Category Archives: creativity

Emily Bratt

En annan slags trädgård

Mentally and visually stimulated by the bright personality of Emily Bratt, a magnificent archipelago, Dahlias, Iris, faded Sun flowers and a flock of animals I’m back in Gothenburg to write this post.

Emily Bratt sure is a another kind of garden designer and slow flower devotee who works as a consult in gardening and farmer-florist from her home in Tjörn. She walks, talks, write and make a podcast about gardening and try to challenge traditional garden standards and broaden the pictures of what a garden can be.

Animals are an important part of this eden. Here: Swedish Muscovy ducks and Bohuslän-Dals black hens. But there is also poodles, a variety of birds and snakes. And soon – the flock will be expanded with a couple of white peacocks.

Looking at the work and passion of a small-scale floral agriculture, and the result of many hours and hard work.

The slow flowers “movement” support the ‘grown not flown’ philosophy.

Pigeon peacocks.

Grown from the soil up, Calendulas.

Why be a pigeon when you can be a peacock?

Authentic, sustainable organic farming.

Soft mix of wild and planted.

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Väva Spis / Hemslöjden / Fine Little Day

Above a skirt with pattern inspired by random flowers and forms in Stiftelsen Skånsk Hemslöjd and and Östra Skånes Hemslöjdsförening archives / collections of handicraft objects. The black and white textile is a close up of an originally more colorful piece to be found in the archives. Thank you Cecilia Pettersson for helping me with the pattern layout.



Finally I’m able to show you some of what I’ve been working with the past year together with Hemslöjden i Skåne, a project called #handicraftarchives / Väva Spis where I’ve been developed a series of unique items inspired by Stiftelsen Skånsk Hemslöjd and and Östra Skånes Hemslöjdsförening‘s amazing archives / collections of handicraft objects, in collaboration with local craftsmen and small scale producers from Skåne and Västra Götaland. The results will be shown in an exhibition at Hemslöjden in Landskrona starting May 20, 2017. Read more about the project in this, and coming posts.

You can also find photos and info on Instagram, via @finelittleday, @slojdiskane under the hashtags #vavaspis #vävaspis #handicaftarchives. And during the week a website will pop up. Väva Spis has been carried out with the support of Region Skåne.

The story behind the project is described below in a text by Johanna Lagerfors, translated by Tovalisa Dunker.

A wall of framed floral embroidery, drawings made by children and curtains of crocheted tablecloths. Other people’s creativity holds a special place with the designer and artist Elisabeth Dunker. She has always collected things that people create with their hands, things that might not have ended up perfect, and precisely because of that feels perfect.

– The aesthetics of folk art and handicrafts has always appealed to me. I salute it and love it, she says.

When Åsa Stentoft, handicraft consultant at Skåne handicraft associations, approached Elisabeth in late 2015 with a request for a joint project, that therefore became the beginning of an evident collaboration. The basic idea of the project was to disseminate knowledge of the two archives in Hemslöjdens possession, the archives that the union for years worked to digitize and make available on Digitalt Museum. The archives consists of thousands of handicrafts made throughout several centuries and that anyone can enjoy.

To reach out to younger people that work creatively Hemslöjden wanted to use social and digital communication channels. With hundreds of thousands of global followers through the brand and creative platform Fine Little Day Elisabeth Dunker was an obvious cooperation partner. Åsa Stentoft quickly realized they shared ideas, values and interests to take advantage of handmade objects from the old as well as new times.

– Our idea with the project was to show the archives could inspire designers in many different areas. Thus making it a benefit for us that Elisabeth is not educated within textile, and therefore can look at what we have from a different perspective. It’s been really exciting for us to see what she has taken a liking for and see how archives can inspire people that do not primarily work with textiles, Åsa Stentoft says.

Originally, Elisabeth made a digital exhibition on and highlighted objects that inspired her under the #handicraftarchives hashtag on Instagram. She also wrote about findings from the archives on the Fine Little Day blog, which repeatedly has been named one of the world’s most influential interior design blogs. It directly resulted in more people finding out about the digital archives. Later, plans for a physical exhibition started to take shape, and thus sowed the seed for the project Väva Spis.

The name of the exhibition, Väva Spis (weave a stove) originated from the essence of handicraft that is all about “taking something you have to create something you need.” The stove symbol stands for the groups of women that throughout history have been sitting together in their kitchen and embroidered, sewn or woven.

Spismattan, The stove rug – designed by Elisabeth Dunker, weaved by Kristina Bourghardt Hattenbach.

– There is an incredible women’s history embedded within the collections of the objects. There is knowledge and brilliance, endless stories and a material that is cohesive while at the same time being culturally variegated. That is the way it is with crafts and folk art; take one textile from Asia, one from Africa and one from Scandinavia and there is something that unites them, some social relation, Elisabeth Dunker says.

She has always liked the stove as a symbol, both for its graphic form, but also for what it represents.

– The stove or cooking place exists in all cultures, even if it looks different. For me it is a symbol of life itself.

