The Heart Trend

This year the NY Now Retail Renaissance (Aug 10-14) was amazing. Held at the Javits Convention Center it was enormous, taking two days to get around.  The show featured Home Furnishings + Textiles, Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares, Accent Design, HANDMADE® Designer Maker, HANDMADE® Global Design, Gift, Baby + Child, Personal Care + Wellness, Personal Accessories and Edibles.  The National Stationery Show® was also included.

The mission of Blu Arlan was to verify the trend forecast, hearts . With the world in somewhat of a tizzy, projections for heart motifs, love and be kind are slated to be big.

We headed straight to The HANDMADE® Global Design area which features artisan’s from around the world.  Hearts designs made from unique materials in all sizes and colours were plentiful. Swahili African Modern www.swahilimodern.com who celebrates the African artisan through fair trade had a wonderful offering of animal printed soapstone hearts, wooden bowls and spoon hearts, soapstone heart plates-

and bowls of delightful chunky soapstone hearts with carved patterns. Metal hearts were also bountiful. There was several artisans showing tooled silver hearts from Mexico and Central American. The puffy large brass hearts from India by Culturas www.culturastrade.com were the coolest of all.  Imagine dangling a few Culturas brass hearts among a grouping of natural macramé plant hangers. The rustic brass, creamy natural cords and green plants would be fantastic . But the heart design that related to the Blu Arlan brand most was a pretty pink fabric with creamy batik hearts by EXMAC Fabrics.

Aunt Ester is the Ghana artist who creates these incredible pieces. What attracted us most to her work was the rich colours, textured fabric and whimsical patterns.  Her combinations are pure happiness.

If you would like purchasing information on these beautiful fabrics, contact Aunt Ester via email at esterbatik90@gmail.com. Blu Arlan did purchase the pink heart motif fabric (6 yard put-up). We’re be working up a design and will feature it on our home page when completed.

After two days of scurrying about the Jarvis Center looking for everything heart, we can say Yes, hearts will trend, make them, buy them, love them!