845-252-6650 debra@debracortese.com

Tis the season for gifts of magical nature art!

Or better yet, practical, wearable, gifts that are not only endowed with the beautiful, joyful energies of nature …. they also have the ability to protect ones feet, adorn ones iphone or ipad and carry ones important papers, laptops, yoga gear or baby supplies.

Just click on any of the images and you can get all the details plus see many more designs!

I’m in the process of putting together my annual Holiday Open Studio event and as always, I like to have several brand new bag designs plus some new stocking stuffer type items. This year, CafePress came through with a fun new product that I just got carried away with. I’ve had so much fun creating patterns for the new flip flops and I can’t wait to see people’s reactions to them on Sunday. Several clients have already ordered multiple pairs and the new iphone covers are a big hit as well.

I have new Hipster* style bags and the Peacock Feather Blues is already a big hit as well as the deluxe Business Travel style bag. Note: 5 top selling designs are specially priced for this holiday season.
If you order by Dec. 12th you can have them delivered by Christmas in the continental USA!

*(Hipsters are not available online yet but will be very, very soon!)

Time to go. I have an appointment to meet with my chief Elf advisor who gently but firmly distracts me from even more BSO’s (bright shiny objects) so I stay focused on the truly productive projects 🙂

Blue birds, honeybees, glowing royal poincianas & art for licensing…

new tropical flowering tree designs by Debra Cortese

I’m swirling around in colors and nature since returning from Surtex. So many ideas, collections to edit and create.

Seems my love of nature and creatures was quite demanding for a couple of weeks… there was the 3rd honeybee relocation, then the blue jays had a riot in the back yard (and I don’t blame them a bit) because the cats were in their wild-thing-hunting-mode and killed a baby bird. I corralled all cats, locked them in the laundry room and with big tears of sadness and frustration, buried the little feathered one.

Next on my schedule was a trip to Pinecrest Gardens to photograph a peacock so that I’d have better reference material for the expanding collection of peacock designs. I did hear and then see the peacock, but had to find someone to get me closer to the bird to get the photo I wanted. Mission accomplished to some extent, but I still did not have the ideal pic. Back to the drawing board and photoshop!

Before leaving for Surtex, I was invited to participate in this year’s annual Tropical Flowering Tree Society ‘Royal Poinciana Festival’ exhibit – which I confirmed yesterday and immediately started working on new designs for this. I did complete several and even have a new bag design ready, but will not be able to produce it in time for the event on June 13th. So, realized I could put a few designs on products in my Cafepress shop. If you are attending the festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on June 13th (heard Joe Donato is playing that night ;-)… I’ll have a sampling of mugs and journals with the new Royal Poinciana designs Plus, many of my nature’s energy design bags and royal poinciana prints.

Here’s my new home page design – more aligned with my focus on art licensing.

That’s it for now… need a break before moving to next projects 😉

3 Easy Steps to See & Feel Nature’s Energy

My first day back from exhibiting at Surtex and I’m still not back to my routine – actually don’t want to go back to the pre-show 16 hour days, but I do want to move forward and start my show followups! I’m more than pleased with the show and have a minimum of 20 contacts that I’ll be sending either specific designs that were requested or new collections based on a qualified conversation.

I’ll elaborate more on this in a future post, but for now, I’d like to share a little of the fun and magic of my favorite subject, “Nature’s Energy”.

I created this little eBook as a handout for the show and would like to gift it to you as well.
Click here or on the image to download the pdf version of my entertaining, informative and colorful, 5 page  eBook:
3 Easy Steps to See and Feel Nature’s Energy

AND PLEASE, do add your questions and insights about 3 Easy Steps in a comment on this post 😉

 

Nature’s Energy Cortese Designs – booth 644 at SURTEX

We are very excited to be participating in the 25th annual SURTEX art licensing trade show
in New York City on May 15th, 16th and 17th and we invite you to visit us at booth 644 to
see our collections. We’re new to Surtex this year, AND…
we’ve been creating custom art and designs for businesses, organizations and
special events for many years.

Tell us what you need. We are eager to create art that sells your products!

ABOUT NATURE’S ENERGY CORTESE DESIGNS

All Nature’s Energy Cortese Designs are based on the incredible beauty, colors and
textures of nature. Each one also shares the energy that artist, Debra Cortese felt
when observing the original flower, leaf, tree or creature that provided the inspiration
for the design.?

Nature’s Energy Cortese Designs are available for licensing and Cortese welcomes inquiries
for custom designs. She is especially fond of creating art that enhances the lives of children,
animals and the environment.

For more information, visit: www.naturesenergycortesedesigns.com

SHOW APPOINTMENTS

If you would like to set a specific time to view our portfolios during the show
please call Lena at 305-298-2023 or email: debra@debracortese.com

At SURTEX, be sure to collect your copy of “3 Easy Steps to See and Feel Nature’s Energy”
– Debra’s guidelines for connecting with the powerful vibrations of nature!
OR… get the pdf version when you sign up here
to receive our newsletter.

Custom Designed Cortese Bags to be auctioned March 26th during “A Night In Bollywood”, the annual fundraising event for Sunil’s Home Orphanage

I’m thoroughly into the vortex/aligned with my muse/in the flow when I’m creating
custom designs that will ultimately benefit children, animals and our environment.
That said, shown here are my newest designs for Sunil’s Home Orphanage.

