SURTEX 2014!

SURTEX is now behind us. Now the real work begins. It is time to organize, recap and followup. A trade show of this size always has its ups and downs. The show ended really well. The last day was the busiest and best day! I did have a few moments of panic when the isles were empty and I was just sitting there with the clock ticking away. I reminded myself that every show has its busy times and its dreaded down times. Fortunately, at the end of each day when I reviewed my client notes and reflected on conversations and meetings, I was happy to see that the day was a success. Success is all about a quality conversation and pursuing a solid lead. In the end, the people are why I am in this business. Existing clients. New clients. Fellow Artists. Seeing old classmates! That was a real surprise! Seeing two friends from college that I haven't seen since graduation (which was a while ago).

I'll see you all next year at SURTEX 2015!  

Getting ready to add some pattern and color to these white walls.

Getting ready to add some pattern and color to these white walls.

I wish I could say the whole trip went as planned but you can never count on weather or planes. Both of these created challenges. We had to rent a car and drive from DC to NYC and then on the return enjoyed a long layover in San Fran but in the end it all worked out. 

Everything ready to go!

Everything ready to go!

So sad that this only stays up for 3 days.

So sad that this only stays up for 3 days.

This was my second show but I was unsure what to expect. Would it be like last year? Would my art resonate? I am happy to report that the art did attract attention and the show was different. Last year I had several meetings that resulted in no work but good contacts and continuous conversations. This year those same contacts spent a lot of time in my booth and I left with solid projects and leads. This show (and licensing in general) is all about relationships and this year proved that. 

On a side note, we set up the booth a day earlier than last year so that we could walk the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). I am so glad we did this! The show was really interesting and I got to meet one of my favorite designers, John RobshawNot only do I love his work but appreciate his passion for travel and learning local artisan techniques.

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