More craftsmanship at Formex

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I want to share some more pictures from the Formex Fair. Above from Hemslöjden, a publisher with focus on book about traditional craft techniques. The latest book is about crafts for Christmas.

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Evjor has paper products for playful and fun crafters of all ages.

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AfroArt has beautiful paper products made in a Nepali handmade paper, called Lokta. Lokta paper is a sustainable resource and is harvested and produced naturally and the most important thing about Nepali handmade paper or lokta paper is that it is a very environmental friendly paper.

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Last, but not least a special mention. The girls at Littlephant has done it again. The  lovely characters designed by Camilla Lundsten can now be found as sewn dolls in linen, including clothes and accessories. As always the team has put a lot of effort both on the details of the clothes and the characters, but also on sustainable production and friendly materials. Well done!

Pretty Printed Shoes

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The schools has begun in Sweden and new clothes has been purchased for the autumn. To get a pair of more personal shoes, we decided to print a pattern on them. Would you like to do the same? If so, check this out:

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You need a pair of canvas shoes, fabric paint and an eraser to make stamps of. You also need an iron.

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Erasers are excellent to make stamps of. We cut ours in little triangles. Other things that works well as stamps are wine corks or potatoes! Dip the stamps into the paint and press a pattern. Read the label to find out for how long the paint needs to dry. For the paint to last through rain and damp the paint needs to be fixed. It’s done with an iron and there should be instructions on the label as well. Just make sure not to iron on the rubber soles – they will melt.

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Ta-da! New and very personal shoes.

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Freja is very happy and she has no problem finding her own shoes at school. Need more tips? Helena at Craft & Creativity has made beaded shoelaces on her blog. Check it out and you can have the coolest shoes in the neighborhood!

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Traditional craftsmanship at Formex

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Formex Fair is a trade show where shopkeepers come to see new products and meet designers. The exhibition halls are filled with furnishings, clothes, toys and other things that we’ll find in shops around Christmas. At the fair is also an opportunity for people in the industry to get an overview of the season’s trends and news. Often the fair reflects underlying thoughts and vibrations in the community. Therefore, it is particularly gratifying to see this fair’s focus was traditional crafts. Here’s a round up of thing I found interesting on the fair.

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The trend exhibition The House Cat Festival, built by Codesign, contained lovely things from Svensk Hemslöjd.

Formex 20153Formex 20154 Formex 20155 Formex 20156Crafts in action: straw animals made by Eva Bryntesson and Lisa Järnberg, wood dolls by Maria Högberg, embroidery by Anna Wengdin och green art  by Eva-Maria Lemker och Helén Magnusson.

Formex 20157 Formex 20158 Formex 20159I makes me so happy to see so many talented designers picking up traditional craft techniques. Their interpretations are fun and playful. Some of my favorites are the leather necklace by Saga Gevargez, the lampshade ”Fantasi” by Katarina Larssons, temporary tatoos with calligraphy by Ylva Skarp, Thórunn Árnadóttir SKIP AHOY!, vegetarian hunting trophies by Annika Almborgs and the pillow Notknot bya Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir. Enjoy!