Attending DesignerCon 2017 was like walking into a creative wonderland. This annual art and design convention is specifically catered to highlight design mediums like paintings, sculptures, toys, and pop culture art. It’s literally a “creative nerd’s” fantasy come true. Held at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 11th and 12th, DesignerCon showed no limits to a variety of design concepts from mainstream artists and apparel designers to underground art enthusiasts.
Don’t expect to find common art commodities at DesignerCon. The featured artists are experts at challenging the status quo, veering far away from conventional ideas of art. Part of this convention’s magic is the ability to experience the oddities and learn from the artist directly through panels led by some of the World’s top designers across multiple categories. The panels served to not only showcase in-depth dialogue with the artists’ work but to also enlighten attendees on the business aspect of design and how to navigate the art world professionally.
For first-time attendees, here are my beginner’s tips to Designer Con:
- Save some money before you attend! – Art can be expensive, and at an event like DesignerCon, impulse buys are certainly going to come up. You’re going to want to splurge, so be prepared. I personally wanted to take home every piece of superhero art in the room.
- Get to know the artists. – More often than not, opportunities to meet one on one with these artists are rare. This convention allows attendees to really connect with them and learn from them directly. You’d be surprised to learn what their intended interpretations are from a lot of their work.
- Expand your mind and perception. – We all have different artistic tastes, but DesignerCon was created to shatter those preconceived notions and to expand your knowledge and view on non-traditional art pieces. Have an open mind.
I’ll definitely be attending DesignerCon next year. Be sure to check for updates on their website HERE. Below is a quick recap on the experience.
Shaquille Woods is from Marion, Arkansas and loves his Southern roots. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Creative Media, and is currently a freelance social/entertainment journalist for the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper. Creativity plays a major role in his life to include video, photography, and graphic design skills. His own ShaqThisOut brand explores all creative entertainment in the Los Angeles area.
10 Local Businesses Will Win
If you’re a small business in Southern California, it’s crunch time, and not just because the holidays are right around the corner— but because Small Business Saturday is also soon! Platform LA has launched its Small Business Saturday Competition in a search for the most notable designers and businesses around SoCal. The winning small businesses will be selected by Platform’s community of stores and restaurants and will be announced on November 15. The 10 winning small businesses will be able to showcase their goods and services in Platform’s first Small Business Saturday, on November 25. Platform will also provide each winner with a vendor station consisting of a table and chair, a complimentary parking space, and wifi to showcase their goods and services.
How to Participate
If you have a creative product or brand, or know someone who does, and think that either should be at Platform, here’s your chance! To nominate yourself or your favorite small business for the market, go to Instagram and comment on any photo from the account you’d like to see win with the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la.
About Platform LA
Platform LA – the remarkable retail project by David Fishbein and Joseph Miller of Runyon Group is Culver City’s prized shopping destination. Part of the Hayden Tract, the most dynamic neighborhood in Los Angeles, the versatile center offers a collection of 120K square feet of curated merchants, chefs, and creative companies from around the world. Platform was created to showcase independent small businesses and is excited to welcome the community to join in celebration of these types of businesses on Saturday, November 25th.
Miller states, “Our entire business is finding, nurturing and encouraging new independent businesses. We already have a great community of merchants and chefs and working with them to source the next great talent is something that is very exciting for us.” As the world of retail continues to rapidly transform, Platform knows that the future is in small entrepreneurial businesses, and has made this a huge focus for their merchandising efforts. Since opening Platform a year and a half ago, they have embraced any opportunity to celebrate the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of those merchants and chefs. Now is the time to enter the competition, and it couldn’t be simpler— and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
An appearance at the Small Business Saturday Market should be the icing on the cake for any business, considering the additional exposure just before the holidays and impending sales. Make sure to use the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la in any post on the account of the business you want to see win a spot at Platform’s Small Business Saturday Market.
PERI.A Los Angeles will be hosting a special trunk show for Designer Jorge Ayala this Thursday October 26th.
