Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn and My Almost New York Makeover

For one reason or another I normally travel to New York several times a year. Sometimes it’s for fun or inspiration but this time I found myself working in the Blue Pheasant booth at the NY Now Show. Friends were launching their third company and needed an extra person so off I went. I scheduled a couple of days on either end for a little wandering.

Side note: I have been traveling all summer and haven’t been able to schedule a haircut. Needless to say, with the NY humidity, my hair was a frizzy rats nest. As I wandered through the city I was thinking how nice it would be if someone would grab me off the street and offer me a makeover. Hold on to that thought.

Subway map in hand I explored Uptown, Downtown and everything in between. I rode the #1 North to South, the L to Brooklyn and the #7 East to West. Throw in the J, the Z or maybe it was the #5 for good measure, and that about covers it.

I hit the beautiful New York Public Library, the charming Bryant Park and marveled at its famous little public bathroom.

My friend Zazel and I hit some of the hot spots of Harlem; St. Nicholas Historic District or Strivers Row, The Apollo and The Cathedral ofSaint John the Divine and had a delicious vegetarian soul food dinner. Zazel has this amazing head of hair that could be interrupted as curly/frizzy and people kept stopping her and complementing her on it.
No one mentioned MY hair.

 The newly opened Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park, the stunning US Customs House, Little Italy and Chinatown were also graced by my presence. I even managed a tour at the Tenement Museum. There was no stopping me.

One day, while running around the Flatiron District, a guy stops me and says, ” Hey pretty lady in the Harry Potter glasses, I work with L'oreal and we are having a promotion, would you like a makeover?” If you recall, I was hoping for this earlier in the post but now that it was happening I wasn’t sure if I was offended or happy that he saw potential. Based on his approach (Harry Potter, really?), over use of Botox and the fact that I was leaving town the next day, I passed. 

Ego in tow I headed to Brooklyn to see my friends Thomas and Hiroshi. We walked around Williamsburg and, that evening, they hosted a lovely birthday dinner in my honor and assured me that I was lovely “as is” but that I probably could use a haircut.

All in all, it was quite the adventure and one of the best trips I have had to New York.
Oh and I am getting a haircut today……..

 Be sure to check back next week for my first installment of
September 2

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Coming Soon! The Story Behind the Art

Something exciting is about to happen here on my blog.

The first Wednesday of the month is about to become host to 
In this monthly feature, some wonderfully talented artists will share their work and inspiration with you.

The Story Behind The Story Behind the Art
My talented husband, Tom Haney (maker of automata) and I live and work out of a pretty great loft space in downtown Atlanta. We each have our own studio and collections of goodies. I share my studio with my nutty, talented sidekick, Chad Barrett, who has been licensing his art since before licensing began.

Because of our location and friendly dispositions, we pretty much have a revolving door of house guests. They are always curious about our eclectic collections of art and ephemera and want to see what each of us is working on. Normally more time is spent in the studio than in the actual house. The most memorable dinner party I had was held in my studio because the AC wasn't working in the house.

The question most often asked about our work is " How did you come up with that?" or " Where did your inspiration come from?"

A little light bulb went off and that got me thinking............
Why not take a little journey into the STORY behind a particular piece of ART with some of my creative friends and colleagues from around the globe?

Each month a different artist will choose a piece of art and share their creative process.
So, if you want to get a "behind the scenes" look intot the creative process and meet some talented people, just subscribe to my blog and join me.

I will be kicking it off with the inspiration behind some of the images that I created for my 2016 Lang "All Mom's Plan-It" calendar.

THE STORY BEHIND THE ART launches September 2.

Lang 2015/2016 "All Mom's Plan-It"

Find out what my inspiration was for this image
 as well as a couple of others.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Art Biz Jam 2015

Art Biz Jam is just around the corner. 
September 30 - October 4

This years "guests" are Kelly Alford and Laura Pagley from CR Gibson.

Laura is responsible for the overall direction and vision for C.R.Gibson. She will share her experience in developing product and fill you in on what she looks for in choosing art.

Kelly is a successful entrepreneur and creator of the Iota brand for C.R. Gibson. She will share how she created her profitable and growing business and will provide you with tips to grow yours.

Besides that there will be plenty of discussions about marketing, social networking and just about any burning questions you may have about art licensing.

Oh, and did I mention that we will be at the beach and that we laugh a lot? 

The 2014 Group

Come join Chad Barrett, Lori Siebert, Phyllis Dobbs and I this year.
It's getting closer and we're almost full.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Here, There and Everywhere

It's been quite a summer.

paula joerling

Back in 2010, I took Kelly Rae Roberts e-course, "Flying Lessons". A Facebook page was created for the "Flyers" and in it, I met a very talented artist named Petra Kern who lived in Slovenia.
If I remember correctly, it was her work that first got my attention and I emailed her and told her how much I loved it. Soon after, we began emailing back and forth, which led to Skyping and finally we met in person at Surtex last year.

We became fast friends and a trip to Slovenia was planned.

