Thursday, March 29, 2018

Trends We Noticed - March 2018



This is our monthly update to our extended Association for Creative Industries (AFCI); a more focused lens directed on what is topical and trending.
Each month I ask a group made up of designers, educators, authors and others to share their observations of trends that relate to our industry. I assemble the content and share it via my blog and through the AFCI membership email.  

Here are our latest observations:

“As I type this note, I have a song stuck in my head:

That’s the way, uh-huh uh-huh 

I like it, uh-huh, uh-huh 
That's the way, uh-huh uh-huh

by KC and The Sunshine Band. 

Just like that, the 70’s are back.  Much as I hate to admit it, suddenly the looks from the psychedelic decade are back.  You can’t escape the hints of a hippie lifestyle.  Fringe heralded the arrival with the return of huge flowers in your hair, simple clothes, jeans with poems and hand painted designs, graffiti love symbols and more. 
Also, it goes without saying that the 70’s were tumultuous times with many major political battles fought with sit-ins and non-violent confrontations.  To say that North America is seeing a return to such major demonstrations is an understatement.  The words, PEACE, LOVE and UNDERSTANDING along with brand new statements will be prevalent as the younger generation picks up the trend to wear your politics on your t-shirt.  
In fact, it seems like all ages are wearing their beliefs.  
Expect to see more words and sentences on clothing and in jewelry.  Symbols take on new meanings.  Hidden-meaning symbols are being used too, as the tattoo loving generation continues to permanently showcase what they believe.   Symbols that support women are easy to spot.  Who would have imagined a pink pussy cap hat would become so iconic.
The spring fashion shows gave me a glimpse of fun clothing to come….I like to think we are saying goodbye to tight legged jeans and hello bellbottoms…or at least pants that have some give.  I am really enjoying watching the embroiderers and sewers hand stitch words for display that our grandmothers would have never used.  
Natural means different things to different people but I see a trend to wear something real, not manufactured.  Wood, stone, feathers.
Plus, somewhere along the way it turns out the millennials managed to make the top sheet obsolete.  How did I miss that? I learn something new from young people everyday.”
Carmi Cimicata
Marketing Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

"I am seeing lots of 'bar' necklaces.    Simple metal necklaces, usually gold, attached to a delicate chain at both ends with either a name or inspirational word on it."
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“Good times & tan lines! Anything ocean and beach continues to be on trend. Look for seahorses, waves, octopuses, soft pastel colors, whitewash, driftwood, weathered wood, sand dollars and quotes written in breezy brush strokes. Pinterest is awash with examples (yup, couldn't resist that wording!)”
Joe Rotella
Delphia Consulting  and Create N Craft

“Unicorns and llamas and sloths, oh my!
I’m seeing lots of hand-painted and/or hand-lettered ceramics (mugs and dishes). Very cute, clean contemporary designs.
I also just started following the “bullet journaling” hashtag in IG - the level of organizational detail and perfectionism is oddly satisfying. I hadn’t ever known it was even a thing!”
Lisa Fulmer
lisafulmer.com and lisalizalou.com

“In the jewelry world, we're still seeing for the younger demographic tiny 4mm sized gemstones, with spiritual elements, symbolism, and stone meanings being a big part of it.
The other trends seems to be "if you like it, wear it." For example, while the younger crowd favors the understated looks in jewelry, others are still sporting bold colors and statement necklaces.
In addition, the 90s fashions are coming in hard, with floral prints and oversized jean jackets.”
Candie Cooper
Author and Designer

“I have noticed a trend lately! Punch Needle Embroidery - it’s like painting with yarn. DIYers are creating beautiful projects with a punch needle, monks cloth, yarn and a hoop. Small floor rugs, pillows, wall hangings and even purses are showing up on Instagram and going viral.”
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

“Tassels are hotter than ever. Everyone I know is sporting tassel earrings, the longer the better! Tassel necklaces with lots of rhinestones. Right up my alley!”
Suze Weinberg
Designer

“Hudson Bay blanket stripes (not limited to blankets), llamas, unicorns, narwhals, tropical birds, donuts, tassels and pompoms, hand lettering and metallic foils...”
Eileen Hull
Author, Artist and Adventurer
Licensed Designer for Sizzix and Clearsnap


Would you like to submit a trend?  I am always looking for new members to add their observations to this list.  Just send me a message:  carmimail@aol.com

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Making Molds from Collectable Antiques


I have made a unique collection of resin pendants.
They are not finished.  This is only one layer of color.


My project began with a gift.
These wonderful items were in a very old frame.  
They were pricey but it was clear I really loved them and happily they appeared on my birthday.


I want to wear them, but I am reluctant to drill holes for fear they will shatter.


So, I made molds of each.  


When you make a mold with silicone putty, 
you must wait at least 24 hours, 
before you use it with resin.  

Also, because the pieces I molded left a little bit of residue behind, 
I did a clear pour into each that I used to clean our any flaking or dust.


