Most of these companies will be exhibiting in Design Point 5, where cards and stationery were moved for the first time last year. The marquee is located just outside the Majestic Hotel and in close proximity to Halls G and H as well as DP 1 and DP 3.
One designer-publisher we can’t wait to see at Harrogate is Louise Mulgrew, an artist and illustrator working from her studio-turned-warehouse in Sussex.
All her products feature Louise’s original illustrations in her loose, energetic style. Having always loved the physical drawing process, Louise is determined to remain true to her traditional roots, maintaining a handmade, hand-drawn feel in all of her designs.
Describing herself as “an animal-obsessed, feather-collecting, rainbow enthusiast”, Louise aims to inspire a smile with her cute, whimsical characters that are perfect for celebrating any occasion. See the full range in DP5-45a.
Also at Home & Gift this year, the Greeting Card Association will be promoting Thinking of You Week, a national card-sending initiative which this year runs from 26 September to 2 October.