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Trend of the Month: “The Cool Cactus”






TREND

It’s official: the cactus is the new pineapple! With the Rio Olympics over, and all things Brazilian and tropical stowed away for another day, the cactus is having a big moment. Check out how fashion designers are using it as a motif: it has adorned Dolce & Gabbana’s menswear, Markus Lupfer’s womenswear, and been given an abstract twist by Kenzo. You don’t need 100-degree heat to enjoy the warmth of the desert at home, either—the clay, cowhide, and cacti look has taken the decorating world by storm. It can be seen in the distinctive, swirling colors of Minnesota’s Nemadji pottery, cactus-print wallpaper and cushions, and real-life plant versions on windowsills. Known for their drought-tolerant toughness, they’re a good metaphor for challenging times, which makes the cactus a true icon for the modern era.

Playful, graphic, and with a touch of irony that makes us smile (think Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns), what’s not to like? So get crafty and introduce this spiky succulent into your environment in unexpected ways—as an individual book cover, a cute charm for your bag, a distinctive blackboard, or a fun ceramic ornament. Work the cactus trend!

TECHNIQUES

Clay modeling with Ceralun™
Ceralun is a two-component, high-performance ceramic epoxy composite that has been specially developed for modeling—it holds embedded crystals superbly. All you do is weigh equal amounts of component A and component B, then thoroughly mix the two until very well blended. Now mold the Ceralun into your desired shape and embed the crystals into it using tweezers or a vacuum pick-up system. It takes around 72 hours at room temperature to dry.
Sewing
This couldn’t be simpler: just thread a needle and sew your Swarovski crystals onto whatever material you like either by hand or using a standard sewing machine.

SPARKLING INSPIRATIONS

Check out our board on Pinterest to get into the mood for this month’s special trend.

Designs

The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s “The Cool Cactus” theme. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll come up with a new design, so stay tuned.

  • Home Decor Ceramic Cactus

  • Blackboard Euphorbia

  • Sketchbook Prickly Bea...

  • Bag Charm Cactus Bloom

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