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Progressive Greetings Live, the only trade show dedicated to greeting cards will, for the first time at its 2012 show, incorporate ‘DIAL@PG Live’ – a section for Design, Image & Art Licensing companies.

In addition, debuting at this fourth PG Live will be an Artists’ Quarter, where individual artists and designers will be able to showcase their work.

CREATIVES INC will be showcasing their collective of artists work and invite retailers and production houses looking for something a little different to come along and meet us.

Commenting on these developments, Simon Boyd, co-show director said: “Licensing and buying original design has always been a part of Progressive Greetings Live, with exhibiting image libraries and card publishers doing licensing deals at the show. By introducing DIAL within the current format, we are simply shining a spotlight on this existing component of the show.”

Increasingly greeting card publishers are willing and ready to discuss licensing matters with licensees and it is the show’s intention to offer a free DIAL logo for display to any exhibitor who wishes flag up their interest in selling or licensing their designs so that visitors know they are open to discussions on the topic.

The 2011 show encompassed 254 exhibitors, including a much larger ‘Springboard@PG Live’ section which is dedicated to start up or emerging publishers.  The show also attracted strong export and overseas support with representation from 39 countries.

“We were delighted with how the 2011 show went,” said joint show director Simon Boyd.  “The greeting card sector rose to the challenge of putting on its own standalone show and the buyers really seemed to appreciate what was on offer – especially getting access to publishers across the board, from the established to the brand new.

”The two-day trade exhibition will run on 29th and 30th May at the Business Design Centre in London.

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Leicestershire Calling!

Run by Kate Foster, the Wistow Gallery opens in March 2012 and showcases the best contemporary craft, art and design from the county.

We have sourced an exciting, constantly changing and affordable range of ceramics, glass, jewellery, prints, paintings, wood, cards and paper crafts, textiles and much more, all created uniquely by very talented artists from Leicestershire and Rutland.

Kate is happy to talk to new suppliers at any time of year – “we do seek to keep our collections fresh and changing. We particularly seek:
–         Ceramics
–         Glass
–         Jewellery
–         Textiles
–         Cards and paper crafts
–         Prints and paintings
–         Wood
–         Willow
If you are based in Leicestershire or Rutland and would like to discuss selling your work in the gallery, we’d love to hear from you”

Please contact Kate at in the first instance with images of your work and price information.

New and established suppliers welcome.

We at Creatives Inc wish Kate the best of luck! We applaud anyone supporting the creative arts, and more especially local designers.

You can find the Wistow Gallery at

Wistow Rural Centre
Kibworth Road
Leicestershire LE8 0QF

(0116) 259 2400 (after 19 March 2012)
Twitter @WistowGallery

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New Designers 2011: Showcasing the very best in graduate design

Just A Note by Laurie Woodruff

This image by Laurie Woodruff caught our eye at the New Designers show in 2008...and lead to an award nominated card range in 2009

New Designers @ The Business Design Centre London

Part 1: 29 June – 2 July 2011 – Textiles, Fashion & Accessories, Contemporary Applied Arts, Ceramics & Glass, Jewellery & Precious Metalwork, One Year On

Part 2: 6 July – 9 July 2011 – Product Design, Furniture Design, Visual Communications (including Graphic Design & Illustration), Spatial Design, One Year On

Wednesday 29 June & 6 July – Awards Preview Evenings sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Book here

We support New Designers and look forward to working with some of the fantastic talent that British Universities have to offer. It’s a tough world out there, and Creatives Inc hopes to enable opportunities  between Artists & Business.

The world has become a much more savvy place in realising that image is everything and marketing must involve good design and good ideas.

Not many of us end up doing what we really want to do, but this place really does pave the way for some of those looking to start their career in design.

Creatives Inc are great supporters of ARTSTHREAD, who are a partner in this years event.  They work tirelessly to bring the world of careers right to design graduates door. And soon, it wont just be the UK looking at Artsthread, its set to become a worldwide network. This means the doors are open for international business to pick up on great British design. We are the leaders in our field and Artsthread never waste an opportunity to spearhead our pool of creativity.

They will be repeating this years sellout success again with ‘V&A connects…‘, a series of inter-active, evening events organised by, and for professionals working in the creative industries. With a strong emphasis on industry-led content and audience participation, this series represents an innovative way of re-charging creative batteries, sharing new ideas, and making contact with new people.

Come & see us at the show!

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