It's always exciting when I sign with a brand new Licensee, but even more so when they seem just as thrilled about collaborating with me! Very proud to share that my newest collaborative design partnership is with Picture Source Somerset. They will be unveiling approximately 35 new works of art from my portfolio of watercolor and alcohol ink in their High Point Market Showroom this April. The new wall art collection includes works on paper under glass as well as giclee prints on canvas. Read the press release to the trade, which was featured in Home Accents Today.
I was so honored when Stephanie Soebbing, owner of Quilt Addicts Anonymous, asked if she could interview me for her engaging Podcast, Sit & Sew. We sat down recently to chat and I shared my experiences as an artist and designer. We talk about the evolution of my career, art licensing, my design inspiration, my creative process and more:) Stephanie asked great questions and our conversation covered the span of many years and a lot of territory that I hope you'll find insightful and interesting. So, grab a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy a listen.
Stephanie and I have collaborated on a couple of quilting projects that will come to light this year. Additionally, she used two of my fabric lines, Soft Repose and Quiet Moments, to create beautiful quilts that will be featured in her upcoming book, "Simple Quilts for the Modern Home". The book will debut later this year so if you are interested in grabbing a copy, sign up for her newsletter so you are on the list! She has a thriving quilt store in Illinois and a very established blog and podcast which is a resource for quilters of all skill levels, providing daily articles featuring tutorials, original patterns and quilting news. Visit her website, Quilt Addicts Anonymous to see more:)
Our year in Review... It makes me dizzy (in the best possible way;) to look back on the last year and see all we have accomplished in my design studio. It was truly an extraordinary year for the Shell Rummel brand in the sense that much of the work we did during the year was in preparation for 2015. We've been steadily focused, and as is true of most good things in life, patience rewards! So many beautiful new products are just about to launch! It's such a thrill:)
If you haven't joined our mailing list yet, now is a great time to sign up. I am most active on our facebook page and welcome the conversation, so do come say hello if you are connected there, too. We'll be giving away some lovely products in the coming months so stay close. As always, my gratitude for your kind support of my art and design work. - Shell
My art will soon be on its way to Vegas to the Licensing Expo at Mandalay Bay. Always thrilling to have my work shown and this show has historically been an excellent venue for my Brand. Wishing my agent team and all those exhibiting a successful show!
The month of May has become notorious in my studio for being a bit chaotic. We are in preparation mode for Surtex, one of our biggest trade shows of the year and Licensing expo in Las Vegas is right on its heals in mid June. Trade shows like these require so much work in advance on our end in order for my agent team to be able to best represent my designs. So for the better part of two months, we have been finalizing new collections, updating my portfolio of designs available for licensing, creating marketing materials, art and banner images for the walls of my agent's trade show booths, arranging meetings with my licensees and organizing my travel plans for the limited time I will be in the city. It's a lot of work and yet, chaotic as the pace is, I love it all!
I'll also be visiting my newest licensee in their Fifth Avenue showroom for a working meeting. I'm in the midst of designing several new Bedding Ensembles for them that will launch at Fall Market Week in NYC so the timeline is tight. Decisions need to be made about fabrics, decorative trims and embellishments, colors... all the details that go into making a collection truly special. I am excited to get to work, really dig in and learn more about their production process and see what's possible!
Soon I'll on my way to NYC yet again to visit my agency, see my art on the walls, meet with manufacturers and walk the floor of Surtex, one of the top trade shows for the sale and license of art and design. It's an absolute honor to be represented at this show and my agent does it beautifully. If you'll be attending Surtex or the ICCFF ( one of the BEST shows...inspiration and eye candy galore) I'd love to meet with you, perhaps catch a design presentation or walk a few aisles together.
SURTEX (Surface & textile design) begins Sunday at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC...It's a fabulous show and I know that my Brand will be represented beautifully by my agency. This is my second year exhibiting at Surtex and it's a show that my design team and I work towards and look forward to all year long. This year, I have designed five brand new collections including my first Holiday collection which I am very excited about.
I've done some of my best work so far this year. I'm proud of my collections and I know my art is in good hands. I welcome the opportunity to share my art and vision and am grateful for shows like Surtex which allow manufacturers, artists and agents to all come together in the name of collaboration. I love the feeling right before a big trade show! The energy is palpable and I am imagining the possibility... ~