The Show May 2015!


The very first Blue Print show exceeded all our expectations, both with the number of visitors, and the number of print sales achieved !

Right from the off we had a steady flow of clients such as Pier1, Crate & Barrel, Papyrus, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Paper Chase, Berwick-Offray, and American Greetings, and several of those stayed all day and took the time to visit all the studios. All of us opened business with new clients, which is what these shows should be about, and apart from the sales we all have a lot of follow up and and potential licences too.

The show has been so successful that we have already decided on another show this year, so keep your eyes open for the dates !

We wanted to create a more open relaxed atmosphere for Blue Print, and judging by the clients comments we managed to achieve that. Planning and doing it for ourselves, we proved we could do it, and made it a much more economical venture for all of us. There are a couple of things we will fine tune for the next Blue Print show, to make it an even better experience for everyone !

Here are some more shots from Blue Print :

The setup day of the show was disrupted by a shooting on 37th and 8th ! The NYPD had taped off 37th between 8th and 7th, which was the only street our tables and covers could be delivered on ! So instead of them arriving before 2.00 pm, the NYPD finally allowed our truck in at 5.00 pm, and we got them set up in double quick time.

ucy & Lauren at L J Woodhouse had Blue Print tote bags and lavender bags made to give away to visitors at the show. The studios made contributions to put into the bags, and they turned out to be a well received gift.

Abby and Ben at Pomelo & Pomelo putting up their banners. They were a great way to promote each studio, and they just packed away into a narrow box at the end of the show :

Chris and his son from Verbeek Designs setting up their space :

 Cinnamon Joe Studio's setup almost done :

he Blue Print banner at the entrance on the 17th floor :

 The light streaming in through the windows :

We are already planning the next show, and have a fabulous bigger venue already booked! More good news soon! 

First Day of Blue Print May 2015!

The first day of the show turned out to be a fantastic day for everyone, the first visitors arriving at 9.50, ten minutes before the show opened ! It was busy all day long, and all the studios reported an
excellent day for print sales, and also for meeting new clients. Several of the visiting groups stayed all day long, and the excitement of the day was felt by all the studios.
The feed back we got from the clients that visited Blue Print was that they loved the venue, and the relaxed atmosphere in which to view the studios latest artwork. 
In the evening we all headed for an amazing Peruvian restaurant called Pio Pio, which was absolutely packed, and our table ended up being 26 people in total ! We ate way too much food, and drank a lot of cold beers and sangria ! Danny from Creativo had the unenviable job of finding a restaurant that could accomodate us all, but he really could not have found us a better place, so it was a job well done ! A big thanks to Danny !

The crowds arriving at Blue Print :

The First Day :

ime To Party ! 

nd a good time was had by all !

Exhibitor Feature: Cinnamon Joe Studio Part 2

And we continue with more artists we represent! 

Abby Zweifel lives in sunny Sarasota, Florida with husband Ben, (also an amazing artist). Abby joined Cinnamon Joe in 2012, after years working in corporate childrenswear and homeware products. Her style is bright and happy, using playful colours and really cute characters. Abby also produces wonderful florals.

Gemma Dominick is a well established freelance artist. With over 13 years experience in the Greeting card industry and also toys, she really knows her stuff. Gemma loves designing playful characters, cute patterns and fonts. She also produces illustrative watercolours, delicate wedding artwork and pretty florals.

Jennifer Rehm, originally from Savannah now lives in North Carolina with her dog Daisy. A trained fine artist, Jennifer made the transition to digital illustration and has never looked back. A strong background in designing gift bags, wrapping paper and stationery for the American market. Her whimsical style is full of punchy colours, cute characters and a good sense of humor. Jennifer has been with us 8 years this year.

Jennifer Randall originally a stationery artist, is now branching out into other areas. Her character artwork is truly fun and Jennifer injects lots of humor into her characters. There is also a softer floral side to her collection and her boy's artwork is spot on.

Kim Hawes born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio, graduated from Cleveland Institute of Art with a degree in illustration. With over 10 years experience creating character artwork Kim's designs have great personality and movement. Each individual piece is very thoughtful and considered.

