Craft Focus - December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 88)

41 CRAFT TRENDS FOR 2022 We speak to movers and shakers in the world of craft and stationery to find out what’s going to be big over the next 12 months  In terms of design themes, we’ve noticed a real focus on subterranean and sea-scape imagery inspired by our renewed interest in the life of our oceans. Artist Danny Chiverton created a beautiful sea-creature canvas piece for us at The London Stationery Show with POSCA paint markers. We’re all seeing a very strong trend for customisation with POSCA right now. We’ve noticed so many insta and TikTok accounts for customising Nike Air Force Ones and Vans sneakers popping up as well seeing an amazing array of truly impressive painted skateboards on our feeds. We love it as people can express themselves and their individuality with POSCA pens. With the focus on sustainability and up-cycling in 2022 we can only see this trend expanding into further areas of fashion and design. Ron Harradine, Mitsubishi Pencil Company 2021 saw traditional crafts making an exciting comeback. Here are my top three crafts to watch out for in 2022: Needlework The interest in needlework crafts with a contemporary twist, has opened this craft up to all ages. Now you will find lots of the designs out there that are both bright and bold. Look out for embroidery and cross-stitch especially as interest is growing rapidly. Polymer Clay This is definitely one thing that we can’t get enough stock of. With the increase of Instagrammers and Tik Tokers showing their creations, top tips and how to’s, the interest in Clay has exploded! The material itself is versatile and can be used to make all sorts of projects from jewellery, to flowers to figurines. Candlemaking This is also another craft that we have struggled to get components in. Since the beginning of lockdown there has been a huge increase in people starting candle making. Interest has grown due to the versatility of different and unique moulds from bubbles to funky shapes. As a culture we are looking to use more sustainable products and Candlemaking enables you to do that by using products like soy wax instead of traditional wax. Natasha Necati, Crafty Arts Craft Trends for 2022