I visited the Americas Mart in Atlanta last week for the International Gift and Home Furnishing Show. This was my first show and there's hundreds of showrooms at the Mart. I walked miles of showrooms and it was overwhelming and also wonderful. Mostly the trip was to educate me about the industry but it was also an opportunity to join my licensing agents for some meetings with manufacturers. One of the highlights was not only connecting with my agents in person but also meeting some of the other artists in the agency, especially my new friend AmyLee Weeks ,who was a great roommate!
Sadly, my camera lense was cracked and I didn't get many photo's of showrooms. I had various products that came out over the last year and it was fun to stop in showrooms and see them in person. One of the highlights from last year was a new faith based gift line created in partnership with Demdaco called Give Faith. The line is so special because it's focus is on God's Word, which means so much to me. It was so FUN to walk in the showroom and see the product front and center in the beautiful Demdaco showroom. I wish I had a better photo. It was VERY exciting though, trust me!
Although I enjoyed the hospitality of the South, I did not enjoy the extra cold weather and it was so nice to arrive back home to 70 degree beach weather. Seriously, I live in the best climate in the world. Now it's time to get to the drawing board and come up with more new, new, new...which is the key to success in the art licensing world. It was very clear at this show that the more you can create, the better chances you have to get opportunity. Time to get busy, Surtex is on the horizon!