I had a really fun time showing my artwork at Surtex in New York; it's a great show in a great city. I wore a dress made out of fabric from my 'Summer Garden' collection (produced by Quilting Treasures - part of Cranston Print Works Company). I received lots of compliments on how this looked.
I had 48 pieces of brand new artwork on display (you can see all of this by looking at the New Designs section in my Portfolio), as well as over 50 other pieces of artwork and a number of product samples and product mock ups.
The show itself went well. It rained on the Sunday and I think this was partly to blame for what most exhibitors regarded as a slow start. It picked up on Monday, and Tuesday was a really good day. I was very pleased with the overall number of existing and potential clients who visited my booth.
I had a corner booth at the show, which meant one of my wall panels was double sided. I thought I'd try something different on the side that faced out towards the aisle (you can see it on the left hand side in the picture below). I produced a number of mock ups featuring photographs of me wearing various items of clothing, or handling products. I mocked up the clothing and the products to make it look as if they contained my designs. The exhibitor who sat opposite this panel said that an unbelievable number of visitors stopped to look at this display. This was obviously one of my better ideas.
A LARGER VIEW OF THE PANEL IS SHOWN BELOW
Something else I did, which was different to anything I've done in the past, was to take three existing designs from my Portfolio and create a co-ordinated collection around each one. I displayed the collections on their own individual wall panel. I also included a number of product mock ups on each panel, just to show how some of the designs could be used. This also went down really well with visitors. The artwork and mock ups are shown below.