Southlake Artist Hosts Showcase in Town Square
Oct 07, 2015 10:54AM ● Published by Mike
Ame Beanland is already an award-winning graphic artist and a New York Times Bestselling co-author. Her incredible work has been featured in such publications as Glamour, Self, USA Today and Family Circle to name just a few. Now the Southlake artist, entrepreneur, wife and mother of two is set to showcase her newest lines of Dragon Inspired stationary and home goods at a special Mix and Mingle event at the HMK store in Southlake Town Square.
We had a chance to sit down with Ame before her big event:
SS: You’re an author and a designer—how do you generate your creative energy?
Ame Beanland: I often joke that I just don’t know any better! Nobody ever told me I couldn’t write a book or I shouldn’t become a graphic artist—so I just started writing a little bit, designing a little bit, and it grew from there. I’m curious and creativity has always been a means for me to figure things out or solve a problem.
SS: What are your favorite outlets for your creativity?
AB: The computer is definitely my creative outlet of choice. I love to dabble and use technologies, processes, and methods of production in unexpected ways.
SS: How do the Dragons inspire you?
AB: My circle of friends and family inspire me—this community fires me up. When we moved to Southlake 10 years ago I thought, “What’s up with this weird Dragon-in-the-sky-lightning bolt-Texas thing I’m seeing everywhere?” Over the years I’ve fallen in love with the quirky dragon as emblematic of so many good things—solidarity, community, a unique spirit—just the sheer “belongingness" it can represent. It’s special to be a dragon.
My dragon designs began as stationery to give as gifts for my children’s teachers. People began asking if they could buy them and before I knew it I was a dragon logo licensee, then an approved vendor for the school district. I started designing t-shirts but really wanted to branch into more home and lifestyle items. It took two years to crack the textile printing method for my blanket designs which opened a whole new world of options. I’m always looking for that thing that, in the words of the late and great publisher Peter Workman, “surprises and delights.”
SS: Tell us about your event next week? What can we expect?
AB: On October 15th, I’ve been given a section of the HMK store in Town Square to create my own Ame B Design “pop up boutique.” You can expect an overwhelming variety of goodies—heavy on the southern accents. I’ll be featuring my new line of melamine tableware (perfect for tailgating and parties), mugs, lots of snuggly soft blankets and pillowcases, toss pillows, a few apparel items, stationery, canvases… and of course, there will be DRAGONS! I pay a royalty to the school district on all Dragon sales so you’ll be supporting CISD, and you’ll save $10 on every $50 you spend storewide so it’s a great chance to do some holiday shopping.