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Fashion Accessory Designers at River of Art Showcase, Epic River Lounge

Just wanted to share a few photos of the fashion accessories and the
designers from Tuesday night’s event with Life is Art/Creative Connections
at the Epic Hotel’s River Lounge in Downtown Miami.

Fashion Accessory Designers at River of Art Showcase 8.11.09

Fashion Accessory Designers at River of Art Showcase August 11th at Miami's Epic Hotel, River Lounge during Life is Art/Creative Connection event.

PinUp Vixen Brown Betty and her one-of-a-kind hair accessories

PinUp Vixen Brown Betty and her one-of-a-kind hair accessories

Cindy & Gissi Jimenez
Gi and Pindo, The newspaper Jewelry Collection

Me with my display of Cortese Design Bags at River Lounge

Me (Debra Cortese) with my display of Cortese Design Bags at Epic River Lounge

You can see many more photos (including the artists and Adriana’s clothing line)
at Carlos Miller’s facebook photo album at: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=95263&id=647684635,
and article at: http://www.miamibeach411.com/news/index.php?/news/comments/life-is-art1/ 

Thank you to Bobby Brandt and the staff at Epic River Lounge,
and James Echols, Annette Pickert and everyone at Life Is Art
Creative Connections for putting together this fabulous art and fashion event.

Sign up here to be elibible to win theCortese Designs Bag of the Month Giveaway

Artists helping each other

Realizing more and more how important and rewarding is to network with fellow artists/designers. In addition to attending as many local art and fashion events as can realistically fit into my schedule, I read and follow artists and art business coaches. Here are a couple of my favorites and their current resources and insights:

Art Licensing artist and entrepreneur, Tara Reed posted an article on her blog today that networks on many levels: ‘Any artists interested in free money?” Click here to read the “Any artists interested in free money?” post and learn more about networking, affiliate programs and grant money for artists.

Art Biz Coach, Alyson Stanfield is posting a series of articles titled: “The first 4 steps towards selling your art.” Alyson continues to provide timeless and useful art marketing information. Her blog and website is chock full of resources, tips and I highly recommend you get her book, “I’d Rather Be In The Studio”.

Please add your comments on your favorite artists helping artists!

Have a great day…

Art Licensing information

I’ve been learning with artist, Tara Reed and she has partnered with Paul Brent. Today, I’m working on updating and improving my art for licensing web pages and listening to Tara’s interview with Paul Brent.

It’s a free online audio file and every time I listen, I get another piece of information that is moving me forward. I’ll be contacting a very special referral next week and my web pages must be in tip top shape for this! SAMPLE FLOWERS AND TREES ART PAGE HERE

Listen & Learn to license your art at AskPaulBrent.com

Learn more about coaching with artist, Paul Brent

Art and Design Licensing info for artists

Wrapped up the Miami Art Marketing Salon last month with an exceptional group of over 20 Miami artists and, as promised to them and myself, I am now returning to my longtime goal of licensing my art and designs.
As I work on this, I’m also documenting resources and experiences so that I can share with fellow artists in the fall. Still not sure how this will come together, but know it will happen!

To begin, I’m in the final stage of getting my images together, appropriately sized, and online on a new section of my website: AFL Art for Licensing by Debra Cortese. Still a lot of tweaking to do, but the basics are in place. I’m definitely interested in creating custom art and design because that is what stimulates my creativity the most, plus, I believe this is the ideal combination for creating work that sells products for the manufacturer (or licensee). As the artist, I’m called the licensor.

I have many years of experience in graphic design, advertising and marketing from my running my own agency in Northern Vermont, but the licensing field has its own structure and while my experience is definitely an advantage, I still need to learn all I can from artists that are already licensing their work.
Tara Reed and Paul Brent are two that I am most impressed with. In addition to licensing her own work, Tara offers many resources on her blog and website that I highly recommend. Her writing is clear, concise and very attuned to artists.

I’ll be writing on this at least once a week and if you have any questions, please post in the comments section. AND…I’d love to hear from other artists about your experiences licensing art!