Kaz Lammie with over 10 years experience in the greeting card and stationery industry and 5 years experience in children's apparel, Kaz is also a published book illustrator. Kaz is inspired by nature, charity shops, interiors, children's books and her 3 children. Her style is fun and bold using bright well thought out colour palettes.

Katie Wood graduated from Loughborough University in 2004 with a degree in illustration and hasn't looked back. A very well published illustrator who truly loves what she does. Her style is very unique and distinctive, it really needs to be seen in full to admire the techniques that Katie brings to every piece.

Lily Pink is an extremely versatile artist who's art ranges from baby to teens, girl and boy. Topical and on trend, this artist creates forward thinking designs in beautiful colour palettes.

Mette Engell is a freelance artist working in Denmark where she lives with her husband, 3 kids and 3 cats. Her style is illustrative and packed with fun characters with oodles of personality.

Rachel Westhead graduated from Leeds University in 2005 and is based in Liverpool. Her style is very unique. Wonderful organic shapes inspired by nature in beautiful colours, bold florals with a 50's vibe and quirky animals feature heavily in Rachel's collections.

Tiger Kitty is based in sunny California, and has this great skill of making anything look cute :) !
She is a great graphic designer, and has worked as a graphic artist in different companies for children's apparel, bedding and infant products. We will have her exciting, colourful prints at Blue Print, and they been extensively updated over the past few months  !

Stephanie Thannhauser has been with us as long as we have been going, and we love her style and quirky sense of humour ! She has many talents that encompass embroidery, designing greeting cards and artwork for all age groups ! We may all be older now but her design is just as exciting and creative as it was way back when we started ! 

Stevie Lochrie hails from Glasgow in bonnie Scotland, where he lives with his wife and young family. His boy prints are great and they appeal to a wide range of clients, and he is constantly updating what he has in the print collection. He often branches out into Xmas and Halloween prints, and his retro monsters always do well !

 Tamara Csengeri is a graphic designer from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She has a passion for colors, patterns, art and fashion, and she has extensive experience in the toddler fashion industry. We have a lot of her new prints in the collection now, so Blue Print will be a good opportunity to come and see them !

Tina Finn is a very experienced Illustrator and designer who has worked in many fields that have benefited from her many talents. She lives in deepest Colorado, and has a studio that looks out onto woodland where she often sees deer, bear, bobcats and all sorts of birds. We love her new prints, they are so excitng and creative ! 

Clarice Diamantino is a designer and illustrator from Brazil, who has recently moved to New York to pursue her freelance career ! She has worked in the past with Disney, Mattel, and Sanrio and on several projects in her native Brazil, mainly on educational projects with children public schools in Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro.

Helen Black aka Lil Boss, is based down in sunny Brighton. Her style is very creative and she designs beautiful floral and character prints that have been a big hit with our clients. She has developed some great techniques in Illustrator and her use of colour make her prints really stand out.

Alice Potter is a London based illustrator and surface pattern designer, who loves working on designs for greeting cards, stationery, gifts and clothing for children. In her studio, she surrounds herself with pencil sketches, that she recreates on the computer. Her use of colour really give her prints a lift ! 

Hayley Anne Burgess is a children’s graphic designer and illustrator and loves designing for apparel, gift, home and paper goods. She is based in Manchester in the UK, in her own little studio and has over 13 years of experience, 7 of those years have been freelancing for many high street retailers and small independent companies.

Hayley designs from baby to teens in both boys and girls, and you will always find her designing, doodling or doing something creative.

Susan Mansell is up in Bolton in Greater Manchester, and has designed for nursery bedding and co-ordinated products from toys to mobiles. She has a very hand drawn style and has worked on projects in the past for John Lewis, Mothercare and Babies R Us. Susan has a very distinctive use of colour and her prints now cover the age groups up to tween and teen. 

Claire Fritz-Domeny lives down in Southampton on the south coast in the UK, and designs modern delicate floral prints, inspired by nature, and in contemporary colours. Her artwork is perfect for stationery and fabrics, but could have many other applications too !

