When watching trends in art and craft you should take notice of what motifs you see over and over again. Noticing what motifs are getting exposure will help you understand how trends grow. A motif is a recurring theme, idea, form, shape, or dominant feature.
In card making over the last few years the motif of circles and squares (geometric shapes) has been a strong trend. Geometric shapes are easy to design with and easily give balance and harmony to overall design.
Jewelry is also using big, bold geometrical shapes. You can mix and match circles, ovals, squares, and triangles or stick with one shape and vary the sizes.
There are motifs that have been used for so long that the trend became a classic. Classics run in cycles, but there is always some form of a classic motif used through out art, craft, and home décor. Classic motifs include roses, hearts, teddy bears, angels, santas, crosses, roosters, insects (bees, butterflies, dragonflies), fruits (apple, pineapple, pear, grapes), goose, and trees (oak, palm, maple).
Trend experts are including angels, bees, roosters, grapes, and hearts as leading motifs in lifestyle for 2009. After researching current magazines and internet hot spots, I’d throw in chunky, bulky shapes and butterflies will be popping up in art, craft, fashion, and home décor.
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