Earlier this month, Lucy Maggie Designs exhibited at PG Live trade show for the first time since its debut at the industry-specific event in 2019. As promised by the organisers, it was an event filled with some of the industry’s most talented card designers and publishers. Lucy Nicholson, the founder of Lucy Maggie Designs, attended the two-day expo held in Islington, London, to promote the company’s latest product releases and meet some key players in the field.

At PG Live, Lucy Maggie Designs was presented with silver tickets from Paperchase and Oliva Bonas. Both of the aforementioned retailers were awarded tickets after being named finalists in the Reta Awards to spend with a greeting card retailer of their choice. Lucy Maggie also received a Greats Award voucher from Jumping Bean Shop – a greeting card multiple with several stores in the London area.

Lucy Nicholson commented:

“PG Live 2022 certainly didn’t disappoint this year. I was really looking forward to being back at the Business Design Centre exhibiting at the show, especially since having such a long break since the last exhibition, and the event really was worth the wait. It was fantastic to meet both existing and new stockists over the two days, and we were also lucky enough to be awarded three vouchers from the Reta’s finalists to be spent on our products, which was a really uplifting outcome from the show.” 

Lucy Nicholson with the silver ticket from Paperchase, accompanied by Tori Heath-Smith, Laura Clarke, and Carlo Marinell, Paperchase buyers.

Sharing the Spotlight

Whilst at PG Live, Lucy Maggie Designs was able to catch up with many of the exhibitors, including representatives from Type and Story, Ricicle Cards, by Olivia Bell and Folio.

Folio 

Founded by Ian Owen Folio is a Cardiff based specialising in high-quality, luxury paper products. Focusing on beautiful, bold, and colourful illustrated cards.

Dave, owner of Ricicle Cards at PG Live with a selection of cards displayed on a pink wall

Ricicle Cards

Founded by David Nichols-Rice, Ricicle Cards specialises in creating colourful, contemporary and beautiful greeting cards with uplifting messages, appealing to a broad range of buyers.

Owner of  by Oliver Bell standing next to a collection of her cards at PG Live

By Olivia Bell

Olivia, the illustrator of by Olivia Bell, is a London-based designer who creates greetings cards that are both sensitive and honest, focusing on plants, animals, and the natural world as their subject matter.

Owner of Type and Story, Niccy at Pg Live with a collection of her cards behind her on a lilac wall

Type and Story

Type and Story is a small London design studio specialising in contemporary cards, founded by Niccy Iseman. Type and Story are dedicated to providing products with purpose, helping people to tell their stories and live well.

Image of Sunshine Llama's stand at PG Live, yellow and blue wall with a collection of our Sunshine Llama Featured Artist Collaborations

Sunshine Llama Debut

PG Live 2022 was also a chance for Lucy Maggie Designs to showcase its newly-launched publishing brand Sunshine Llama to the many exhibitors. Throughout 2022, the team behind Sunshine Llama has been working closely with many talented young illustrators on small collections of innovative, unique and exclusive card collections. It was fantastic for the brand to present these new works to industry buyers throughout the jam-packed two-day event.

 

“It was great to debut Sunshine Llama publishing at PG,” commented Lucy Nicholson. “The products had such a good reception from the visitors to the stand, affirming our belief in the overwhelming talent of our artists. We’re really looking forward to where Sunshine Llama will take us over the rest of 2022 and into the future, and hope that the 2023 PG Live trade show will be even bigger and better because of it!”

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