Friday, May 24, 2013

SURTEX 2103! Selling & Licensing Original Art & Design Show in NYC


My Experience

I went to Surtex for the first time and Loved! Loved! it! (Had a great time being a tourist in NYC :-)

Above are my simply fabulous agents, Lainey on the left and Teresa on the right, and yup, that is my AnniesDoodlebugz art in the background.

Not long after I arrived and met with Parcai Designs, Sarah Hudock  spotted me and introduced herself. We walked Surtex, a little bit of CLA and the Stationery Show together on Sunday.

It was so inspiring to see all the amazing art and artists! I walked around with my mouth open gushing over everyone's art. REALLY enjoyed talking with so many artist that I have seen on Linkedin and swapping business cards. I got lucky and happened to get a chance to speak with a few manufacturers/art buyers. Was great to hear a bit about them and how their businesses work.

Sarah and I spent quite a bit of time at the Stationery Show. Not only was the art just as wonderful as the Surtex Show, but being a graphic designer is was cool to check out all the different types of papers, die cuts & printing methods being used. Since we were so enthusiastic about the art & products, it gave us the opportunity to speak with several greeting card companies and opened up the conversation about if they were in need of new art and handing out more business cards :-D

THE UP SIDE for me was I have an agent who works(ed) their butts off! They get the booth ready & work it. They pitch my art and do all the follow up. Meanwhile, I am back here in my office working on my next art collection and publications that went to print today. Now an agent isn't for everybody, but for me they are priceless.

Thanks for reading and commenting :-)
Much Success ~Annie


  1. Yes! For me as well, an agent is priceless and it was inspiring and encouraging to meet mine face-to-face too. I had an absolute BLAST walking around with you Annie, and together we passed out more business cards than I think I ever had in my entire life leading up to this event. :)

  2. Good for you Annie, glad you had a great time !

  3. Oh, Ann.... Sooooooo glad it turned out to be such a wonderful experience. I would love something like that too... I bet your head was spinning by the time you left the show. It's almost too much to take in. I expect to see Doodlebugz everywhere soon... :) Can't wait to talk more with you about it all. Very, very happy for you and this is just your stepping stone off into a wonderful large world of licensing... WTG... Love ya... xoxoxoxo
    Jo :)

  4. Thanks for the kind words, Annie! We had a fantastic time showing your work and were happy it was well received by many manufacturers. We're already working hard at follow-up. Glad you enjoyed the show. Teresa

  5. Next Surtex I would love to meet you, sorry we missed each other. and I agree, Lainey and Teresa are simply amazing, I am so happy to be in the Parcai circle. I also was so inspired by conversations with both young, vibrant, and older and amazing artists. Loved the whole experience.

    So fun to share the excitement!

    JO!- Keep me posted on your art adventures.
    Teresa - you rock girl!
    Emily - I was so bummed I missed you. I think you got to our booth and left just a few minutes before me on Sunday :-(

  7. Me again,
    Joan has a great list of more blogs to look at here:

  8. Good job Ann! Your enthusiasm, as always, is contagious!


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