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.
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.
How exciting, I just received word that my Tea Garden collection is already being sold on 100cookwares.comIt's approximate ship date is mid-February. Thanks in advance to
everyone who will be purchasing this pattern. I do hope you enjoy it
for many years to come!
I was so excited and honored to have my designs featured in a showroom window at the Atlanta gift show . Ed and Linda at Certified International (the company who is manufacturing this collection) did an amazing job with the display. I think they will ship some time in the spring but I am not sure of the exact schedule yet. A couple of my kind thoughtful artist friends sent me these photos, thanks friends!
For those of you wondering how I developed the designs. I paint the designs on a 2-D surface using water colors, then I scan the artwork and sometimes make changes in Photoshop. We then supply the factory with this artwork and then the factory paints each piece by hand. It is not so simple and there are many other steps in this process but this will give you a general idea .This is an example of what some the original artwork looked liked.
I spent months working on this collection and I am so delighted to see it come to life in the ceramics. I am sending out a very big thank you to everyone who has purchased products with my artwork on them, because of you I am able to continue to earn a living from my art.
Where I live we do not have any Dillard's department store's. However I can visit the website. Today I discovered some of my Tex Mex serveware by Certified International. Thank you Dillard's for purchasing the products and mentioning my name.
Debbie Guthrie has designed a very fun and festive colorful kitchen. She has been collecting Sweet Shoppe and Sangria and has created an environment that takes the designs to another level of fun. I love what she has done with the daring color on the walls. Thank you so much Debbie for sending these.
This is a new design called Texmex offered to you from Certified International. For those of you who love to "spice it up" this is the perfect pattern for you. Any Questions about this collection please contact CIC.
Certified international Corp. is introducing a new collection I designed that features celebrations such as birthday,
wedding and anything else exciting you would like to celebrate...... coming soon to a store near you!!
A very long time ago perhaps in the mid-60s I designed a dinnerware pattern called Sweet Shoppe .
The company by the name of Sango produced this pattern and it became a huge hit. Like most good things Sweet Shoppe came to an end. It was retired and no longer produced . I am not sure how many years the pattern was produced, it might be 4 years.
The miracle of the Sweet Shoppe design is that many people still discover this pattern and want to collect it. The good news and bad news. The good news first many people sell the Sweet Shoppe design on the web, you can do a search . The bad news is I am often hearing that it can be priced very high.
So for all you Sweet Shoppe lovers who asked me to bring back the design. Please understand that I do not manufacture any of my own products. When a dinnerware pattern is popular like that in the casual everyday market it usually does not last for too many years because the store buyers are always looking for something new . Even when designs sell very well sooner or later they slow down. People who buy a dinnerware design sometimes get very frustrated because they start to collect their pattern and before they know it the design is off the market. In certain dinnerware markets there will be patterns that last for years. Some become classics. This happens more so in the markets that sell at a higher price point. What we call " upstairs" in the dinnerware industry. I guess there was a time that fine china was mostly sold upstairs in department stores. These days depending on the layout of the store we can find upper end dinnerware in all parts of the store. Times have changed. OOPSS I have regressed. Back to the topic at hand.
In the market I have been designing for it is different world, patterns come and they go kind of like fashion design.
One thing I must tell you I lied I did not design the Sweet Shoppe pattern in the mid-60s it was actually 1999. I only said that to get your attention. You might have thought it was my dyslexia!
I often get requests for people who want to track down other designs I created 15 years ago. I feel sad to tell these people that those designs are no longer produced and their only hope is to usually search online.
DESIGNS YOU CAN BUY SOON: For everyone who likes to mix and match my designs. I have some exciting new patterns with Certified International Corp. Soon I will post a sneak peek. Well if you go to the Certified International website and click around you will find them. There are also some other wonderfully beautiful exciting designs on their website. I am a big fan of many of their other artists. One of my all-time favorites who design for Certified International is Susan Winget Designs .
PS: Thank you Joe S, Lance and all the wonderful people who were working with Sango who helped make Sweet Shoppe the hit that it was. Also a special thanks to Valderas for creating this festive photograph.
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