 My husband and I made the trip to Slovenia in May. Petra and her family took us everywhere and showed us everything (she says there's still more to see but that doesn't seem possible). It was truly beautiful and memorable and I can't wait to go back.
It may have to be a yearly trek.

paula joerling

Shortly after booking the trip to Slovenia my friend Oscar called and asked if we could come to Spain  (Oscar is originally from Barcelona) for a couple of weeks in July. He, his husband Chris and their two kids spend 6 weeks there every summer and they wanted us to join them for part of it. How could we refuse?

Spain was beautiful and I loved seeing all of the Roman ruins. Oscar, Chris and Oscar's family were generous, gracious hosts and tour guides (as well as translators). It was especially nice to spend some downtime with all of them. We had a great time at the beach, ate and drank too much and made a little side trip to Barcelona.

 We flew out of Madrid so that we could spend the day with another friend and artist, Alex Mitchell, who we only knew from email and Facebook.
She met us at the train station and after a few minutes it was as if we had all known each other forever. We spent the day walking around Madrid going to galleries, churches and sightseeing. 
Another great trip to a new city with someone we just met.

All in all I would say this was the best summer ever. My husband and I both love to travel and we certainly got to do that this summer.
To say we feel lucky to have all of these amazing friends in our lives is an understatement.
Thanks all for a wonderful summer!


Monday, March 2, 2015

Yes, I'm Still Here

I realize that it has been ages since my last post but I have a great excuse.

For the past several months I have been creating work for a new collection with Transpac. "Sew Happy" debuted at the Atlanta Show in July.

Just when I thought I would be able to take a breather, the word came in that it was a HIT! That meant that I had to get on some new work for the Spring release asap. I stopped counting at something like 26 new images in 3 weeks.

Given some of the deadlines, this has been quite challenging, I have never been so tired and brain dead while at the same time so excited and inspired. It's an awesome problem to have.

The line consists of decorative banners, Write On banners (like a giant greeting card) and pillows, mini canvases and art in sewing hoops. All have a stitched on embellishment.

I got to work with some amazingly talented people on this project and I am thrilled with how everything turned out.

As soon as it is in stores, I will be sure to tell you where you can find products. Meanwhile, here are a few photos from the showroom.

 "Cheers" is a Write On Banner. It comes with a marker and you (or a group) can add signatures.
"Laundry" is a decorative Banner, it's one of my favorites.

 Sewing Hoops, Mini Canvases and an Autograph-able Pillow with a space for a photo.

Banner display. Banners are 18" x 24" and 11" x 14'

The Transpac Las Vegas showroom.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Learning to Write

So a funny thing happened last week.

I have been going back and forth to Dallas to do showroom set up for Midwest/CBK and I arrived there Sunday night. For whatever reason, I started thinking about how I have been wanting to write or start journaling.  Lately I have been waking up, making breakfast and turning on the television or heading straight to the computer; two nasty habits that I have been wanting to break.

There is a lot spinning around in my head, career wise, and it seems like a good idea to get some of these thoughts on paper. I also have a couple of children's book ideas in my head.
While I was walking back from picking up dinner I thought, " Well, why not start tomorrow morning?".

My new plan is that I get up and have to write for 15 minutes before I can do anything. It's amazingly easy.

Now for the funny thing.......

The great writing experiment (what I am calling it) started in my hotel room in Dallas on December 1. I ate breakfast, wrote in my journal and went down to the lobby to check my email. The first email that popped up was from Beth Nichols/Do What You Love promoting a new Winter Writing Workshop and it's FREE! Frances Booth author of "The Distraction Trap" is the workshop leader.

It seemed like a sign so I signed up. You should too.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Charlie Brown, Dean and Billie Spille

The other night the husband and I were just finishing dinner when "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" came on. It was a double header, "This is America" came on next. Needless to say, we watched them both.
When the credits were rolling I was reminded of the time I was in France at Les Soeurs Anglaises and had the pleasure of meeting Dean Spille and his wife Billie. The husband was impressed.

Dean worked as a color stylist on many of the Charlie Brown specials and, having grown up with Charlie Brown, it was like meeting royalty. His wife, Billie, is also a talented artist. They are two of the kindest, most sharing people I have had the good fortune to meet.

At the time they were living in a village near Bordeaux and touring their studios and home was magical. To mark the occasion I purchased one of Billie's works on paper and I think of that visit every time I walk by it.

I just read that although "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" is now 41 years old, it managed to tie "Survivor" as the Number 1 program of the night. I couldn't be happier.

Here's to you Charlie Brown!

The sign on their front door.

Their home and the entrance to Dean's studio.

Billie at the kitchen table talking to Katie of Les Soeurs

The piece that I purchased.

The living room.The spiral staircase on the right......

is also pictured here and leads to a cozy little room.......

filled with goodies. We could have looked around in here all day.

I was happy to see that Mary Engelbreit's Ann Estelle was present.

Dean in his studio with Katie.

Dean's work area.

Some fun inspiration, I wanted those birds bad.

Ephemera and one of Dean's cartoons.