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Introducing the Kansas City Baseball Tee! 10.16.2014

WOOOOHOOO! We are so proud of Kansas City! Whether you were a baseball fan before or not, you are NOW — are we right?!!! The energy in this city is electric right now! We’ve been waiting 29 years for our Royals to head back to the World Series and we can’t wait to show our pride in the coming weeks!

We couldn’t resist, and after the release of our Kansas City totes, we’ve been wanting to put our hand-painted lettering on tee shirts also. Since, we wanted to make these for ourselves to wear, we thought you guys might want to wear them, too.

They will be hot off the presses and ready to pick up at our studio a week from today, Thursday Oct. 23rd from 10 – 4 or we can ship them out Wednesday. Head to the shop to get yours.

Be sure to celebrate along with us and post pics of your new tee at #ampersandheartskc and copy us @ampersanstudio

GO ROYALS! GO KC!

 

PATRICK DOOLEY // 2014 AIGA KANSAS CITY FELLOW AWARD 09.09.2014

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a professor that makes such a lasting impression on your life, but both of us just happen to be in that category. While attending design school at The University of Kansas, we had the pleasure of having Professor Patrick Dooley starting in our early design years. Starting with early classes, he taught us the very basic foundations of typography and graphic design and let us discover what successful visual communication really meant. His dry sense of humor, calm demeanor (even while sometimes delivering harsh criticism), and endless passion for passing on his knowledge, while at the same time letting each student’s design sense show through, was truly one of a kind. His classes made us fall in love with design!! We owe much of our success in the design industry to what we learned from Patrick. We’d like to personally thank him for all he has done and we are thrilled to help share this news!!

Drumroll please…AIGA Kansas City announced that Professor Patrick Dooley is the winner of the 2014 Fellow Award for the Kansas City chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. The award will be presented at the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City.

With more than two decades at the University of Kansas, Mr. Dooley, professor in the Department of Design | School of Architecture, Design & Planning, has influenced legions of designers practicing in Kansas City and beyond. Best known for his love of book design and attention to typography, Dooley has several works in the National Design Archives of AIGA. Dooley’s  awards number more than 80, with work recognized by the New York Type Directors Club, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, Los Angeles Art Directors to name a few.

Awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship in 2003, Dooley lectured at the Fachhochschule in Trier, Germany. A Study Abroad program has resulted with more than 80 international scholars from Kansas or Germany to date.

Dooley received a 2008 Sappi Ideas that Matter grant and, along with University of Kansas students,  developed a print campaign benefitting the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association.

A bit about the AIGA Fellow Award: The Fellow award recognizes a designer with 15 years or more experience who has made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the local and regional design community, as well as in the AIGA chapter. The areas of education, writing, leadership and reputation – as well as the practice of design – are given equal consideration.

A bit about AIGA Kansas City: AIGA KC strives to inspire talent, engage thinking and connect designers through events, an annual awards program, and partnership in Kansas City Design Week. More than 500 strong, AIGA KC is in its 25th year as a chapter of a national organization celebrating its centennial.

If you are local and would like to celebrate the awesomeness that is Professor Patrick Dooley, make sure you attend the AIGA KC Awards Gala & Exhibition on September 20 in Kansas City!

 

West Elm Grand opening party 08.21.2014

Last night was the Grand Opening preview party for our brand new West Elm store on the Country Club Plaza so it was the perfect opportunity to go visit our products on the West Elm shelves!!! It was such a high to see our totes and new 8×10 ampersands sitting with the other local products in one of our all-time favorite stores!

Plus, the party itself was so fun and West Elm was PACKED with people checking out the new digs! Also, we already love West Elm for partnering with local makers, but love them even more for donating a portion of the night’s profits to Bridging the Gap, an awesome local KC environmental non-profit. Judging by the crazy-long check-out lines all night, they were surely able to donate a lot of money to this great cause. There was also awesome music and a Smilebooth set up for fun pics!

 It was such a fun night of yummy food by Howard’s Organic Fare and Vegetable Patch and cocktails from The Campground

It was so great to catch up with one of our favorite KC bloggers, Megan of Chasing Davies! How cute is she for wearing our tote to the opening?! Be sure to go check out her blog post to see how she styled the Crossroads bag in the most darling way!

Our products were in the best company on the local display! So many amazing makers. Cute products below from Convivial Production, Ruff House Art and Tad Carpenter Creative.

Thanks West Elm, for a great night and for including us as a part of West Elm Local!

#westelmlocal in Kansas City 08.19.2014

Have you heard the exciting news??? WEST ELM IS COMING TO KANSAS CITY!!!!!!!!! As if we weren’t excited enough about this, we have a little (BIG) announcement to go along with it!

They are doing something really cool, called #westelmlocal and they have decided to partner with a select few local makers for handcrafted goods…all from LOCAL artisans!

We couldn’t possibly be more excited to announce that we are one of those local makers!!! That’s right, you can now find Ampersand Design Studio products at the brand new West Elm store on the Country Club Plaza!!!!!!!! AHHH…..we are pinching ourselves to be collaborating with one of our very favorite stores! We’ll have a few of our favorite products there including our brand new “Kansas City” tote bags in both styles AND a new addition to our line-up is our ampersand screen prints in a new size: 8″ x 10″ (which happens to fit perfectly in many of our favorite West Elm’s picture frames)!

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Check out the other local makers you can find in the new West Elm Kansas City store. We’re so happy to be in such great company!

Happy Habitat is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Happy Habitat

1canoe2 is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

1canoe2

2nd Story is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

2nd Story

Convivial Production is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Convivial Production

Tad Carpenter Creative is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Tad Carpenter Creative

Hammerpress is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Hammerpress

Axel Co. is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Axel Co.

Ruff House Art is available at West Elm Kansas. #westelmlocal

Ruff House Art

Check the west elm Kansas City page + follow @westelmkc on Instagram to stay up-to-date on #westelmlocal launch parties + events.

 

  1. Jess Zimlich

    So exciting! Congrats, ladies :)

    August 19, 2014 1:41 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Jess! :)

      August 19, 2014 9:02 pm
  2. Kari

    This is SOOO awesome! You ladies rock! I love the bags you designed and can’t wait to check them out! Congratulations!

    August 19, 2014 7:47 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks so much, Kari!

      August 19, 2014 9:02 pm

announcing: our new Kansas City tote bags!!! 08.18.2014

We have been DYING to share this fun little addition to our etsy shop…and finally the day is HERE!!!

There’s no doubt that we LOVE the city where we were both born, raised and have chosen as our home to raise our own families. What better way to show our Kansas City pride than to create our very own product to showcase the love? We’ve been wanting to do these for so long; it’s really exciting that we are getting to launch them today!!

They are perfect for just about anything — whether you’re headed to the farmer’s market, the gym, the pool, or simply to use as your everyday bag! These limited edition Kansas City totes come in two styles and there are only 50 of each!

“The Plaza” Kansas City tote is a black canvas bag with metallic gold hot foil  “Kansas City” lettering!

“The Crossroads” Kansas City tote is a natural canvas bag featuring stripes hand-painted by us with screen printed “Kansas City” lettering in black ink. Each bag comes with its very own tassel & pom charm that we’ve handmade including two tassels, beads and yarn poms in various colors. Each charm is a unique color combination — no two bags are alike!!

Get ‘em before they’re gone!

Handmade and screen printed in Kansas City! #shopampersand #madeinkc #kansascity