It has been a very busy spring in the industry and it’s nice to take just a moment to catch a breath. A number of quick trips to various regions of the country were on this year’s early schedule, and with unpredictable weather outbursts—and unpredictable airline cancellations!—traveling has been quite the adventure!
Fortunately, the weather and flights were near perfect at the end of February for D&WC’s Southern Designer & Workroom Conference and Trade Show in Knoxville, TN. By plane, train and automobile designers, workrooms and vendors came cross-country, across state lines and even across international borders to attend! Once there, three-and-a-half days of near-constant activity awaited them—seminars, exhibit hall, get acquainted and networking events, keynote, product demonstrations, receptions . . . whew! Our wrap-up of the Southern D&WC Conference begins on page 46, and really only scratches the surface of the instruction and inspiration that was available. I guess you just had be there . . .
This breather will not last long. We’re currently very busy completing our agenda and curriculum for the Eastern Designer & Workroom Conference and Trade Show scheduled for September 25 to 28, 2008, in Springfield, MA. Not only is this an opportunity to get in on what you’ve missed, but also to add on to what you’ve picked up. New seminars and new instructors are being added, and we’re always open to new suggestions!
On a sad note, this month we offer two personal reminiscences on the life and work of Cheryl Strickland and what she has meant for the custom window coverings industry, especially workrooms.
Former D&WC contributing writer Kitty Stein had a close and personal relationship with Cheryl (see page 26). She tells us she was, at first, envious and even a little resentful of Cheryl's success, but that quickly changed to admiration as the two quickly became “like two crazy sisters . . . having a ball.”
Cheryl’s legacy of sharing knowledge lives on. The D&WC Designer & Workroom Conferences are an extension of work she began. It has been our intention to build on that foundation, which has a background early in Cheryl’s life and grew through her energy and drive. In tribute, we offer a brief memoir of Cheryl and her work on page 24.