Wednesday, March 9, 2011

NYIGF Accepting Applications for Juried Divisions

I got this from one of the newsletters I subscribe to at work.  This market is a fantastic opportunity for the serious artisan/designer.  

 Designers, artists and manufacturers are invited to submit applications for juried, design-focused divisions at the summer 2011 New York International Gift Fair(NYIGF), running August 13-18. Applications are available online at 
The juried divisions include Accent on Design; A+: The Young Designers' Platform at Accent on Design; Handmade Designer Maker and Handmade Global Design.
New for 2011 is the addition of two NYIGF-funded Carol Sedestrom Ross "Maker-to-Market" Scholarships, which will be awarded to two Handmade applicants to support their wholesale market participation. Every Handmade applicant will automatically be considered for the scholarship, which is funded by NYIGF. The annual scholarships include one free exhibit space in Handmade Designer Maker and Handmade Global Design, in addition to a five-night hotel stay in New York City during market week, round-trip transportation, tradeshow marketing support and market-readiness consultation from industry experts. The scholarship is named in honor of the late Carol Sedestrom Ross, GLM's former director of craft marketing.
Accent on Design showcases the latest and most innovative designs spanning all product categories. The Selection Committee's criteria for acceptance includes:

•Original, creative and authentic product design
•New and innovative use of materials
•Products that address and solve problems
•Consistent and continuous new product creations
•A focus on contemporary design as perceived by the jury
Handmade is a unique and upscale juried forum that features international and domestic artisans, designers and manufacturers of only the finest handcrafted merchandise. The Selection Committee's criteria for acceptance includes:

•Unique and original work when reviewing contemporary craft
•Authentic design when reviewing traditional and ethnic craft
•Products that are marketable in the framework of the NYIGF®
•Products that are appropriate for the Handmade section

There's a whole page of good tips on applying for the juried division.  The page also describes what you'll have to submit to apply, and the link to the application is on this page.

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