There are as many types of trade shows as there are types of artists. I paint for home decor and fabric, so the two largest shows that benefit my career are Surtex in New York and the International Fabric and Quilt Market held in Houston, Texas in the fall.
There's a myriad of art, craft, scrapbooking, sewing, and other design trade shows throughout the country.
|International Fabric and Quilt Market|
|International Quilt Market|
Most shows have classes that you can attend for an extra fee.
Another benefit to these shows is to keep up with the latest trends and drool over all of the newest fabrics and home decor designs, not to mention the talent that is out there! Trends are predicted and set at these shows.
|Pantone's color trend 2014|
"Emerald Green" is the 2013 color of the year. It looks like blues will be big in 2014;
maybe Pantone's "Monaco Blue" will be the 2014 color?