This has been an amazing year full of new work, adventures and friendships - we interviewed many talented emerging and established artists and published some 131 editorials all together. We also expanded our reach to renowned manufacturers to help illustrate how licensing works from their end. Your collaboration has been extraordinary and so inspiring - we have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback and we want to thank you all for your tireless contributions and help in return!!
As far as licensing goes, we also had an unforgettable ride...it all started last year around this time with a colorful new website and a small portfolio with a few collections on rough tearsheets, which expanded to over 40 collections on new tearsheets created exclusively for the Surtex 2012 show, and most recently receiving several good contracts as well as new companies interested in our work. We couldn't have asked for more!
This fall, in preparation for an even more productive 2013 we also opened up Spoonflower and Etsy online shops under the title of Studio•Alex, which is now officially the new brand name I'll be licensing under and show at Surtex 2013!
Also, we expanded our social media networking to Twitter, FB Page and G+/Community so we can further help promote my and your work. Our sincerest thanks to the many of you who have sent us beautiful prints of your art or published my interviews and artwork on your own blogs.
And finally, it has been a tremendously gratifying experience to write and edit this blog. We hope for you, like us, it has become a place where artists can share their stories and their work and help build and promote the community of artists and manufacturers in this field. Every posting on the blog is read by literally hundreds of people - in celebration of the year just completed, here is a special shout-out to the top 10 most-read posts from 2012:
10. Vision, Passion, and Collaboration in Art Licensing: A Special Interview with Anne McFarland Brown, Director of Product Development for Magnet Works, Ltd. (Part II)
Here's to an even more successful 2013!!!