"Having fun and meeting all your favorite artists, designers, manufacturers, and vendors! Designer Con was founded in 2006 under the name Vinyl Toy Network. The show was created to bring together artists, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the vinyl toy/collectible figures market. The first show was in an 1,100 sq. ft. meeting room at the Pasadena Convention Center and has now grown into over 350,000 sq. ft. with over 600 vendors, art & custom shows, live demonstrations, and much more. DesignerCon now incorporates everything in the world of design including apparel, plush, printing, sculpture, designer toys, and art ranging from fine to urban. The show was founded and still run by companies who are also vendors which is why we strive to provide a fun, safe, comfortable environment for fans, artists, and vendors to meet! We look forward even bigger and better shows every year through the continued support of our amazing vendors and attendees. Without you, this show would not be possible, so from all of us at DesignerCon, thank you!"
Navigating this show is helped out by a handy fold-out map
Also enjoying a super busy space at this con was artist pal Jeff Victor https://www.jeffvictor.com/
Two photos below show these exclusives at their booth...
Half the fun is getting lost in the sensory overload.
Here are some of the booths I visited...
Our long-time pals at Loter Inc http://www.loter.com/
always have such a cool booth!
During my 6 mile wander.. I found this striking booth of awesome jewelry items, many made from re-purposed watch parts..http://www.rewindjewelry.com/http://www.rewindjewelry.com/rings/tentacle-ring-ed795-3bxby
(detail photo from their website)
I've been a fan and follower of Huggable Koi for years now!
It's been a great joy watching her brand and fanbase grow. Learn more about how she got into making plush art.. and building a celebrity clientele.. in this nifty interview with her on the Convention Crossings Podcast:
This was her table early in the day. She had killer sales at this show... including the sale of the giant koi pictured below!!!
Our colleagues Flesk Publications
exhibited at DesignerCon... and shared this photo below (by Vicky Lien -- thanks for permission to include here!)
on their Facebook post during the run of the show. Their post urged people to visit them and the other unique booths at the show.. and got me curious about this vendor.. so I went searching for them too. Cross promotion of interesting colleagues at shows is always a good karma.. and a good idea.
"Tiny Framed Things"
And of course it was cards galore at with booth buddies Warren Tales
I'd gotten cards from Lindsey's Warren Tales booth at the LA Printers Fair years ago. Small world!
She brought some of her edgier designs for this show... which is in keeping with the DesignerCon vibe of cute and counterculture getting cozy. But I found lots to enjoy too.. including these designs
and especially her super clever multi-tasking business cards, which fold in half to become a tiny greeting. So smart!
There was an area of the exhibition hall space devoted to enamel pin vendors...
This vendor attracted a crowd with her fun marketing and exclusives...
I added to my collection from Hive Five Studios
featured on this previous post:
And I'm always thrilled to see my pals at Corgli and Co.
It's impossible to cover the scope of this show in a single blog post.
Here are some images of booths and art that caught my attention.
Wall below was part of an interactive Spiderman exhibit...
There was an art gallery area...
This is the La Luz de Jesus booth...
with an entire wall of painted luxury shopping bags...
Since Stuart was only attending conventions this weekend and not exhibiting... he was visiting with friends and colleagues...
more show images...
I loved this shirt at the Pink Owlet booth: https://www.pinkowlet.com/ You may see it on Stuart sometime.
My tips for walking around this show. Stay hydrated! Get outside a few times.
And if you're there after sundown... enjoy the fountains at night...
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