Hemslöjdens hopes that Elisabeth Dunker would find new ways to re-cultivate the treasures from the archive were immediately met after the work began. One of the first things Elisabeth was fascinated by in the collections were black and white, half-colored photographs of Swedish folk textiles. The bitwise coloring has been done for future generations to know how the objects looked like in its original form, but Elisabeth found the graphics of the photographs themselves appealing. A woven rug inspired by these photographs, half black and white and half in color, became one of the first products that were developed for the exhibition.

The Viggen rug – designed with inspiration by a black and white (half colored) photo of a small piece of textile by Elisabeth Dunker, weaved by Gunvor Johansson.

– That was an eye-opener for us. The rug has gotten its pattern from a small piece of an old textile. Enlarged, it becomes something else entirely. At the same time, the rug is equally inspired by the documentation of the fabric itself, because the black and white photo became the template. It was a new way for us to look at the material, Åsa Stentoft says.

Similarly, the back of an embroidered vest was made to an embroidered pattern on a sweater. Elisabeth Dunker has always had a penchant for the a tad awkward, things that does not feel corrected, and for the exhibition she has created another series of prototypes for new products developed in collaboration with craftsmen and small-scale producers in Skåne and Västra Götaland. Although Elisabeth loves handicrafts, she has no personal experience of it, and during work became deeply impressed by the handicraft abilities.

The “Fyllebroderi” sweater inspired by the backside of an embroidered vest from the 19th century. The sweater, embroidered by Eva Berg.


– They are possessing huge knowledge and it is cool to see how it is stored physically, tactile, in their hands, she says.

This cross-fertilization between smithers and designers, both from Sweden and other countries, has become the main objective of the project. Historically, that type of exchange has occurred to a large extent, not to mention during the golden age of the handicraft of the mid-20th century. Many objects in the collections testifies about that. But when cheap mass production abroad became the death of many Swedish industries in the 1970s, the conditions changed radically. It became a hard time for Swedish handicraft, and the new conditions have created the need for new forms of cooperation.

Today handicrafts has a favorable climate again. Items with personal stories has become trendy interior decorations and the interest in reuse is widespread. The old deeds of previous generations about taking what you have and creating what you need remains alive. Or rather, alive again.

When the exhibition Väva spis opens at Hemslöjden in Landskrona on May 20th, visitors will see the distilled results of countless meetings between Fine Little Day and Hemslöjden. The basic idea of “marrying the historical objects with contemporary fashion” is present. New combinations of old designs have become apparel that feels modern and contemporary. Some of them will be sold during the exhibition and via Fine Little Day.

The project does not end with the exhibition in Landskrona. In the fall of 2017 it will continue through the country, first to Fine Little Day in Lindome in September, then to the Region Museum in Kristianstad and possibly to Handarbetets vänner in Stockholm.

Elisabeth Dunker will continue to seek inspiration in the archives and feels that she has gained a more structured way of working through the project.

– I’m thankful for it, and hopefully I can also pass it on to others. I take with me the feeling that art is allowing and that you are allowed to fail. Perfection feels so distanced, she says, and describes how in our modern society it is easy to massproduce products, but more difficult to produce objects with nerve.

– The nerve that handmade things consist of is the true allure.

Teamwork all the way. I drew the flowers, Matilda Ekström Rosenberg screen printed the textile, Satoko Kobayashi Fridolf sewed the skirt and Emmelie Böl wore it.

Spismatta. Below is the stove, weaved by Kristina Bourghardt Hattenbach (more photos are coming). Thank you Elin Odengard for borrowing us your wall.

Silk paper with creatures, plants and forms inspired by the archives.

Below inspiration pieces to the above “Viggen” wool sweater (knitted by Mariedal Design) and wrist warmers (knitted by Blommiga Gredelina).

See the lion textile here.

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Gothenburg’s got talent / Folk och Form

Bags above and below in reused materials, by Lotta Norrman.

Don’t miss the craft shop AFFÄR / Folk och Form at Fritidsagenturen here in Gothenburg, Sweden if you are in the neighborhood this weekend. Here a little peep what to find over there.

Fredag 11/12 12-00 // 17.30 Vernissage // 20.00 Performance
Lördag 12/12 11-19
Söndag 13/12 11-19

Carved wood by Knut Östgård.

Handprinted eco tote bag by Lidia Blomgren.

Wool blanket by Anitta Vanhapiha.

Lampshades in reused material by, Linus Nilsson.

Ceramic above by Charlotta Lind.

Ceramic above by Charlotta Klingström.

Ceramic mug by Eva Zethraeus & Anna Bauer. Mittens by Solveig Larsson.

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Julia is a sweetheart

Gotta show this magical present from Julia. A thrift find jar with coconut soap and face scrub. Don’t know how she made it but here‘s a way.

