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Kierrätystehdas, or Recycling Factory, 2012

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As I’ve already mentioned in my last post, Sunday was a delightful day for me mainly for the reason of having visited the Recycling Factory event for the first time.

A lovely display by Florencia

So here’s the report about some of my moments there, as promised 🙂

Kierrätystehdas, or Recycling Factory, here in Helsinki is the largest sustainable lifestyle event of Finland. This year it was organized for the fifth time and I had the pleasure to visit it – together with some 10 000 other people. My friend and I spent the most part of our time in the Sales market – the part of Recycling Factory that united craftspeople, who use mainly recycled materials for the products they produce and sell. But there were also other parts of the event that we just didn’t have enough time to visit (us both having slipped away from our families for just a few hours): the Ilmaistori (or “Free of Charge” market) where visitors could bring items they didn’t need anymore and take whatever they needed, the panel discussions, runway shows and quite a few workshops (I brought home my “masterpiece” from a mosaic workshop 🙂 ).

EcoDesign: Oskari Nukarinen’s bedside table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the first time this year there was an EcoDesign competition. Unfortunately, I somehow didn’t stumble upon the winner design while I was there, but just look at this ingenious bedside table designed by Oskari Nukarinen for OplusMonG Design Ltd! It is very simple and minimalist but really so great. No more bedside lamps falling off bedside tables, right?

Pencil-clock by Design Airo

 

 

 

 

Ok, but here’s what I did stumble upon that really made my eyebrows arch and would have made me whistle if I knew how to do that: the pencil-clock by Design Airo…

Organizing board by a crafty girl from Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences

 

 

 

 

…and this amazing organizing board presented by a crafty girl from Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences. You know how you never can find pens or rulers when you really need them? Well, no more! And this would be useful for so many more things! You could even hang it in the kitchen and use it to store tableware. Should look fun!

Colorful lamp from Mum’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Recycling factory we met the warm and friendly women from Mum’s. We started talking as I asked permission to take a picture of the colorful lamp. They told us about their project: Mum’s products are designed in Finland and manufactured in South Africa, thus providing work for people there. It’s a really socially responsible idea, don’t you think? And their designs are real cute too 🙂

Bag by Globe Hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing about good designs and sustainable products: what do you think about this bag by Globe Hope? Guess what it’s made of. I myself would never have even dreamed: it’s made of the hood that protected the Olympic Stadium’s tower during its renovation! This thing has such great history!

Soap dish by Think Today

Wristlets by Think Today

 

 

 

More recycling? Here are the wonderful little things made by Think Today out of left-over flooring materials. I fell in love with the soap dish.

It’s such a great design: you can open the snaps and the whole dish becomes completely flat, thus it’s very easy to store or to send to someone as a gift, for example 🙂 And the colours of this particular one!

Chalkboard-frames by Kimara Crafts

Postcards by Kimara Crafts

Magnets by Kimara Crafts

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really liked magnets by Kimara Crafts. The words on them are in Finnish and mean “remember” or “from the shop” or “when you have time” 🙂 There were also the beautiful and handy chalkboard-frames and these cute postcards in their stand. And lots of other great stuff (here’s their homepage).

Spoon necklaces by AddDrama!

Engraved spoon necklace by AddDrama!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the real sophisticated things: what do you think about these spoon necklaces by AddDrama!, huh? I loved them. Especially the ones with embedded crystals and the most delicate engravings. Who could have thought that spoons can be so charmingly beautiful!

Delicate little aluminium plates and spoons by Latimeria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And just look at the designs by Latimeria! Those delicate little plates with tiny spoons – they’re made from aluminium! And the bigger spoon is from steel. I don’t know if you’re able to see that not only one part of it has this beautiful purple colour to it but there’s also a soft light blue strip on the handle as well (argh, I so need to learn to use my cumbersome but real good camera!..). The lady at the Latimeria stand told us these wonderful colours appear when processing steel with different temperatures. Interesting!

Steel teespoon by Latimeria

And, of course, all this are only teeny-tiny grains of all the things that we saw – and didn’t have time to see – at the Recycling Factory. But I’ve already loaded you with more photos than is reasonable, havent’ I? So… enjoy them for now, explore the homepages of the crafty companies and people to find even more great designs. And I’ll be back next time with a short post on the workshops that took place at the Recycling Factory.

Have a great day/night (depending on what part of the world you’re in 🙂 )!

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Beginnings

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It’s probably a cliché but still – what better time is there to start something new if not right after the New Year? Well, maybe some 30th or 50th birthday would do nicely but I don’t want to wait for those and I needed a kick in the butt NOW, hence the start right after the New Year.

What was the kicking for? For finally engaging in something I’ve been secretly and openly dreaming, thinking and wishing for a very very long time – to start my very own creative journey into the handcrafts world and stay there! So here I am, starting that journey from this blog of all things. But why not? Sooner or later I will need some outlet for all the ideas I’m now bursting with anyway.

Actually I’ve never thought about myself as a particularly creative person. And probably that was my first and biggest mistake, because by thinking I didn’t have enough creativity I just never concentrated any energy on bringing it to a focus and using it for something (and believe me, I know how to concentrate!). But I’ve come to a time in life when I need to choose my “occupation” for the next few years ahead of me and I remembered my lifelong dream. Now is really the perfect time to do something about it!

All my life I’ve been hooked on one handcraft or another, riding on wave after wave of passion for knitting, beading, crocheting, crocheting with beads, making beads, felting, weaving, sewing… you name it. Every time I see some new knitting or beading technique, I lit up with the desire to try it out; I can browse the handcraft supplies shops and especially e-shops for hours and hours (the only competition for them might be bookshops, but even there I get stuck in the handcrafts section); and I always always have some craft project underway (well, usually maybe two or three projects). So I decided to use this passion and this energy for something both fulfilling, exciting and useful – start selling my handiwork. And as soon as I started seriously considering it, my mind just started bubbling with ideas for all the possible beautiful things I could make and hopes that somewhere out there I could find people who would be happy to own my creations. Talk about not being creative!

Maybe this start wouldn’t have been so sudden and “serious” if not for my brother who tried to convince me that there is no way to make a living off the handcrafting, that it’s only an occupation for wives of rich husbands – the husbands can support the family and leave their sweethearts to pursue their dreams that cost a lot and don’t bring any profit. But I don’t believe him and so I set out to prove him (and quite a few others who told me the same thing after I broached the subject) wrong. And this blog will be a kind of “travel journal” to document everything from the very beginning: my creative ideas and their end results (and all the “behind the scenes” in between); my successes and failures (I really hope for only a few of the latter!) while spreading the word about what I do; my life trying to balance this exciting adventure, my studies (I moved to Finland only a year ago and I’m now devoting insane amounts of time to learning Finnish), my family (I have a husband – who supports this endeavour, by the way, although I think he secretly hopes that when it doesn’t work out I’ll find a real job  – and two lovely little time-consuming monsters called kids), and my home (I still am a stay-at-home mommy until this whole thing starts to pay off); and all the other things that will go with everything else.

Please, feel welcome to visit! To read, to chat, to look at nice photos (hopefully I’ll get a hang of using my “fancier” camera soon – maybe I’ll have to write about that as well), to advise… maybe to criticize a little. Because I really hope and will do my very best to achieve success that will both enable me to live my dream and enable all those that believed in me to say with poorly disguised pride: “I know her from the very beginning, and I always believed she’ll do great!” And I intend to write about the path to both these great things here. So come!