Thursday, November 14, 2013

For Now, Goodbye Blog, Hello Facebook!

OK I'm a terrible blogger. It has been almost six months since I blogged. No matter how I plan or try I never seem to do it. I have good intentions, really I do, but I find it a very difficult chore. I have decided instead to post daily on my Facebook page. It's a more manageable option for me and much easier not to skip… maybe because I'm a visual person and not a writer. Anyway, this will be my last blog post for a while. I do plan on tackling it again in the future, but for now you can find daily happenings on Facebook.

Live a handmade life…..
Ilene Price

Monday, May 6, 2013

Ilene Price Design's Mother's Day Mandala will be included in The Artisan Group's 2013 Mother's Day Celebrity Gift Bag!

Love You Mom!

Don't forget Mother's Day this Sunday!

As with my Earth Day mandala, my Mother's Day mandala will be included, along with other artists, in a gift bag to be distributed to high profile celebrities on Mother's Day. The Artisan Group sends these bags to a Hollywood PR firm who then delivers them directly to the celebrities. Inside the bag is a booklet that explains who each artist is and a picture of their artwork that is included. 

The celebrities that will receive the gift bags this year are Megan Fox, Snooki, Jennifer Nettles, Giuliana Rancic, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Vanessa Lachey, Anna Faris, Claire Danes, Fergie, Jessica Simpson, Shakira, Holly Madison, Hillary Scott, Busy Philipps, Jenna Dewan, Kristen Bell, Gisele B√ľndchen, Kim Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari, Evan Rachel Wood, Sara Rue, Lisa Ling, Malin Ackerman, Maya Rudolph, and Pen√©lope Cruz. 

When I began thinking of what I wanted to draw for this print, I knew right away I wanted to create a bright colored flower mandala that had a heart in the center. Flowers are a recurrent theme in my artwork. I was very pleased with the way it turned out and I hope you do too. I paired it with an anonymous quote I found, which is new for me. My work usually has a simple tagline like "Be Joyful". I enjoyed looking for quotes to go with my art and am planning on using more of them in the future.

My mini celebrity prints are printed on recycled paper, matted in cranberry colored mats and wrapped in teal handmade rice paper envelopes. Each is tied with raffia and affixed with a sticker. Also included in the package is a business card and a two-sided bio card just as I did for Earth Day. My print is currently available in my Etsy shop as an 8x10 matted print (5x7 image in an 8x10 mat). 

I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Learning and Re-inventing

You are never too old to learn...

Over the year I have been doing a lot of soul searching about my artwork and business. I love doodling and creating my mandalas, but I definitely have gotten in a rut as far as producing products with my artwork. Being a one woman show, I have done so much repetitious production that I forgot the joy of drawing and creating. I needed to reconnect with my inner artist... the voice that called me to start this adventure in the first place.

In December I found a wonderful three part online course given by Rachael Taylor and Beth Nichols on surface and pattern design. Pattern design has always intrigued me and I have wanted for a while now to explore ways to use my art as repeats for fabric, stationery etc. The first part of the e-course was about learning how to be creative again, sketching and inspiration, which I so desperately needed. I was excited for the first time in a long time. The second part of the course was more technical on how to take your designs and sketches and get them into the computer to manipulate. I learned so much and created some cool repeats. I also learned about trends in the marketplace both here and all over the world. The third part of the e-course starts at the end of the month and is geared towards monetizing and marketing my work. I can't wait. Below is an example of a collection I created for one of the exercises. You can find more on my website and Flickr account. I am working on finding my own signature style that stands out from the crowd using my mandalas and doodles.

Time to reinvent myself a little...

While I was getting all excited about my new course, I began looking at my own identity and branding that I have been using. I decided it was time for a little facelift to freshen up what I had. I wanted the logo to look more fun and whimsical like my work, while still keeping a familiar look. After I liked what I came up with I began recreating all of the banners for Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, this Blog etc. to coordinate.

By far the most exciting part of this transformation is completely redoing my website. I had used iWeb before, which no longer works on my new Mac. This time, with the help of my son to get it started, I created a fun, clean website I am proud of in Adobe Muse. It links to everything, my online social accounts, online shops and is a portfolio of all of my work, from doodles to graphic design. I'm very excited! It still needs some tweaking but I hope to launch it any day now. 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Ilene Price Design's Art will be included in The Artisan Group's 2013 Earth Day Celebrity Gift Bag!

Hello Spring! 

The Artisan Group Collaborates with PR firm to Gift Some of Hollywood's Most Environmentally Conscious Celebrities in Honor of Earth Day 2013!

I'm am so excited to announce that my new Earth Day mandala print will be included in The Artisan Group's Earth Day celebrity gift bag for 2013. The bag is a collection of green gifts from 50 artists, myself included. The Artisan Group teams up with PR firms to direct access to high profile celebrities. They have an outstanding reputation in the industry for showcasing artist's fabulous products to some of the biggest trendsetters in Hollywood. It's an awesome opportunity.

