craft

Tuokka by Katja Mustaniemi

Katja Mustaniemi is a creative designer from Finland who designed the Tuokka backpack as part of her final thesis at the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts. it is such a beautiful piece, and i absolutely loved seeing her entire design process on her website. now the question is, where can we buy one?

Inspiration for this work came from deep down – from my childhood in Finnish forests and growing up in scandinavian functionality. I studied the technique of birch bark (basket) weaving and designed and made a backpack with attachable pockets. The pockets also function as additional compartments or separate handbags, and are sized for modern everyday objects like a smartphone and a tablet. Easy and durable closure is created by using magnets and snap fasteners. Material used is recycled leather. My goal was to reproduce a functional and aesthetic product which brings the traditional and historically important craft into the present.

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The Bootstrap Project

i received a lovely email from maxine telling me about the bootstrap projectan organization she founded after travelling through swaziland in the summer of 2009, where she was inspired by artisan thembekile tsabedre’s hand crafted wooden platters (which are now sold out on their website.)

the bootstrap project’s mission is to create a sustainable platform to promote and retain centuries-old crafts and customs. we create the outlet for the local artisans. the proceeds of the sales go back to the artists and their communities, through our development partners, to empower them by providing the education and opportunity to retain, preserve and advance their fast-dying crafts, customs and way of life. by purchasing through bootstrap you allow artisans—who act as the catalyst for their whole communities—to end their own poverty. it’s trade not aid.

ps: if you’ve sent me an email recently please be patient, i’m currently playing a game of catch with my inbox

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resurrection fern

you know, i’ve never been a crochet kind of gal, and i’m not into collecting things like stones or shells – stuff i usually associate with south african holiday homes or your gran’s house. so naturally margaret oomen‘s beautiful crochet bound pebbles and stones took me by surprise. she says, “one of my favorite quotes is frank lloyd wright : study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. it will never fail you”

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fox

these brooches by enna are cute

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