All posts tagged: traditions

The rope, the sea and Matti

I realized that I never posted about a place where I went when I was in Kotka at the beginning of May. I visited Matti, a craftsman who knows how to do products with rope, with really old techniques. He has a little workshop by the sea at Sapokka, Kotka where he sells his products in the summertime. I talked with him about the techniques and life, I really appreciate his work! I bought this awesome table brush/trivet made of rope. So beautiful and I bet it will last almost forever.   Tajusin just, että en ikinä postannut mitään juttua paikasta, jossa kävin kun olin Kotkassa visiitillä toukokuun alussa. Kävin nimittäin Matin luona. Matti on käsityöläinen, joka osaa tehdä oikeasta köydestä mitä mahtavimpia töitä vanhoilla tekniikoilla. Hänellä on pieni työhuone meren rannalla Sapokassa, Kotkassa. Kesäisin hän myy työhuoneeltaan tuotteitaan, kuten pannunalusia, eteisen mattoja ja muita ihania juttuja. Juttelin hänen kanssaan vanhoista tekniikoista ja elämästä, arvostan hänen taitoaan todella paljon! Ja ostin tällaisen ihan huipun pöytäharja/pannunalusen, jonka malli on 1600-luvun purjelaivoista. Niin kaunis ja kestää mitä …

Gardeners of Japan

During our trip to Japan one of the most interesting thing for me was, of course, the gardens, but also the people who worked their. I was spying them all the time, taking secret photos when they thought I was photographing some plants. I wanted to learn the techniques they use, the hierarchy, everything. It was like a secret study for me. Here are my observations: Every gardening tool they use in Japan is a piece of art. Notice the folk craft brushes! I didn’t see a single plastic tool there, not a one. Saws, scissors, ropes, knives, rake, you name it. They are all the real thing, look beautiful, are taken care of for years. I love that kind of appreciation for a good work tool. Look at how the gardeners are dressed. There was only one place where the gardeners had a bit modern work jump suits but everywhere else their clothing were traditional. Looked so beautiful. In the moss gardens most of the gardeners tending it wore ninja shoes or tabi boots, …

Souvenirs from Japan

When one is a gardener, the other is a chef and they are BOTH designers you might get the idea how exciting it’s going to be when they shop in Japan. I mean there are so much good ingredients, the world’s best tools and visual pleasures in that country. We appreciate tools that will last for a lifetime or even more, tools that someone has made with their own hands, with love. And guess what? It happens that the chef and the gardener are heavy users of knives, saws and scissors. So when we visited several different workshop where they have made those tools since the age of Samurai, we just got nuts. The chef bought five different kitchen knives and two whetstones (and amazed the makers with his knowledge of Japanese knives and how to sharpen knives). Two of the knives has his name engraved in Japanese, forged by the maker of these knives. The gardener (that’s me) bought a Japanese scissors for cutting plants and those scissors also have her name engraved on them. We spent over an …

straw christmas decoration

ZK Christmas

I love Christmas time! Or actually I love the pre-Christmas time. Getting the decorations out from the closet, buying seasonal flowers, making wreaths, baking, everything. I want my home to smell, feel and look like the Christmas is coming soon. This year it’s the first time that I (we) got my own Christmas tree. I’m so in love with it. This is the first time we got a flat so big that there’s enough space for the tree. I want to enjoy the Christmas as long as possible so the tree is already up and standing. We decorated it with traditional Finnish straw decorations and candles. Simple but beautiful. I feel that I’ve reached a certain point of adulthood now that I got my own Christmas tree. It feels awesome! TIP! Our tree isn’t the traditional spruce (Norway spruce), Picea abies. It’s Serbian spruce, Picea omorika, that has more blueish color to it and it keeps its needles better. Perfect for enjoying the tree for a longer time. Our Christmas is more about simplicity, folk, plants, good food …

Loving: Grown and Gathered

I have to share this love of mine: Matt and Lentil from Grown and Gathered, two farmers and gardeners who live my dream in Australia. Their website/blog is amazing and I’ve been following them mostly on Instagram, dreaming about more simple, more natural life. But this world needs more people like these two. They produce ecological, sustainable seasonal and traditional food, they live simply and slowly, they trade their knowledge and products. And the designer in me loves how they have created a new and modern way to brand a traditional thing, making beautiful posters, visualities and website for them. Now I want to more to Australia and have my own little farm (and for you who now are thinking that why can’t I do that in Finland, let’s just say: the climate.) Mun on pakko jakaa ihastukseni: Matt ja Lentil, jotka muodostavat Grown and Gatheredin. Kaksi australialaista puutarhuria ja maanviljelijää, jotka elävät yhtä unelmaani. Heidän nettisivunsa/ja bloginsa on ihan mahtava ja enimmäkseen olen seurannut heitä Instagramissa parin vuoden ajan, unelmoiden yksinkertaisemmasta, luonnollisemmasta elämästä. Tämä maailma nimittäin tarvitsee enemmän Mattin …

