design shows

surtex 2008: part two

by Grace Bonney

surtex is always a bit of a mixed bag for me, but i’m always glad that i visited the show when i leave. though the show tends to lean away from the modern look that i prefer in pattern design, there were several booths that had really incredible work this season. if you missed surtex: part one just click here, otherwise read on for the rest of the show. [image above: stationery from nicole larue]

one of my favorites of the show was artist/illustrator nicole larue, who debuted her first collection of stationery and pattern designs at this year’s fair. i love the playful quality of line she has in her work- and the way she plays with bright colors. her stationery was probably my favorite part of the booth, but i’m sure we’ll be seeing more of her pattern work- on paper or cloth- soon. click here for more information on nicole’s work.

the savannah college of art and design booth is always so fun- i loved this hippo print fabric from aly thomure and the beautiful window print from kay wolfersperger.

oh, lilla rogers. how do you describe the lilla rogers booth other than a wonderful explosion of color and pattern? i always love seeing her artists and person and was thrilled to get to meet lilla herself (and her beautiful ring, above) this time. my favorites this year were pattern designs by helen dardik (first image below lilla’s ring), suzy ultman (middle two images), and mike lowery (last image)

joel dewberry was a pleasure to meet and his booth was a beautiful celebration of floral prints and rich colors. it’s always so nice to find out that the person behind the work you love is equally lovely.

we profiled open face sandwich last week but i wanted to add another photo from their booth- their patterns were displayed really beautifully on the back wall of their booth. click here for more on open face sandwich.

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