Portret of Kathrin
Kathrin is a founding member and partner of the London based artist/architect collective public works, and she's also a founding member of myvillages.org.
She grew up in Höfen, a village of 200 residents in Upper Frankonia, Southern Germany.

In 2004 she started, together with the "Höfer Frauen" (an informal group of around 30 women from the village), "Höfer Goods".

"Höfer Goods" derive from stories, skills, materials and ambitions amongst the group, and are launched annually during the village fete on the first weekend in October.
A product designer from outside the village collaborates with the group on shaping ideas and developing new produce. Angelika Seeschaaf from eeaa Design has been involved in 2006 and 2008.
"Höfer Waren" is ongoing.
Getting ready to produce the lace
11 December 2014

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The design for the lace has been massively simplified to make it financially and technially feasible.
We have an "Allover" now, which means we make a large piece and can cut smaller stripes, sheets, stripcs, etc. It's still "Kaffee und Kuchen" and I hope that the lace will be put down on all sorts of tables and amongts all sorts of groupd top talk about what Höfen is and could be.

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Gemischtwarenprogramm - three days of visits, workshops, screening and discussions
22 October 2014

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30 Oct – 1 Nov 2014
CLIC International Workshop
Höfen & Frensdorf, Southern Germany

“Rural Luxury, Höfer Lace and Fermentation”
A mixed package.

This year’s workshop continues with themes and ideas from earlier events in Höfen, such as house-keeping, endowment and food preservation. The two day workshop in late October will look at ‘luxury goods and the countryside’, local lace making and natural fermentation as a way to preserve food. The two days offer a mixed programme for local and international guests and takes place at the Peasant Museum in Frensdorf and the Community Hall in Höfen.
The event is organised within the context of Myvillages’ ongoing action-research into local production within rural communities, and is part of an annual series of workshops and seminars in Höfen which started in 2007, set up by Kathrin Böhm in collaboration with the Höfer Frauen (Women of Höfen). The activities often focus on womens’ traditional and current everyday activities and related economies. One of the aims for this year is to develop a design or message for a new “Höfer Lace” which will be produced in the nearby factory and go on sale in the International Village Shop. Results and themes from this workshop will be presented and featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig from February 2015.




Part of Eco Nomadic School.

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Spitzen Besuch
11 April 2014

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I invited for a "Spitzen Besuch". Spitze can be lace, but it is also a peak. A Spitzen Besuch is normally a visit by a world leader.
The invitation to the Höfer Women was to go and visit Ernst's and Conny's loom in Rattelsdorf (0.8km away) and to understand a bit more about the lace production that's still going on here, and is somehow viable. The Hofers kindly opened the doors to their factory where they are still running small scale lace production on a 1914 machine from Plauen.
I didn't expect more than 5 women to come along, but we were 18! A highly enthusiastic group and into all sorts of technical details. We are going to make some Höfener Lace next.

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Visiting Lace
29 March 2014

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We're going to visit the truly amazing lace making factory that everyone kind of knows about - but has never been to. It's less than one kilometer from Höfen and we'll be having coffee and cake afterwards at the community hall. All in preparation for a new Höfer Frauen Höfer Ware.
Thanks to Conny and Ernst Hofer for showing us around.

On Friday 11 April at 2pm.
Meet at the Community Hall in Höfen.

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European Lace
05 March 2014

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I knew that there was a weaving mill in Rattelsdorf, and I would chat with the owners when we meet in the beergarden, but I had no idea what a great machine was behind those non-descript 1970ies yellow walls. It's a 1915 Plauen design loom which has been modernised a good decade ago but still runs on a card-to-tape converter. Their family story is even more amazing. About European lace centres, Cold War, global export and settling with the business in Rattelsdorf.
There will be more weaving stroies soon, since we're slowly preparing a new piece of lace for the Höfer Goods series. A first workshop will take place in early April with the Höfer Frauen.

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