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Glenn Abrams
Kids-Did-It! Properties™
911 Armada Terrace
San Diego, CA 92106
T E L: (619) 523-5277
F A X: (619) 523-5227
gabrams@kidsdidit.com
www.kidsdidit.com


Young art students, ages 3 to 14, will receive art publishing royalties for their 48 playful postage stamp designs published by Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation for the global stamp collector’s market.


Playful Stamps Illustrated by Kids to Join Global Collector's Market

SAN DIEGO, CA – As a testament to the growing appeal of the “Artwork-by-Kids” product category, Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation, (IGPC) the largest stamp manufacturer outside of the U.S. Postal Service, has signed an image licensing agreement with California art-licensing and design studio Kids-Did-It! Properties, to publish a series of playful postage stamps featuring images from their Kids-Did-It! Designs® illustration collection
- a unique catalog of more than 470 charming and colorful illustrations created by young art students, age 3 to 14. In addition to learning the fundamentals of art and design, each young artist also earns a royalty for the licensed reproduction of their artwork.

Kids-Did-It! Properties president, Glenn Abrams, says, “As the first successful Licensor to develop and promote the Artwork-by-Kids product category, we’re still excited when we see consumers delighted with merchandise featuring artwork created by young kids. Plus, the kids are just as excited, especially once they see their artwork out there on store shelves!”

Retail sales within the “Artwork-by-Kids” product category have garnered Kids-Did-It! Licensees more than $5 million, to date.

With its distinctive look and feel, licensed artwork by more than 57 Kids-Did-It! artists has been reproduced on a variety of merchandise identified by the Kids-Did-It! Designs® retail logo – a feel-good lifestyle brand that identifies unique, colorful and inspiring products that appeal to consumers who love kids and are delighted by the freshness, innocence and fun of their artwork.

“I am continually impressed by the incredible talent!” said IGPC Art Director, Esther Ainspan.

Kids-Did-It! has provided images for an expanding list of Licensees including Jeanmarie® Creations for Walgreens drugstores, office product giant MeadWestvaco, Deluxe subsidiary Checks Unlimited, Gibson/American Greetings, Papel Giftware™, manufacturers for Dollar Tree Stores, Prentice Hall and Houghton-Mifflin publishers and DayGlo® Color Corporation.

In addition to Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation, other recent Licensees include Leap Year Publishing who is distributing a line of Kids-Did-It! Designs® cards, gift bags and paper pads, Norwood Promotional Products offering imprintable promotional calendars and medical planners, with Deluxe subsidiary Checks Unlimited recently extending their licensing agreement for illustrated checks and address labels.

Kids-Did-It! has also provided images for The Covenant House for homeless children, The NYC Funds for a Future campaign, as well as Audubon, KPBS-TV and the San Diego Hospice in support of their fund raising efforts.

Most of the artwork included in the Kids-Did-It! Designs® collection was created under the guidance of Glenn’s wife, California artist, art director and art teacher, Michelle Abrams. Throughout the summer young children, ages 5 to 14, joined Michelle in her San Diego studio to study basic principles of art and design. Since 1989, her encouragement and contagious love for the arts has helped to bring out the best artwork from her enthusiastic students. She often compares their work to the classics, describing it as, "…quite colorful and strikingly beautiful – some worthy of being called 'fine art' in the tradition of Matisse, Picasso or Miro.”

Michelle encourages parents and students to take their artwork off the refrigerator, enlarge it, and frame it. She says, “Treat it as fine art and display it proudly around the house! That’s what we do!”

The artwork inspired Glenn, also a designer, to create Kids-Did-It! Properties™, an art-licensing and design studio that collects, represents and publishes the student artwork. Now, aside from the thrill and satisfaction of being published artists, the young artists can also earn royalties for the reproduction of their work.

“What’s fun is now we can write royalty payments on our own Kids-Did-It! Designs® illustrated checks,” explains Glenn. Students often use the proceeds as extra allowance, or for college savings - some students have even framed their first royalty check.

The Kids-Did-It! Designs® artwork collection is fresh, inspirational, very colorful and surprisingly beautiful. “The images are organized in seven categories and can be digitally adapted to a variety of materials including paper, textiles, toys, clothing, household and soft-goods, ceramics, melamine, plush, toys, giftware - just let your imagination go!" says Glenn.

Each year Kids-Did-It! Properties™ exhibits their illustration collection at SURTEX and The L!CENSING Show at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in NYC, actively seeking licensees for Housewares, Home Furnishings, Furniture, Home Accessories, Giftware, Stationary and other product categories.

“Strong retail sales combined with the enthusiastic response to our Artwork-by-Kids concept and the distinctive images in the Kids-Did-It! Designs® catalog, plus our story-telling logo and our promotional photos - all speak well for continued growth of the brand,” says Glenn.

Illustrated products, photos, news and background information, plus digitized thumbnails from the Kids-Did-It! Designs® illustration collection are available at: www.kidsdidit.com


Biographical Information

Glenn Abrams
President
Kids-Did-It! Properties™

Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1979, Glenn has produced, designed, directed or managed a wide variety of creative multi-media, marketing communication and entertainment projects - the most memorable include serving as Producer on Microsoft's Windows95 Launch Event/Expo and Broadcast with Bill Gates and Jay Leno; the introduction of the Lexus LS400 and the BMW 7Series automobiles; and traveling internationally in support of keynote presentations with Intel Chairman, Craig Barrett.

In 1996, capitalizing on his marketing-communications and production experience Glenn partnered with his wife, Michelle, to create Kids-Did-It! Properties™, a San Diego design studio that licenses reproduction-rights to their growing Kids-Did-It! Designs® collection of fresh and colorful illustrations created by Michelle's young art students, ages 5 to 14. In addition to learning the fundamentals of art and design, each young artist also earns royalties for the reproduction of their artwork.


Michelle Abrams
Instructor
Abrams Art Studio

Art Director and Art Instructor, Michelle Abrams has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University, and a broad range of experience in the creative arts, including animating for Sesame Street, serving as a Creative Director in Los Angeles, managing her own San Diego illustration, design and animation studio, producing her own unique watercolor paintings, and teaching fine art to adults and young children. Michelle’s professional experience, enthusiasm, and contagious love for the arts helps to bring out the best from her imaginative young art students.


Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation

IGPC is the world's largest philatelic agency assisting over seventy postal administrations in the management, design, production and worldwide marketing of their postage stamps.



For additional information, please contact

Glenn Abrams:   g a b r a m s @ k i d s d i d i t . c o m   |   +1 (619) 523-5277


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