In my previous posts, I spoke about following fashion, home decor and color trends in relation to creating new mixed media art. Serendipitously, I received an e-mail newsletter from Pattern Observer re: Following Trends the Right Way.
I especially like the tips that Michelle Fifis offers readers to become a trend watcher.
- "Make Trend Research a Daily Activity.....When you are just starting to monitor trends, spend 30 minutes a day researching your market."
- "Use Your Customer or Market as a Filter. As you are reviewing trends, change your filter from, do I like this trend? to would my customer like/wear/buy this trend?"
- "Use Your Own Artistic Style as a Filter. If you see a trend that doesn’t fit with your style or resonate with you—skip it! There is never a need to force yourself into researching a trend that doesn’t feel right."
Be sure to read the complete post for more great ideas.