Here at eQuilter we are always on the lookout for longterm big-picture trends.
We love to spot a trend early on, jump on the early renditions of the trend,
predict when the trend will peak and taper off...and then wonder why some
designers or manufacturers continue to offer something that is "old
The answer is - even though a trend may be done among those who follow such trends closely - it may just be starting up in another country. One example is the success of Downton Abbey. It was wildly successful for a year in the UK, before it started to air in the US. So we got Downton Abbey fever a year later than the British. We are just now starting to see the affect on textile trends here in the US... and we're looking forward to MORE William Morris inspired collections in the near future, as a result! *smile*
Over the last couple years, OWLS have been a big trend that eventually got oversaturated in the market. However, even though the trend has peaked here in the US, the owl trend is just starting in some other countries.
One of the long term trends I love to watch is how textile and motif influences bounce back and forth between Japan and the US. There are some trends I saw first in Japan 5 years ago, but they are just now showing up in the collections of young designers here. When I go to the Tokyo Quilt Festival each January, it is fun to see what US trends have landed in Japan. (I'll be in Tokyo Jan 26-31)
As I prepare my trend presentation for Quilt Con in February, I am thinking about all of these global trends that bounce back and forth across the oceans... thanks to the internet mostly!
Fashion, Home Dec and Graphic Design are 3 areas that often are a flashpoint for new trends, and then we will see several designers pick up on these trends in the quilting industry. I often post links to trend influences on my Facebook Color and Design page, for those who like to spot those trends early.
Is there a trend you've watched jump from one global region, to another?
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those communities in Australia who have been affected by the fires recently. I am not seeing much information in the media here, but I am aware of it because my friend Pam Holland got caught in a wildfire in Tasmania. (She is ok, but is heartbroken by the losses she witnessed.)
We are still requesting quilts for Hurricane Sandy victims - they need quilts to stay warm this winter - thanks!