The Finnish Handicraft (Suomen Kädentaidot) in Tampere is Finland’s biggest annual event of handicrafts and handmade design. This year the event had 581 exhibitors and a record of 36 906 visitors.
We wanted our stand to tell about the creativity of our designers, so we put quite a lot of effort into designing, transporting and building it – but I think the effort was worthwhile. Also our transportable fitting room (made from a hula hoop and old sheets, hanging from the ceiling) was in busy use again – maybe we didn’t even realize what a great idea it was when we made it for the Design Market in Helsinki in September.
The Finnish Handicrafts is an event for handmade design from Finland only, so we took with us the products of our now already 26 Finnish designers, including the whole collection of Finland’s Project Runway winner Linda Sipilä. In addition to Linda’s beautiful clothes, also many other of our designers’ items were very popular at the fair, including 2. Elämä jewellery made from recycled bicycle inner tubes by Yuan Long & Jaime De Vizcaya in Helsinki, joyful PaaPii Design toys by Anniina Isokangas from Alaveteli, Kiss Kiss art stockings by Maiju Ahlgrén from Helsinki, colorful ceramic plates by Sarita Koivukoski from Espoo and ecological Vietto clothes by Minna Kaartinen from Helsinki.
The Finnish Handicraft is a huge event, and once we decided to attend, we wanted to do it properly. My whole family deserves a big thank you for the hours and hours of help and work: my father and husband for transporting and building the stand, my mother and my brother’s girlfriend for helping in selling, my husband’s parents for helping in babysitting and for offering accommodation and my daughter for keeping our spirits up regardless of the long days we all worked. Thank you also to the organizers of the event, and to all who visited our stand! Hope to see you all again very soon – and we promise to come to the Finnish Handicrafts again next year!
Minna / Paloni