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art & design: art of the beat 02.16.2012


So yeah, as pattern designers AND a couple gals who are going to need to start doing some major self promo before our big trade show in May, this is major inspiration!!! This is actually a self promo piece for designer, Kate Thomas. She describes her thought process behind this piece like this: ” I love pattern and repetition. It has been a constant theme in my work. So when I needed to create a self-promo to potential employers, I knew that would be my theme. In Art of the Beat I write, ‘Patterns are the drum beat. They are the most basic form of order. Boom Boom Dum Clash! But you can’t stop with just a simple beat’. In Art of the Beat, I include a cover letter, brief explanation of the work, and my resume at the back. The only words inside the book are “BOOM BOOM DUM CLASH”. 
{We found these awesome images and Kate’s explanation here.}

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  1. kate thomas

    >thanks for the post.
    looks like i'll be seeing y'all in may at surtex
    I actually became familiar with y'all – christi steckel told me about y'all.
    i live in jackson.

    February 16, 2012 7:18 pm
  2. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Kate, that is so great to hear we'll be seeing you at Surtex! Best of luck preparing for the show–we'll definitely keep an eye out for you! And, we're flattered you already followed our blog! (yay)

    February 17, 2012 2:49 am
  3. Dayle

    >I love this post!

    February 22, 2012 2:12 am

trend watch: agate 02.10.2012


Aren’t these beautiful? We just love the idea of incorporating natural elements inspired by or by using actual agate! The brilliant colors and natural patterning are just mesmerizing!
I’m starting to wonder what ever happened to my rock collection I had as a kid!? Hmmm….my mom will most definitely be getting a call later today. I’m positive I had about 10 purple geodes that would make perfect bookends. 
{Links: 1. Whorled Felt Rug, 2. Blue Agate Shield cuff , 3. Kelly Wearstler 20″ Agate fabric by the yard (blue with lavendar) , 4. Agate Bookends, image via )

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  1. Julia - the Urban Slant

    >LOVING agate. Seriously. Those book ends are SO gorgeous in person (I haven't bought…yet)

    February 10, 2012 3:26 pm
  2. i'm jess

    >i love my bluish-green agate bookends and one of my favorite rings is a huge purple agate stone… it always gets compliments!

    February 10, 2012 3:29 pm
  3. A Dash of Detail

    >those bookends are gorgeous! I wish they were in my budget right now.

    February 10, 2012 5:40 pm
  4. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Julia–you have to just buy them! ahh! we want to see them in person, too! #jealous

    Jess, of course you are on top of the trend before it's even a trend :)

    A Dash of Detail…we are wishing, too. one day!

    February 12, 2012 2:31 am

print & pattern: Moroccan inspiration 01.31.2012


oh yes, we kind of feel like we NEED both of these little numbers…although, we have to let you know right off the bat, the prices are not the most friendly. So for now, we can dream….we spotted these Sass & Bide shorts on pinterest last night and had already been dreaming of this gorgeous Agadir Twists Rug. We’re thinking we might need to be sent to Morocco to get inspired for some future surface patterns, right? These are just perfection!

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  1. Courtney Lane - Blog

    >I've loved that rug since the first time I saw it! So lovely. Have a great day girls!

    Courtney Lane

    January 31, 2012 6:30 pm
  2. Mrs. P Vega

    >cute & cute! I really really need those shorts!

    January 31, 2012 7:44 pm
  3. Ampersand Design Studio

    >i think we all should get the shorts AND the rug! deal?

    February 2, 2012 5:24 am

SURTEX! 01.27.2012


In the spirit of our previous post about sharing and building more of a community here, we’re excited (and terrified at the same time) to announce that we’ve decided to get a booth at Surtex!!! It’s been a goal of ours for as long as we can remember to show our work there. For those not familiar, Surtex is a surface pattern design tradeshow where artists (and in some cases, agents) show collections of pattern designs (like ours above) in the hopes that they are selected for use on products like bedding, paper products, tabletop items (and so on). The show is in mid-May in NYC and runs at the same time, and in the same building as, the New York Stationery Show. We’ll just come right out and admit that we have a LONG way to go to get ready for the show and, to that end, we are kind of freaking out! The to-do lists are endless and the months are quickly flying by. We don’t exactly know how we’re going to get it all done along with the blog, the shop, our client work and trying to have some tiny shred of a personal life on the side, but somehow we are just crazy enough to believe we can make it happen!
Unfortunately, we can’t really share all of our actual patterns for the show before we present them, but we still thought it would be great to share our experience of getting ready. We also like that creating this post officially holds us accountable to get ‘er done (that and the hefty deposit we put down. eeks!) 
Have any of you shown at Surtex? Or is anyone else showing there for the first time? We would love to hear about your experience, if so. We’d also glady accept any general tips for staying sane in the midst of a giant project! Or a giant margarita! HA! Thanks for listening and we’ll keep you posted on our progress!

