Onward and Upward! New Survey Indicates the Craft Industry is Growing in Dollars and Scope

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.

Trend Report: Contemporary Paper Quilling

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.

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