DesignerCon 2017 recap

This past weekend, I attended DesignerCon 2017 in Pasadena. It’s my second year attending, and is now something I look forward to. I find unique gifts to give, perfectly timed for the holidays (although I always seem to present them early because I’m so excited). I had the kid in tow (again), but as a 4-year old, she is more patient and a tiny bit more interested. I know my love of art and design is rubbing off on her, because I really like the item she chose to purchase.

Next year, I might try to attend sans-kid, but that will probably mean I’ll spend a lot more money! Until next year, here are some highlights from this visit:

I met Paul Frank

Paul Frank was there last year, but I didn’t have a chance to meet him. This year, I was determined to get an autograph and have him sign my “Clancy the Giraffe” bag. Thankfully, his meet-and-greet was organized better this year, and not only did I get my bag signed, but I bought a cute limited-edition coin purse that matches it! He’s super nice and took the time to chat for bit.

www.paulfrank.com

Can't wait to use the #limitededition #paulfrank #clancythegiraffe #coinpurse i got at #designercon #dcon2017 #dcon @designercon

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Jo3bot

Jo3bot is Joey Spiotto, a Los Angeles-based illustrator. I love all his work! I bought my husband a gift here – a storybook version with characters from one of his favorite video games, Bioshock.

If you check out his website, there are plenty of cute versions of pop-culture references, t.v. shows, movies, and video games in the style of “Little Golden Books” – Storytime, or 1950’s style record covers – “High Fidelity“.

www.jo3bot.com

Man One graffiti artist – Roy Choi Children’s Book

I met Man One, the famous artist well-known through his graffiti art work. He illustrated the children’s book, Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, which I bought as a gift for a good friend of mine who is a fan of street-art, a foodie, and a new father. Man One founded Crewest Gallery in L.A. and his work has been featured in museums, t.v. shows, advertisements, and more.

www.manone.com

Mauricio Abril

I learned about Mauricio Abril’s work at last year’s DesignerCon, and purchased several prints. I love his style of art, especially the child superhero-related themed illustrations.

This year, he released “Leia’s Legacy”, which is heartbreakingly beautiful.

www.mauricioabril.com

Absolutely love this #artwork #leiaslegacy by @mauartist #princessleia at #designercon #dcon #dcon2017 #starwars

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Angry Little Asian Girl

I could totally relate to so many items sold at Lela Lee’s humorous Angry Little Asian Girl booth. It’s funny because it’s true. I bought something for my mom here. Which I will share on Instagram after I’ve given it to her!

You can find her items on Amazon or at her website:

www.angrylittleasiangirl.com

Steph Lew

It’s no wonder my daughter was drawn to the art of Steph Lew. Steph has illustrated several books about Disney Princesses. I love her cute style. My daughter chose a postcard of a Centaurides, a female centaur. I haven’t taken a pic of it yet, but I will and post it on my instagram feed. I also bought a couple postcards for some friends that reminded me of them. 🙂

Learn more about Steph and see her work on her website:

www.stephlew.com

DesignerCon

DesignerCon is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys, customs, plush, designer apparel and so much more with urban, underground and pop art! It is a celebration of all aspects from the world of design.

www.designercon.com


Disclaimer: Westside Mommy attended this event as a member of the media. No monetary compensation was made for this post. All opinions are my own.