Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Trends of 2018

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As we end 2017, I was curious as to what artists in our online community were expecting to be big in the upcoming year. In an informal, completely non-quantitative, random survey, I asked people what one trend they thought would be big in 2018. Although everybody had their unique opinion, it was fascinating to see that there was quite a good deal of overlap in predictions.

1. Roots. No, not the ones underground, but our origins. There was a strong theme related to "rekindling the love and passion of our roots." Whether that was a general idea or related to a specific art domain, it seems that people want to be in touch with all things handmade, non-commercial, and traditional.

2. Mixed Media. While mixed media is an art movement that goes back to the early 20th century, mixed media as we know it today is hot and getting hotter. Whether it is blending media, layering, combining found objects with commercial products, mixing fibers and paper, or other approaches, mixed media was on the mind of many of the artists who shared their trend predictions.

3. Fine Art Mediums. There has been a steady increase in recent years in the embrace of traditional, fine art mediums within the mixed media and craft worlds. This appears to be continuing with many people noting watercolor paints, portraiture, encaustics, drawing, color mixing, and referencing the color wheel as continuing and coming trends.

4. Nature. All things natural appear to be on the horizon. Think raw surfaces, such as wood, stone, tile and brick, metallics, eco dyeing, water themes, all-things rust, and botanicals.

5. Imperfection. Artists seem to be more and more comfortable embracing the imperfect and it looks like this trend will continue into 2018. Whether patchwork in textile arts, nonrealistic faces in portraiture, or repurposed and up cycled materials, imperfection is the perfect trend.

6. Paint. Paint seems to be the art supply of choice for 2018. Whether watercolors, acrylics or the hot trend of acrylic pouring, paint is definitely our passion.

7. Fiber Art. Perhaps reflecting the trend of returning to our roots, fiber art is everywhere. Stitchery, embroidery, hand sewing, quilting, fringe, patchwork, eco dyeing, and stitching on paper are all hot, hot, hot.

8. Text. Text-based art will continue to be big in 2018. Handwritten and creative lettering, asemic writing, journaling, and using text for story telling are likely to be seen everywhere in the coming year.

9. Journaling. The trend that keeps on giving. Journaling has not yet peaked and will continue strong next year. In recent years, a variety of approaches to journaling led the way. In 2018, bullet journaling and creating your own handmade journals seem to be in the lead.

10. Artivism. An historic trend that seems to reflect the times, creating art and craft for the purpose of political expression, activism, and protest has returned in a big way in 2017 and looks to continue into 2018.

12 comments:

Caterina Giglio said...

Most excellent...

toni said...

Very interesting Seth, thank you for taking the time to put this list together so eloquently. X

Indira said...

Very much on the mark. Great job.

Redanne said...

Thank you for sharing such a great summary of predictions... x

Anonymous said...

Fascinating list -- and so relevant. Everything you do, Seth, fits right in there! Thanks for showing us this list.
Sally from France.

Gail Green said...

Great forecasting summary!

cecile graven said...

Thanks for your list Seth.
It is a promise for an interesting 2018.
And I think next year heat embossing wiil be on the list ( yes, I was able to preorder your powders and.. she also has the dies of your design I was unable to buy elsewhere before :) )

Carole M. said...

A great list, Seth!! Thanks so much for the summary!! It appears we're in for another exciting year!!! Happy New Year, Seth!!

Patricia Lintner said...

Great article Seth! I see a very exciting year ahead for all of us! Thank you for taking the time to post this!

Julie Short said...

This is an interesting mix Seth. We are influenced no doubt by what we see in the wonderful art being produced all around our world.

Jackie P Neal said...

Great read Seth! I tend to agree with each trend you posted! heehee
Happy New Year- I wish you all good things!
Jackie xo

A Pink said...

Thanks for gathering opinions and quantifying into a concise and interesting read , Seth. Yep, I'd agree with most, if not all. Looking forward to see if the next 365 prove our predictions to be right .
x