Minted 2017 Holiday Cards

I have two new holiday cards now available at Minted for the upcoming gift-giving season! Both Winter Dove and Dashing Through the Snow are fully customizable and available in three different color ways—perfect for corporate holiday well-wishing.

Surtex 2017 Update

I'm working on a Surtex 2017 recap, but in the meantime, here are a couple of shots of our booth. Sue Dennen and I had a fantastic, first-time experience at the show. We met so many lovely people. Stay tuned for more details....

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Surtex 2017

So this is super exciting! I'll be exhibiting for the first time at Surtex this May 21-23, 2017 in NYC. Visit me at the Javits Center in Booth #2712 with my good friend Sue Dennen

Sue and I met during an online class (or two, but who's counting?) and discovered we live only about 2 hours apart. We get together for coffee and to chat about our art, our careers and our hopes and dreams. She's been a great sounding board, support system and cheerleader—the perfect partner to navigate Surtex with.

We're busy designing the booth, assembling our portfolios, and printing promotional materials. It's all a bit crazed, but in an exciting and energizing way. If you're planning on attending the show and would like to make an appointment to see my latest work, please feel free to email me: shannon@shannonhays.com

Hope to see you there!

 

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On Trend

Last month I had the opportunity to submit designs for consideration to Emily Kiddy's Autumn/Winter 2018/19 KIDS Trend Publication. I'm so thrilled to have 3 patterns featured in this fantastic report that peeks at what's up-and-coming in the children's apparel market!

For more information, visit her web site.

Out of this World

Now that all the Christmas shenanigans are over, it's time to start thinking about the next big holiday—Valentine's Day! For those that have a stellar valentine, you can pick up one of my constellation cards for Design House Greetings available soon at Trader Joe's.

And have I mentioned how much I love this company? Not only do they support independent artists, their cards are printed in the USA on recycled-content paper, they are assembled by adults with developmental disabilities and they cost just $.99. 

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Peace

Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season!

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speak love

Kind words. Kind thoughts. Kind actions.

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Alpine

Here's a little collection I created in the studio this week just for fun. I'm planning to upload it to Spoonflower soon, as I think it might make some adorable baby garments.

Perhaps some outdoor adventure awaits you in these last fall days? If you're lucky you might spot a mountain goat or two...

 

 

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Let the Sunshine In

After last week's election, I feel compelled to spread a message of love and tolerance. Here's hoping we can be a ray of sunshine to each other through our deeds, with our words and in our hearts. 

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October Days

The air is getting cooler, the leaves are gorgeous shades of red, orange and gold and we've been eating lots of cider donuts—it must be fall in New England. Such a beautiful time of year. Here are a few colorways of a new autumn-inspired pattern.

A Favorite Share

I love it when people send me photos of items they make with my fabric—especially since I don't know how to sew very well. Pat Donovan (aka Chickoteria) forwarded this darling baby tee and hat she created with my Here Kitty, Kitty fabric from Spoonflower. Perfect for her tiny niece. And I love how she styled the photo for Fall, too!

Not Just a Party Girl Anymore…

I've been thinking long and hard about my branding lately. Many of you may know that I originally called my creative business Shindig Design Studio. It seemed like such a great fit when I was creating invitations. 'Shindig' means party, or social gathering, and the retro vibe was perfect for my design aesthetic. It was even a nickname, bestowed upon me by a good friend back in my old college days.

But as I plunged more and more into illustrating and designing surface patterns, the name Shindig suddenly seemed limiting. And as I licensed my first greeting card, I realized I really wanted my own name printed on the back, not Shindig Design Studio. 

So now, as I role out my new web site, I decided it was the perfect time to make the switch. The artist formerly known as Shindig Design Studio is now Shannon Hays (Design and Illustration). Designer, illustrator, surface pattern designer, doodler. Who still loves a good party…