August 2012


Designtori Tampere

Paloni will take part in the Designtori sales event in Tampere city on Sunday, September 2nd. It’s an outside event, with lots of interesting Finnish brands, designers and shops selling their latest designs.

Some practical notes to people who’d like to visit, based on the experience from our past events organized by Design on Tampere:

Bring cash. We will take our card payment terminal with us, but I’m guessing that most sellers will only accept cash.

Be on time. The best stuff is sold first, and the stocks of the sellers are limited. Usually there’s a queue to these events.

In case of pouring rain and lightning, stay at home. The event will be cancelled if the weather is unbearable. But let’s hope it’s not!

Desingtori Tampere

 

I’m planning to take a versatile array of our designers’ items  to this event – something Finnish, something from abroad, jewelry and small gift items, but also clothing. At least we will bring Kiss kiss art tights and leggings, Mari & Arrow jewelry, PaaPii Design toys and DIY kits, Beloved tea spoon keyrings, SIPILÄ clothing and 2. Elämä jewelry and accessories. Hope to see you there!

The event is also on Facebook.

<3 Minna / Paloni

The graffiti project that got out of hands

It all started from a suggestion by Virve Miettinen from the Keskustakirjasto 2017 project. They wanted to take part in the Knit’n’Tag event in Helsinki, where the trees of Ruttopuisto aka Vanhan kirkon puisto in Helsinki would be decorated with knitted and crochet graffitis. And since all the best things in life are done together, Virve thought this should also be a cooperation project.

And so it became one. Molla Mills (one of Paloni’s designers, Mari Leppälä) designed and made instructions for a crochet chain. The contrast between the soft material and the associations related to chains is visually addictive. Paloni got involved and started organizing workshops together with Molla – on three weekends at the Pavilion, and on the Restaurant Day as a picnic on Paloni’s floor. Virve and the Keskustakirjasto team collected dreams that people have regarding the new City Library, and those dreams were written on signs that would be hung on the trees together with the chain. Two trees were reserved from Ruttopuisto for the project. They would become the Trees of Dreams.

Tens of people between the ages of four to 82 years attended by crocheting the chain. Some of the people who took part in the workshops wanted to take yarn and a hook home to continue the project, and I got chain deliveries to Paloni from people all telling the same story: it’s so addictive! We had American tourists, a Korean girl, people crocheting for the first time in their life. And Henni – a woman who crocheted some 80 hours and even got an inflammation on her wrist…

The visual addictiveness of the chain and of crocheting it was noticed by photographers that happened to see us wherever we were. Teemu Lindroos spotted us as we were having one of our first workshops at the Pavilion. The chain was not so long then, yet, but still the pictures he took show the joy of making it longer, loop by loop.

Me and Molla Mills. Picture by Teemu Lindroos

Me and Molla Mills. Picture by Teemu Lindroos.
Ladies crocheting. Picture by Teemu Lindroos

Ladies crocheting. Picture by Teemu Lindroos

One of our workshops at the Pavilion. Picture by Teemu Lindroos.

One of our workshops at the Pavilion. Picture by Teemu Lindroos.

Molla teaching Saara how to crochet. Picture by Teemu Lindroos.

Molla teaching Saara how to crochet. Picture by Teemu Lindroos.

Then, another weekend at the Pavilion and another photographer. Jussi Rautsi takes pictures of people and life in Helsinki with his faithful Leica. He has a yearly exhibition at Laterna, and the next one will also include pictures of us crocheting. There are many of them, and they’re all brilliant – actually so brilliant that I ended up buying for Paloni this series of Henni and me crocheting and gossiping. I already have plans of postcards and posters… These pictures just bring a smile to my face, every time. The visually presented social aspect of handicrafts, the contrast of Henni’s light colors and my black SIPILÄ tunic, the men who have turned their backs on us crocheting, the other women of different ages taking part, and even the smallest details: Henni’s full coffee cup and heart-shaped elbow patch, my hat that matches Henni’s colors, our body language and expressions… And of course the chain that is everywhere! I just love these pictures.

"Virkkaavat rouvat" - a series of pictures by Jussi Rautsi
 
"Virkkaavat rouvat" - a series of pictures by Jussi Rautsi
 
"Virkkaavat rouvat" - a series of pictures by Jussi Rautsi

"Virkkaavat rouvat" - a series of pictures by Jussi Rautsi.

Journalists also got interested. I got interviewed for the local newspapers Vartti and Metro. My main message was that textile graffitis bring joy, cure our handicrafts traumas and bring people together. There should be more of this in Helsinki and in the world.

Today a chain of over 130 meters of crocheted loops were attached to our Trees of Dreams at Ruttopuisto. That’s about 2600 loops. And about 650 hours of crocheting – optimistically calculating. Think about it. All just for having fun, and for bringing joy. Quite amazing!

Measuring 130 meters of chain this morning at Ruttopuisto

Measuring 130 meters of chain this morning at Ruttopuisto

Molla attaching the graffiti to the Tree of Dreams.

Molla attaching the graffiti to the Tree of Dreams.

Virve attaching a sign with someone's dream about the new Central Library

Virve attaching a sign with someone's dream about the new Central Library

Minna

Arrivals, arrivals!

Normally we have new arrivals at our store every week. At this time of the year, we have new arrivals coming in every day. I’m mostly picking up small boxes from Matkahuolto, signing packages brought by the post, unpacking, labeling and sending thank you notes to the designers.

It’s always exciting to see the new products live after just seeing them in pictures. August is like my Christmas, and the best thing is that I get to share my excitement and the beautiful products with our clients.

