Crafters spent about $36.2 billion dollars on creative products in 2017, mostly at physical stores but also on the internet and through catalogs, according to a study commissioned by the Association For Creative Industries (AFCI). Learn more of the results from this study, plus get a glimpse into trends and new products spotted at Creativation 2018 in Phoenix.
Trend analysis adds context to what’s relevant and timely. These trends can help you find marketing opportunities and growth potential for your business.
Andrea Tsang Jackson trained as an architect and educator. She’s now a quilt designer and artist and today she’s sharing expert tips on how designers and crafters can incorporate Ultra Violet, the Pantone Color of the Year, into their work. Learn how to pair this color to make it shine!
Erin Dollar attended West Coast Craft, a juried exhibition of artist and designer craftspeople inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle. She has this report on popular businesses and hot trends.
Ravelry and Instagram enable knitters to connect with like-minded folks from across the globe and get inspired by projects outside their immediate circle. Together they’re having an lasting impact on yarn shops in Europe.
The Canadian couple behind Low Poly Crafts is taking low poly art higher, creating 3D do-it-yourself kits that are fun, artistic, and relaxing to make.
If you’ve ever dismissed these machines as just for paper crafts, get ready to be surprised. Artists are creating amazing projects using computer controlled cutting devices such as those from Silhouette and Cricut.
Located in Ely, Minn., close to the Canadian border, Ely Folk School offers an eclectic mix of year-round classes to residents and visitors alike.
Keeping up with trends in scrapbooking these days can be difficult. New products come and go so fast that products disappear just when we discover them. Although we’ve certainly seen a shift away from the traditional scrapbooks of 10 years ago, the art of documenting a life through photos continues to be popular with crafters of all ages. We took a look at what’s popular right now to help you stay on top of what’s trending in the industry.
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.
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.
Custom or personalized products require exceptional patience, outstanding communication skills, an open mind and strong organizational skills.