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!