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Studio Sale, China Travel and Open Studios

there’s a lot going on! first off, many people are a bit confused as to the difference between the Clark County Open Studios and our own Allen Designs Studio Sale. i’ll start with the 14th Annual Allen Designs Studio Sale which is at our business location off Minnehaha Rd. this is where we sell close-outs, samples and slightly blemished products, along with…

hello China!

yes, i’m here in China again. at least twice a year. i can’t believe this is my 10th year of coming here. am i really getting that old?! i’m working on lots of new designs. pretty darned excited about them! after 10 yrs., i still get completely blissed out in the development process. seeing two dimensional art become three dimensional…

china- hiking, sculpting, eating and art-ing

hiking in china is a new experience for me! i absolutely LOVE doing things i haven’t done before. on occasion, pushing through that edge of fear that tempts you to hold back and play it safe. those are the times i feel so completely alive. this hiking was a little different than i’m used to. it involved a concrete &…

hello from china

i made it here to shenzhen, china safe & sound. i’m looking forward to a productive week in the factory developing our 2013 allen designs winter line. as usual the travel time was long and tedious. about 16 hours total flight time + a little over an hour by bus. penguin heads for soap spitters coming here a few times…

CHINA DAY 8

things are finishing up here in the factory. samples are completed. pricing is agreed upon. and home is on the horizon! the flower i showed you previously- now completed. these colors are so YUMMY, don’t you think? the pendulum that accompanies it is super, super cute! just wait till you see it! stacks of molds. the messy process. i just…

CHINA DAY 7

this is part two of the farmer’s market i encountered here in southern china. it’s so interesting to see how different cultures exist & function. the day was already quite warm (in the 80’s), as you can imagine, these next areas didn’t have the best of smells. these are not pets. they’re for eating. same with these. love all their…

CHINA DAY 6

today was a better food day! i’m still guessing i will have lost a little weight from this journey. although nothing like the 4-5lbs per trip i would lose in the early years of my traveling here! i didn’t have to go into the factory till after lunch today so i had a little time to play in my art…

CHINA DAY 5

funny, i spoke too soon yesterday. today’s meals left much to be desired! i think these are sardines? the taste wasn’t too bad but not something i’d order on my own. octopus has never been a favorite of mine. they tell me this is some sort of curdled blood or something. i tried this sort of dish on a past…

CHINA DAY 4

food, when i first started coming here 9 years ago, scared me. not initially, because i never considered myself a picky eater and although i didn’t love chinese food, it didn’t make me want to gag. but a few meals in and i quickly began to dread each and every meal. which let me tell you, is very unlike me!…

CHINA DAY 3

the day consisted of more sculpting, mold making, sitting in traffic, eating and lots and lots of decisions. i really wish i could show you all of my new designs. unfortunately that will have to wait til july when we introduce them to market. but, i will cheat and show you a few over the next several days cause i…

CHINA DAY 1 & 2

about 20 hours of travel time and i made it here safe and sound. this is where i really wish i wasn’t such a chicken to take ambien! i have this repeating vision that i’m going to pee my pants or freak out on the plane like a lunatic. ohhhh, but it would be so nice to be knocked out…

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