Last month I went to Designer Con for the first time and it is now one of my new favorite cons! The focus on art “toys”, designer vinyl and sculpture makes it a very unique show and one close to my heart.
I heard this year was the first year the show was 2 days long. There was a nice steady stream of fans, artists and press on the floor. Pasadena seems lovely although I didn’t see much of it. I spent most of my time reconnecting with artists, meeting new ones and looking at all the great art work. I snuck away from my table Sunday to take some time to talk to a few folks. In my pictures you will see a few but by no means all the talented people I met but it’s a good sampling.
One of my favorite topics was materials, asking other artists about their favorite supplies for casting, sculpting and one-offs. There were also vendors who do casting as a business so I learned a lot from walking around. My second favorite topic was “going independent”. Who’s holding down a day job? Who’s just doing their art? This made for really interesting conversations about how to turn your art into a business and the many hurdles involved.
The slideshow below shows my photos of a few of my favorite booths but if you are curious to see more work there are LOTS of other photo collections around to see even more awesome art. You can look at the gallery here too: https://picasaweb.google.com/107919090139094693138/DesignerCon2013?authuser=0&feat=directlink