Ampersand Design Studio

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our first fabric line! 08.28.2012

We have been SO anxious to share more details about our exciting news and today we can!!! The picture above is a little sneak peek of our very first line of fabrics in collaboration with Windham Fabrics!!!! We can hardly believe we are getting to say those words. Having a line of fabric has been a dream of ours for quite a long time now, so the fact that this is coming to fruition is a bit surreal for us! We got these samples of fabric in the mail today and I bet the two of us just sat there and unfolded them and stared at them for an hour! It’s just really fulfilling to see something in it’s final form after putting a lot of work into it!

We’ve been beyond lucky to get to work with the insanely talented people at Windham and not to mention to now be included in the Windham designer family means to be among designers we have long admired and who even inspired us to get into this field to begin with (seriously), such as Lotta Jansdotter, Jackie Shapiro (of French Bull fame), and Julia Rothman!!

We would love to share each design in our new line with you all right now, but we can’t do that quite yet, so we thought we could, at least, share some of our inspiration behind i! The collection is called “Cream & Sugar” and it’s all about TEA! (yum, we love tea and all the goodies that go along with it) The Cream & Sugar collection is filled with bright color (as you can see in the sneak peek above) and we created the artwork with paper-cut-outs and handwriting! Psst..one of our favorite parts is picking out the final color palette!

So, that’s what we’ve been up to lately…and if you remember this little celebration picture (below)….this is the day we received the contract from Windham and knew everything was official! Happy girls :)

(check out Windham’s blog for their Fall 2012 Designer line-up, including yours truly!)

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  1. Gaby [The Vault Files]

    How awesome!! Congrats girls! :)

    August 28, 2012 9:02 am
  2. Jeanee

    OMG! This is SO AWESOME!!! Congrats. Can’t wait to see it in more detail :)

    August 28, 2012 12:57 pm
  3. Dariana

    This is so inspiring!! very happy for you girls. We will be celebrating for you two from California ;). Can’t wait to see the whole fabric line. Congrats!!

    August 28, 2012 3:30 pm
  4. ampersand

    Thank you so much, ladies!!!!

    August 28, 2012 7:17 pm
  5. Amber

    The fabrics are beautiful!!! So happy for you!

    August 28, 2012 7:36 pm
  6. tammy smith

    YEA YOU GUYS!!! That was SUPER fast too! Can’t wait to see the fabric in person!
    xo-Tammy

    August 28, 2012 8:05 pm
  7. Heather

    Congrats, ladies. I love love love the fabric line.

    August 29, 2012 2:18 am
  8. Meg (MIMI+MEG)

    Yay friends! Can’t wait to see it!

    August 29, 2012 2:35 pm
  9. Jennifer

    Congratzs ladies…so excited about this fabric collection!!

    August 29, 2012 7:48 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks so much for the congrats, friends! We are so thankful for the support!

      September 10, 2012 1:45 am

on the lookout: toy storage 08.24.2012

Toys are overtaking our house! Having good-looking bins, baskets and other miscellaneous containers all over the house to stow them back into makes things more manageable so I’m always on the lookout for durable, kid-friendly options. Cleaning up the mess with a toddler running around is a lot like shoveling the driveway in a blizzard, but what are ya gonna do, right?

1. Crocodile Wall Organizer 2. Raccoon Storage Bin 3. Mountain Peaks Bath Basket 4. Chalkboard Storage Bench 5. Store by Numbers Cube Bin 6. Flea Market Wire Ball Bins 7. Rugby Stripe Bin 8. Industrial Basket and Toys Liner

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  1. Olivia

    Awesome! I love item #3, but the link does not work for me.

    August 24, 2012 3:25 pm
    • ampersand

      Oops, sorry, Olivia! The link is updated now.

      August 24, 2012 3:51 pm

we heart kc: plug projects 08.22.2012

If you can’t tell, we’re really proud to call Kansas City our home. It’s a pretty incredible place, and this is just another reason why. Plug Projects is a group of five local artists that got together to bring a unique idea to life. Their mission is to bring fresh perspectives and conversations to the local art community by exhibiting challenging new work and possibly even more importantly, initializing dialogue within the community! Plug Projects is continuing to expand the connections between artists in the Kansas City area and beyond.

The images above are from many of last year’s exhibitions including the current exhibit, “Endless“, featuring work by Laura Bell, Michelle Grabner and Amy M. Ho. (runs through September 8th)

If you are just learning about Plug now, make sure to scroll through the past exhibitions!

Also, mark your calendars for September 8th, Plug will be celebrating their first anniversary with a little party at the gallery from 5-7pm. Stop by, say hi, enjoy some art, and if you’re feeling  generous, you could help fund their next year of incredible art!

Their next Crit Night is Thursday, September 13th at 6pm.

PLUG PROJECTS is located at 1613 Genessee St. Kansas City, MO 64102 Google Map Link

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big thanks for our new photo 08.20.2012

We were in desperate need of a current photo of the two of us in order to update our bio and to share with some of our new licensing contracts for the “Designers” portion of their websites (more on that soon)! It’s not easy to get a picture of two girls that both of them are ok with, so we enlisted some very talented friends, Emily Stansberry and Erin Cobb, to try and capture us! We were thrilled with the photos they took and we just wanted to say a big huge THANK YOU to both of you girls!!!!!!!!!!!! We’re giving you hugs (again) right now, through our computers. You are the best!!

-Morgan & Carrie

(psst…we’re proud to send you to our “about us” section!)

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loving: link collective furoshiki 08.17.2012

We love a product that does double (and triple…) duty, especially when it’s beautifully designed. Perfect example: furoshikis by Link Collective. “Furoshiki” is Japanese traditional wrapping cloth. How Link describes it: “It can be used in multiple ways, for bundling or gift-wrapping all sorts of things. We think this particular lighter-weight furoshiki works well for more delicate wrapping and perfectly as a scarf, and it softens up the more you wear and wash it. One simple and beautiful piece of cloth and the list is endless. Tie it and see!” The beautiful designs are printed on 100% cotton satin by hand using traditional Japanese printing techniques. The leather strap you see pictured above where the furoshiki is transformed into a purse is also available on the Link Collective etsy shop and can be added without damaging the fabric in any way! What a great gift (for someone else OR yourself).

 

 

 


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  1. McKenna Ryan

    What a beautiful scarf!! I love the first one! I also really like how you found new ways to use all of the scarves.

    August 17, 2012 3:50 pm
  2. Emily Walters

    I think Betsy, at bon bon atelier is going to give a fabric wrapping class sometime in October or November. Very similar to this stuff, but with fabric or scarves. We should all attend!

    August 18, 2012 12:16 am