This was the test resin pour.  
I was able to see if the mold was good and then I poured in my white colored resin.


This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
Please do not repost any part of it without permission.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Paper and Resin - The Perfect Pairing


These types of necklaces are the easiest to create (with resin filled bezels) 
if you remember a few simple tricks of the trade.


Many of my projects begin with paper collections already preselected.
This stack of Japanese papers are beautifully coordinated.


I gathered a group of bezels.  
These are easy to work with because the circle is a standard one inch size.
Be sure to wipe away any oils that may still remain on these metal components.


I used a one inch punch to cut out this pile of circle inserts.


I glued and then sealed all these papers into the bezels.
As I have done so many times before on this blog, 
I let the glue and sealer coats dry 24 hours before pouring resin into all of them.


My necklace is unique and the perfect addition to my spring wardrobe.


This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata.
Please do not repost any part of it without permission.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

How to Make A Fast Resin and Wood Necklace or Cheating With Resin




I have been clipping and watching dozens of projects featuring resin and wood.  
Like many of you, I love the combination of the natural woods with the colored resins.

However, this type of a project is one requiring 
lots of time, 
some sawing and sanding (which I do not like doing) 
and a pretty decent drill
to make holes through some thin materials.


You can imagine my delight when I saw some pendants I would have aspired to make on one of my favorite sites for bezels.
Trust me, I know.  You want to know where I got these.  Here is the link.  
They cost about $1 each so I ordered a bunch to see if they were even half as good as they appeared in the picture.

They are better.


I strung them into a collar necklace in just a few minutes.
Honestly, I don't think I could have made them this pretty.

The other colors are just as spectacular.

So today's post is about resin.
It is the first time I cheated and used pendants 
created by a machine instead of my own hands.


I am showing you these resin and wood pendants as an Affiliate.
I did not receive any free or discounted product.




This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata.
Please do not repost any part of it without permission.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Trends We Are Noticing February 2018




This is our monthly update to our extended Association for Creative Industries (AFCI); a more focused lens directed on what is topical and trending.
Each month I ask a group made up of designers, educators, authors and others to share their observations of trends that relate to our industry. I assemble the content and share it via my blog and through the AFCI membership email.   

Here are our latest observations:

“Having just returned from Phoenix and the AFCI Mega show and Tucson for the bead shows I have lots of inspiration for spring/summer.  I took a quick look at the pictures I took and clearly I am attracted to anything that is beaded, embroidered and floral.  Happily, I am seeing many embroidery, sewing and string art kits, floral shaped dies cuts and new techniques to make paper flowers.  The spring haute couture and the current Fall RTW runways are filled with embroidery, unique one of kind fabrics and more florals that I have seen for Fall in a while.  Full bouquets scattered on dresses, skirts and jackets.  I am also observing transparent chiffons and similar materials being draped on top of other materials creating dreamy and soft silhouettes.  This is easily replicated in paper arts with transparencies and other light weight paper.”
Carmi Cimicata
Marketing Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

“Ruffles on women's clothing.  It's like a kick back to the 80's when you had the big puffy collars and sleeves with ruffles.  I'm seeing them though, in a softer way.  They are draping on fabric more and don't look so stiff.”
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“Glitter!! The trend is glitter! It's on note cards and clothes, home decor and cell phone covers. It's in makeup. It's everywhere!”
Joe Rotella
Delphia Consulting  and Create N Craft

“My personal take on the trends in paper craft is a definite move away from “Project Life” (organized scrapbooking in pocket pages) towards single-photo layouts with lots of mixed media incorporated.  Planners, art and bullet journaling are in the forefront too.
Also - move over unicorns, your time is done.  Hello llamas!  (I’m seeing llamas in everything from yarn to pine cones.  I expect LOTS of llama stamp and die sets this summer!”
Emma Ivemey
Secretary, AFCI Canada Chapter

“Lettering art, Instagram hashtag art challenges (daily, weekly, monthly), pouring art (which I'm already sick of), alcohol inks on Yupo.”
Lisa Fulmer
lisafulmer.com
lisalizalou.com

“Walking the gemshows in Tucson I saw tons of stones and glass trimmed in different metal finishes. And geometric-meets-organic shapes, like pendants with stones trimmed in silver, but framed in round or geometric shapes, very minimal.”
Candie Cooper
Author and Designer

“Pins and badges are making a come-back. Whether for making a statement or just to wear as a fashion statement, people are collecting them and putting them on bags, denim jackets and hats.”
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

“Llama, Llama, Llama....Llamas are taking over in every industry. Did you know the 80s are back? From fashion to crafts, the 80s are hotter than ever.  There's no stopping Pom Poms and Tassels either. This dynamic duo is still on trend.”
Lisa Kettell

Chief Designer for LK Designs

Would you like to submit a trend?  I am always looking for new members to add their observations to this list.  Just send me a message:  carmimail@aol.com