Me and sweet Susan
It always amazes me how people can get their blogs done so quickly recapping all the wonderful things that happened at CHA. It takes me about a week to catch up on some Zzzz’s and get settled back into the routine.
CHA this year was busy, as always. I remember the days when I used to attend the show as a member of the press. I’d just show up and look around the party. No real hard work on my part except to see, do, gather info and figure out what and who was interesting to my readers. That was seven years ago already (?!) Fast forward to now, and boy, have things changed.
Kristen Robinson's wonderful assemblage art sample
We re-designed the Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin booth again this year. Coming on the heels of the summer show where the theme was the power of mixed-media, Susan and I decided we wanted to go full on mixed-media this show with amazing art samples from us, our Creative Team Director Kristen Robinson and our incredible SLK ICE Resin Creative Team members. We showed customers how our resin, bezels, ribbon, glitter, templates, new collage image pack and more could be used in everything from jewelry to collage to assemblage to journaling.
The show stopper was Susan’s chandelier and her cast figure ballerina with the lightbulb belly. I absolutely loved the lightbulb belly filled with glitter and a note. She is birthing new ideas and mixed-media excitement into the world, which is what we were hoping to do with our booth.
Isn't she lovely? SLK's cast resin ballerina that stole the show
Pre-Show fun included participating in a Flash Mob, which was the brainchild of Elena Lei Etchevery from Charity Wings and Wendy Russell. Elena organized the She’s Crafty Flash Mob to raise awareness for the charities that were participating at CHA. Kristen and I, along with 98 other folks broke out in dance right in the entrance lobby about 15 minutes before the show officially opened. It really was a blast and I can now say I’m so cool that I’ve been in a flash mob (grin). Also, I made a pair of wings for Elena that she wore around the show. I was pleased with the way they came out. Gorgeous 7 Gypsies Tissue paper covered in ICE Resin on a hand formed wing armature frame. I even used our frayed ribbons to make a rose and some girlie grunge goodness in the back where the wings attached.
Here’s the video from the Crochet Crowd, whom we met and fell in love with at this CHA. These guys are totally fabulous! We’re going to be working together in the future, so stay tuned.
We were movin' and groovin' for charity.
Another exciting happening at the booth is that Kristen was on hand to do book signings of her wonderful book Tales of Adornment, where she uses ICE Resin in every single one of her projects. The ladies flocked to the our booth, as well as the F&W/Norht Light and R&M Distributors booths to get their signed copies. I, too, did a book signing with giveaways and had so much fun handing out goodie bags.
Oh how I love these women. The both inspire me every day.
Creative Team members Tina Schiefer and JoAnna Pierotti were also at the booth doing some great demos throughout the show. It was JoAnna’s birthday on Sunday while we were there and we celebrated at Buco di Beppo wearing skinny stick-on mustaches that I bought in a little California shop when I was there last October. You can read Carol’s cute post about our ‘stashes over on the company blog.
Michael and Daniel of the Crochet Crowd with Susan
The other thing I really enjoyed was participating in the Designer Roundtable discussions, where people ask questions to CHA Designer members moderating various round tables. My topic was on looking at your work through the eyes of an editor, but the questions ranged from publishing books to Designer membership to product development. The conversations were exhilarating.
The only bummer of CHA for me was that we were so busy with the booth and customers that I just didn’t get to hang out with my artist friends as much as I’ve been able to do in the past. Boo hoo. Luckily, many of them stopped by for quick hugs so it was great to see them.
Wendy is sporting the ICE Resin and 7Gypsies tissue paper wings I made for Elena of Charity Wings. They came out cute!
That’s about it for my CHA wrap up. I’m not sure if I’ll be attending the summer show in Chicago this year. Lots going on in 2012. Just have to wait and see.