surtex baby!!

Well, I have two BIG nuggets of news to share today...

1. I will have work shown at Surtex this year. (Surtex, held in May in NYC is THE annual trade show for the surface design industry. It brings together the artists and manufacturers and retailers). This is the show where large (well known) brands come and buy their art for future seasons... It is a HUGE opportunity and I will be excited to see what comes of it.  I will also be at Surtex helping out my very talented friends at the Cloverly Art Collective at their booth and will walk the show the following day. I am so giddy for my trip to NYC in 3 weeks!  

2. I'm excited to announce that I now have representation by Astoundan art licensing agency. My artist page is NOW up on their website. Works there are available for licensing. I am also working on a few new collections and am always open to hear about new project commissions. 

BARB CHOTINER @ SURTEX 2015 - represented by ASTOUND booth 250

geo garden pop

On Saturday, I took the day to play (with Jessica Swifts Pattern Camp) and came up with 2 new fun pattern designs. (and I've got another 3 in progress.) I've had a few folks on fb + instagram already asking me where these will be available for purchase. 

I'm calling this series GEO GARDEN POP. Here is Design #1...

And here is design #2...

And for the first time in a long while, I created an inspirational mood board before I begun. I am always amazed at how helpful it is to have this when I begin my process.

Here is a sneak peek of my mood board and the sketches I created.

happy trails to you

How AMAZING would it be to have your own artwork licensed and printed onto kids clothing... a.k.a children's apparel? I think it would be pretty darn sweet. This is one of my goals/dreams as well as a favorite market of mine. I love perusing through (& saving) the Tea and Boden and Garnet Hill catalogs when we get them in the mail. I also love DPAM which my friend who travels to Paris quite a bit has turned me on to. And, while there are no more Olily shops in the states anymore, (boo) I still have quite a few of their old catalogs saved as well. 

Our theme in my MATS class this week was "camping". I created a little world of camping animals (& miscellaneous props) on an water and land adventure. I featured feathers and fireflies. I drew a TON and printed some background textures. Due to some other work deadlines, I did not have as much time as i liked to spend on this but I am pleased at the final. Would love to hear your thoughts!

PS who wants some s'mores??? 

"camp it up" artwork for children's apparel |  by bz designstuff

"camp it up" artwork for children's apparel |  by bz designstuff