I knew what to expect at Surtex this time as a second year exhibitor. The booth set up went smoothly on Saturday afternoon with my new art banners and I rented a shelf to show off some product mock-ups. I brought samples of my fabric designs, a pillow using my Pomegranate illustration, a purse sewn by a Minneapolis artist using my fabric, mugs printed with my designs thru Zazzle, notebooks and journals, as well as my Ginkgo box with the St. Croix Company chocolates. I bought some fresh flowers Saturday night on Broadway to put on my table and had a porfolio and iPad slideshow of my work.
|New Yorker Hotel lobby|
This year we stayed at The New Yorker Hotel, a classic Art Deco landmark within walking distance of Javits where Surtex is held. The Lobby is gorgeous with its streamlined features and huge chandelier. Everywhere were touches of sleek graphics of the era. The rooms were small by today's standards but contained the elegant charm of past lighting fixtures, reproduction prints and decor from the 20's.
|Art Deco detail at hotel|
|Times Square on Saturday night|
I met some Minneapolis friends walking the show- Lindsay Nohl from Paper Bicycle brought a group, and Keith Moore who took a class I attended on working with manufacturers. Over the three days I met an interesting assortment of people from the Press covering home decor, some fabric companies who checked out my collections, home decor manufacturers, card companies and people in the business who offered their expertise to me as a newbie. I got to meet designer Kate Spain, a card rep from the San Francisco area I wanted to meet and the founder of Motawi Tile to name a few. Sometimes contacts don't wish to be named so I'll name more as time goes on and deals are made.
I observed that many manufacturers made quick glances and didn't take the time to check portfolios to meet new exhibitors. I'm going to make a better effort to reach out during the rest of the year to manufacturers I want to attract to my booth next year. But again, I feel I did make some connections that will further my career and am following up with them this week.
Thanks to all of you who stopped by my booth and made my show enjoyable.