Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Atlanta Gift Show-Networking and Friends.

Well another Gift Show has wrapped up and before I lay down for 3 days I thought I better write a blog post.
Sure I could report on how I saw birds on EVERYTHING and owls are still EVERYWHERE but what gets me going is getting together and networking with friends that I only see twice a year.

We talk about trends, colors, our new products and everything else that relates to this crazy licensing business that we are all a part of.

Anne Brown, Lori Siebert, me and Phyllis Dobbs.
Check back next week (6/23/13) for an interview with Phyllis Dobbs.

The ArtBiz Jam gals got together at my house/studio which is just a couple of blocks from the mart. We talked about how excited we are to share all of out experiences with friends old and new. 

In case you don't know, ArtBiz Jam is a kind of non retreat artist retreat taking place in Destin September 18-22, 2013. Anne Brown of Magnet Works and Studio M will be there along with Lori Siebert, Phyllis Dobbs and myself.

Along with lots of networking, sharing and fun we will actually impart some of our wisdom on you.

Anne will discuss her perspective of what a product developer wants to see in a portfolio presentation. You will learn how to determine which products best work for your artwork.

Lori will demonstrate how effective 3-D mock-ups and overall product concepts can help sell your art and style when presenting to manufacturers.

Phyllis will discuss and demonstrate computer skills that will help cut your production time. She will show you how to create digital mock-ups for flat art to give you that extra edge when presenting work to a manufacturer.

I will share tips on sending art to clients as well as how to keep it all organized. The pros and cons of having an agent versus self representation will also be discussed.

and that's just the tip of the iceberg...........

There will also be plenty of creative classes, fun, a creative field trip, happy hours, a shrimp boil and time relaxing on the beach.

In other words, you will learn a lot along with having a nice sort of girls get together at the beach.

In a nutshell your lodging, breakfast, lunch, shrimp boil and most supplies are covered by the fee of $1099-$1299 (depending on accommodations). In most cases there will be transportation to and from the airport. We're even throwing in a happy hour and all sorts of extra goodies for you to take home.

Check the website for more details and to register for the event. Registration ends August 10 and we are about half full at this time.

Hope to see you there!


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