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Creativeworld Highlights 2017/18 Craft Trends

15 Nov 2016
By Sarah Jane

Creativeworld organisers have highlighted some craft trend predictions for the year ahead.

New interpretations of old technologies

The big new trend for 2017/2018 is check, simple geometrical shapes and folkloristic patterns as, for example, the Scottish Argyle pattern. It includes both condensed and soft tones as well as strong contrast colours. Check is making a comeback, being used increasingly in the creative field, while old, familiar technologies such as stamping, knotting, embroidering, braiding or weaving are also being reinterpreted and applied with various materials to create or decorate a range of different items.

Whimsy: a trend full of contrasts

Playful, bizarre or lively: a simple definition of this trend of ‘whimsy’. The idea is to mix and patch together intensive colours with various patterns or outlandish forms. Using masking tape to add stripes and circles to vintage crockery, printing brightly coloured patterns on pale materials or embellishing them with Japanese origami papers, using extra-thick wool with strong colours for caps or arm and leg warmers, preferably with geometrical patterns. The idea is to juxtapose contrasts and in turn generate a new exciting unity.

Thoughtful: delicate and modest

This trend uses modest, neutral colours and delicate minimalist patterns, most discrete in seeking attention. Fine, small, zentangle like patterns drawn with a fineliner pen adorn blouses or shirts. Porcelain or glass is cross hatched with fine circles and strokes and thin linen blankets or bags decorated with simple embroidery. ‘Thoughtful’ is laced through with delicate patterns like lines, circles, crosshatches or flowers across all technologies like printing, weaving or knitting. This modest style uses neutral grey, black and white nuanced colours which are complemented by sensuous pastel shades such as rosé and bright blue.

Imperfect: the new perfection

Everything is possible, just not perfection. This is what lies behind ‘imperfect’ as a trend. Derived from nature and folklore this trend makes no claim to create perfection. It closely mirrors the Japanese Wabi-Sabi principle which says you can find beauty in everything, even in imperfection. ‘Imperfect’ translates into rough and ready materials, brush painted patterns and spontaneously creative wild embroidery. It is where imperfect and haphazard meets ordered and conventional. Patchwork looks pick up on folklore patterns without being region specific. Basic stitching is used to apply decorative, embroidered flowers on jeans. Fragmentary baskets are woven from thin rattan and ribbons. Chaos reigns, even in jewellery design, where pearls of different sizes and colours are patched together.

Create and experiment

The Trend Show is open from 28 to 31 January in Hall 4.1, G41 for the whole duration of Creativeworld. Each day style agency staff will also be at the workstation to present a selection of the ideas showcased at the Trend Show and to demonstrate the individual steps required to bring them to life. This gives trade visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to try out technologies with the corresponding materials and tools.

Creativeworld is set to take place in Frankfurt from 28-31 January 2017.