Opening a box from Kaino / Niina Sinisalo & Sanni Salonen with new Rose Tunics in merino wool / cotton (128€). I'm totally hooked on that strangely addictive and non-presumable mustard-pink color combination!

Opening a box from Kaino / Niina Sinisalo & Sanni Salonen with new Rose Tunics in merino wool / cotton (128€).
I'm totally hooked on that strangely addictive and non-presumable mustard-pink color combination!

Again, we also have new designers represented at Paloni. Our designer numbering has already surpassed a hundred, but based on customer feedback and demand, some of our represented designers and labels have changed since our opening last summer. I’m trying to stabilize our represented designer amount to around 80, where it is also now. As items are handmade / locally produced in small quantities, a varied and extensive product array can be reached by representing many designers. There are so many talented, passionate independent designers in this world who are just lacking the sales and marketing channels for their work, and so many customers looking for better and more meaningful things – Paloni tries to answer the needs of both. Handling 80 designers and even telling the customers about the background of each single one of their products is of course a lot of work and represents a very different way of doing things, but where there’s will (and good IT systems), unexpected things become possible.

The label Mari & Arrow represents the latest addition to our designer team. The women behind the label, Janita Aro & Mari Salmela, design and manufacture all Mari & Arrow jewelry in Kuopio, Finland, using acrylic as their main material and also utilizing leftover pieces for a part of their designs. Their jewelry collection “Wanderlust” captures some very current visual clues, but doesn’t settle for just representing them, but rather makes an individual interpretation of them. Pieces on the collection have found their inspiration from Missouri and Maine. The graphic black necklaces are simultaneously ancient and modern, but the cornerstone of the collection is certainly the dream catcher – an item that has recently been seen on fashion blogs from South Africa to Finland has been interpreted here into a more vacant, timeless form.

Left: The Mari & Arrow Dreamcatcher and Wheel of Life necklaces with silver-plated chains, 30€ / piece. Right: A black Dreamcatcher with a cotton ribbon, 25€. Pictures by Mari & Arrow.

Left: The Mari & Arrow Dreamcatcher and Wheel of Life necklaces with silver-plated chains, 30€ / piece.
Right: A black Dreamcatcher with a cotton ribbon, 25€. Pictures by Mari & Arrow.

Also, the first pieces from the autumn/winter collection of the Finnish label Second Chance just arrived from Fiskars. These are the kind of everyday clothes that make an “everyday” become “a special every day”: comfortable and effortless, but still interesting. The designers Maija Nuppula and Mirkka Maaninka were both horse girls in their childhoods, and the warm riding memories have worked as an inspiration for the tapestry-like horse pattern used on the collection. All of the materials used are Finnish textile industry’s leftovers. I especially like the print, and the petrol blue / turquoise tones on this collection.

The Tessa dress and the Claudia tunic from the Second Chance autumn:winter 2012 collection. Pictures by Second Chance

The Tessa dress and the Claudia tunic from the Second Chance autumn/winter 2012 collection.
Pictures by Second Chance.

During the coming weeks we will have e.g. more autumn knits in merino wool by Kaino, long-sleeved children’s dresses by Loru and new crocheted baskets by Molla Mills – can’t wait!

<3 Minna / Paloni

The Graffiti Crocheting Picnic

Let’s crochet a graffiti together at Ruttopuisto while enjoying a nice park picnic on the Restaurant Day!

Bring your friend (and your take-away food from one of the pop-up restaurants if you like) and sit down with us for a brief or a longer moment to chat and crochet. We are crocheting a huge chain that we’ll use to decorate two “Trees of Dreams” in Ruttopuisto for the Knit ‘n’ Tag event.

Ketjun virkkaus

The trees will tell stories about dreams that people have regarding the new Keskustakirjasto (City Library), while also standing as witnesses of the empowering and connecting power of handicrafts.

Tens of people between the ages of 4 to 82 years old have already taken part in crocheting the chain. We’ve organized workshops at the Pavilion on two weekends during the spring / summer, where people of different nationalities, backgrounds and ages have taken part in the project, some so taken away by it that they’ve decided to continue the project at home, and I’ve got the most colorful crochet chain deliveries to Paloni from these people.

Veronika and her chain.

Veronika and her chain.

One of our crochet workshops at the Pavilion

Left: One of our crochet workshops at the Pavilion
Right: Manna and her chain.

Molla Mills crocheting at the Pavilion. This was a chilly day! Luckily they had blankets and hot chocolate.

Left: Molla Mills crocheting at the Pavilion. This was a chilly day! Luckily they had blankets and hot chocolate.
Right: Helena from Portugal and her chain.

The idea and realization of the crochet project is done in cooperation by Paloni, Molla Mills and Keskustakirjasto 2017.

Be a link on the chain – crocheting one link takes about 15 minutes. No prior crocheting experience required. Yarn and hooks provided by Novita.PS. IF IT RAINS, WE’LL OCCUPY THE FLOOR OF PALONI FOR OUR PICNIC, address Eerikinkatu 7, Helsinki.

Here‘s the event on Facebook.

For more information about
Molla Mills: www.mollamills.com
Keskustakirjasto 2017: www.keskustakirjasto.fi
Knit ‘n’ Tag: www.facebook.com/knitntag

Minna / Paloni

Late Night Shopping: Thursday August 9th

Late Night Shopping is here again. This Thursday you can visit our concept store until 9pm! We’ll offer a surprise sale section and organic sparkling from 6pm to 9p. Welcome!

Late night shopping at Paloni