Packing For SURTEX 2016 / by Misha Zadeh Graham

Misha Zadeh Debuts Mountain Scape collection at SURTEX 2016 / Booth 527.

Misha Zadeh Debuts Mountain Scape collection at SURTEX 2016 / Booth 527.

Banners, hanging strips, samples, promos, business cards, press kits, decor, portfolio books, iPad, clothes, personal items, super awesome friend/helper...Am I forgetting anything? Will my bags arrive with me? Will my fragile items remain undamaged? Are any actual BUYERS / Art Directors going to come to my booth? Will any of those people ACTUALLY want to license the art I'm showing? Why did I schedule my flight on Friday The Thirteenth? Why don't these shows exist on the West Coast?

Phew. Okay. Breathe. It's time to enjoy the trip. I have dozens of artist friends I've met online and am looking forward to putting faces to the names. I've already been admiring the crazy awesome work they've been creating. And, I've worked pretty dang hard the last few months. I'm glad I didn't give into my anxiety dreams that were coming on hard about six weeks ago. I actually thought of cancelling my appearance. Can you believe that??? Only for about an hour, but still. It's hard to feel ready for a show like this. But I. Am. Ready.

I've been VERY lucky to receive some pre-show buzz and press. There is a nice feature on my work on page 33 of the 2016 Art & Design Licensing Source Book.

Are you going to SURTEX, too? Are you ready? How are you feeling?