blueberry mush, mustikkapöperö

Karelian blueberry mush / Mustikkapöperö

Okay, here’s something that is very dear to me, something from my cultural roots and something full of memories. In Finnish it’s called ‘mustikkapöperö‘ which is translated blueberry mush. It’s a traditional Karelian seasonal dish (a dessert or breakfast, I think…). My grandmother was the one to teach me how to make mustikkapöperö when I was a kid. It was luxurious, as it still is, because it was such a rare delight. It’s only made when there’s fresh wild blueberries in the forest so this time of year is the only time to eat it (curse the ones who do it with FROZEN blueberries. NO NO NO). The forests have been full of blueberries this summer and of course I had to go and pick some for the winter and make some of this suspicious looking but oh so delicious treat. Basically it’s just fresh blueberries and another weird Finnish ingredient: ‘talkkunajauho‘. It’s a flour made of roasted oats. It’s quite bitter so you have to be careful with it but there’s no mustikkapöperö without it. …

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Making a spruce rope and beams with Reino Halin

The video series about the traditional wood master Reino Halin continues. This episode is definitely a hardcore one as wooden beams are not every girl’s cup of tea. But still I can just admire the knowledge of this man.   Videosarja perinteisten puutöiden taitajan Reino Halinin seurassa jatkuu. Tämä jakso on hieman hardcore, koska harvemmin itsekään tulee tarvittua massiivista puupalkkia (joskus tietysti voi tulla ajankohta, kun sellaista kaipaa). Mutta silti ei voi muuta kuin ihailla tämän miehen tietotaitoa.

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Ukki

Show me anything with traditional Finnish woodwork included and I usually like it. So happened with this table called Ukki (the Finnish word for grandfather) by designer Mikko Laakkonen. The shingle basket base combined with simple wood form is so beautiful and so Scandinavian. I’m in need for more designs like this!   Näyttäkää mulle mitä vain, joka sisältää perinteisiä suomalaisia puutyötaitoja ja yleensä tykkään siitä. Niin tapahtui myös tämän Ukki-pöydän kanssa, jonka suunnittelija on Mikko Laakkonen. Pärekoripohja yhdistettynä yksinkertaiseen muotoon ja vielä puumateriaalista tehtynä on niin kaunista ja niin skandinaavista. Tarvitsen lisää tällaista designia!

Finnish textiles

Craft Museum of Finland

When I moved to Jyväskylä the first things I decided was to visit the Craft Museum of Finland which is located here. Because I love traditional handcrafts and have almost made my living in that field of culture (maybe in the future I will). The museum is quite small but it has such a wonderful things inside it. Interactive things, old school crafts, beautiful textiles and modern ways of using traditional skills. Like carpenter Esa Niiranen‘s skateboards made of Finnish wood, birch bark and reclaimed old textiles. Totally worth visiting.   Kun muutin Jyväskylään, ensimmäisiä asioita joita päätin tehdä, oli käydä viimein Suomen käsityön museossa, joka siis täällä sijaitsee. Koska miä rakastan perinteisiä käsitöitä ja oon melkein siirtynyt työurallanikin siihen suuntaan (ehkä tulevaisuudessa vielä siirrynkin). Tuo museo on aika pieni, mutta silti se pitää sisällään kaikenlaisia ihastuttavia juttuja. Interaktiivisia asioita, vanhan ajan käsitöitä, kauniita tekstiilejä ja myös moderneja tapoja hyödyntää vanhoja perinteisiä tekniikoita. Kuten mallipuuseppä Esa Niirasen skeittilaudat, jotka on tehty suomalaisesta puusta, tuohesta ja kierrätetyistä vanhoista perinneliinoista. Ehdottomasti siis visiitin arvoinen paikka.

Reino Halin wooden fence

Making a wooden fence with Reino Halin

Everyone in Scandinavia knows this wooden fence type, usually made of spruce (Picea abies). Reino Halin, the master, shows us how to make one in this second episode of the video series about traditional Finnish craftsmanship.   Kaikki Skandinaviassa asuvat tietävät tämän puuaitamallin, joka yleensä tehdään tavallisesta kuusesta (Picea abies). Suomalaisen perinnekäsityön videosarjan toisessa jaksossa Reino Halin, mestarimme, näyttää meille miten puuaita tehdään.