Stålfarfar

 

It started as a play with bike parts and tools, but then we saw him – Stålfarfar! It made us very happy because we have read a lot about Stålfarfar and his story has been a great inspiration to us. Of course we had to make a screen print!

 Wikipedia says:

In 1951, at 66 years of age, Håkansson rode his bicycle emulating the so-called Sverigeloppet from Haparanda to Ystad. Because of his advanced age the organizers had refused him to participate – the maximum age was 40 years – but he still started from Haparanda, formally not among the contestants but starting one minute after the last of them had set off and wearing a shirt on which he had written a big zero as his ‘runner number’. The Tour was run in stages, and while the contestants slept, Håkansson would pedal up to three days without sleeping. During the contest, he was presented as “Stålfarfar”, a name that had followed him since the late 1940s. He had a big beard that made him look extra old, and the organizers were afraid people would laugh at the race participants. Many newspapers were covering his story, and he became famous as the nation followed his journey through the country.

During a few hours off in Söderhamn the police asked him to take a medical exam, which showed that Hakansson was in good health. After 6 days, 14 hours and 20 minutes, he arrived in Ystad – 24 hours before the contestants.

 

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Greetings from Finland

We started the summer with a fantastic trip to the Finnish countryside. In a way, a journey through time as well, a trip to the days before running water and electricity (not totally, now and then we were able to borrow electricity and network, so some pictures from there are on instagram). What a feeling it is to carry wood and lighting a fire to get hot water and sauna or to fish up the lunch from the lake. We came home with a lot of new energy and inspiration from the exciting environments. Now we will continue working on some new prints for the Formex autumn fair mixed with salty water baths in the Baltic Sea, HAPPY SUMMER!

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Kosläpp

After a winter in the barn Anders Nilsson’s cows finally came out (“kosläpp” in swedish). Some hesitated but once they stepped out into the green it was impossible to miss the joy, and we enjoyed watching them!

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Typographic inspiration

At the Hietaniemi Graveyard in Helsinki. Sometimes you find inspiration at unexpected places. Here are some mobile camera photos taken while getting our son to sleep. And the last picture shows a hard-to-read hospital sign.

Kotten tote bag

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The Cone is a favorite among our prints for the kids, so we had to print it on a tote bag as well! A piece of the beautiful forest, plain and simple.
Organic cotton for the sake of the planet.

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Hyacint in clay

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Konstfacks Christmas fair was great, lots of nice visitors (some of our prints are now out of stock) and many nice pieces, for exampel this hyacint who is staying with us now!

“As a symbol for the strenght and power of the natur the flower is explosively growing up through the surface of the clay.”
says  Karin Frankenstein and Anton Alvarez.

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jollygoodfellow at Pajula

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After two days in Helsinki we spent the rest of the week in a cottage without electricity and running water. We really enjoyed the contrast!

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Right now we are very much into annual rings and to our delight the neighbors had cut down some forest, so we spent some time taking pictures and fighting the mosquitoes.

jollygoodfellow in Helsinki

We just got home from a trip to Finland, the first stop was Helsinki, a really nice city.
We walked around in the design district and of course we noted some nice bicycles and numbersplates (and did some PR).  Maybe urbnCal 2012 Helsinki…

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