Inga Wilmink was born in Germany - but she's been living in the UK for over 14 years now. She has worked in-house, and also freelanced, mainly as a surface designer for stationery and textiles for the toddler to tween/teen age group. She loves creating cute characters and collections, does lots of doodling, and also creates floral repeats here and there ! She is now creating great character prints for CJS, and has steadily been building up her artwork in the collection.

Hannah Whittal is also in the UK, and has only recently joined CJS. She has a very distinctive hand generated style, and has already designed cards, gift wrap, gift bags, and surface pattern for some of the leading retailers in the UK. Her new prints are already getting a good reaction, and we are looking forward to seeing more of her artwork in the collection. 

Eliana Bigio lives in the UK and creates the most exciting prints, florals and geometrics, mainly for girls and womens apparel, but they also appeal to fabric companies too. Her use of colour is what makes her prints stand out and they really caught the eye at PV Designs in Paris recently. Her portfolio is building up nicely now, so it will be good to see what reaction we get at Blue Print in May ! 

Keep your eyes open for more of our artists to be featured soon ! 

You can see more of our designers at, and fun stuff on our blog : !

Exhibitor Feature: Gather No Moss

Gather No Moss are excited to be exhibiting at the first Blue Print Design show. 

We will be showing our latest collection of print, graphic and character designs created by our studio based in London, England.Our creative hub is a select team of highly talented designers. Original artwork is hand drawn and painted, then developed into the digital format our customers can apply and utilise immediately. 

We always aim to supply creative and innovative design concepts, supported by great service and the best files in the industry.Gather No Moss have always championed the internet as the medium for offering and delivering our design solution. 

We have our entire collection available for our regular customers to browse and purchase on demand via our website.

In 2014 we opened an office in New York. Iskra runs the USA sales and she is excited to see you all at the show.

If you need any further information then you can contact her at
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Exhibitor Feature: Rafale Design

Halloween! A time for spookiness and high spirits! Allow me to guide you through the twilight towards the first strike of midnight where bats hang out with the witch's cat. Is that a cobweb or a hand brushing your face? A whisper or the wind? Your heart beats faster, your footsteps quicken. Don't worry, just keep telling yourself, it's only shadow, it's only a shadow, it's only a shadow...


Brand New Show! So exciting! With 23 years of experience designing paper products, gift, kitchen and homeware, the Rafale artists are busy producing gigabytes of marvellous designs for you to peruse at your leisure in the relaxed surroundings of Studio Arte, 265 W 37th Street, NYC this coming May!

Rafale Design is a mainly UK based community of likeminded though highly individual Creatives. Here are just a few examples of the styles of work and artists work we shall be presenting to you at the show, including the art above from Helen Penton-Voak!

Wayne Lockwood is our gentleman illustrator and designer whose work is immersed in pattern, texture and geometry. His work is bold and contemporary whilst simultaneously harking back to various iconic eras of graphic design.

Jane Dodds loves to research her beautiful designs through travel, and then she collages, collects and mixes her drawing and digital skills with endless enthusiasm!

Becky Sands is an illustrator and artist who produces obsessively detailed hand drawn repeat patterns and images full of charm and character with a broad appeal.

Heather is always striving to incorporate traditional methods alongside new digital skills to produce innovative designs.

Jean White brings characters to life and enjoys playing with paper formats, materials, crafts, media and shapes introducing an element of fun and surprise to designs.

Hilary is influenced by current interior trends and is passionate about colour and pattern. As well as using traditional methods of painting and illustration herself, she also increasingly enjoys using digital methods to produce deigns for greetings, wrap and kitchenware items.

Linzi McGivern loves ornate patterns, drawing inspiration from trends in fashion, textiles and nature.

Clare Leary is inspired by home furnishing trends, which often lead to her designs being layered with patterns and texture.

Watch this space for further show updates and previews, and don’t forget to register early! 

In the meantime, if you would like any further information on our group and available designs please contact :

All images are © copyright Rafale Design Limited