This is some new artwork I have recently introduced to the market. If
you are a manufacturer and are interested in seeing more of this
collection please contact me. This is just a section of the image. If
you are a consumer and like this design please post a comment as to
what products you would like to see it on. Thank you to everyone who purchases products with my art!
If you are a quilter, and decide to make something with this fabric, I would love to feature it on my blog and on my Facebook page. Please let me know if you have anything you want to share. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for purchasing fabric with my art on it!
Recently I ventured outside of my studio to visit a gift show at Americas Mart in Atlanta. This is a huge trade show, where buyers come from all over the world to purchase products for their stores. I had a wonderful time. I had an opportunity to connect with some of my favorite clients and see some of my new product releases. I also had a chance to visit with my dear sweet artists friends.
This is my new dinnerware collection by Certified International called Hot & Saucy .
Below are some of my new spring summer flag designs with Magent Works .
Magnet Works had a very special event at the show. Artists where invited to stop by for a slice of pie. We had a wonderful time. I was given the honor of creating artwork for the invitation.
Below are some new Mailwraps covers from Magnet Works with my designs coming out for Spring.
Myself and my dear friend Beth Logan are pictured below, pausing with our frog flags at Magnet Works. You can never have too many frog flags.
I found some new rug designs with my artwork on them at Jelly Bean .
Here is a my new recipe collection that featured in a window display at Brownlow.
I was able to spend some time with the wonderful folks at Leanin' Tree. Below pictured is myself and and the lovely Susan January, she has taught me so much over the years about what art might work on a Greeting card. I do not have a picture to share of the other great people that I got to catch up with at Leanin' Tree .
This is the artists friends gathering. I wish I had more time to chat with everyone.
(pictured not in any order)
Terri Conrad, Paula Joerling, Joyce Shelton-Metz, BJ Lantz, Cherish Flieder, Gina L Putman Wilder, J Wecker Frisch, Jane Maday, Sharon Himes, Robin Davis, Shelly Dillon Comiskey, Beth Yarbrough, Phyllis Mitchell Dobbs, Beth Logan, Sue Zipkin, Audrey Jeanne Roberts, Robin Pickens and Karen Howell Embry, Sharla Fults.
If you are a fan of my Certified International collection called Tex Mex, and have been searching for more of this design, you might have learned that it has been retired. This was a top selling collection, however in the world of casual dinnerware many patterns have a very short life span, so if you like a design it is always best to purchase it when you discovery it. I understand that in these economic times, it might not always be affordable to purchase things that we love the moment we see them.
The good news is you have some time to think about this purchase, the approximate delivery date for this collection is March 2012.
This is a sneak peek of the collection. The kind product development folks over at CIC shared the pictures with me from the showroom. They did a great job on the display. Thanks so much Certified !
I have been working on this for quite some time with Certified International. Although the designs are different then Tex Mex, they actually marry very well with the Tex Mex, you can mix and match this new collection in with your Tex Mex pattern and create a very fun look. If you like this new collection I would love to hear from you, and if you have any suggestions of what other products you would like to see this on other than ceramic tabletop I would love your thoughts. Thanks everyone who purchases my designs I greatly appreciate you, for you are the reason I am able to earn a living from my designs.
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This is a picture of some of my ORIGINAL ARTWORK before it was printed on to the product.
Today I had a couple of disappointments, when I look at the bigger picture I have so much to be grateful for! Today we also had some amazing talented guys install some windows. They were so wonderful and considerate, they even cleaned up after themselves as they went along. I highly recommend this company and will be sure to share this on Angie's list (how we found them). I love it when you hire people that take pride in what they do.
Thank you to all the hard working people out there who treat customers with respect!
Below is a new look I am developing for art licensing. This is a mixed media design and I am having a great time playing with the style. If you are a manufacture and would like to see more art please email me.
(my logo in the middle means do not copy this artwork please!)
It is so exciting to receive samples of my artwork on products. Normally when I receive samples I want to express my gratitude, and usually I can't find the words, this time it was easy. Although when I was playing around with this photography I managed to spell thanks wrong, yip, the reality of dyslexia when I don't have spell check. I had spelled it thancks.
Thank goodness for digital photography, this was a quick fix.
I am so excited to introduce my new collection from the most amazing greeting card company Leanin' Tree . I am so grateful for there excellent art direction on this project. They were able to look at my butterfly artwork and envision this elegant, playful line of monogrammed note cards. They are such a wonderful company to work with. I am so appreciative of our growing relationship.
This K is for there Kindness.
While I was doing my photo shoot I was visited by this little guy, I think he wanted to get in on the action, you can see in this picture below, the colors on the back of the cards peeking through.
The next day this guy decided he wanted to pose for me on one of my favorite flowers, my lantana (I could eat this flower). I was hoping he would return when the sun went down. I waited and he never arrived however I did have some more visiters.
We have a family of wild Turkey that likes to visit us and try to eat our birdseed leftovers.
So much of my inspiration is from nature, as you can see by my color palettes. Each card has coordinating art inside .
C is for Calm...how I feel when I look at the beauty of nature!
Every summer myself and my family visit this beautiful place called Mohonk Mountain House in the Hudson Valley. We are fortunate to be able to getaway to such a fun resort. As an artist I can connect with nature and enjoy some spa treatments. My favorite place is the lily pond. I can spend hours gazing into the water and listening to the critters.
A few years ago I was so inspired by the pond I painted this.
It is always exciting for me to hear about sightings of my designs on products in stores, however what is even more delightful is when someone takes a picture to show me what they have found. Jane Maday, my dear friend and colleague was so kind as to send me this picture.
