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weekly wrap up

weekly wrap up + surtex 2011

by Stephanie


Design Week in NYC may be over, but I’ve still got hundreds of photos left in my camera and ready to go for next week. I’ve also got Stationery Show coverage coming up next week, along with my favorite save-the-best-for-last posts about Brimfield. I’m hoping to keep the Surtex coverage going next week when I get a few more images in from artists, but I wanted to close out the week with the first dose of Surtex artists. I took a break from Surtex last year because people were less than thrilled to see someone with a camera (even after it was explained that it was for press purposes), but I took on the show again this year, and I’m so glad I did. There were several young new designers showing, and the rows had a few pops of vibrancy to them that were missing in previous years.



While the majority of the show (which is dedicated to surface designs) isn’t quite my personal style, I definitely came home with a bag full of cards and catalogs of designs I enjoyed. Today I’m rounding up 20 of my favorite, but stay tuned for more next week. Until then, I’m off for the weekend and will see you again on Monday. Have a great weekend! xo, grace

All images above are from the talented Melody Miller. Her colorful booth was a favorite of mine.

Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:


Images above: I love the watercolor style of the top image above. Both designs by Local Produce in Minneapolis.

CLICK HERE for more designs from Surtex 2011 after the jump!



Images above: Colorful pattern designs from Leah Duncan in digital and product-form. You can shop Leah’s products at her Etsy shop right here.


Image above: The first face I saw at Surtex was that of  friendly, smiling designer Kristian A. Howell. She invited me over to the booth, and I fell for her beautiful poppy print. It was so gorgeous blown up on the booth walls, but it’s also lovely in this smaller proportion.


Images above: I loved the loose colorful style of Jessica Swift’s designs.



Images above: The Frank Sturges rep booth had plenty of color and hand-drawn designs. These artist collections above were my favorites. I can’t wait to see where these patterns pop up in the next year or so. Bonus: How awesome is Frank’s website? That landing page image with the monster (you may have to load a few times to get it, as it changes) is amazing.

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