I never went to camp as a child, but this summer I decided to travel to Los Angeles to attend an intensive weekend called PaperCamp. It was attended by 40 business owners all seeking information about the paper goods industry. About trade shows, booths, wholesale, sales reps, product lines, and so much detailed information from retailers and successful designers, it was exciting and enlightening. Being around people that were in the same boat as I (or in a bigger boat, but headed the same direction) helped me to believe I can do this.
My goals for 2016 are focused on getting ramped up to offer paper goods wholesale. I have a lot to do, but at least now I know what this is. It's nice not being clueless!
I also went to another Camp this month! A local event sponsored by HOW Magazine. Creative Bootcamp by Stefan Mumaw is a book I have seen around but never read. Stefan led a full day of creativity exercises which were fun and quite a workout. I usually dread working on teams, but everyone there (a nice small group of 18) was equally devoted to accomplishing tasks while honoring others contributions. It was collaboration at its finest. Stefan's presentation style was engaging and anecdotal, but we were seriously focused on fun. Oh and I won both prizes that day with partners. I won his other book by working on a team of talented designers to create a catapult out of dollar store junk. Our design shot the farthest! (Thanks Alexandra and Kim! We rock.)
I would recommend his book, Creative BootCamp. In fact I am reading it now. I am to the part where I have to spend a few minutes every day on a creative task. A nice way to start the day!
Creativity is a muscle that has to be exercised. If you don't use it, you lose it.
Finally, this week I got my Uppercase Magazine in the mail and was excited to see one of my lettering designs in print. Issue 27 is all about illustrators. Right there on the Trend pages was a basketball I painted with custom lettering. I love this magazine, so I am gobsmacked to be in it.