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ANNOUNCING Field Trip: A pattern & illustration event! 04.27.2016

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We are SOOOOO EXCITED to announce that we are co-hosting a new licensing event called Field Trip in New York on Monday, May 16th. Field Trip was conceived by a small, but diverse group of artists. Our aim is to create a lively environment where clients may purchase or license new artwork and discuss collaborations. This event is happening at the same time as Surtex/NSS/ICFF, so it will be easy to take a  field trip around the corner to see us!

Field Trip will be held on Monday, May 16, from 2:30-7:30pm, at a gorgeous loft space in the garment district and will have a fun, casual feel with cocktails and nibbles.

Artists include:

Victoria Johnson 

If you are interested in collaborating, we would love for you to stop by so we can meet you! It’s invite-only, so please visit the fieldtripshow.com to request an invitation or let us know if you think you’ll be able to join us and we’ll put you on the guest list.

Happy Habitat + Ampersand Design Studio #SUPERRADCOLLAB 04.14.2016

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We can’t wait any longer to share this SUPER RAD COLLABORATION!!! We teamed up with our cool friend, Karrie, of Happy Habitat and designed three brand new bright, happy, modern throw blankets!! Basically, Happy Habitat and Ampersand Design Studio got together and made babies and we are introducing them to the world today!

Oh, and they are all made with recycled cotton so you can feel especially great about bringing them into your home! We hope you love them as much as we do!!! #SUPERRADCOLLAB

All three are live in our shop now! Brushstrokes,  Block Stripe, & Scribbles!

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Wanna know all the little details? Sure you do! Here you go:

Full-sized eco throws are big enough for one blanket hog, two adults who really like each other, or a mom and two kiddos who truly have no sense of personal space.

They look generous draped across the end of a bed or the back of a couch. I have a stack folded on a shelf in my living room as décor, locked and loaded for snuggle time.

  • 50 x 60 inches
  • 80% Recycled Cotton/20% Acrylic
  • Made in the USA
  • Machine Wash & Dry

RECYCLED COTTON

Recycled cotton is created from pre-consumer fibers and clippings that are collected after the cut and sew process. So new pieces that would otherwise be discarded get a second life.

Environmental benefits to using recycled cotton are:

  • Reduction in incinerator and landfull use, but reprocessing pre-consumer textile waste.
  • Recycled cotton fibers for yarn spinning require no new dyeing, saving water and adding no new pollutants.
  • The simplified manufacturing process reduces energy and resource use.
  • Recycled cotton requires no land use, intensive water irrigation, and no new fertliziers or pesticides.

The Bloom Academy + Ampersand Floral Workshop 03.17.2016

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We just had to share a little recap with you from our floral arranging workshop with Emily from The Bloom Academy! It was the very first event in our new studio and we were SO excited to get a few of you in here for a little shindig! Thanks to Emily for getting us to book a date for a workshop or we probably never would’ve gotten our new place ready. You know how it is, if you schedule a party, that’s the only way you actually get things done, or is that just us?

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Emily sure knows her flowers! We seriously learned so much and hope all of our guests did, too!Also, we’ve decided that we’d like the new studio to be filled with buckets of fresh flowers and all of our friends every single day, is that too much to ask?ampersand+bloomacademy_6

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These gals are basically professional florists now!!ampersand+bloomacademy_12

Thanks to all the yummy food from Moxie Catering and French macarons from Au Bon Macaron!

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If you missed out, never fear, this was just the first of many workshops to come! Hope we can get all of you in here sometime soon! Cheers! – Morgan & Carrie

(photos by Kyndall Durkee)

March Craft Events with The Land of Nod 02.25.2016

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Hey, hey CHICAGO!!!!! We are coming for ya! That’s right, we are headed to Chicago to host two different craft events with The Land of Nod! The first is a Mom’s Night out at Studio Nod on March 1, from 6-8pm. We’ll be teaching everyone how to hand-stamp your own tea towel! It’s so fun and easy, we promise! And then, the next morning, March 2, from 10am-12pm, we’ll be hosting a Kids Craft at the North & Clybourn store! Your kiddos can build their very own pipe cleaner and straw sculpture! We couldn’t be more excited to hop on the plane and get to crafting in Chicago! We hope you’ll come see us! If you can make it to either (or both) events, RSVP to nodevents@landofnod.com! More details below!

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Floral Workshop with The Bloom Academy 02.23.2016

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We are SO excited to announce the very first event in our brand new studio: A Floral Workshop!
The Bloom Academy + Ampersand Design Studio are so excited to be teaming up to bring you a special workshop experience!
The basics of floral arranging are a valuable skill. They’ll help you turn any flowers into gorgeous arrangements for special events, gifts, or your own enjoyment. This workshop includes demonstrations, plus all participants will get to work hands on putting together their own arrangement. Delicious champagne cocktails and appetizers are included too! Flowers, food, and bubbly, what could be better?
Workshop includes:
– Demonstration of basic flower prep and care.
– Demonstration of floral arranging with tips and tricks you can use with all types of flowers.
-Hands on practice creating your own arrangement to take home in a beautiful vase, hand-painted by us!
Our new studio is tiny, so we have a very limited number of spots.
Tickets go on sale at 10am and will go fast! Please RSVP HERE!!
Hope to see you there!