Artisan Connect


Date : 2010-11-29 15:30:26

Description : blog by Aileen Brindle "By collating images into visual 'Stories' and unpicking each story into headings such as style, shape, materials, surface pattern and colour, we hope to make sense of trends for crafts, textiles, and home accessories." For way too many years to mention my colleague Helen Lockie and I have been lucky enough to work with craftspeople all over the world. This has been in the role of designers, buyers, product managers, trainers and mentors for different international development organisations, fair trade companies, mainstream importers and retailers. Whether you are a crafts business, a manufacturer or a designer looking for new inspiration, or an exporter selling to international customers, understanding ever- changing ‘trends’ in your market is important. Although there are great trend shows at trade fairs, numerous trend magazines and lots of inspiration on the internet, after all these years of working ‘on the ground’ especially in Developing Countries we realise that it is difficult to find and understand the information available. Sometimes it can be very ‘conceptual’, expensive, too far away, or often confusing. There is also the problem of having too much information, and knowing what to do with it! We hope that we can help by collating images and reports into a series of visual summaries or ‘stories’. To make sense of the information available, we will break down each story into headings such as style, shapes and forms, materials, surface pattern, colour etc. hence the name ‘trends-- unpicked’. As time goes on we hope to ‘hand--pick’ examples or ideas from our work to illustrate how trend information can be used to inspire new product development across different craft materials and techniques. 

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