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

42 Community, personal exchange and conscious consumption have gained enormously in importance in the last two years. This has a particular impact on the DIY sector. The creative community has become even more important and exchange is no longer limited to the private sphere, but can be found in public places in the city. Thus, urban oases become places of encounter that are creatively designed in community projects. In addition to the community, conscious consumption provides for new craft developments. Ideas are developed to create something new out of what is already there, thus extending the life cycle of the products. This is how we meet our responsibility for the environment with creativity. The stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano was commissioned by Messe Frankfurt to draw up the Creativeworld Trends 22+ and drew inspiration from these new influences. The three trend worlds: ‘colour statement’, ‘organic traces’ and ‘lovely keeping’, old favourite pieces are given a new lease of life, urban space becomes a canvas and nature is used to search for traces. Colour statement: colour as a positive message This trend is optimistic and exudes joie de vivre. Alongside bold colours like purple or orange, colourful patterns play a significant role. Checks can be seen everywhere, whether on fabrics, papers or porcelain. Organic traces: Searching for traces in nature The inspiration for ‘organic traces’ lies in the abstract and the organic. Coloured cord, jute or sisal can become woven accessories such as small coasters or doilies. This is where traditional craft techniques come into play, such as crochet, where baskets are crocheted from thick cord and ropes. Lovely keepings: longevity as a sustainable alternative After the uncertain times that Covid has brought, people long for nostalgic memories, longevity and rediscovering beloved things. The new romanticism is underlined by floral patterns, blossoms or ornaments that are applied to existing textiles such as old tablecloths, bed linen, lace blouses or vintage dresses. Handkerchiefs are embroidered over and turned into napkins, beads are threaded on or hair clips are decorated with a floral pattern. The range on offer in specialist shops is large and could include porcelain paints, brushes, yarns, crochet and knitting needles and of course offer the appropriate specialist literature or instructions for the traditional embroidery techniques. Eva Olbrich, Creativeworld I think 2022 is going to be a really exciting time for craft and stationery trends. Upcycling and sustainability have formed a huge part of people’s crafting, such as using scraps from previous projects and recycled materials, but it has been just as popular in stationery. People are looking at ways in which they can increase the lifespan of the products that they are using, for example purchasing refillable markers and replacing their nibs. This is exactly what Spectrum Noir offers with its Classique and Illustrator alcohol marker ranges. Nature and the great outdoors will continue to be popular and, we have a fantastic ‘Plant Parent’ collection launching from Violet Studio next year that will epitomise this trend. Finally, positivity and wellbeing are more important than ever and they continue to heavily influence the crafting and stationery worlds. I expect that this will continue in 2022, with people sending letters and cards to friends and family, journaling and creating for their own wellbeing. Sara Davies, Crafter’s Companion