I have always loved sending greeting cards, whether they be my own designs, or cards of another artist I admire. When I was touring with Broadway shows, I always perked up when I would see San Diego on the itinerary. The artist of Suzy’s Zoo, Suzy Spafford, is from San Diego, so I knew I would have the opportunity to shop at Seaport Village and stock up on my Suzy’s Zoo cards and paraphernalia. My mother also knew I loved Suzy’s Zoo and I treasure a bookmark she gave me with a little ballerina mouse and the statement “Believe in Yourself,” which I have had displayed within eyeshot of my working space for more than a decade.
WELL……while at the Licensing Expo, as I was lettering names for passersby, I started lettering a name. S…..U……Z……Y! As I wrote it I thought, could it be? Would it possibly be Suzy from Suzy’s Zoo? I knew she also had a booth at the show, so it just had to be! Upon inquiring, it was!! I was so honored that such a creative artist, and someone whose work I adored, would come into my booth! We had a little chat and I did the most obnoxious thing, I asked for a photo with her. Suzy was every bit as lovely as I would hope the master of those adorable creatures to be.
Suzy Spafford, creator of Suzy’s Zoo, visiting my booth at the Licensing Expo!