Ahhh, the National Stationery Show in New York: heaven on earth for paper freaks like me. It's a great show for seeing friends, meeting designers, talking to retailers and getting an idea of what's going on out there.
I've a lot to share from the show floor - but of course I'm late for today's session so I've gotta run. First, some quick thoughts:
- I like the layout. In years past, the new designers showing the cool stuff were located in another pavilion, away from the central action. They made their own action, of course, but this year everyone is under the same roof.
- By the same token, it doesn't seem like there are that many new exhibitors. I'm sure this is just because I have a lot more ground to cover today, so check back - I'll probably revise my opinion.
- It's been busy, but it's been dead. That is what I hear every year from various exhibitors. One is having a great show; the other isn't, and both are equally successful in real life. Each artist's experience is so different from the other, it's hard to draw a broad conclusion about what is really going on business-wise. Again, I'll do more digging today.
I've also got some fun pix to share - starting with this one! This is my friend Alison Riley, the creative genius from Set Editions [and the postcard above]- and let me tell you, this photo was tough to get. She is much too humble and I forced her to stand still for a minute so I could catch her on film. Enjoy.