Debra Cortese - Nature's Energy Cortese Designs booth at Surtex 2011
First day back in studio was filled with paperwork, accounting, sorting, making followup lists.
Today, day 2, I got into downloading a few images from the trip and worked on several different designs that will become art licensing collections and will be on their way to the contacts I made at Surtex.
I now have a good idea of what licensees are interested in and am tailoring my designs for the current trends. It was a ton of work to prepare for this show and after weeks of working 12 to 16 hours days, it’s a bit of a letdown to get back into a more human schedule 😉 but I am definitely ready for 8 hour days again!
One of my projects involves stalking the native peacocks around Coconut Grove, South Miami and most likely at Pinecrest Gardens. I need to photograph them so I can create a few more images for the peacock collection. I see shower curtains, bath towels, mats, and accessories in peacock blues, greens and more!
Surtex was incredibly inspiring and educational and while it is not for every artist, I do feel like I’ve found my way home.
I’ll be rebuilding my websites in the coming months because they have become a bit scattered or shall I say challenging to find your way back from some locations? In the meantime, here is link to NATURE’S ENERGY CORTESE DESIGNS for art licensing and here is link to main home page: www.debracortese.com
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 😉
I’m really getting into preparing design collections to exhibit at Surtex in May and am pleased that so many of my existing artworks can be updated and reworked into coordinating designs, patterns, silhouettes and borders! Also am definitely appreciating my graphic design and print production background. Always knew it was an advantage, but it really does give me a big edge for editing and adapting art for the licensing business.
Below are a few images of the creative process (Note: My favorite part, inherent in every step, is actually feeling the magic of nature’s energy as I’m working with the images)!
Here’s the original photo that all of my Orchid Cascade designs are based on:
“Photo taken by Debra Cortese at 2008 Orchid Festival
atFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden”
One of the first designs was ‘Orchid Cascades Reflection’ which has become
one of my top selling Cortese bag designs:
The last image shows the latest adaptations of Orchid Cascades – for fabrics,
gift wrap, journals, mugs, calendars, cards. I’d love to have it on a shower curtain!
© 2008-2011 Debra Cortese/Nature’s Energy Cortese Designs
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