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by Association For Creative Industries
January 14-18, 2021

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ
Education begins January ​14
Show floor open January 16-18

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October 11th 2016 - Attendee News

Dear Creativation Friend,

Our 100-day countdown to Creativation begins today! Creativation is your first opportunity of 2017 to learn from and network with our global community of industry suppliers, retailers, influencers, makers, designers and media.

We are bringing the industry together to inspire creativity and help your creative business thrive. To help you prepare, this newsletter includes information about our education and networking opportunities that will help you find success.


Education You Can’t Get Anywhere Else

Sign up classes at Creativation University, the new mecca of education for the creative industry. We have workshops and seminars for every creative business, including a special focus on sewing and fabric. 

Our conference program includes:

  • 62 workshops taught by industry manufacturers, offering you hands-on training for trending projects and techniques, including fabric painting, home décor and fashion
  • 52 seminars featuring high-demand speakers, which are free for all CHA members
  • Several interactive learning events, like our Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge

Discover our education experiences and enroll today


Meet Valerie Mayen of Project Runway

We’re excited to announce that former Season 8 and All-Stars Season 5 contestant on Project Runway, Valerie Mayen, will host the fashion show at The After Party! The winners from our Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge will meet Valerie and walk the catwalk.

The Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge is our brand new competition for all skills levels – and we mean ALL skill levels! Participants will either design an outfit or create an accessory using products by: Brother, McCalls, Fabric Editions, Clover Needle Crafts, Them-o-Web, Prym Consumer USA, Beadalon, Pebeo, Fiskars, Sizzix and Faber-Castell.

Sign up to participate here!


2016 Creative Products Size of the Industry Study

Exclusively for CHA Members! Access the consumer insights you need to make the right decisions to drive your business into the future. Attend our keynote presentation and be there when we unveil the results of this long-awaited research. Our presentation will reveal the size of the creative products opportunity, spending patterns of crafters, their demographic profiles and their attitudes they have toward their creative activities.

Learn more and register here.

Phoenix Feature

Southwest Discovery Tours

We partnered with Southwest Discovery, one of the original full-service destination companies in Phoenix, to help you explore the places Phoenix is known for before and after our Creativation event. Sign up to tour the Grand Canyon or Sedona or for fun activities like hot air ballooning!

Book your Southwest Discovery tours and activities here.

Featured Program

The Ultimate Pitch

Turn your dream into a money-making reality! Persuade us your new creative product, idea, trend or technique is the next big thing to hit the creative industry.

You could get three days of free exhibiting space in our Innovations Center ($3,395 value), exposure to major retail chains, significant online and social media coverage, and the chance to pitch your product to a panel of industry judges and win our grand cash prize of $10,000!

Anyone can participate, and there is no entry free.

Watch and learn more.

New Exhibitors

Looks Who’s Back

Help us welcome back these exhibiting companies!

- Darice
- Prym Consumer USA
- Kunin Foss
- Walnut Hollow
- Trends International
- Coats and Clark
- Simplicity
- Modern Store Fixtures
- Brewer Sewing
- Lion Office Products
- TrimCraft
- Crescent Cardboard
- Springs Creative
- Wikki Stix
- Studio Designs
- Silver Creek Leather
- Cousin Corp
- Glue Dots
- Diamond Tech

View our floor plan to see who else will be there.