Handmade Celebrates 25th Anniversary

       

       

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—The addition of more than 35 companies in two new product sections, brand new exhibit space, and the launch of a major industry partnership will set a tone of progress during the 25th anniversary edition of Handmade at the New York International Gift Fair, Aug. 14-18, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The extensive, juried division of cross-category handcrafted items has been reorganized into two distinct collections, Handmade Designer Maker – which debuts in the new Javits Center North – and Handmade Global Design – which debuts in the Javits Center’s 1D Hall. In connection with the division’s 25th anniversary, NYIGF also has broadened it partnership with CRAFT (Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow) to include sponsorship of American Craft Week and production of at-market events.

With the addition of some 35 new exhibiting companies selected from 160 applicants, Handmade is now sold out. Applications to the summer 2010 edition of Handmade, which far exceeded the last several years, represented a resurgence of glass and ceramics, as well as continued emphasis on recycled and eco friendly products.

Handmade Designer Maker will debut in the new Javits Center North, a column-free 40,000 net square foot exhibit space at the North end of the Javits Center accessible both from the Street and from the North Concourse Lobby of the Center. It will showcase 360 limited-production makers across all categories and media from around the world.

Within the Javits Center’s Hall 1D, Handmade Global Design will present a selection of 200 international craft resources with a focus on strong design, traditional techniques and quality workmanship.

Additional developments within Handmade include a new partnership between NYIGF and CRAFT (Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow) in connection with American Craft Week 2010, a nationwide celebration of American craft. As part of this partnership, CRAFT will exhibit at the summer 2010 market, and will host two special events – “American Craft Week Tutorial and Networking Lunch,” on Aug. 14, and “CRAFT Table Topics – Lunch & Learn!” educational round-table sessions, on Aug.  15. Information and registration for these events is available online at www.nyigf.com/programs.