I am Heading to Creativation!

I am attending Creativation 2023 – learn all about it and how you can follow along. #creativation23 @namta #namta #tradeshow

I am heading to Creativation this week! Here is a little history first. About a year or so ago, Namta and AFCI merged together making one organization – Namta. They took on the trade show name Creativation that was used by AFCI.

Namta is The Association of the art/creative materials industry members. Namta was originally more fine art focused in my opinion whereas AFCI was more craft-focused. I was originally a member of AFCI and am now currently a member of Namta as a content creator.

Namta members are retail sellers, supplier manufacturers, distributors and importers, and independent representatives of art materials products. Creativation is Namta’s yearly trade show. It isn’t open to the public. That is where I come in. I will be sharing all things Creativation on my social channels so you can come along with me to the show.

About the Show:

There are five jam-packed days of Creativation. The show starts with two days of education classes, which I will be attending. And then, three days of the trade show floor, where I will be demoing and attending.

After the first day of classes, I am hosting a dinner gathering for my designer friends. We get together to chat and share a meal. I have collected items for a sway bag from manufacturers. A special thanks to all that donated.

If you want to follow along, see the activity and new products being released, make sure to follow me on my social media links:

My Top 5 Creativation Finds

I was at Creativation last week for the yearly trade show. I didn’t get to every booth but from those that I did manage to visit, I have a list of my top 5 favorites. Some of these on the list blew me away. Like I couldn’t even speak I was so amazed and it might not be what you think if you have seen others share their experience. It was fun and tiring four and a half days of sessions, meetings, and walking. While I am going to give you a list of my favorite finds, the real favorite was meeting up with my designer friends, getting to know them better, supporting each other, and spending time with them. I only get to see them in person typically once a year but they are some of the best people I know. 

FYI – Links are affiliates.

Tokyo Koeki Co., Ltd. – Hawaiian Cord

This reminded me of the plastic canvas but taken to a whole new level. The handbags they created were stunning. Keep your eyes out for this brand, they were looking for a US distributor.

Ranger – New Clay

I was really interested in this clay for jewelry making. Quickcure Clay is available now at Scrapbook.com

We R Memory Keepers – Button Press

I know a lot of people loved the vacuum press by WRMK but for me, it was the button press that got my creative juices flowing. – available soon. If you are interested in seeing a demonstration of the vacuum press, you can see it on my YouTube channel. [vacuum press demonstration]

Clover – Beading Needle

This was really amazing. I can’t wait to get my hands on one. – available soon

Diamond Art – Free Style

You may be familiar with the Diamond Art craze but now Leisure Arts is going to have a freestyle version where you can buy the colors separately and create whatever you want. They also have a variety of pattern books for inspiration. I will be published is three of them. – these will be available soon.

As the products above reach the retail shelves, I will update links where you can purchase.

Which one is your favorite?