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.
The lace that makes a good curtain
07 July 2015


I was surprised to see our latest product, the cups-all-over lace as a curtain and it works surprisingly well. yes, it is a bit silly but the pattern is quite elegant and light. Wait for the day when every house in Höfen fashions this curtain.....


Höfen meets Ghana in Höfen
13 March 2015


After the phantastic opening and get together for the International Village Show in Leipzig, we're now organising an evening in the village to show some photos and films.
The group photos with The Höfer Women and Everlove from Ekumfi Ekrafo are pretty special, and Anita from Ebing will also show images from a visit to Ghana in 2013 which was undertaken by 20 people from the local parish. They went to Ghana with Father Thomas who sometimes works in Rattelsdorf.

There are suddenly more Höfen-Ghana connections than expected and looking forward to the evening!


ready to set the table
30 January 2015


The lace has been made, and the making has been filmed. We're going to show both at the first part of the two year long International Village Show at the Museum of Contemporray Art Leipzig.
The lace will first be in use during a special coffee and cake session with the Höfer Women in Leipzig on Saturday 7th February from 3pm - in our newly refurbished Gartenhaus which sits next to the museum.

The lace looks great by the way - pics soon.


Getting ready to produce the lace
11 December 2014


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.


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


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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