may 18 – 22: National Stationery Show

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2014/05/17

Today begins the National Stationery Show at the Jacob Javits Center.

Do you want to focus and promote your artwork, and try to make a living at it by committing to this trade show–when you know on Wednesday, the ships are coming in for Fleet Week and will pass right outside the building, a monkeyfist’s throw away!?

So, I’ve committed. Here is my bike with all the ship cards and stationery I am presenting. I called the convention center to say I could not find information on how to unload from a bicycle; it was all written for car and truck drop off. The fellow was amused I was biking everything, and asked: “but who will watch the bike when you are unloading?” which I found very charming. I locked it to a lamppost.




I was lucky and missed the rain, but my shelving unit, coming from the flame proofers’, got extra-super, monsoon-flame-proofed. Thank you Urban Mobility Project, Shelly and Joe! It cost 1/9th the quote I got from vans and trucks, and we did not have the interminable wait times for the long vehicular congo line to the elevator in the back. We walked everything in the front doors, exhibition hall level.


Ok: so I had to spend $300 to flame proof my shelves in this modern structure with sprinkler systems. That’s fine, I did it. However, to then allow the NO FREIGHT AISLE be clogged for two days with heavy, immoveable stuffs…this would NEVER be allowed on even the more lackadaisical passenger vessels I’ve worked on. I could not get my things in. But, I was more worried that in case of fire, no one would be able to get out.




I finally made it to my little booth. Here is it, before:








and not quite done yet. I have ship schwag up the wazoo, and still so much to do…meanwhile, just west, past my lovely neighbor Park Soap, I know lies North River, right past that exit sign…and:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Event: Fleet Week New York Parade of Ships

Location: New York Harbor

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.


The Corwith Cramer is docked at pier 25, she looks so beautiful.

Elcano just left town:southbound

And, in case of fire, I am running west, and advise my colleagues to do the same.




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  1. Rigmor Lisbeth said, on 2014/05/18 at 07:05

    LOOKS GREAT ! is it still going on ? a lot of visitors? I really hope that Bowspite gets a lot of attention 😀

  2. o docker said, on 2014/05/18 at 14:35

    Love it.

    Pedal your wares to peddle your wares. No stationary stationery for Bowsprite!

  3. Richard Hudson said, on 2014/05/19 at 00:00

    The booth looks great, and it was interesting to see and read of the backstory behind getting it together. Glad to see you were able to transport everything by bike–that’s inspiring!

  4. Rembert said, on 2014/05/19 at 10:58

    Three things are for certain – Bowsprite earned the license to call her product Green-cards, nobody can deny her the sustainibilty prize of the show and her booth is an eyecatcher. Like that colourful Dahon (?) with the aluminium (?)- trailer (here in Zurigo the postman has to stop a similar looking combination, before ringing twice).

    Only one point of criticism: The lock-up of your vehicles would be rated “C” by Hal

  5. Christine Van Lenten said, on 2014/05/20 at 06:52

    Fabulous post! Oh, Christina, you are like no other ‹ such an eye, such an artist, such a keen and reflective observer, such a gifted writer. I marvel.

    Please keep these great posts coming. I feast upon them!

    Love, ~Christine

    From: “Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook” Reply-To: “Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook” Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014 11:06 PM To: Christine Van Lenten Subject: [New post] may 18 ­ 22: National Stationery Show bowsprite posted: “Tomorrow begins the National Stationery Show at the Jacob Javits Center. Do you want to focus and promote your artwork, and try to make a living at it by committing to this trade show–when you know on Wednesday, the ships are coming in for Fleet Week “

  6. Fennarama (@fennarama) said, on 2014/05/20 at 12:41

    As usual, I wish I could be there! Your booth is sooooooo cute! I love it.

  7. mageb said, on 2014/05/20 at 21:08

    Yes, simply glorious stuff indeed. Your booth looks good, but you might not want to fully block the entrances. Give your fat old lady shoppers room to get by into your booth and shop. You bet I would if I were there. I owe you a nice long post. Long. Eventually….as soon as I am over my spring cold. Hugs to you.

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