The celebrities that will receive the gift bags are Hayden Panettiere, Ginnifer Goodwin, Edward Norton, Adrian Grenier, Kate Bosworth, P!nk, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rachel McAdams, Emily VanCamp, Woody Harrelson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Daryl Hannah, Malin Akerman, Ted Danson, Orlando Bloom, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Hartnett, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Alicia Silverstone, Courteney Cox, Cameron Diaz, Sheryl Crow, Mark Ruffalo, and Natalie Portman.

In the past, when I have participated with TAG, I gifted notecards, jewelry and t-shirts, but this time around I knew I wanted to design a new mandala and gift a print instead. Each image is printed on recycled paper, matted and then carefully wrapped in a handmade rice paper envelope tied with raffia and affixed with a sticker. Inside with the print is a business card and a two sided bio/information card about myself and my artwork.

My new print will be available online in my Etsy Shop very soon just in time for Earth Day as well as smart phone cases in my Zazzle Shop. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for a Mother's Day print that will be included in their 2013 Mother's Day gift bag!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sandy Toes Here I Come!

Sandy Toes Here I Come!

I can't believe it's summer already. I am sooooo ready for it. I have a lot of plans this summer to revamp and refocus my business. (Of course there will lots of be sunshine and sandy toes too...) There is always so much going on with life in general and I never seem to find the time to blog or post or pin or tweet as much as I would like to. Hopefully this summer I can organize all that is "social media" in my world and streamline a system for myself that is easy to follow and keep up with. Maybe its as simple as scheduling, like blogging on Mondays, pinning on Wednesdays, Tweeting on Fridays etc....

My big task this summer will be redoing my website. I created it in iWeb, but I now have to do it over from scratch since Apple is doing away with the program, shame on you Apple! I also want to look into finally opening a shop in Zazzle. And on top of that I went back to my graphic design roots and took on a nice freelance design job for the summer. My summer is going to be very busy!

And then there is finding time to just "play" not just creatively, but perusing the websites, blogs and pinterest boards of fellow TAG members. I love them all... I start and before you know it 2 or more hours have gone by! Everything is so awesome and inspiring. And as if I didn't need another "toy" or distraction, I discovered Instagram and a ton of fun photo apps for my iPhone! There just isn't enough time.

And with that said I should have posted this two weeks ago! I recently gifted Nicole Richie through The Artisan Group. Here is a picture of what I sent her, a glass pendant, some notecards, a hamsa t-shirt and of course my hand watercolored note that I have been doing for all the celebrity gifts. I love doing these gifts. It's a really nice way to get your products directly into the hands of a specific celebrity. I also just booked my spot to have my business cards in The Artisan Group's swag bag again. LOVE TAG!

Well that's all for now... I have a lot of planning to do!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Who doesn't love Giada De Laurentiis?

Who doesn't love Giada De Laurentiis?

For those of you who don't know, Giada De Laurentiis is an Italian American chef, writer and TV personality. She is the host of Food Network's "Giada at Home" and appears regularly on the Today Show as a co-host and contributor. She also has a line of cooking supplies sold exclusively at Target. And... her husband Todd Thompson is a fashion designer for Anthropologie, only one of my most favorite stores in the whole world!

Last month, I wasn't able to attend her local book signing at Williams Sonoma in The Mall at Short Hills, but I was able to order an autographed copy of her new cookbook "Weeknights with Giada" from her website. It just arrived a few days ago and I can't wait to try some of her recipes!

Through my association with The Artisan Group, I was again given the opportunity to gift a celebrity... GIADA! I literally mailed my gift out yesterday. I sent her one of my t-shirts, a pendant, a few notecards and a bottle cap "J" charm for her daughter Jade Marie. And of course I hand watercolored a personalized note as I did for Tori Spelling and Zooey Deschanel!

The way it works is we put our names into lotteries as opportunities come up for gifting celebrities. There are so many members in The Artisan Group now, it's a really fair way to give everyone a chance. I have been lucky enough to have done three so far. 
          'Till next time...TAG Rocks!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Celebrity Gifting Continues...

Celebrity Gifting Continues...

The celebrity gifting group I belong to, The Artisan Group, just celebrated their one year anniversary on March 7th... happy birthday TAG! April 12th will mark my one year anniversary with them. TAG has been a great source of inspiration and support for me over the last year, I love being a member. When I joined there were maybe 50 members or so and now there are over 800!

Participating in the Emmy Awards with them was a great experience. Since then, I have had my business cards in their swag bags for the Golden Globes, the Oscars and will have them at the upcoming MTV Movie Awards. I have had the opportunity to gift Zooey Deschanel and my latest is Tori Spelling! I literally just mailed out the gift today. Here is what I sent for Tori and her family... a set of notecards, a magnet trio with her children's initials and one of my "new" style pendants. I also hand watercolored a quick note just as I did for Zooey Deschanel. 


All in all, if you are a artist or craftsperson out there, or you know one... check out TAG. It's a wonderful community of artisans!