On The Surface

Heading To SURTEX 2017: TRENDS & INFLUENCES

Just three short months from now, artists and designers from around the world will converge on the Javits Center in New York City, filling the SURTEX showplace with color, pattern, and their unique points of […]

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FYI: SHORT TAKES FROM THE WORLD OF DESIGN

From London:  Francesca Ash, publisher of Total Licensing, industry journal of record, considering international trends: “We live very much in an unknown state at the moment so it is difficult to predict ‘international’ trends. The […]

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UPDATES & UPGRADES

designext® 2017: Initial Judging completed! Just a few weeks ago, nearly 200 entries (the greatest number of entries in the history of the competition) from surface design students representing schools all over the world, shared […]

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CHRISTMAS IN ANY OTHER COLORWAY?

Of course, we cherish the spiritual meaning of Christmas, but just for the moment, let’s look at Commercial Christmas and what it means to the surface design business. Big business, for openers.  Christmas is far […]

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UPDATES & UPGRADES

Attendees love the expressions of imagination that SURTEX exhibitors bring to the forefront. Hear what SURTEX loyal and new licensees have to say… Loyal attendee: Charles Gallagher, PTS Fabric — “We keep coming back to […]

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‘SEASONS’ GREETINGS’

Christmas may still be top banana in retail sales — contributing some 30 percent of many stores’ profits —but the stats say Halloween is increasingly a holiday for the surface design industry to howl about. […]

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PERSPECTIVES

Greetings, In last month’s column, I introduced myself and shared information about new key staff within the SURTEX management/marketing team. There’s more to tell!  In addition to Kelly Bristol, group sales director, and Dianne Oplinger, […]

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Rx FOR INSPIRATION: GO TRAVELING!

Here’s a question SURTEX exhibitor Tracey Wirth may not have heard since grade school days: “What did you do on your summer vacation?” Her answer: Plenty. “I spent my summer in Cape Cod, Mass,” Tracey […]

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SHOW’S SHAPING UP

EXHIBITORS SIGN IN FOR SURTEX 2017 Seven months to go, and SURTEX 2017 is already shaping up as next year’s pre-eminent resource for original art and design, reports Sales Manager John Erich. With the list […]

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‘Made You Look!’

INSIDER TIPS: HOW TO GRAB A LICENSEE’S ATTENTION Everyone’s after them, the manufacturers of bestselling home decor, home fashions, tabletop, and textiles. Agents are always at their doors; artists flood their e-mails with design ideas. Who […]

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