Monday, September 25, 2017

Trends We Are Noticing September 2017

This is our monthly update to our extended Association for Creative Industries (AFCI); a more focused lens directed on what is topical and trending.
Each month I ask a group made up of designers, educators, authors and others to share their observations of trends that relate to our industry. I assemble the content and share it via my blog and through the CHA membership email.    

Here are our latest observations:

“I just spent a day at the Etsy Made in Canada –Toronto event, where 7-8,000 craft enthusiasts shop for the latest in hand-crafted goods.  The most popular booths featured embroidery, cross-stitch, kits, patches and 3D printed jewelry.  Quite a few of the vendors used small run manufacturing for their unique items.  Succulents and cement pots along with cute stuffed animals and people shapes were everywhere. Resin filled bezels still dominated in jewelry booths.  It was fantastic to observe so many young millennials hand making their products.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and

“As my part of the world heads to fall, with color in the leaves and crisp night time temperatures, I’m seeing folks turn their attention indoors. People are de-stashing, cleaning and organizing their craft rooms and home studios in preparation for creating seasonal cards and decorations. This time of year brings out “nesting” behaviors, so look for even more home décor crafts and projects with sentiment, using photos or ephemera with special meaning. Vintage images are as popular as ever, perhaps reflecting a desire to be in a simpler, less stressful time.”
Joe Rotella

“I'm seeing lots of tassels on everything from handbags, to clothing, to jewelry.”
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

Home Decor: Pom poms and succulents are still going strong- and I'm seeing copper and rose gold crop up as accents on everything.
Fashion: Embroidered appliques are taking over! For adults, it's floral appliques on jeans, tops, and coats in elegant florals. For kits, it's embroidered patches in emoji's, 80's themes, and fandoms. Pins are also making a come back, and teens especially are loading up their jean jackets with "flair." You also can't go wrong with tassels/pom poms- on shoes, trims on ponchos, accents on purses.
Jewelry: it seems we are at extremes again- either it's very small, delicate and minimalist (think simple bar necklaces, chain drop earrings, small arrow pins) or textural and chunky- like tassel necklaces and earrings, pom pom necklaces, gilded feathers, and layers of leather.
Color: I've seen pink and blush creep out of the closet and into home decor and decorating. Big fuzzy pink rug, anyone?
Jenny Barnett Rohrs

“What I've been seeing (and obsessing about) is 'micro-scapes' and mini terrariums of every shape. I love the small hanging ones that one can put a few succulents in or air plants. Adorable glass vial pendants of every shape also showcase 'seascapes' or  succulent/earth-themed scenes.  The pendants are shown with and without resin inside.
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Roberta Birbaum
President, AFCI Canada

“Its totally 90s chic these days. From decor to fashion. We are seeing lots of statement pieces.  Flamenco ruffles, bold embroidery, peeled metallics, edgy flannels and military jackets.”
Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs

"Touches of Bakelite (a type of plastic jewelry) surfaces (acrylic flowers and molded shapes) and Southwest Squash blossom shapes are still present."
Candie Cooper
Author and Designer

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