11 April 2014
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. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
29 March 2014
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.
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. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
05 March 2014
Thanks to Conny and Ernst Hofer for showing us around.
On Friday 11 April at 2pm.
Meet at the Community Hall in Höfen.
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. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
05 January 2014
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.
One of the beauties of clay is that it is so local and ever so universal! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
There will be more Eco Nomadic School
05 August 2013
We've done quite a bit around clay in Höfen - from tile making to group brainstorms, medial applications and talks. Overwhelmed with so much action and ideas I simply canned the remaining clay at some point, and it s selling in the International Village Shop.
However in 2014 we'll tackle our clay again. This time together with Gabriele Götz who is a construction biologist and runs the nearby clay factory and building supply. She has started to develop a series of eco non-fired clay products, and there is significant interest and demand for more. So a more cross-disciplinary group with clay knowledge from Rumania, Holland, France and Southern Germany will come together to have a go at some ideas. The market is quite creative when it comes to shaping clay (see photo). In preparation, some more clay from my father's field has been cleaned and stored away.
I'm now linking most of what I'm doing in the village to the Eco Nomadic School - as a support and exchange framework, but also in regards to some minimal funding that mainly allows for travel and some fees. We've just heard that a continuation of the project has been granted and we are looking forward to working again with aaa in Paris, FCDL from Brezoi and the Peasant Museum Frensdorf as official partners. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
All activities will be logged on the Rhyzom website. Rhyzom preceded the Eco Nomadic School as a pro-active and collaborative research project.