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NY NOW announces the debut of the Artisan Experience at its 2019 winter market

December 18th, 2018


The Artisan Experience – Only at NY NOW
A debut handcrafted experience announced for the winter 2019 market  

New York, NY—January 25, 2019 — NY NOW is pleased to announce its debut of the Artisan Experience happening live at its winter market, February 3-6 in New York City.
Artisans of NY NOW’s HANDMADE Collection will offer live demonstrations, throughout all days of the market, giving a glimpse into how they craft their one-of-a-kind handmade products. Buyers will enjoy this first ever opportunity to see these artisan exhibitors truly demonstrate their art and how the unique and innovative products they purchase and order at the market are created. These special demonstrations will also provide a story for retailers to share with customers about the detail and personal touch that goes into these handmade designs.
“We are thrilled to add this new experience to the winter market and know this will create a truly unique experience for buyers,” said Allison Garafalo, Director of the HANDMADE Collection at NY NOW, who along with HANDMADE Collection Manager Ashley Ciofrone, curated this new experiential activation for the winter market. She continued, “It should feel similar to visiting an artisan’s studio and really seeing from idea to final design how unique products come into being.”

Artisan Experience demonstrations will include:

  • Sunday, February 3
    • 10 am – Leather DIY, by Ted Harriss of Todder
    • 1 pm – Printmaking, by Ms. Han-Tzu Kuo of SAMMI – Dart Taiwan
    • 4 pm – Burl Carving, by Don Stinson of Stinson Stuidos Inc.
  • Monday, February 4
    • 10 am – Electroforming Jewelry, by Jessica Kramer of HAWKHOUSE1 pm – Weaving, by Enrique Arias of Inspired Peru, LLC
    • 4 pm – Slip Casting, by Lauren Herzak-Bauman of Lauren HB Studio 
  • Tuesday, February 5
    • 10 am – Woodcarving/Staining, by Percy Appau of Swahili African Modern
    • 1 pm – Pottery Painting, by Noelle VanHendrick of ZPOTS and Vnoelle
    • 4 pm – Cold Forging Metal, by David Stepan of David Stepan
  • Wednesday, February 6
    • 10 am – Leather Crafting, by Mr. C.H. Marshall Chiang of ROSSEN – Dart Taiwan
    • 1 pm – From Blown Glass Plates to Contemporary Glass Jewelry, by Gillian Preston of Broken Plates

Register now to witness the Artisan Experience retail renaissance NY NOW, this winter February 3-6, 2019.


About NY NOW
The winter 2019 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle, Handmade + Gift, will take place February 3-6, 2019 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. NY NOW features three comprehensive collections — HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE — that encompass tens of thousands of products in hundreds of product categories. For the first time, NY NOW welcomes the co-locations of the winter market with the National Stationery Show® and SURTEX®, which will take place during the same time, all under one roof and in the same location. Attendees from all 50 states and nearly 70 countries worldwide are expected.

NY NOW is owned by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States. The company currently operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other face-to-face events. In 2017, Emerald’s events connected over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupied more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.


  • The official name of the market is “NY NOW.” Please do not use “NY Now,” “NYNow,” “New York Now,” “the NY Gift Show” or the “NY Gift Fair” to refer to the market.
  • The NY NOW winter 2019 market will take place Sunday, February 3, 2019 through Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
  • The National Stationery Show® will be co-located with the NY NOW winter market and will be located on Level 1 adjacent to the LIFESTYLE Collection.
  • SURTEX® will be co-located with the NY NOW winter market and will be located on level 4 in the River Pavilion.

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