She went on a tour of the Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory and found this in the gift shop. I was so excited to see how they combined the two patterns, Tea Garden and Rose Garden and featured them on this lovely hutch ( I am drooling to own). I just want to thank Jane for her thoughtfulness, if you have not had a chance to see her beautiful artwork please visit her blog and take a look around. They are also selling some of Jane's designs at the shop.
Myself and a group of friends and colleagues have been discussing the issue of copyright infringement (copying someone else's artwork) versus being inspired by art and other things to create artwork. Brenda Pinnick came up with an idea for all of us to have a blog hop to share a bit on the subject in order to educate and spread the word about originality.
There is a big difference between being inspired by other artists and copying them. For many of us who were trained artists and went to art school we learned that using reference material was a great thing. We also learned that if you're working with photographs using someone else's image you cannot just trace that picture, re paint it and call it your own, however you can study some of the elements such as trying to understand what a particular flower might look like from a front view or back view. You can take your own photograph, repaint exactly the way you see it and that is not copyright infringement because the photograph is your own creation. This is a painting that I did from my own photography. This would NOT be ok if this was not my own photo, the reason is I used the exact composition, color etc. I have created a very rough drawing showing you an example of how it would be ok to use reference as inspiration when looking at others photographs.
MY ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH
MY ORIGINAL PAINTED ARTWORK
ROUGH SKETCH (it would be ok for another person to use my above photograph as reference and inspiration in this way below). The rose is an image from nature so I could have found this flower position and a similar shape in nature.
I would like to share with you the artwork of one of my most inspiring artist friends Chris Chun. I have only known him for a few years but when I first laid eyes on his work my heart was touched deeply, he has the ability to capture nature and other beauty using traditional elements, but adding his own whimsical new refreshing vision. Chris has posted something about this topic today also, his examples are perfect as to being inspired by ideas using things he saw and loved, in a way that is perfectly legitimate and original. Click for his post.
I think it's wonderful that so many people are enjoying crafts and being creative. I think everyone has an inner voice to share artistically even those who say they cannot draw or paint. Many people are purchasing all kinds of scrapbook papers and products for craft projects and using them to create new designs, that's a great thing, however some of them don't understand that they cannot copyright that work and say it is their own. There are many images that are in the public domain that people can work with legally and do not infringe others copyrights (for example Dover art has many books). I highly recommend that those who would like to do something commercially and need some other art to work with use PD images, people can create something beautiful with those images and as long as they do something unique they can claim a copyright on it.
I apologize if this blog post is a little confusing to some, I struggle with the written word, hopefully what I am try to share makes sense. I always tell people when they asked me if I have any tips on how to earn a living from their artwork as I do. I say " firstly find your inner voice , it is okay to look around and be inspired however make sure whatever you do is truly original and is not you trying to be somebody else."
UPDATE: Below is an example of a situation were an artist was told to use my designs as inspiration to create some new art. As you can see why this would most likely be considered copyright infringement and is not an acceptable way to be inspired by another artist. This happened years ago and i had a chance to chat with the artist direct and she was very lovely and just did not understand this crossed over the line. Thankfully her agent removed it from his offerings before licensing it to any one.
The artwork was something already on the market so the artist had access to the two images togther. Can you guess what design is not mine?
I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues who have been sharing about this topic and bringing it to the attention of others who might not understand the difference between copying and being inspired. Here are the other artists who have participated in the hop.
I went to the Atlanta gift show and had a great time.
I spent time with wonderful artist friends. I met new friends who I had previously only known from the web. It was exciting to meet everyone up close and personal. So much talent. I went to a very festive artful party given by Tom Haney and his wife Paula Joerling who both create beautiful artwork. Tom sells one of a kind artwork while Paula creates art for licensing like myself. I felt so blessed to have met Paula on Facebook and be invited to her party! What kind and generous souls they are!
Here are some of the artists at the party in Paula's most amazing loft studio.
This is me and the famous Tom Haney in his most amazing loft studio. For some great photos of his artwork from this event check out my friend Janet's blog post.
Saturday night I went to a large dinner gathering with artists who I know from online and the industry. I had a great time. One of the highlights of my trip was meeting up with my childhood friend Shari. We had a lovely breakfast at the Ritz.
Shari & me - I met her in 1st grade.
Here is a sampling of some of the products featuring my artwork from the show. This is a sneak peak at my new Holiday design by Merritt International. I just love the way the sample came out!
You have reached a blog that has "Zip", that's me Sue Zipkin. This is the place where I will share my latest design news and other hopefully interesting stuff. I am a mom, wife, friend, artist, designer,illustrator, cook, and sometimes cleaner. I have been designing artwork for products for thousands of years ( more like 2 1/2 decades ). I am blessed to be able to share my art with the world and I thank everyone who has been kind enough to purchase products with my designs on them. I hope to inspire others to pursue their dreams .
The artwork, text and photographs owned by Sue Zipkin contained throughout the pages of this blog may not be copied or reproduced without the express written permission of Sue Zipkin. Some of the photographs on this blog are owned by a third party and cannot be copied without their permission.
Sue Zipkin is not a manufacturer.
I am an artist who licenses reproduction rights of my art to manufacturers who then produce the art on their products. All questions or concerns about the actual product and wholesale inquires need to be directed to those manufacturers.
Creating handmade items
I encourage those creating handmade sewing projects from my fabric to sell on the web, craft shows and the like. I love handmade items. However, if you are a person planning to mass produce products using my designs (whether fabrics or incorporating any of my other artwork or products) that would require a license from me. Please contact me direct.
Thanks, Sue Zipkin