show somewhere :)

All of these designs are now on my brand new Etsy shop.

Inspiration for new designs can be found just about anywhere you look. I can get a few pattern design ideas by looking at this beautiful image by Ole C. Salomonsen Photography.

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Truly amazing! Don’t you think?

Countdown to Surtex 2015

Surtex New York, 17 - 19 May, 2015. Represented by Cultivate Art Agency, Booth 222May 17th, 2015
Represented by Cultivate Art Agency, Booth 222.

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