I spent a few days last week in NYC visiting friends and family and attending Surtex and The National Stationery Show. As a product and pattern designer, both events are exciting to visit. Surtex is the portion of the show dedicated to pattern and art licensing and The National Stationery Show is the self explanatory larger event of the two.
I first walked the Surtex show and right away spotted Kirby Lee Smith‘s surface designs. A recent graduate from SCAD, her designs are not only beautiful but they are masterfully coordinated as well. In addition to surface design she constructs garments featuring digital reproductions of her hand-drawn watercolors on acid dyed soy silk blend fabrics.
Sarah Watts of Wattsalot had the most whimsical booth by far at the show. She is a prolific illustrator and a serious entrepreneur whose mountain of credentials match her seemingly boundless output of work.