Artisan Resource, a production-sourcing venue for overseas artisan enterprises, will relocate into larger exhibit space at New York City’s Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94 for NY NOW, formerly NYIGF. The move into larger space is the result of positive reception from volume importers, direct import retailers and wholesalers based in the United States, according to NY NOW management organization GLM.
“The move to Pier 94 allows Artisan Resource to double in size,” said Christian Falkenberg, NY NOW director and svp/GLM. “This additional space not only allows expansion by a solid and enthusiastic base of returning exhibitors, but also the addition of new artisanal resources from countries not currently represented.”
Organizers anticipate that the summer 2013 edition of Artisan Resource, running from August 18-20, will feature 100 exhibitors from more than 20 countries worldwide. Businesses participating in Artisan Resource for the first time this summer include Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans from Bethlehem, Palestine, Cape Craft from South Africa, Earthfrendz from India, a Tunisian Pavilion and SASA Designs by the Deaf from Kenya. In addition to these confirmed newcomers, GLM and ByHand Consulting– show owner and sales consultant for the show– have joined discussions with artisanal producers from more than 30 countries.
Companies returning to Artisan Resource from the winter 2013 edition include: Cite Textil Camelidos Huancavelica from Peru, Lorenza Filati from Guatemala Tilonia representing both Mexico and India, Wayra from Peru, Zardozi from Afghanistan, from Haiti ABN– Artisan Business Network and Caribbean Craft. Other confirmed participants include several companies which participated in the August 2012 Artisan Resource launch: Afrikiko from Kenya, the Ecuador Trade Office, Get Paper from Nepal and Source SA, which will be part of an expanded South Africa Pavilion.
Seminars and special programming will augment Artisan Resource exhibit floor offerings. During the show, daily Importing 101 seminars will be offered to attendees, providing an overview of international business relationships and the logistics, vocabulary and responsibilities of both exporter and importer. In advance of the show opening, a full day of exhibitor education will address various aspects of the U.S. market including trends, marketing through “story-selling” and more.