Some time ago, I started with a new collaboration as part of a larger project that I am preparing for 2015. Already last year, Anja Sundberg, a talented wood carver (and a creative relative of mine) and I discussed ways on how to work together as crafters.
In September, I finally sat down and started on making sketches of doll furniture in scale 1:5, a size that would fit my Kiki dolls. For my project, I wanted to have something really simple, in so called Allmogestil, a traditional Swedish style that is characterised by its simplicity and functionality. Anja, who received her education at Sätergläntan, the famous Swedish college of traditional handicrafts, was full of enthusiasm (she still is) and once she had my sketches, she started working.
The pieces of furniture I am sharing here with you today are a kitchen table with a cutlery drawer, a practical bench and two kitchen stools and a beautiful kitchen rack for plates. The stools are about 9cm in height (just to give you some figures), which is a 1:5 scale. When our grandparents were little, small toy shops and doll furniture often were made in exactly that scale, it is a perfect size for children to play with. I am always on the look-out for small vintage toys in that size, just the other day I found a pretty little doll china (the one you can see in the photos). I am still a bit undecided on whether I am going to paint the rack and the table with organic linseed paint or leave them the way they are, with just a little wax to protect the surface. We'll see...
We are still in the process of experimenting around with ideas, not only defining a style for Kiki's furniture, but also pondering over further options. I'd love the idea of being able to offer a small-scale series of doll furniture for my customers, but as a doll maker, I do also know about the struggles with toy-safety regulations as well as the general problem of justifying fair prices for craftsmen.
Anja is not only known for her artwork but also for her beautiful hand-carved toys - and it was very important for me to work with someone here in Sweden, with someone who has a passion for traditional handicrafts as well as a lot of ideas and knowledge. Our collaboration has become some kind of creative cross-fertilization and I am very much looking forward to soon be sharing more with you.
Another crafter I'd like to introduce to you today is my blogger friend and colleague Giova Brusa of One Bunting Away (link here). Giova has joined a so called blog hop to link artisans and makers from around the world and I feel very honoured that she has nominated my blog as the next in line together with Mirta of Mi plus Ed Design. The last time I met Giova was in August last year in Copenhagen (oh, time is flying), but even though we live more than 1000km beeline apart, I always enjoy visiting her at least virtually and getting inspired on her beautiful blog and I hope you too will find lots of craft ideas over there!
Sunny greetings from Skåne,