Nature’s Energy ‘Lilac, Lotus, Lilies’ design in spring greens and lavenders and
‘The Children’ are both exclusively designed for Coral Gables’ most exotic,
over-the-top, fundraising event of the year – “A Night In Bollywood”!

The hosts of this annual event, Matthew Meehan and Rod Hildebrant go all out
to present a fabulous night of glamour,  fine dining, and spectacular entertainment!
Last year’s Bollywood featured exotic animals, a colorful variety of talented dancers,
acrobats, silent and live auctions with everything from handbags (shameless plug here)
to private dinner parties to a vacation villa in Tuscany .

Tickets for the March 26th BOLLYWOOD event are available at this link and,
I can guarantee… you will be delightfully entertained!

Article on Gables Home Page:
Coral Gables business woman pursues a
labor of love for orphans.
Lynn Bauer devotes countless hours to helping
youngsters in southern India.

UPDATE:  The Custom Design Bags for Sunil’s Home Orphanage of India are
available online and a portion of all sales will be donated to Sunil’s Home Orphanage.
Here’s the page:
http://www.cortesedesignbags.com/sunilshomeorphanage.html

 

Contact me to discuss a custom designed bag for your business, organization
or fundraising event. I’m especially fond of creating designs that benefit children,
animals and our environment 🙂

Coconut Grove Welcomes “Nassau Daddy” Peacock

Artist Rosie Brown with her "Nassau Daddy" peacock at unveiling in Coconut Grove's Village West

Very happy I attended ‘Nassau Daddy’s’ unveiling this morning in Coconut Grove! It was so much more than a display of Peacock Art. There was a tangible sense of community, of history and cultural collaboration. Village West certainly knows how to appreciate, and honor, all of the collaborative energy that went into creating this particularly iconic work of art! Welcome to Coconut Grove “Nassau Daddy” Peacock, and congratulations to artist Rosie Brown; Coconut Grove Peacock Tour creator, Heather Bettner; Coconut Grove Collaborative and Pinnacle Housing Group – sponsors of Nassau Daddy.

more photos:

coloful Junkanoo musicians and dancers celebrating Nassau Daddy peacock

fabulous Junkanoo fashions!

Phil Brown, husband of artist, Rosie Brown and number 1 videographer for many Grove art events!

For more info see today’s Coconut Grove Grapevine article and more photos and check out the Coconut Grove Peacock Tour website.

If you stop to see Nassau Daddy, be sure to check out “The Cookie Lady” right across the street at 3701 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. Homemade cookies, cakes and more for very afforadable prices and delightful treats 🙂

Exclusive Custom Design Bags for Business, Charities & Events

pattern for new morning glory blue designs

Very busy and excited to be creating custom designs for several organizations, businesses and individuals whose goals and ideals I admire and support.
I’ll be sharing the new designs here on the blog as soon as they are ready 😉

Child’s Voice – Celebrating their 15th Anniversary of empowering children with hearing loss. Event is coming right up on February 11th at
The Meadows Club, 2950 W. Golf Road, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Sunil’s Home Orphanage – one of the most entertaining events on my calendar 😉 in March
Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade – Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon in April
Badges of Courage Foundation – Providing support and financial assistance to breast cancer patients.
Upside Thinking – Excellence in motivational and educational empowerment!

Contact me (Debra Cortese) to discuss a nature’s energy custom design bag (or other products) for your business or special event! debra@debracortese.com 305.298.2023

Nature's Energy Cortese Design - Morning Glory Blues for Tote Bags

Artists Unite For Breast Cancer Awareness

Macarena Zilveti, a graphic artist, and founder of Badges of Courage Foundation and I have co-created the “Healing Pinks Badge”, an exclusive and limited edition design for the “Badges of Courage Foundation”. Each hand-sewn ‘Healing Pink Badge’ is adorned with delicate beads that outline and magnify the vibrational lines of the healing energy of the sensuous, pink mussaenda leaves which are the basis for this custom design.

Our limited edition, “Healing Pink Badge” will debut during the 2010 Fashion Designer’s Expo, “PINK Hits The Runway” on Thursday the 21st and Friday, the 22nd of October at the Newport Beachside Resort in Sunny Isles, Florida. The show begins each night at 8 pm and my new, Healing Pink Classic Tote Bags will also debut on Friday night when The Teen Board presents “PINK Hits the Runway”!

All “Badges of Courage” are mini, palm-sized pillows designed to resemble the female breast. Each one is created with loving care and includes an inspirational message on the back.

Badges of Courage Foundation, a non-profit organization, was founded by Macarena Zilveti to pay tribute to her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother, all breast cancer survivors. The foundation raises funds to provide financial assistance for cancer patients.

The fabric design for the “Healing Pink Badge” is a pattern I created that is based on photos I took of the “Queen Sirikit”, a mussaenda that grows in a friend’s garden in Miami, Florida.
This plant emanates with the beauty and energy of nature’s sensuous pink tones. I specifically chose this design because of the powerful, joyful and compassionate vibrations that I sensed while taking the original photos. All Cortese Designs are created with a conscious intention to share the positive vibrations of nature’s energy.

Purchase tickets for Fashion Designers Expo Florida now!

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE HERE!

For more information about TICKETS please contact Gisselle Glaser
Couture Soiree, Inc. | info@couturesoireeinc.com | (954) 533-4318

Complimentary entry for STANDING ROOM ONLY “with a donation at the door”
by RSVP only to fdersvp@live.com

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