Grace Dobush attended Creativation (the rebranded CHA Mega Show) and reports back with 5 big craft trends for 2017.
The size of the creative industry in the United States was a staggering $44 billion in 2016, up from $30.1 billion in 2011. The Craft and Hobby Association released its new study of the U.S. craft market along with a new name to reflect its more expansive scope: the Association For Creative Industries (AFCI). They also rebranded what was known as the CHA Mega Show as Creativation. “It’s a really good time to be in the creativity business,” says Jamie Gallagher, CEO of Faber Castell USA. His company, based in Cleveland, was one of hundreds of exhibitors in Creativation’s trade show.
Does the term quilling ring a bell? You might have hazy recollections from the 1970s of colorful flower and butterfly designs composed of coiled paper strips. Or perhaps you remember cutting up a sheet of construction paper, rolling the pieces one by one on a pencil or toothpick, and pinching them into various shapes as a school art project. This paper craft fell out of favor for a few decades, but we’re happy to report that there is something of a quiet revolution going on in the quilling world.
Weaving is back. What’s propelling this trend in crafting and how can you capitalize on it in your own business? Vanessa Lauria brings us this report.
Predicting color trends can be tricky. Color expert Lindy Thibodaux gives us some expert tips for knowing what’s next when it comes to color.
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