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Behind the scenes in the archive

As mention in earlier post I was invited to Hemslöjden Skåne in Landskrona, Sweden to visit their digital archive at a couple of weeks ago. The collection of handicraft objects is unique and an important part of the Swedish handicraft history. The cataloged and digitized archive makes the objects available for anyone enter the museum online.

In an orderliness and well looked after library, treasures from hundreds of years back, fragile and beautiful treasures hide. I got to see the textile items but in the collection you’ll find everything from wooden spoons, photographs and candle holders to quilts, dolls, aprons and more.

The textiles in this post are gathered in the collections of Stiftelsen Skånsk Hemslöjd and Östra Skånes Hemslöjdsförening.

This is a great source to not only enjoy as eye candy, but to get knowledge and inspiration.

Hemslöjdens samlingar
Inom Hemslöjdsrörelsen i Sverige finns arkiv med samlingar av slöjd, inventeringar, foton, mönster och prover från 100 års samlad verksamhet. Hemslöjdens Samlingar omfattar ett 30-tal arkiv från hela Sverige, drygt 45.000 föremål. På initiativ av Nämnden för hemslöjdsfrågor, och Sveriges Hemslöjdsföreningars Riksförbund, överfördes hösten 2013 enbefintlig databasen till Primus Net/Digitalt museum. Samlingarna blir på ett helt nytt sätt tillgängliga, dels för forskning, dels som kunskapsbank och inspirationskälla för yrkesverksamma inom de kreativa näringarna och för en slöjdintresserad allmänhet.

Två hemslöjdsarkiv i Skåne
Skånes två hemslöjdsarkiv, Stiftelsen Skånsk Hemslöjd och Östra Skånes Hemslöjdsförenings arkiv, har potential att bli en resurs för forskare, yrkesverksamma inom de kreativa näringarna och en slöjdintresserad allmänhet. Där finns allt från 1700-tals dynor i flamsk till skisser av textilkonstnärer som Ingrid Dessau, Lilli Zickermans textilinventering och filminspelningar av korgmakare i norra Skåne från tidigt 1900-tal. Överföringen av Hemslöjdens Samlingar till Primus Net/Digitalt museum gör det möjligt för oss att tillgängliggöra vårt arkivmaterial för en bred publik. Idag är ca 50% av Skånes samlingarna registrerade i databasen Primus, drygt 4000 poster varav ca 1500 är publicerade på Digital Museum. Det som har publicerats är främst föremålsposter.

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Digital treasures 2

When I look in the Hemslöjdens digital archive I look for things wobbly, decorative and worn. Traces of time and hands. Expressions that catches my eye and makes ideas and thoughts pop up. This is such nice source to dig in to. Some of my personal favorites is to be found here.

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Digital treasures!

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Hemslöjden Skåne in Landskrona, Sweden to visit their digital archive at The visit was kind of overwhelming and I got an uplifting visual vitamin shock that will last many months ahead. For those interested in inspiring textiles, photographs and various, antique folkart artifacts you’ll find a generous and digital archive at The textiles above and under are collected from Stiftelsen Skånsk Hemslöjd and Östra Skånes Hemslöjdsförening archives, whom have a rich textile tradition.

I will in this, and the coming posts show you a bunch of eye candy which I got a look at, at the visit. I was also asked to gather some of my personal favorites in Skåne’s digital archive, which I’ve done here.

Here you’ll find all the folders from not only Skåne’s collections but all the Hemslöjden regions in Sweden.

During the 1900s, Swedish handicraft associations built up unique collections of objects. Since 1996, these items are cataloged and digitized to make the objects available. The collection includes examples of handicraft associations’ own production and traditional crafts. Baskets, gloves, wrought iron candle holders, wooden spoons, fabric samples, ceramic dishes and much more. The collections are an important part of the handicraft history. In Hemslöjdens collections are more than 45 000 objects registered. A selection of objects from the collections are now available in digital museum and we are constantly working to more items will become available on the digital museum. Hemslöjden’s collections is a collaboration between the Swedish Handicraft Unions’ Association and its member associations and the council for handicraft council and handicraft engines.



Speaking of craft here is an interview with me at Pavilion Craft.


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Nice collage cards

Take a look at coombesanddark‘s cards. Handmade, printed and shipped worldwide from Halifax, Nova scotia.

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Hama bead baskets + blue and whites

A couple of years ago Scottish Sarah-Jane from Hejsan Goods visited Sweden and found a couple of old Hama bead baskets in an antiques fair. In early 2013 she started to maker her own plastic bead baskets based on the original Swedish bead baskets from the 1970′s. Since then she has been sent baskets to Japan, New Zealand and the US, as well as all over Europe. And last year, Sarah-Jane won the Mollie Makes Start-Up Business Award for her great work.

The blue snow flower basket” from Hejsan Goods.

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Creating art with leather

“I may not have the nicest clothes, the finest watch but one thing is for sure, I always have a kickass bag.”

Adam James makes great bags, now he is raising funds for his next Nomadik collection on Kickstarter.

I love how Kickstarter makes projects for people with passion possible. Why don’t start a project your self.

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