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Tour the 2017 Creativeworld Trend Show

One of the signature events of the Creativeworld trade show in Frankfurt, Germany in late January every year is its Trend Show. For 2017, the Creativeworld trend show was the event’s most expansive yet, featuring three themed display areas and multiple hands on areas for attendees to experience.

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Creativeworld 2017 Trend Show
Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Marc Jacquemin

One of the hands-on areas in the Creativeworld Trend Show is the reading area, where long tables are covered with a huge variety of craft industry publications from around the world for show attendees to peruse, enjoy, and learn from.

Creativeworld Trend Show Reading Area

Of course, the publications are in a variety of written languages. But as I noted in my Scrapbook Update article about the language barrier at the Creativeworld show, creativity is a common language. Even if you don’t understand the written language, there’s still much to be learned and appreciated from the pictures. (I’m pretty sure I confused the heck out of a flight attendant on a previous trip home from the show because I was flipping through a German language magazine and then asked her if she spoke English! But I just couldn’t resist grabbing a couple of magazines in the airport to soak up some German style!)

Craft Books

If you wanted to do more than look at the trends or pictures of other people’s work, there was plenty of chance to do that too. The workstation area hosted a variety of projects in different crafts that let show attendees put the trends they saw into action.

Creativeworld Trend Show Workstation

But the true heart of the Creativeworld Trend Show is the three large display areas that each focused on a different trend “style” for the next year, and showed examples of it in action. Here’s a look at them!

Trend: Whimsy

Whimsy is described by the Messe as “a trend full of contrasts”. It’s bright, colorful, and full of busy pattern.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

The whimsy style loves geometric shapes added over materials such as light wood, and using materials like perler beads to create ultra modern jewelry.

Perla Bead Necklaces

It’s color on color, pattern on pattern, combining to the edge of visual chaos.

Creativeworld Whimsy trend

Whimsy is perfect for fabric artists of all kinds, who can stencil on and combine patterned fabrics.

Whimsy trend sewing

There’s also a touch of what the Messe calls the “bizarre” and “outlandish” in Whimsy, such as these animal statues.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Marc Jacquemin

And strange combinations of things are part of the Whimsy trend as well…such as putting “eyes” on this knitted hat.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Marc Jacquemin

The next Trend Show trend is almost the polar opposite of Whimsy…it’s called Thoughtful.

Trend: Thoughtful

Messe Frankfurt describes the Thoughtful trend as “delicate and modest”. It is neutral, light, and enhanced with subtle patterns.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

Soft pastel rose & blue, along with white, are a big part of the thoughtful trend. Delicate florals like those below are also a big part of the trend.

Creativeworld Thoughtful Trend

The delicate patterns aren’t just florals, though. There’s also simple line patterns such as on these bottles, and cross hatches.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Marc Jacquemin

The third trend is almost somewhat of a blend of the first two…Imperfect.

Trend: Imperfect

This trend was labeled as “the new perfection” by Messe Frankfurt.

Source – Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

Materials like denim, with hand stitching and hand cut shapes, rule in the Imperfect style.

Creativeworld Imperfect trend

In the perfect Imperfect world, even the patterns that cover items like notebook covers are hand drawn, leaving a feeling of creative spontaneity.

Creativeworld Imperfect trend

Brush painting is another way of creating a feeling of perfect imperfection, and translates to a variety of designs and projects.

Creativeworld Imperfect trend

Trendspotting Report – July 2011

Reported by Simone Collins
Each month I spy and spot the latest trends in fashion, design, and pop culture which often determine the hottest trends in craft. This is your monthly Trend Spotting report of the hottest trends spotted online. 

Subway Art/Typography/Fonts
Word art is very popular, everywhere. Whether you like graffiti word art, large initials, or just cool fonts, there are plenty of products to help you craft your own work. ProvoCraft released a new cartridge that creates subway art patterns with the Cricut Machine (available in stores soon). Tim Holtz also released some Subway Art canvases, as well as market totes. Plus, let’s not forget the cool birds from Red Fred Bodoni made from different fonts.

Here’s a look at some great craft projects using cool fonts and typography:

Cowboys and Aliens
With the popularity of the new Cowboys and Aliens movie opening last weekend, it’s no surprise that the western and intergalactic themes are popping up everywhere. Bandana prints are totally in style along with the new bohemian trend, and aliens fit in perfectly with the nerd or geek trends I saw everywhere this weekend in the mall.  October Afternoon’s new Sasparilla line is perfect for the western theme and Nikki Sivils’ new Lil’ Monster collection features the alien theme. 

