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Spectrum Noir unveils Colorista - for everyday creators

Spectrum Noir, the creator of premium but affordable art materials, is launching an exciting new lifestyle colouring sub-brand called Colorista. The brand, which has positivity, individuality and creativity at its core, will launch alongside its exclusive Make Your Mark social media campaign. Featuring a unique 10-week prompt programme of colourful fun, Make Your Mark aims to ignite inspiration and imagination among its diverse community. To join in the fun of the campaign, participants can interpret words such as 'Rituals' and 'Happy' and reflect this in a piece of work produced in their own individual styles. For a chance to feature on the brand's social media channels, creators can tag @Colorista.offical and #MakeYourMark

Posted: 25 August 2022

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Autumn Fair announces Design & Source global line-Up

From 4th – 7th September at NEC Birmingham, Autumn Fair's Design & Source sector will bring the international sourcing market to the UK with a spotlight on ethical and sustainable manufacturers from all over the world. With the first ever Zimbabwean pavilion confirmed, other represented countries include China, Ghana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Tunisia, and Turkey. Design & Source is where a product's journey starts and this September's showcase combines product categories including home textiles, contemporary gifts, artisan products, as well as tableware and kitchenware.

Posted: 23 August 2022

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Snowtap partners with Blueprint Collections

Graphic design and illustration brand, Snowtap, has signed a deal with leading stationery and gift licensee, Blueprint Collections, to create a range of social stationery and gifts to launch in spring 2023. The news comes shortly after Snowtap was shortlisted for the Henries 2022 greeting card awards. The new range will feature the beautiful artwork from Snowtap, which includes illustrations in watercolour, line drawing and hand-drawn typography, with witty and motivational puns. The art takes inspiration from the natural world, and features a range of animals. Items in the Blueprint offering are set to include mugs, pencil cases, notebooks, pens, sunglasses cases, drinks bottles and more

Posted: 18 August 2022

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The Creative Retail Awards and Save The High Street partner

The Creative Retail Awards and Save The High Street (SaveTheHighStreet.org) have formed a partnership to promote the importance of design and display in independent retail, with Save The High Street becoming sponsor of the Best Independent Store category at the 2022 Creative Retail Awards. The Creative Retail Awards is a dynamic and exciting annual event that recognises and rewards innovation and excellence in retail, leisure, and hospitality design, display and experience. The Awards span a number of disciplines including store design, surfaces, omni-channel, technology, sustainability, lighting, and more.

Posted: 16 August 2022

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ExaClair launches Avenue Mandarine Sewing Kits range

ExaClair Limited, the UK distributor for the Avenue Mandarine brand, has announced a new Masks to Sew Kit with wild animal designs. This new creative box contains all the material needed to create three fun wild animal masks - elephant, tiger and giraffe. The pre-cut felt shapes together with the punched sewing lines make it easier for younger children to learn how to sew. The plastic needle prevents little fingers being injured and the large eye makes it simpler for youngsters to thread it. The small shapes are made from self-adhesive felt to make it easier for youngsters to decorate their masks.

Posted: 11 August 2022

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Trotec brings laser expertise to a town near you

Market-leading manufacturer of laser technology, Trotec Laser, is once again hitting the road and bringing their laser roadshows to a town near you. An appointment at a Trotec roadshow is often the first step to seeing what businesses could achieve with high-end production tools. Trotec experts will be in Aberdeen and Hemel Hempstead in September, followed by Belfast in October and Chelmsford in November, ready to offer businesses a complete overview of everything needed to be successful with laser processing.

Posted: 10 August 2022

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Celebrate annual World Calligraphy Day

Leading calligraphy brand, Manuscript Pen Company, is encouraging people across the globe to put pen to paper this World Calligraphy Day. Founded by Manuscript Pen Company, World Calligraphy Day brings experts and novices across the world together to discuss, practice, learn and celebrate the art of calligraphy and creative lettering. Being held this year on Wednesday 10th August, Manuscript is launching an online campaign with a plethora of activities to encourage people with all levels of skill to learn, develop and showcase their calligraphy skills.

Posted: 8 August 2022

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Creative Retail Awards Shortlist reveals the best in global design and display for 2022

On the 21st of July the industry congregated at Sook Oxford Street, London, to learn the Shortlisted entries for the upcoming 2022 Creative Retail Awards. The shortlist presents some of the very best in global retail, leisure, and hospitality design & display with projects including Woolworths South Africa, Sports Direct, Chanel, Sky, Coach, Asda and many more. Sasha Castling, Marketing at shortlisted entrant Ribble Cycles, commented: "We are really proud, delighted, and honoured to be included and alongside some incredible competition and brands."

Posted: 5 August 2022

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New series on Conzoom Solutions: On your marks. Ready. Christmas!

A new series with expert tips for a profitable Christmas will start in August - both for online business and for the appealing design of shop windows and retail spaces. Trend expert Gabriela Kaiser and e-commerce specialist Peter Höschl guide retailers through the Christmas countdown. While customers are still celebrating barbecues, preparations for the year-end business are getting underway in both online outlets and brick-and-mortar retail stores. Because, no matter what, Christmas takes place and remains the most emotional and highest-turnover time of the year.

Posted: 4 August 2022

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Inspiration & shopping for crafters

Art stamps, mixed media, art journalling, die cutting, decoupage, beading, resin art, needle felting, decopatch, encaustic art and so much more to see, learn and buy. Watch demonstrations, join a Make & Take - enjoy a great weekend of crafting and creativity. Stamperama (event organiser since 1998) builds on the success of the Stamperama Harrogate show and launches CRAFTERAMA. The first event is held 10th-11th September 2022 at Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate; and the second event at Alexandra Palace March 11-12th 2023. Here's how to be part of this exciting event.

Posted: 4 August 2022

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