I just returned from my first experience exhibiting at Surtex, where I shared booth #543 with the talented ladies of the Finch & Foxglove art collective. Not only was the show a busy and fun experience, but I met some of the most incredible artists and agents and buyers from all over the world. I took the opportunity and bonus of sharing a booth, and therefore booth duties, and used some of my free time in the Javits Convention Center to walk the NSS (National Stationery Show) and the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), which were overwhelmingly awesome. The NSS featured some wonderful letterpress printmakers, which always snags my eye when I walk by - I'm a huge fan of paper, texture and color and could look at and touch letterpresses prints for days.
I had the pleasure of meeting Cherish Flieder, who it turns out lives just down the road from me, and attended a meeting of members of the Art Licensing Show website. I also was thrilled to meet Margo Tantau in person! Margo was a big inspiration to me in the Make Art That Sells course focusing on Home Decor, with great insight into the processes and thinking behind creating art with an understanding of the materials and processes it can go through to become an object, a textile, a piece that people want to live with. Margo visited our booth and was gracious enough to take a selfie with the Finch & Foxglove members who were there.
The cherry on top of our Surtex and New York experience as a collective had to be when Lilla Rogers, art agent and inspiration extrodinaire, came by our booth with her assistant Reine and hosted a live periscope from the booth! You can see the full Periscope here.
The Finch & Foxglove is an art collective made up of eight artists from around the world.