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Work practice program at Paloni

This week, I had two lovely girls doing their work practice program at Paloni. Thank you Eevi and Linnea for all of your help and hard work!

As a part of their week’s schedule, I asked the girls to write a small story of how their week was so that they could also share their experience with all of you. The story is below.

If you are looking for a place to do work practice or internship, we’re always open for new suggestions and cooperation possibilities. Internships can also be arranged so that the student can work a part of the time at Paloni, and the rest with our designers.

Love,
Minna / Paloni
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Hi, we’re Eevi Komaro and Linnea Kivelä, two nine-graders from Lauttasaaren Yhteiskoulu. We had a five-day-long work practice program at Paloni.

We started on Monday November 19th at about 9 o’clock. We had to come earlier so we had time to sort the shop that was pretty messy after last week’s fairs. We inventoried the shop’s products and took them to their own places.  By 11 o’clock when the shop opened, it already looked like a shop again. We continued inventory and put products on display until 3 pm when our workday ended.

On Tuesday we packed a closet for Glorian Koti magazine’s photoshoot A funny moment was when a deliveryman came to fetch the 2,5 metres high closet by  bicycle. Later, two men came to get the closet with a delivery van.
 
a closet for Glorian Koti magazine's photoshoot
 
The end of our day we spent rolling a 30 kilos pile of carpet rag into rolls for the evening’s crocheting course with Molla Mills.
 
The end of our day we spent rolling a 30 kilos pile of carpet rag into rolls for the evening's crocheting course with Molla Mills
 
On Wednesday and Thursday we cleaned the shop from dust that had came from the carpet rags. Dusting all clothes, jewelry and other products took one day. The other day we washed windows and the floor.
 
On Wednesday and Thursday we cleaned the shop from dust that had came from the carpet rags. Dusting all clothes, jewelry and other products took one day. The other day we washed windows and the floor
 
On Friday, which was our last day at Paloni, we played errand boys. Our first mission was to buy two magazines from a kiosk. The man behind the desk laughed at us when we tried to find the right ones. Then we ran to buy silver and white masking ink buttons for the shop’s display window’s Christmas decorations. We also wrote this report about our work practise program.

We liked to work at Paloni, which is a very nice little shop full of lovely clothes, jewerly and stuff. We liked especially the jewerly. We were suprised that Paloni is so international that you really need English here.
It is nice that there is this kind of a shop that supports Finnish designers, is ethical, ecological and stands out from the mass.

Eevi & Linnea

The International Sushi Kitchen comes to Paloni

Sometimes the world just surprises me. It’s full of funny coincidences when you give them the chance to happen.

Some weeks ago, I got a message through Facebook. A man called Thomas Tsang had noticed the handicraft workshops that we organize at Paloni with Molla Mills, and wanted to ask about the possibility of organizing a sushi-making workshop here. After a few messages, we concluded that we have an idea for the next Restaurant Day.

Only some weeks later, the man sent a note that he will come to Paloni so we can discuss the details of our plan. And soon he was standing in front of me.

I learned that he was born in Hong Kong, but moved to California to study. There he learned the skills of making sushi at a local restaurant, run by a Japanese chef who had his restaurant in NY City before opening one in California. Now Thomas lives in Amsterdam and runs his own dentistry clinic – such a funny combination with his personal passion for food! But making food is still a central part of his life, and his specialty is combining pan-Asian influences with western cookery.

Thomas Tsang, the international chef for Paloni's next Restaurant Day

Thomas Tsang, the international chef for Paloni's next Restaurant Day

So, on the next Restaurant Day, Paloni will turn into the International Sushi Kitchen, and serve an international sushi set with 2 pieces of each of the following:

1) California roll (an American version of sushi with crab meat & avocado)
2) Futo maki (a very traditional Japanese sushi with egg & veggies), and
3) Korean “Kim chee” roll.

The set will cost 5 euros. The restaurant will be open on Saturday November 17th from 4pm to 7pm at Paloni, and Thomas will prepare to serve to about 120 lucky customers. No prior reservations needed – first come, first served.

And the most funny thing was that when Thomas was here, I told him where to find Molla Mills, the actual person and designers whose work he had followed through the internet, and now the conclusion is that our restaurant will have a very charming and lovely waitress and assistant – Molla Mills that is.

Korean Kim Chee (or "kimchi") rolls with brown sushi rice and black sesame seeds. This version is made with vegan fermented cabbage. It's spicy and may contain higher levels of live lactobacilli (a healthy bacteria) than yoghourt

Korean Kim Chee (or "kimchi") rolls with brown sushi rice and black sesame seeds.
This version is made with vegan fermented cabbage. It's spicy and may contain
higher levels of live lactobacilli (a healthy bacteria) than yoghourt.

Futo rolls with egg and mixed veggies

Futo rolls with egg and mixed veggies.

California rolls with avocado, crab meat and wasabi sesame seed topping.

Ps. To take a look at how our previous Restaurant Days have turned out, see here for the Picnic in Ghana and here for the Savolaiskahvila Lorraus.

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