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  1. melissa loves

    >I am SO excited for you guys to be a Surtex. You will ROCK that joint. I want to be sure to remember when it is so, I can come cheer you on in person! Awesome…

    January 27, 2012 3:15 pm
  2. Sara

    >That's awesome that you'll be at Surtex! Have a great weekend!

    January 27, 2012 3:18 pm
  3. Annie

    >SO excited for you girls!! Can't wait to hear how it goes! Awesome!!!

    January 27, 2012 3:49 pm
  4. i'm jess

    >not sure if you know about jessica jones… i read her blog:
    she does surface design and may be a good contact for you.
    best wishes on your venture!
    i love your guys work!

    January 27, 2012 3:53 pm
  5. laura parke

    >yay!! you girls are going to do so great. you've got tons of fans cheering you on, me being one of the biggest!!

    January 27, 2012 3:54 pm
  6. Michelle

    >CONGRATS!! You guys are going to do amazing! So so happy for you!

    January 27, 2012 4:26 pm
  7. carlyklock

    >I'm so excited for you two and happy to see you taking a leap to follow your dreams. Your designs and your determination are so inspiring.

    Rock it, ladies!

    January 27, 2012 5:13 pm
  8. tammie

    >SO exciting! i will be following along closely, because i would like to go next year. you probably already know, but khristian howell has written ebooks books about tradeshows, and i've heard good things about them :: confessions of a first timer + showstopper
    good luck – can't wait to see you guys rock it out.

    January 27, 2012 8:40 pm
  9. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    >WOW!! That is SUPER exciting!! Congrats ladies!!
    I wish you lots of luck throughout the next couple months as you prepare!

    January 28, 2012 1:39 am
  10. Ampersand Design Studio

    >WOW!!! Thank you, thank you everyone for your comments! You have all made our day. We're so thankful to have the support.

    Melissa: We would be SO happy to see you in NYC! That would be such a bonus!

    Sara: will you be at Surtex, too?

    Annie: Thanks so much! :) We will keep you posted.

    Jess: Thanks for the contact info for Jessica Jones. We have read how about orange in the past, but it's been a little while. I'm excited to check it out again. We appreciate your help and the encouragement!

    Thanks, L-Jeez & Michelle, for cheering us on!

    Carly: Awww. Thank you!!!

    Tammie: We will definitely let you know all we learn from this year. So fun if we get to do it together next year. Thanks a ton for the khristian howell info. Those are on our list to check out. We've heard great things.

    Just, thanks again, guys! The encouragement means the world to us!

    xo, c&m

    January 28, 2012 1:40 am
  11. Katie Anderson

    >Y'all are going to be so awesome! I can't wait to hear about it. Actually I've been meaning to ask if you have any plans to turn some of your patterns into fabric. I really want an Ampersand print pillow.

    January 29, 2012 4:36 am
  12. Savvy in San Francisco

    >That is so exciting that you girls are putting yourselves out there! It was so fabulous to meet you at ALT at lunch! You two are adorable! Good luck at Surtex!

    January 30, 2012 6:44 am
  13. Eunice K.

    >I just stumbled upon your blog and love the work! you guys will do great! I am also about to make the jump into surtex this year and like you both am freaking out (but excited) at the same time. Best of luck and hope to meet you on the floor in May!

    January 31, 2012 2:37 am
  14. Ampersand Design Studio

    >Thanks again, everyone!!
    Katie–we actually DO have plans to make some fabric, so we'll keep you posted!

    Savvy in San Francisco…thank you for the support!!! We loved meeting you, too!

    Eunice, we definitely need to keep in touch! Best of luck to you in preparing!

    January 31, 2012 3:17 am
  15. Jeanee

    >WOW! Good luck!

    February 16, 2012 6:33 pm

trend watch: a fresh take on rainbow 01.25.2012


Well, we think we’ve made it pretty clear that we’re not afraid of color around here, so we sure are loving the influx of beautiful and sophisticated rainbows in fashion and home decor lately!

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  1. Mandy

    >Oh dear…those Jimmy Choo's are too fun!! They would certainly spice up an outfit his summer!

    The Klury Report & Kini Style

    January 26, 2012 3:22 am
  2. Shannon Darrough

    >Just found your blog from the Alt pinterest board … hadn't even thought about rainbow stripes yet. Love it!

    January 28, 2012 3:07 am