…and that was Designer presence! Practically everywhere I turned, you were reminded of the strong Designer section presence at the show. It was amazing to see! Of course, Designers have always been active participants at CHA, but in my 4 short years here, I have seen that grow by leaps and bounds. It makes me very proud to be a member of such an important and influential group.
Here are some ways I enjoyed seeing the Designer Section make their mark on CHA Winter:
During the Welcome Event of the first day of show, a group of CHA Designers (me included) had their art canvases displayed. These canvases went into a silent auction for the Kids in Need Foundation.
|Me and Marisa Pawelko….Marisa generously coordinated the designers and projects donated to the auction.|
|Designer Craft Studio had 24 participants. This diplay had their pictures and demo times on 3 sides!|
|Display case at Craft Studio.|
Of course, everywhere I went, Designers were working! They were working in booths, demoing, interviewing, doing make and takes, doing book signings, taping shows! It was quite a site! Way to go Designer Section!
|Even I was busy doing demos!|
|Sue Kelsey was at Makin’s Clay.|
|Rebekah Meiers was at Simplicity.|
|Laura Bray was doing Make and Takes for When Creativity Knocks at Craftwell.|
|Ken Oliver was working at Unibind.|
|Laura Bray and Cindi Bisson were doing Make and Takes for When Creativity Knocks at Elmer’s.|
|Suede was at Simplicity to promote his new, awesome line of dress patterns. He was signing them for the masses. He also made an appearance at Craftwell.|
|Mark Montano was signing copies of his new book, Pulp Fiction, at several booths at the show. I caught up with him at Design Originals.|
The Designer Section Members are more than just creative…we are also business savvy! We are a very organized and coordinated bunch. Here we are conducting our Designer Section Meeting.
|Ann Butler, Lorine Mason, Svetlana Kunina….and I got part of Tiffany Windsor, too!|
A big part of the show is the Designer Showcase, which is open to editors, publishers and manufacturers. Forty-nine designers participated in this event! CHA promoted us through the show catalog and signage like this one…
|Here I am with my display. I set up in the weeeeee hours of the morning because I was so busy working.|
|Carla Schauer and Jen Goode not only participated in the Designer Showcase, but they had a booth in the License and Design Section as well.|
|Suzann Sladcik Wilson|
|Roxi Phillips, Beth Watson, Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Vicki O’Dell and Laura Bray.|
Hope you enjoyed seeing how the Designers spend time at the show and this little revisit of CHA Winter.
Now hop forward….and don’t forget to look for those Cricut logos! There are 9.