I had the pleasure of traveling with my design-minded partner in crime - Aga Artka - to ICFF in New York City. After missing it last year, I couldn’t wait to get back. And how fun to watch Aga take in her first ICFF experience. On assignment for M Magazine, we had the opportunity to share some of the show highlights with the M audience…and now with you. We are excited for you to read about a few Milwaukee-area connections - how fun for us to be able to talk about local talent as part of the inspiring encounters at this international design show.
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I had the pleasure of attending another ASID/IIDA Wisconsin Interior Design Student Career Day this past Friday at American Family Insurance. The committee created a great schedule of presentations and activities to inspire students and prepare them for their professional careers.
Aga Artka and I teamed up for a presentation titled “Who Are You?” We gave students a structure for developing an “elevator speech” and tried to get them to think “out-of-the-box” in terms of what they can offer a future employer. Every designer needs to understand they bring more to the table than a design degree and design-related experience. It is their other unique skills and characteristics that will set them apart from the competition. And if you have a few minutes with a new contact, how are you going to communicate that? What can you say to someone that will make a good first impression and leave a lasting impression?
After numerous emails and polite persistence, I was finally able to connect with Carlie Nesgoda last week. Carlie was interested in learning more about my business and how to use her design and architecture studies to pursue her passion. I always enjoy connecting with driven students, so we met for lunch and a chat. It didn’t take long for me to be impressed and inspired by this emerging professional.
Carlie is passionate about an idea, a project, and helping her hometown thrive and grow…it seems to me she hopes to help make our world a better place one little corner at a time. I invited her to share her thoughts here as a guest blogger for as long as she wants to stay and share.
If you want to see what a future leader is thinking about today, read on…
Aga Artka and I headed to the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (my alma mater) today to continue our classroom tour. It was good to be back “home.” I enjoyed every minute of my Pointer education and hope we we were able to inspire some soon to be graduates.
Kudos to Amy Bourassa, Kaitlin Wolfe, Ella Frances Horner, and Ashley Hanseter for already reaching out to me via LinkedIn. Good luck building your network!
Aga Artka and I are on the school circuit sharing our experiences and motivating interior design students to take charge of their careers. A design degree provides a great foundation for professional success.
Embrace the knowledge you are gaining in the classroom, be proud of your past experiences, recognize your strengths, let your passions guide you, and grab hold of your future.
See highlights of our presentation to design students at Waukesha County Technical College in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
I have said it once, and I will say it again…come to the 6th Annual Milwaukee Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show September 30th - October 2nd at The Garage at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Support furniture, art and accessories that are Made in America. Meet talented craftsmen. Learn the unique story behind each piece of furniture. Have fun, look around, and maybe buy a piece or two…or make a connection with someone who can make the perfect something for your home.
I hope to see you there!
July Gallery Night offers a sneak peek of the 6th Annual Milwaukee Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show on July 29 & 30, 2011.
Over fifteen of the show’s exhibitors will have their work on display at the Milwaukee School of Art & Design (MIAD) Friday from 5pm -9pm and Saturday from 10am – 4pm. Gallery Night will offer a preview of what visitors can look forward to seeing September 30 – October 2, 2011 when the show returns to The Garage, the special exhibit building, at the Harley-Davidson Museum.
Featured Gallery Night Exhibitors:
Anthony Kajfez, A.K. Artistry – Pleasant Prairie, WI
Dennis Bork, Antiquity Period Designs, Ltd. – Delafield, WI
Dwayne Sperber Furniture Maker – Delafield, WI
Paul Morrison, The Wood Cycle – Oregon, WI
Dale Osowski, Timberwerks Studio - Mequon, WI
Mary Obodzinski, Studio 1136, Inc. – Crystal Lake, IL
Kathleen & Dale Eggert, Eggert Glass – Shorewood, WI
Mick Biersach, Wisconsin Woodgrains LLC – Pewaukee, WI
Richard Hoffstedt, Cherry Canyon Designs – Spring Lake, MI
Dan Dricken – Milwaukee, WI
Mark Cherry Cabinets – Allenton, WI
Ed Gilbertson & Chris Scharpf, Gilbertson’s Stained Glass Studio – Lake Geneva, WI
Martin Vertacnik – Milwaukee, WI
Tricia Shay Photography – Oconomowoc, WI
Steven Puetzer Photography – Oconomowoc, WI
In addition to these new and past exhibitors, MIAD students, faculty, and alumni will have a collection of furnishings on display.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to win a Gallery Night Door Prize donated by Gilbertson’s Stained Glass Studio. In addition, a custom bench/coffee table designed and handcrafted by Wisconsin craftsman Dale Osowski will be on display. This piece was part of the recent Breast Cancer Showhouse and will be the Grand Door Prize at the fall show (value $850).
GALLERY NIGHT DETAILS:
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
273 E. Erie Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Friday, July 29th from 5pm – 9pm
Saturday, July 30th from 10am – 4pm
FALL SHOW DETAILS:
6th Annual Milwaukee Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show
The Garage at the Harley-Davidson Museum – Milwaukee, WI
400 West Canal Street (Crossroads of 6th and Canal Streets)
September 30 – October 2, 2011
Friday 4 pm – 8 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
Tickets: Adult one day $10, two days $15, children under 12 free
I met Sue Shunta of Fresh Design when we were both starting our businesses…almost eight years ago. I was blown away by her then, and I am again now. Somehow we lost contact until I was recently thinking about just the right touches for my client’s open house. A modern house needs modern flowers, and if you go to www.freshdesignflowers.com you will see what I am talking about.
Sue, it was great connecting with you — Thank you for the perfect arrangements for the egg design group! I can’t wait to catch up and see your studio.
I enjoyed catching up with Jennifer Espenscheid and Jeremy Shamrowicz at the SomaFlux Opening Party. INdustri Cafe provided the perfect setting for this “Organic Collaboration.” I am a big fan, but you can judge for yourself.
Visit www.thesomagallery.com to see SomaFlux work and much, much more.
I think this particular piece would be a great addition to an architecture or design studio!
Thanks to my friends Brian and Aga Artka, I am reading a variety of business and technology books from the Artka Library. It seems like the perfect time to dig a littler deeper into a variety of topics and get inspired by motivated individuals and successful companies. My recent list of completed books include:
Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
twitter means business: how microblogging can help or hurt your company by Julio Ojeda-Zapata
The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
Crush It!: Why NOW is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk
I am still digesting all of the information to decide what makes sense for me and my business. I find myself sharing snippets of information daily with my clients as we continue to define how social media fits into their strategic marketing plans. These books reinforced my belief that social media has a valuable place in an overall marketing plan. Each client will use the tools differently to support specific goals and objectives. The key is embracing these new tools and being authentic. This technology provides a wealth of opportunities and endless networking possibilities.
I am loving all of the possibilities!
Now…I better get back to the next book on my list!