Some great projects that fit into this trend of opposites:

8-bit/Retro Video Games
Like I said, geek and nerd themes are hot right now, and it’s very evident in the world of craft as well. The 8-bit trend, which is a throwback to the old video games of my youth, are being seen all over the internet. The popularity of some video game characters seems as strong as back when the games were first made available and the rainbow themes and bright colors make this trend a popular one with crafters of all genres.

Here’s a look at some of the coolest crafts with an 8-bit theme:

So, what do you think about the trends I’ve spied this month? Agree or disagree? Have you made any projects that fall into these categories? We would love to see them! What cool trends are you spying on StumbleUponPinterest, and the internet? Please share it in the Comments section below this post on our website. We love to hear YOUR opinions!

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Report from the National Stationery Show

Reported by Eileen Hull

On May 16, I had the pleasure of walking the National Stationery Show. This was the 66th annual show and took place in the JavitsCenter in NYC. The show is held in conjunction with Surtex (Surface and Textile) and a large furniture show. One ticket ($150) gets you into all three events (with the proper business credentials). If you like paper, you could walk around forever. Vendors are set up with their latest and greatest new products hoping for retailers to come and place orders.

Unfortunately, I only had seven hours at the show so had to practically run through to see it all and fit in a couple of meetings. But here is a quick snapshot of what I saw.
The colors throughout the show seemed brighter than last year, perhaps reflecting optimism for better sales in the year to come. It looked like there was business being done and orders being taken.
I started on one side and was happy to find some familiar faces from the crafting industry. Canvas Corp was there with their Home Décor line, along with some of their signature kraft papers, canvas tags and embellishments. Mark Richards was a few booths down and then who should I see but Tim Holtz with his new line of finished goods. He graciously allowed me to video him talking about  District Market. Unfortunately, I lost my Bloggie camera somewhere between New York and New Orleans -so sad….
I moved on to see Ken Oliver from UniBind who also described some of the new products including talking books, cards and a really cool canvas covered photo book.
As I walked the show, I met some very interesting personalities. One of my favorites was Stephen Brown from Glitterville. That guy has some really cool projects in the works and I think we will be seeing lots from him. Don’t you love this booth? Stephen and Chico sure packed a lot of glitter in there. While I was talking with them in the booth, one of their good friends dropped by- Victoria MacKenzie- Childs. Four days later I was in New Orleans and saw her cool dinnerware displayed in a Saks Fifth Avenue window!
Crane always does a great display and this was no exception. Cool windows with paper sculptures lined their booth.
One of my personal favorite booths was the AneMoNe booth- it was beautiful. They produce handmade flower bouquets for weddings and special events. An accompanying line of cards completes the display. Paper flowers of all kinds, sizes and shapes could be seen every time you turned around.

Letterpress was stronger than ever. I saw more booths with designs that took letterpress from traditional to trendy with new fonts, icons and styles.
Text was huge. Compendium Inc. had a really cool booth using text all over their walls. Letters were everywhere; monogrammed items are still going strong. Books and journals also were very popular. I love this video about Smash Books from EK Success.
State Fair and circus images were sprinkled throughout the floor in all kinds of products as well as vintage ’50’s photo cards with snappy comments. Pennants and banners festooned the tops of many booths.

Mean cards also seemed to be a theme. A booth called Gigi was centered around a doll (which kind of reminded me of Chuckie) doing and saying all kinds of outrageous things, many of them not very nice.

Paper confections are still in. M.Middleton won Best of Show for their cake slice notepad. Cute! Lots of cupcakes and paper eye candy.

Eco products were out in force. I happen to own one of these Eco Cups by Decor Crafts, Inc.

Several booths offered laser cut services – one caught my eye in particular called Papyrus Cutters. The detail on them was unbelievable. Another company called Laser Cut It  had a cool display of stacking cut out boxes.

Birds, bicycles and typewriters were common themes and there was one vendor who was selling them right off the floor. I was even able to buy a ribbon for a little blue ABC typewriter I purchased years ago- never could find a source to buy ribbon that would work with it. Only in NYC!



I really enjoyed walking the show and was inspired by all of the creative displays, booths and products. There is definitely crossover between the craft and gift industries, as evidenced by the craft manufacturers who set up in this venue showcasing added ways their product may be used. Can’t wait till next year!

Do you like paper and stationery supplies? Have you ever attended this show? What do you think the latest trends are in the craft industry now? Do you respond to trends or try to create your own?

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