One of the BEST things about selling your art in real-life is meeting people!! Designer Con 2013 had such a fun, unique, mixed group of vendors and visitors.
My first celebrity fan… If you don’t recognize him… just read on!!
There were so many interesting people we met & had long talks with: A Stop-Motion Puppeteer, A Sign Painter from Trader Joe’s, some awesome Bloggers who said they would feature me *fingers crossed*, an amazing couple who bought my Lucky Cat for their Lucky Cat MUSEUM (I’m totally gonna be in a museum!!), a few people who recognized my art from Etsy, a girl who actually owns a piece that I had made YEARS ago… and so many more… My only fear is that I won’t remember or recognize them the next time I see them!!! AHHH!!!
There are a couple of stories about “Celebrities” that just made the weekend even more AWESOME…. **I usually don’t get “star struck” cause I’ve seen all sorts of celebrities on movie sets & such, but it’s different when they like YOUR own art!!**
Overheard from FRANK KOZIK!!!
So hubby was standing in line somewhere & Frank Kozik was talking with some people. He is very recognizable & since he is kinda a gruff dude, is very intimidating. I’ve been a fan for years…
PERSON - ”So what do you think of the show (Frank)?”
FRANK KOZIK - ”I don’t like most of the old people… (vendors that have been around)… But there are some good new people. There’s a person making some pretty cool wool sculptures…”
!!!!!!!! WHAAAAAAT !!!!!!!!!!
I’m just gonna assume he was talking about me (cause it makes me feel good)!! There was another felted there, but he’s been around for a while & I’m NEW!!!! To think that my stuff made an impression at DESIGNER CON on FRANK KOZIK!!!!!!
Totally My New BFF… PAUL FRANK!!!!
The other story is funny cause it’s about THE PAUL FRANK (who is the funny & awesome dude in the photo above!). He was there with his new company Park La Fun!!
On Friday when we were setting up, the guy from the booth across from us was totally building a completely new booth for himself. He was screwing together wall flats, tracing & cutting out foam core, etc. We committed about how much work it looked like (but looked good).
He saw my giant Koi early that day and said “Did you make that?!?!?! That’s AWESOME! … so great… badass…”
The next day Hubby’s cousin stopped by and told us that the guy who was working hard building his own booth was actually PAUL FRANK!!!! !!!!WHAAAAAAAAT!!!!!! Paul Frank thought my stuff was BADASS!!!! !!!!WHAAAAAAAT!!!!!!
Thinking back on the day, I remember people taking pictures with him & getting his autograph, makes sense now!!!
My New Park La Fun (Paul Frank) Wallet
So Sunday, I went over & bought a wallet from him (cause it was super cute) and to strike up a conversation…. well… we ended up chatting with him for like 30 minutes!! He was super interested in my art, asked all sorts of questions, was super nice & funny, took my business card, and was soooo cool! He laughed that he was up late the night before sewing (even the big guys do it)!! Then he gave me some business advice that I’m sure as HELL take!! “Just start going around to the shops to see if they want to carry your stuff. That’s how I started… They might like it, they might not… just do it”
So when it got slower in the day, I asked him to take a photo with my Koi: I couldn’t let him get away! So I officially have my first celebrity fan!!!
What a Weekend…. Oh, Designer Con… I Love YOU!!
… I’m all jazzed up just thinking about how much fun we had last weekend!! …
Paul Frank and Always Sugar Coated