CHA Winter 2012 Experience

I am excited to share some snapshots from my recent CHA (now Association for Creative Industries) experience in Anaheim, California. I have attended these shows since 2007 and I can easily say that CHA 2012 Winter Show was the best year yet!

As a part of being at the event, I exhibited my 3-D art licensing illustration and design portfolio in the Designer Showcase. I was privileged to meet up hundreds of creative people walking the show floor and taking valuable classes. This year I got more time to test many new products and techniques through the make-n-takes which is what the whole craft industry is about!

The day before the show started I took classes from 8am-10pm at night and then more classes peppered throughout the other show days. To me, education is a very valuable part of my CHA experience and I learned so many new ideas about marketing, business, retail, and even a couple of classes on the legal side of things. I look forward to implementing what I  learned into my art business the coming year and I am eager to share this knowledge with my students and manufacturing and publishing clients as well!


Also, the opening day “She’s Crafty” flash mob for Charity Wings, was a delightful community celebration!

About Cherish Flieder

Cherish Flieder is an internationally-featured artist, designer, creative entrepreneur, and award-winning children’s book illustrator. Cherish’s designs have been seen in fashion apparel, books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, crafts and more. She is the creator of Something to Cherish®, an artistic brand that joyfully connects with the hearts of women through her original watercolor mixed-media artwork on pre-treasured gifts, home decor, fashion accessories, and keepsakes. Cherish is also the founder of the art licensing community She regularly teaches marketing, illustration, design, and technology at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Connect with Cherish on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn.

1 Comment

  1. Phyllis Dobbs on February 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Cherish – it was great seeing you at the show! Great pictures (and thanks for showing pix from our class!). CHA was so inspirational and was really buzzing this year!