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NYIGF spotlights craft with new exhibitors and programming

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A group of newly-accepted craft artisans and global suppliers of artisanal products will join the 475 exhibitors in the Handmade division at the summer 2012 New York International Gift Fair.

Other Handmade highlights include relocation of Handmade Global Design, a new fair trade "neighborhood," eight educational sessions hosted by Craft Retailers & Artisans For Tomorrow (CRAFT), and the naming of the second annual Carol Sedestrom Ross Scholarship recipient.

"As the interest in artisanal craft grows, we're making it easier for buyers to source and shop for handmade products," said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president. "We're also pleased to continue our partnership with CRAFT to bring business-building education for craft retailers to NYIGF."

NYIGF's Handmade division is categorized by process and provenance into two sections - Handmade Global Design and Handmade Designer Maker.

This summer, Handmade Global Design relocates to its new home in the Javits Center's Level 4 Galleria and welcomes 10 new exhibitors to its ranks of 135 resources with a focus on good design, traditional craftsmanship, and community building. First-time exhibitors in Handmade Global Design include:

Bedouin Weaving - hand woven carpets and cushion covers
EcoLoving - hats, scarves and jewelry
Green Jute - handbags, tote bags, wraps and skirts
Malia Designs - handbags and accessories
The Egyptian Heritage Co. - men's and women's scarves
The Mayan Store - pillows and cushions
Shupaca - alpaca clothing and accessories
The Red Sari - hand felted scarves

Handmade Global Design will introduce a new "neighborhood" featuring exhibitors who are members of the Fair Trade Federation. Participants include: Acacia Creations, Aid through Trade, Belart, Bridge for Africa, Cheppu Himal, DZI, Global Goods Partners, Global Mamas, Handmade Expressions, Jamtown World Music, Lucuma Designs, Mandos de Madres, One World Projects, Seastea, Sevya, Sustainable Threads, Tokoloshe and WorldFinds.

Handmade Designer Maker will showcase 350 limited-production makers across all categories and media resources from around the world. Thirty artisans were selected from more than 145 applicants to exhibit:

C&H Glassworks, Heather Palmer Glass, Justin Rothshank, Two Tone Studios - decorative and functional glass
Cedar Mountain - wall hangings
Forgotten Judaica - Judaica product
Frazier & Wing - paper mobiles
Garbella - apparel and clocks
Julie Dye Craft - paper, home and accessory product
Kolman Artisan Glass - framed glass wall hangings
Little Delaware Pottery - functional pottery
Nell & Mary - pillows
Patch Design Studio - pillows, towels and baby products
Pozie Poems - poetry/inspirational hanging signs
Schoolyard - towels, stationery, baby clothes, sleepware
Serenity Ceramics - decorative and functional ceramics
Stiles & Stubborn - tabletop, art prints and jewelry
Susan Riedweg Designs, Miss Millie - handbags
To Boldly Fold - journals and paper goods
Ullsmycken - felted scarves
Anna Ruth Henriques, Ashka Dymel Jewelry, Dahlia Kanner Studio, Monika Knutsson, Catherine Grisez Jewelry, Sarah Swell Jewelry, Somers Jewelry, Tigerlillyshop - jewelry

Melissa Chao of To Boldly Fold will receive the second annual Carol Sedestrom Ross "Maker-to-Market" scholarship awarded by NYIGF. The award honors the memory of Ross, instrumental in both the American Craft movement and GLM's development of wholesale craft markets, and is presented annually to the most promising newcomer to NYIGF's Handmade division. Chao, based in Watertown, Mass., makes leather bound journals.

NYIGF will also offer retailers craft-focused educational seminars on timely business topics. Through continued partnership with CRAFT, six Power Hour sessions will cover website essentials, Facebook and email marketing, mobile marketing, publicity and "StorySelling." August 18, CRAFT will offer two seminars in cooperation with Constant Contact, addressing digital marketing for events and social media marketing. Details and registration are available online at nyigf.com/programs.

GLM will extend the artisanal resources presented in connection with NYIGF with the launch of Artisan Resource, a new semi-annual show offering U.S.-based volume import retailers and wholesalers the opportunity to meet with international artisanal producers. Artisan Resource runs Aug. 19-21, 2012, at Pier 92. Information and registration is available online at artisanresourceny.com.

Handmade, one of ten NYIGF divisions, runs Aug. 18-21, 2012, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Information and registration is available online at nyigf.com.

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