Our Friendly Surtex Neighbors Part 1: From Across the Pond


This year at Surtex, we had the pleasure of finding ourselves on what could have been dubbed, “Portobello Road”, both facing and adjacent to booths from the U.K., which was a blast. Our facing neighbors, Delphine Cubitt and Kym Bowles with Diane Potter of Acanthus Design Licensing were as jolly and fun as their artwork.  (It’s always nice to be across from a booth you like, since you’ll be looking at it for three solid days!)

They also taught us New Worlders about some great energy-boosters for future trade shows: fit flops (they were wearing matching pairs) and Kendal Mint Cake, which Sir Edmund Hillary carried up Everest (because sometimes walking a trade show can seem like hiking Everest)!

Our other cheerful British neighbors were the uncle/nephew team of Portfolio Select Art Licensing.  David and Jake were so cute – and not just because of their accents.  As you can probably tell from this picture, they were great crowd-pleasers, selling work from a selection of their 54 represented artists.  (They were also the driving force behind my purchase of the official Geocaching app the day after returning from New York.  Geocaching, if you don’t already know, is a GPS-guided treasure hunt, in which you find a hidden “cache” and can track various items that are hidden inside – a bit like letterboxing.  I’m sure you’ll hear more about this later…)

Delphine, Kym, Diane, David, and Jake, we miss you already.  The best and farthest-traveled geocache we found in New York was you!


  1. Delphine June 9, 2011

    Ah Cathy! The pleasure was all ours! We had such a brilliant time at Surtex, and this was only because of all the lovely people that we met, especially the three gorgeous ladies across the corridor from us! I hope that the show was a great success for you Cathy, you certainly deserve it you are such a lovely person and your work is beautiful. We are really keen to come back next year and to the same spot so we can all get together again. Kym has already found us a place to stay. Keep in touch!

    Love Del x

  2. Cathy June 10, 2011

    Hi Delphine!

    Yea! We can’t wait to see you again next year and we’ll cross our fingers that we can come visit in your neck of the woods! Have a great summer! Cathy

  3. David June 13, 2011

    We so enjoyed having you as our neighbors and it was a real pleasure to get to know you all. I hope that we can all be close by again in 2012 too! Glad you’re enjoying the geocaching, we spent Saturday in the English countryside – and found 10 more!

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