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Pantone Color of the Year 2015!

Pantone introduced the 2015 color of the year…MARSALA! It’s a beautiful rich, earthy tone that fits perfectly with handmade goods. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, said: “Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout […]

AFRICAN-INSPIRED

Africa is rich in beauty and creativity.  From earthy tribal textiles to bold batik patterns, African prints are becoming very popular in the United States. The following African-inspired products have a modern twist and feature color trends and patterns that artisans can draw inspiration from: EARTHY + NATURAL BRIGHT + BOLD BLACK + WHITE VINTAGE […]

How To Make Coiled Bowls

Check out Design Sponge’s great post about making these fun coiled bowls: LENA CORWIN’S MADE BY HAND + DIY COILED BOWLS PROJECT

Fall/Winter 2015 Women’s Color Trends

Fashion Vignette gives a preview of the Fall/Winter 2015 Women’s Color trends forecasted by Fashion Snoops: FOREST GREEN: Forest is a favored green which stands out especially on wool outerwear. BURGUNDY: A brown-cast alternative to maroon, burgundy becomes one of the most popular reds of the season. NAVY: Navy becomes an increasingly popular choice as a base color […]

Node Fair Trade Rugs

Chris Haughton is a designer and illustrator and also an author of childrens books. Before he became involved in books he was active in fair trade and has been a supporter and designer for the fair trade company People Tree for many years. In 2010 he took 8 months off to to re-connect to fair […]

“Our work unites current manufacturing technologies and age-old craft techniques”

In her article “Natural Dye Textiles From Grain”, Jaime Derringer (Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk) writes about the Grain duo of Chelsea Green and James Minola, who decided to rethink all their textile projects solely using unbleached or naturally dyed hand spun Guatemalan cotton. Check out their collection!

Tips for Expanding Product Lines

Products typically move through four stages: introduction, growth, maturity and decline. Products are in the decline stage when they no longer meet customer needs .To avoid losing business, companies must upgrade their existing products or develop new products that can compete effectively. Expanding a product line is an important growth strategy for small businesses that want […]