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Re: [BKARTS] BOOK_ARTS-L Digest - 15 Nov 2005 to 16 Nov 2005 (#2005-320)

The SURTEX Show (May 21-23) at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC is a wonderful 
place to show your work. SUR-face and TEX-tile designers can have either their 
own or share booths which attract commercial buyers. Although I have not done 
so in several years, I hear it's still a viable showcase for designers and 
artists. It is pricey, but sharing a booth might be the way to go, first try. 
George Little Management might even be able to help you find a suitable share. 

Many buyers that cater to wholesale buyers from museum shops and high end 
gallery shops attending the Stationary Show, below, come by SURTEX and you might 
catch their eye more readily than at the Stationary Show, which is enormous 
and highly commercial. I've done both shows, and prefer the smaller, elite 
SURTEX. Although I was, at the time, licensing designs, there were always booths in 
the show with beautifully crafted handmade objects as well.

It's important to visit the show and see what it's like for yourself before 
deciding. It takes a great deal of work, preparation, promotion and $$$ to do 
these shows, and you would want to make it your very best.

Feel free to contact me if I can be more helpful.

A L I C E * S I M P S O N
NEW WORK:www.alicesimpson.com

> Ellen asked:
> I'm wondering if anyone on the list has had experience selling his or
> her handmade books, papers, cards, etc. at fine arts or crafts trade
> shows....the kind of large scale shows that cater to wholesale buyers
> from museum shops and high end gallery shops instead of individual
> collectors or retail buyers.  If so, which ones would you recommend as
> worthwhile in terms of orders taken and show booth costs?  I'm limiting
> this search geographically to trade shows in the U.S. A Google search
> results in a very long list of such shows but I need some
> recommendations as a starting point for further research.
> Thanks so much for any assistance offered (and thanks for the helpful
> information that comes my way each day through the generous members of
> this list.)
> --
> Ellen Sheffield
> Unit IV
> Gambier, OH

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