NEW YORK — Florals and ethnic themes were the attention-getters Tuesday at the opening of two shows of original artwork for 1995 spring/summer prints.
Inprints NY, sponsored by Eileen Mislove, drew about 300 buyers to Arno’s Restaurant here, while the Print Show, sponsored by the American Association of Apparel Textile Design Studios and Agents (ATEX), attracted more than 240 to Parsons Midtown Exhibition Center. Both exhibits run through Thursday.
At Inprints NY, Groot Co., an art studio here, featured William Morris-inspired florals with a batik-look in peach, raisin and blue-gray. Barbara Groot, owner, said buyers are still interested in ethnic looks — in various interpretations — and florals.
Marilyn Kern Textiles, spotlighted ethnic and tropical themes, including a camouflage in unusual color mixes such as raisin leaves combined with light and dark mushroom. Cathy Leese, sales rep for the firm, said light backgrounds such as ivory, mushroom and periwinkle will be important for floral themes.
Design Works International featured collages of textures including a terra-cotta, orange and brown design and fresco-inspired patterns and florals, according to Nancy Fire, owner.
“We’re finishing up with holiday and starting with spring 1995, and we’re glad to see a lot of flowers,” said Stephanie Emanuel, vice president of design of Echo Design Group, a scarf manufacturer, who said she was pleased with the new interpretations of folkloric patterns. “They look fresh and formal.”
Ann Loy, of Ann Loy Originals, Cascade, Colo., a designer and manufacturer of accessories and separates, said she is in the midst of diversifying her line, and was searching for new print ideas. “I’ve used so many tapestries and wovens and now my customers are looking for prints in light fabrics,” said Loy, “like the neat romantic lingerie-type florals I saw at Avi Iny Designs here.”
Meanwhile, at the Print Show, florals were also significant. The Style Council showed a Victorian-inspired floral combined with a lace and postcard motif. In addition, florals inspired by French artist Raoul Dufy were shown in soft colors such as topaz, stone and blue-gray.
Barbara Miller, co-owner of Hot Paper Zone, said buyers were seeking retro florals. One popular pattern, she said, is a Twenties-looking rose print in rose pink, ocher and green.
At D.S.F. Creative Consultants, owner Marvin Bigeleisen said he got a good reaction to florals and ethnic woodblock prints in washed-down indigo.
Peter Raman, principle of Retro NY, a junior sportswear firm, said he found a few designs he liked because they are abstract. “I’m looking for brighter prints because we have a junior customer,” he said. “I’m not interested in antique colors.”
Both sponsors said they were pleased with opening-day activities.
Paul Henneforth, president of ATEX and president of Bread and Butter Designs, said the fact that there are two simultaneous shows “gives added visibility to the print design industry.”
“It was a coincidence that both shows were scheduled together,” he said. “Our timing was determined by the convenience of our members and the market week schedule.”
He said both shows attract “a good mix of retailers, private label manufacturers and apparel manufacturers, converters and out-of-town buyers. The people that came here were serious buyers as opposed to just lookers.”