What’s trending in crafts? #1

Posted: January 21, 2018 in Trending crafts, Uncategorized
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I do spend way too much time in front of Pinterest. The work by artists and craftspeople around the world is utterly fascinating. So what’s trending? On the fabric front, fabric fish in colourful patterns used for, I don’t know, pencil cases perhaps and fabric mushrooms. Then there’s the up cycling of old ‘jumpers’ ( ‘sweaters’ in the US) into really cool coats or mittens or even beanies and head scarfs. Amigurumi crocheted animals are really cute as are the tiny dolls. I have had a go at them and its harder than it looks even with the Youtube videos to follow. A word of advice- don’t use cotton yarn as it stretches, use wool to crochet your animals.

diy patchwork upcycled jacket              https://www.instagram.com/p/BS2T16egYE-/

In jewellery, check out ‘polymer cane jewellery’. Canes are lengths of polymer clay rolled with different colours which can produce quite detailed and representational effects when cut across. The better jewellery uses subtle colour ranges such as olive greens and coffee with white and black and contrast hues like orange or turquoise, also the canes are less complex. Feathers and flowers are too kitsch and child-like. There are many polymer clay recreation attempts at faux gemstones like turquoise or opal but I don’t find these as interesting or  artistic as the cane jewellery. These  often have matching pendants and earrings in modern shapes. Fascinating is the unusually structured bangles  made with subtle cane colours that resemble sea creatures or coral.

Polymer artists to watch are Meisha Barbie and Melanie West.

Meisha Barbee Inner wave bangles by Melanie West

Meisha Barbie                                                    Melanie West

Artists are making full size vases in wonderful colours using polymer clay but these would be expensive to make and buy. Another trend in polymer clay is to make amazing doll heads and bodies. Some are surreal and transport the viewer to another dimension of doll crafting. The best at this new craft appear to be the Russians like Michael Zajkov. Here is some of his work:

Artist Masterfully Sculpts Hauntingly Lifelike, Fully Articulating Dolls From Polymer Clay

Michael Zajkov   The Russian artist's collection of handmade dolls is captivating viewers around the world with them appearing so realistic that if you blink, you may wonder if they  #Art #bjd #collectiondoll

Hard to believe this is a doll, yes!

Well, I hope this article has given you some inspiration to check out the trends and massive talent in crafts at the moment, adios  amigos.

regards

Amundr

 

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