Surtex Scrapbook, Part 1: Getting Ready

Whew!  We are back from Surtex in New York.  Surtex is a trade show held in the Jacob Javits Center, where surface designers and illustrators show their work to companies who need artwork to adorn their products.  You might wonder where a surface artist’s art finds itself … well, look around … Are you wearing a t-shirt?  Art. Are you wearing shoes? Art again. Are you drinking from a coffee cup? More art. Do you have a dog? Okay, well he’s not actually a surface for art, but his collar is!  Art.


So, as you can see, lots of surfaces need art and lots of companies make products with surfaces that need art, so I better get back to work.  But, first, we thought you might like to see a mini-blog-scrapbook which illustrates our Surtex preparation and finished booth. And, if you are an art student wondering if there is room for another artist out there, the answer is YES!  Keep drawing!

Getting ready for Surtex in the Austin studio:


Above from top left: 1. Printouts ready for gluing  2. G is for Giraffe and G is for a lot of gluing 3. Cathy placing and gluing  4. Jim created a great system for hanging our boards in our pretend Surtex booth in the studio. Below: Many hands make small work. (My family just loves it when I pull out an inspiring quote like this.)  :-)


Above from top left: 1. My wonderful Mother’s Day present from Margaret: six hours of press kit gathering 2. Margaret’s tidy stacks 3. Press kits ready to go 4. Boxes ready to ship (with crossed fingers hoping they make it in time!)


Above: Jim and Margaret overacting and giving me a hard time for shooting pictures of them cellophaning the press kit sets … hey, I was just trying to document my fun Mother’s Day!
So that was our final prep week in Austin of taping, gluing, gathering, labeling, tying, and shipping lots of art to New York City.  And since you might be as worn out reading this post as we were preparing, I’ll save the final booth set-up for next time!


  1. Muv May 25, 2010

    Comedians! And don’t we love ’em!

  2. Cathy June 14, 2011

    Cathy I am so glad to see Little Pond is still alive and kicking (pick with Jim)! Hope Surtex was great for you! Miss you.

    Cathy W

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