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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.

[Disclaimer: Messe Frankfurt and its Creativeworld show are a sponsor of this website.]

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

Trends | Burlap

Reported by Anam Stubbington

Burlap is what used to be called sackcloth; it was used for storage for everything as it was easy to make, breathable and moisture resistant. Even since it was used by the Haute Couture fashion houses a few years ago, burlap has been gaining strength. This seems to be the year where burlap comes into its own as a fully-functioning decorative fabric, being used in everything from wedding decorations to wall paper to the red carpet.

  1. Display at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt festival
  2. Miu Miu Pumps
  3. Toms burlap shoes
  4. Bottega Veneta 2011 dress and Emma Watson wearing the dress to the Harry Potter Premier this summer
  5. Vintage Isaac Mizrahi dress

It has a big place in the Eco-friendly world as it is bio-degradable, reusable, and durable. It can be dressed up or broken down, and yet still retains that rustic uniqueness all of its own. It can be used instead of canvas and paper to beautiful effect.

  1. Photo board on Etsy
  2. Nest Frame
  3. Quote Frame
  4. Photo holder
  5. Headboard
  6. Invite

Burlap comes in ribbon rolls, in yards and in sheets and can be sewn, rolled, frayed, gathered, bunched, and looped, as well as used straight off the roll, or made into flowers.

  1. Wrapped Wreath
  2. Sewn Ruffled Wreath
  3. Rolled Wreath
  4. Ruffle Wreath
  5. Folded Wreath
  6. Bubble Wreath

You can sew it, color it with dye and paint, stamp and print on it, make it into furniture and clothes, toys and rugs. but most of all it is a fun and inexpensive way of being contemporary.

  1. InkJet Printed
  2. Spray Painted
  3. Painted Strips
  4. Hand printed
  5. Stamped
  6. Stenciled Words

Burlap looks so pretty mixed with other fabrics such as silk, linen, and lace – a touch of elegance – the rough with the smooth.

  1. Album
  2. Wedding Cake
  3. Wreath
  4. Hearts
  5. Present
  6. Pillow
  7. Ring Pillow

And it’s perfect for those seasonal Christmas decorations.

  1. Little birds
  2. Baubles
  3. Stockings
  4. Mini trees
  5. Advent Calendar
  6. Star
  7. Named Stockings
  8. Mini-hoop bauble
  9. Tree Skirt

And the perfect gift maybe?

  1. Ruffle Bag
  2. Photobook
  3. Printed cushion
  4. Painted Family Cushion
  5. Folded Vase
  6. Placemats
  7. Hair Piece
  8. Votive Candle
  9. Clutch Purse
  10. Notebook Cover

Burlap is so versatile, making it a perfect foil for both adults and kids alike, especially when it is used with this year’s perfect frame – the embroidery hoop!

  1. Laptop Case
  2. Kite Hoop
  3. Birth hoop
  4. Tic Tac Toe

And for those crafters and scrapbookers, there is a wide range of products that fit the burlap theme.

  1. Tim Holtz Embossing folder
  2. Nikki Sivils Buttons
  3. My Minds Eye Trim
  4. Weeds & Wildflowers Digital Elements
  5. Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink pad
  6. Canvas Corp Banner
  7. Jillibean soup alpha stickers
  8. Prima Marketing flowers

Also Hot off the Press do a burlap textured paper.

I totally expect burlap to stay as strong as it has for the last year, with more and more uses coming as it is a really interesting product.

  1. “61 Ford” by Adán Avalos
  2. Pumpkins
  3. Love Banner
  4. Patriotic Wreath
  5. Cake Decoration
  6. Present Wrapping

I hope you enjoyed and are inspired by this little post on the wonders of burlap!