The namesake ready-to-wear label, Jorge Ayala Paris, is founded in Paris by Mexico-born Ayala in 2013. Created for the daring and outspoken, Ayala takes a novel architectural approach to design, merging often different patterns, prints and textiles.
Jorge Ayala will be customizing limited edition denim styles designed for PERI.A exclusively at the event.
Guests will also be able to enjoy champagne, light bites, and music from 4p-8p at PER.A located at 146 N. Robertson Blvd.
Space is limited so RSVP today firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nostalgia hit me heavy when I found out about the latest collaboration between Hybrid Apparel’s line, Love Tribe and Nickelodeon. This new collection is all about taking it back to Millennial childhood by making a nod to 90’s cartoon classics that so many of us grew up on, and personally, I’m loving every single piece! My favorite pieces include characters from hit shows like Rugrats, All That, and Hey Arnold!. You can also find pieces that feature quotes and characters from Clarissa Explains It All, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and SpongeBob SquarePants.
According to the Vice President of Sales for Specialty Retailers of Hybrid Apparel, Bonnie Dogan explained that the collection was actually in the works for a while now. She says,
“We have been partners with Nickelodeon for a long time, building an incredible relationship together. We love their creativity, and combining their vision with ours was the perfect recipe for an inspiring unique apparel line. There is nothing better then remembering the past, and the things we watched and loved while growing up.“
The Nickelodeon collection a retro style for fashionable millennial women. The garments possess a “throwback” feel, having been made with materials such as terry cloth and jersey, and include trendy slogans such as “Trust Me, I’m a Rugrat,” featuring Chucky Finster from Rugrats and “Haters Gonna Hate,” featuring Arnold from Hey Arnold!.
Love Tribe X Nickelodeon has officially launched this week in stores and online at Macys.com, but the line will officially kick off nationwide with a special event at Macy’s Herald Square in New York at 2:00 pm on August 26, 2017.
Make sure to follow Love Tribe on Instagram here: @lovetribeapparel
Last weekend, I attended Beautycon LA and made sure to make the rounds across all of the different vendor booths. I remember distinctly the #lovewall mural at the Rumba booth and found out it was in celebration of their latest partnership with artist, James Goldcrown. The watches are gorgeous and the design is a beautiful nod to NYC street art. See below for all official details on the collaboration, as long as where to purchase this great timepiece.
Contemporary accessories brand Rumba announces the global launch of their limited edition collaboration with artist James Goldcrown. The artist behind NYC’s most photographed street art designed the watch, with each timepiece featuring Goldcrown’s signature etched into the case back.
Named Orchard Love, this custom timepiece will be available for pre-order on RumbaTime.com on August 15, 2017.
Known for on-trend watches and accessories, Rumba is excited to partner with James Goldcrown who debuted the new style last weekend at BeautyCon LA on August 12th featuring an original “Lovewall” created for the collaboration. As friends, James Goldcrown and Rumba CEO Drew Deters wanted to work together to create a style that shares their passion of art, design, adventure, and spreading the message of love around the world.
“Working with James has been a rewarding project for the brand,” says Deters, “his artwork is loved, represents love,
and is so aspirational. James’ work hits Rumba’s audience and aesthetic perfectly, it just seemed like a natural fit.”
The Limited Edition Orchard Love watch features an alloy 32mm case etched with LOVE on the side, as well as the special heart pattern on the dial and crown. The genuine leather strap comes in black, white, and pink with hearts embossed on the back of the strap. Drawing inspiration from New York City, each Rumba collection is named after streets and areas of the iconic city, delivering the same vibrancy and level of style you find in these neighborhoods. As the artist of NYC’s #bleedinghearts #lovewall popular murals, the Rumba x James Goldcrown collaboration is a quintessential partnership. Notable social media stars have featured the artist including Eva Chen, Chiara Ferragni, Rocky Barnes, while Rumba celebrity fans include Olivia Palermo, Lucy Hale, and Kelsea Ballerini. The Rumba x James Goldcrown limited edition Orchard Love watch will be available for $75 on RumbaTime.com and other select retailers.