Monthly Archives: April 2016

Ileana Grimm Las Vegas Licensing Expo This June, Grimm heads back to Las Vegas for the 39th time. Yes, you read that correctly, 39 TIMES! Years ago, we exhibited twice a year at M.A.G.I.C  (men’s apparel guild in California)  which can rack  your trips up to the desert pretty fast. A few years later, the Licensing Expo made the switch from New York to Vegas and so my visits have continued.

I am a firm believer that a change is (almost) as good as a rest, so even though this is business travel, it will be packed a lot of spontaneous fun. Before that can happen, I need to plan my booth for the licensing show. Booth designs for gift show layouts are almost effortless in comparison to the torture I put myself through, over-thinking the booth for the licensing show.  I am the queen of over-thinking to begin with, so planning layout of the licensing booth feels like the Olympics. Las Vegas Sign In the end, it always works out and we have a great show. I have no doubt this June will be the same, but I still will wonder what art to display, which characters to show or introduce. Do I do a tease and create interest or do a full monty and leave nothing unseen. See, I told you, I over-think.

Once the booth is up and the show is successfully underway, then I can breathe, relax, enjoy sin city and the change of scenery. Las Vegas is an insane display of excess and, I think it’s hilarious that the only thing that is not super sized there is the welcome sign. Las  Vegas is a city everyone needs to see, I am just not sure you need to see it 39 times.

 

 

Laughter May Not Be The BEST Medicine But, It’s A Close Second.

April is Daffodil Month. This time a year ago, I was a few days away from my second chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. Gulp. BIG GULP. If I wrote nothing else in this blog, that sentence would be enough. In preparation, I had already snipped my long hair and replaced it with a short sporty cut, reminiscent of my teens. In only days, that short hair would start to fall out in clumps like a husky shedding on a hot spring day. I think the shock of everything brought my partner and I to laughter more times than some would understand. It felt like the humour, or maybe the horror, of the situation crept up on you like uncontrollable giggles in church. The laughter was so cathartic it also brought us closer.

I remember being in the shower a year ago and calling my sweetheart to come to the bathroom. There on the floor of the shower were enough wavy locks to knit yourself a small pet. After a  few ridiculous days of doing my best Donald Trump impression, you know, not moving or touching my hair, I gave in and had my head shaved. Not surprisingly, we found a way to laugh through that too. And, as it turned out, I had a great bald head. Who knew.

Ileana Grimm Grimm Inc. Over the next year, I posted silly pictures and drew funny art in the hopes that it would let those close to me know I was ok, and maybe my art would get shared and make it’s way to someone in my situation, as well as help them smile for a moment. Of course, what I was/am going through was bound to show up in my artwork.

Today, a year later, I feel so grateful to be healthy and happy. I am so blessed to see life as a glass half full and have a career in art, but there are no words that can say how I feel when I make some laugh with my art, and for a nanosecond, they get to leave reality in the dust.

This is a something I created during that time.  Please visit grimm.ca to see much more.

Glass Half Full Funny T-Shirt

To know more about Daffodil month, click here.