05 March 2014
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. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Eco Nomadic School reporting back
05 April 2013
All activities will be logged on the Rhyzom website. Rhyzom preceded the Eco Nomadic School as a pro-active and collaborative research project.
I met with the women from Höfen - during a special Friday afternoon coffee and cake session - to present the brand new postcards with images from our two day workshop, and to report a little bit back from what was happening in Colombe and Brezoi. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Writing the report
11 November 2012
A week after the Eco Nomadic workshop Heidi, Gabriele, Gabi, Sylvia and Ingrid met up in the local pub +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
to talk about what happened and write the reports we need for the EU officials. The conclusion: it was great to spend time with so many people from so many different backgrounds, and everyone would just listen to each other. Something that doesn't happen in the village too often.