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Citrus Bunn take BCTF title

Greetings awards recognise 5 at specialist British-made fair


HUMOUR is key these days and newbies Citrus Bunn have really hit the mark, picking up the Greetings Today-sponsored Greetings Card Award at the British Craft Trade Fair last night.

And if you hurry to Harrogate, you’ll be in time to see them on stand N1 at the Yorkshire Event Centre as today, Tuesday, April 9, is the final day of the show that specialises in British made and designed products.
Also recognised were Claire Baxter Fine Art (stand 50) who was highly commended, with commended certificates going to Jill Ray Landscapes (stand 21) and The Three Foxes (stand P7) while fellow newbies Betsy & Else (stand N7) picked up the Just Because… award.
The judging panel drawn from retailers, sales agents, the Greeting Card Association, Giftware Association, and printers helped Greetings Today editor Tracey Bearton choose the best at the show for the fourth year running.
From the online judging a long list was prepared to visit at the show itself, with last year’s winner Faye Stevens, Joanne Wishart, Lauren’s Cows, Orange Pippin, and Rebecca Harrison Designs then making the shortlist alongside the winners.
With cards a growing part of the BCTF’s product base there were more than 50 exhibitors with greetings as part of their offer and all were considered under the criteria of originality, commercial viability and wow factor.
Tracey said: “Greetings is an incredible industry, continuing to flourish despite all the technology trying to wrench people away from that personal touch.
“The care, effort and creativity that goes into designing these pieces of paper is incredible, and the love and thought that goes into picking the right one to send is the reward.
“Special mention must go to Michelle Mills of Windles Group printers and independent retail advisor and GA deputy chairman Henri Davis as they were here helping with today’s final decisions.”
The other judges were GA CEO Sarah Ward, GCA president Ceri Stirland, The Art File MD and GCA council member Ged Mace, sales agents Ian Bradley and Neil Greenwood, and Julie Brightley from The Imaging Centre Simplicity printers, plus retailers Julia Keeling and Chris Fox from Wishes Of Cudworth, Chris Dell of White Mint, The Red Card’s Sally Matson, Carl Dunne of Cards & Gifts Sheffield, Kathy Starr of Gifted Thaxted, Denise Laird of Spirito, and Alison Allen at Conway Cards.
The greetings trophies were part of the award presentations at the end of yesterday’s show, the full list of winners is below.

British Craft Trade Fair awards 2019

Greetings Card Awards – sponsored by Greetings Today magazine

Winners – Citrus Bunn stand N1
These days everyone wants to have a laugh and designer Clemency Bunn has tapped into a great vein of pun-based humour, mainly very innocent with a little naughtiness where required, combined with great illustration that appeals to all ages.

Highly Commended – Claire Baxter Fine Art stand 50
One of the big things about sending cards is choosing image that are relevant to the recipient and the great thing with this is that you can really imagine people in these situations, which gives great appeal to both sender and recipient.

Commended – Jill Ray Landscapes stand 21
The images give that feeling of freshness and being able to imagine a place you want to be. There’s nothing like the great outdoors to make you feel good.

Commended – The Three Foxes stand P7
Great graphic style and colourful unique designs focusing on key elements. The panel look forward to seeing additional images to make these into great ranges.

Just Because… – Betsy & Els stand N1
The prize for the one the judges really want to acknowledge their products and efforts goes to this fabulously detailed concept where the current pricing makes it more of a gift than a card, and the panel are looking forward to seeing it develop.

ACID Post-Newcomer Award Winner – Sandra Vick

Platform And Function Awards Winners – Ellen Monaghan, Helen Eastham Studio, Kevin Hutson, Sarah Saunders Ceramics, Rebecca Perry Ceramics, Cinda Clark Design

Giftware Association Award For Excellence Winner – Rachel Thornton

National Association Of Jewellers Award For Excellence Winner – Francesca Marcenaro

Pyramid Gallery Awards
Winner – Melina Xenaki Ceramics
Highly Commended – DW Glass
Highly Commended – Ugly Jewellery

Heart Gallery Best Newcomer
Winner – Faye Hall Designs
Highly Commended – Betsy & Els

Design Gap Wow Factor Award for best stand
Winner – Kate Toms
Highly Commended – Jack McGonicle Ceramics
Highly Commended – Melina Xenaki Ceramics

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