Sy och hantverksmässan i Stockholm

I morgen begynner vi å bygge upp till Sy och hantverksmässan i Stockholm.

Kom och besök oss, i vår monter B08:41.

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A small trip to Rajasthan

Last Saturday we got up early and jumpt on a buss to Jaipur. We almost got to Jaipur before one of the tiers exploded. Since nothing goes fast in India, we called a taxi.

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I love to get out of Delhi, India has so meny adventures, and different things to se. Every part has its own kultur and specialities.

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From Jaipur we took the night train further in to the Rajasthani desert. After some research on the internet, and getting to know the city by cab and foot, we got in contact with a manufacturer of furniture. He wanted us to come see his factory and warehouse. The day after, we got picked up by his driver, and went for a visit.

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We could not imagine the massiv amounts of furniture they had in stock. It was halls upon halls, packed as high as possible, with only small corridors to walk in.

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And everything was so mixed. New stuff, old stuff and newly made with old parts. And a lot of just old weird stuff.

They said they have 50 people going around India buying up old wooden items. Everything between 50-70 years old is fine. No matter how bad the old things look, they send it to the warehouse and store it there for future fixing and recycling.

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Luckily it does not rain so much, so fire is the only threat to these mountains of old junk.

What we were really looking for, was someone that would make furniture for our viking shops. We didn’t really finish that jobb, but we got a lott of inspiration. Luckily it is still some time until next summer.

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Nepal

Last week we visited Kathmandu, Nepal. We were there for work, but Kathmandu, as always, feels like a holiday. The first we did was picking out the shawls we will sell in the christmas markets this year.

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In our free time we took a walk down to Kathmandus old tempel square. We really got to see the damage from the big earthquake in April 2015. One good news is that the government and Unesco world heritage fund have decided to rebuild it again. That will also give work for craftsmen in traditional nepalese building and decorative crafts for many years.

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We learned how to play the tiger and goat game.

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The last thing we did was to visit the factory were they make our range of viking bone craft reproductions. After a beautiful, but dusty trip on the back of a motor bike we got there.

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The factory was totally destroyed in the earthquake, so it was still looking pretty temporary, but they are working on it. Aside from our orders, the craftsmen also produce buttons, jewelry and traditional nepalese bone decorations for other clients. Now it is low season for production, the time before christmas is slow. In January the production starts picking up again as the orders for buttons for next years summer clothing comes in.

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The drills we are using in the production are the same style as the vikings used. Always nice with the historical detail, even if they are attached to electrical motors. The combs, needles, buttons  and other items we presented last year has been a great success. So now we are working on making both improving our already great designs and also adding many new beautiful designs for next summer season. The best part for us, is that we get to contribute to and change the working environment and future for these Nepalese men and women and at the same time we keep the craft traditions of a 100 generations alive.

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Vi besøker en blokktrykker

Idag har vi vært å tittet på et verksted hvor de gjør blokktrykk. Det er alltid inspirerende og se noen som er så dyktig på sitt håndverk.

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Vi fikk se hvordan de legger tre forskjellige farger oppe på hverandre for å gjøre ett blomstermønster.

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De hadde hauer med blokker liggende. Alle kundene som vil trykke hos dette verkstedet må komme med blokkene selv. De blir laget av håndverkere som er spesialiserte på det.

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En hylle med tradisjonelle indiske motiver.

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Vi inspiserer den siste produksjonen.

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Syfestivalen i Gøteborg

Forje helg var vi på Syfestivalen i Gøteborg. Forberedelsene var hektiske, det er første gang vi har deltatt på denne typen av event, så vi fikk tenke helt nytt. Banneret i bakgrunnen er malt av meg og treinnramningen samt hyllene på bordet er laget av Elias. Alt sammen laget vi de to dagene før festivalen.

På bildet er vi midt i kaosperioden av oppakningen. Saker over alt, og ingen utsikt til å bli klare. Problemet var at messehallen stengte kl 20 på kvelden, så vi jobbet under press for å bli ferdige.

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De som besøkte festivalen var alle mennesker med interesse for håndværk, sying, strikking, hekling osv. Det var inspirerende for oss som jobbet å se folks entusiasme for lin og ullstoffene våre.

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28.oktober braker det løs med Syfestivalen i Stockholm. Vårt monternummer der blir B08:41, så kom å besøk oss der!

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Destination >> Gotland

Month of preparations, days of packing, crazy driving, and all that is for reaching one destination- Gotland. Gotland medieval week just passed, and we finally got time to overview this amazing and crazy week.IMGP7311

Two cars were packed  so neatly, you couldnt fit an apple, 12 people were ready to put all their effort to make it happen. And so, we are in the harbour on our way to the ship.

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Ship leaves, tired and exhausted we lay to sleep for a short while, to gain some strength before returning to work.

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We arrived in the night, set up tent and morally prepared for setting up.

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Two days of intense job, tones of coffee, and our shops (2 setups this time) are ready!

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Crazy Gotland medieval week here we come!

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Follow the orange trailer or adventures in a small wonderland called Gudvangen

Some surprises are pleasant, some of them not, some can combine both. This jurney  started on low tones- on Sarpsborg we got call from our team with sad note, Gudvangen market is not on the dates, we were thinking it will be. It is one week later, and there is nobody to go there. After short discussion and running around in hysterical circles, was decided, that Gudvangen market cant be skipped. Therefore was organized extra troup ( me and Astrid) to cover this unexpected change in our plans.

For me jurney started early. After packing everything on Sarpsborg i blindly turned on the car and faced quite simple trouth- i have no idea where to drive. This had to be fixed quickly- I ran around familiar faces with question- Who else is going to Gudvangen? Finaly my heroes were found- Troll with his shop were moving same direction.

We picked up Astrid in Oslo {took a while to figure out how to drive there} and went on the road E16. Thats how jurney starts- you just follow the orange trailer.LRM_EXPORT_20160726_230527

Summer time roads in Norway are getting fixed everywhere, so our jurney was slooooooooow.LRM_EXPORT_20160801_143022We had tunnels, lakes, mountains, tunnels again… we even drew through longest road tunnel in hte world ( 25 km of depression with few blue spots).

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And finaly we reached the destination. Strange place from a first glance. Gas station, and arrow to turn to viking markenad.  Our jaws dropped when we saw the scenery. It was majestic. LRM_EXPORT_20160801_111936

Waterfalls falling down the mountains surrounded valley, sun was shining. We came to northen paradise.LRM_EXPORT_20160726_231603

In a joyfull mood we unpacked car and started building up. We had warning about  upcomming rain, but with clear sky above our heads sent no notice about upcoming storm.

Fjord, with its majestic beauty had a surprise for us. In the evening clouds started to go down.LRM_EXPORT_20160726_230424

In the morning itvstarted. It was raining everywhere. Tents holded for few hours of shower, and then started leaking. Running around and trying to save all products was the main task of the day.LRM_EXPORT_20160726_230502

I was almost on the stage of crying. Paradise for a short while became hell.

At some point, when you are to tired, you break or break through. When i finally got used to the mind, that WET is normal condition, i got over it. Paradise became paradise again ( or it just stopped raining) and market life turned in its usual path. We met a lot of great people, bathed in a fjord and waterfall, and worked hard, learned new viking game and had alot of fun.LRM_EXPORT_20160726_231655

 

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And week flyed past, like one day.

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It was time to pack. And guess what- storm was starting again. Thanx to our new friends ( amazing bunch of french people) we packed our car less than in an hour.

And now, when market is over, we are on the road again for new adventures. Wish us luck, and see you on next markets.LRM_EXPORT_20160726_235950

 

Your Cheshir