A Raft of New Exhibitors & Initiatives for Greetings, Gift & Craft
In my earlier spotlight feature on Autumn Fair 2016, I mentioned that this year’s show includes over 200 exhibitors that are appearing for the first time. Well, in today’s post I want to share a look at a few of those new exhibitors. Designers from the world of greetings cards and gifts that are taking their latest wares to the trade at Birmingham’s NEC.
The new exhibitors are a mix of well-known, established brands and design-makers taking their first steps in the trade world. Variety, which I think makes them a good representation of the 1,400+ companies exhibiting at the 4 day fair.
So without further ado let’s take a look at some of the new exhibitors that are well worth looking out for this weekend.
The New Exhibitors
The Little Posy Print Company – Stand 4D45
Based in the seaside town of Southsea on England’s South Coast The Little Posy Print Company is the creation of designer Claire Lefevre. Specialising in creating, drawing and painting pretty things, Claire’s designs are inspired by life, fuelled by a dab of sarcasm, mixed with a nice smattering of optimism, lots of colour and tonnes of heart.
Barefoot Coaching Cards – Stand 4E07
Barefoot Coaching Cards are beautifully produced packs of question cards created by one of the UK’s most successful coaches. A brand new line of products, each pack of cards contains fifty thought-provoking questions designed to help people get to know themselves and their loved ones better.
Cardtastic – Stand 4A37
Cardtastic are an independent producer of design-led greeting cards. Since 2002 they’ve created fantastic greetings cards featuring original designs and photography. Inspired by everything from egg boxes stacked in bright colours to melons piled sky high, they find the beauty and detail in the everyday world.
Great Gizmos – Stand 4E20-F21
Great Gizmos is a leading provider of fun, creative and innovative toys for children. With an extensive range of high quality products, they inspire children’s creativity and build their skill base, while all the time dishing out tonnes of fun. With toys for all ages there will be plenty to see at Autumn Fair.
Leuchtturm – Stand 4B37
Manufacturing quality products since 1917, Leuchtturm will be bringing new and exciting lines to Autumn Fair. From quality notebooks to award winning pen loops, the new stationery collection includes new sizes, bullet journals and Special Edition Copper Gilt Edged Notebooks. They will also be introducing visitors to Semikolon, the newest member of the Leuchtturm Group, with its classic range of Elegant Stationery.
Lanther Black – Stand 4C20
Lanther Black are a UK based greeting card publisher. Mixing a contemporary design style with charm and humour their collection is well worth seeking out if you’re visiting the show this year. Each of the greetings card designs is created by Lanther Black founders, Dominique and Jack. Look out for unique collections Witty Critters and Sad Stickman for designs that stand out from the crowd.
Maarit Kontianen Art – Stand 4B42
If you’re looking for artistic greeting cards with a difference you must check out the Maarit Kontiainen Art stand. Inspired by flora and fauna, Finnish artist Maarit Kontiainen creates whimsical fine art greeting cards perfect for a variety of occasions.
Mistri Maker – Stand 4C43
Mistri Maker design beautiful homeware items and accessories, that aim to spread joy. Iconic designer William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’; Mistri Maker live by this and create products that are intended to tick both boxes being both useful and beautiful!
Olive & Belle – Stand 4B35
Olive & Belle design and publish quirky, contemporary cards, which are printed and finished in the UK. Their range comprises general birthday, popular captions, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, gift wrap and invites. They will also be offering free carriage for orders placed at the show!
Perkins & Morley – Stand 4A43
Perkins & Morley is design duo Jill and Jan. They first began designing and publishing their own design-led greetings card ranges in 2010. Since then they have expanded their best selling ranges into gifts and homewares. Today their popular Collective Nouns and Animal Ink ranges are available on a variety of environmentally friendly cards and gifts. Look out for new range Zigzags launching at Autumn Fair.
Istoriato – The Alchemy of Dreams – Stand 4A56
Istoriato – The Alchemy of Dreams is based on a foundation of a very particular painting technique. The fascination for the Istoriato painting style, emerged in 16th century Italy and today turns functional objects into art. Bringing to life a rich world of butterflies, birds and more, each unique design features platinum, gold and pearl inlay.
SABIVO Design – Stand 4D26
SABIVO Design is a family run greeting card publisher. Their designs have a modern feel and blend typography with minimalist drawings or rich colourful illustrations; all designed and hand-illustrated by founder Sabina. SABIVO Design will be showing new and expanded best-selling ranges for the first time at Autumn Fair.
Sarah Kelleher – Stand 4D49
For this year’s Autumn Fair Sarah Kelleher has added to her popular collections with two new ranges covering almost every occasion. Her textile-inspired artwork is created by hand using traditional techniques for an honest, rustic, organic feel.
Wraptious – Stand 4B32
Fundamential to Wraptious is a mission to support artists. A young gift company, they provide a platform for over 30 emerging artists. Amongst the collection you’ll find vibrant, original cards, coasters and mugs, as well as some award-winning Vegan-Suede Cushions.
Visiting Autumn Fair
You can see the new exhibitors featured today from 4th – 7th September at Autumn Fair 2016. For more information on the show and to secure your free ticket visit the Autumn Fair website.