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Jolly Good Lördag – Premier!

This spring we have decided to open up the studio some more, we call it Jolly Good Lördag.  For us it’s a chance to let our local friends and customers come and see some more of what we do and how screen printing works, buy something from us without shipping cost, or just drink coffee with us : )  Here is some pictures from the first #jollygoodlördag which had the theme “skate”.

 

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By |2020-04-17T11:17:24+02:00April 24th, 2017|notes, ON WALL|Comments Off on Jolly Good Lördag – Premier!

Arctic Paper was here

As we love paper and specially Munken, that we use for most of our screenprints, it’s a big honor for us that Arctic Paper wanted to interview us and feature us in their series Paper Passion.

Interview with Esa and Lisa Tanttu

Love, screen printing and a whole lot of bikes

The creative agency Jollygoodfellow is run by spouses Esa and Lisa Tanttu. Together, they create everything, from brainstorming and sketching, to actually pressing motives of screen prints in their own workshop. In just a few years, they have gone from easygoing hobbyists to selling their handicrafts on an international market. 

When Esa and Lisa met in a Stockholm rock club in the early 2000s, they never thought that, one day, they would make handcrafted products together. Today, under the name Jollygoodfellow, they run a creative agency and sell products through nearly 30 retailers from Tokyo to New York. When they met, Lisa studied arts and crafts at Österlenskolan, and had thoughts about becoming a volunteer abroad, and Esa worked as a graphic designer at an agency in Stockholm. But something drew them together, and already after a second date they discovered that they shared a common interest; handcrafting.

– We tried out screen printing together the second time we met, which was extremely fun. It became a part of our relationship from that moment on, says Lisa Tanttu.

Careful choices and motivational motives

After a few years together in Stockholm, the couple moved to Malmö, in South of Sweden, to continue working on their hobby. At the same time, Lisa, who was a recent graduate from Konstfack University of Art, Crafts and Design, worked as an art teacher and Esa freelanced with various projects. The name of the agency, Jollygoodfellow, was thought of during a time when skulls and “cool stuff” was seeing popularity, whereupon Esa and Lisa wanted to stand out and instead have something witty or almost silly.

– One might think of the birthday song at first, but the name also has a double message, just like all of our motives. We make sure that everything we produce is made of carefully selected materials, and therefore we see the products as “good fellows”, says Esa Tanttu.

The motives, which Esa and Lisa screen print on posters mostly, but also on t-shirts, bodysuits and bags, they make themselves. They can be based on photographs, which later are processed digitally, but also sketched freehandedly. Esa and Lisa always strive to make simple, everyday motives, which also can be ambiguous and have an underlying political message.

– The bikes, which are our most popular motives, we developed to celebrate the bicycle as transportation. Another example, is an image of a forest with the text “we’re open”, which we produced to celebrate the Swedish legal right of access to private land, a fantastic legal right that many people tend to forget, says Lisa.

Lisa and Esa Tanttu in their studio. Behind them several of their well known motives. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh.

Lisa and Esa Tanttu in their studio. Behind them several of their well known motives. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh.

Lisa in their studio, cutting some of the posters. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh

Lisa in their studio, cutting some of the posters. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh

Esa and Lisa working from home, in their own workshop. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh.

Esa and Lisa working from home, in their own workshop. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh.

The screen printer Jollygoodfellow uses for making their beautiful poster. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh.

The screen printer Jollygoodfellow uses for making their beautiful poster. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh.

One of Jollygoodfellows famous bike prints. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh.

One of Jollygoodfellows famous bike prints. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh.

Environmental thinking – from idea to product

It’s very important for Esa and Lisa that all material they use is produced in an environmentally friendly way, and if possible, manufactured in Sweden. The color they use to print with is made on the island Gotland, and the paper they use for the posters are produced in Munkedal on the Swedish west coast. In addition, they also ensure that they use as much of the leftover material as possible, which sometimes becomes exciting combinations that they sell on the website as specials, under the category “Unique Fellows”.

– The prints can become slightly different from time to time, even if the point of screen printing is to make many identical prints, then we sell them as specials instead of throwing them away. We recycle sample prints, we save waste materials and make covers for notebooks, for example. We have also tried to braid strips from when we cut posters. We try to re-use as much material as possible, says Esa.

Living their dream

Now, Jollygoodfellow have been around for almost ten years, and much has happened since the beginning. They have gone from selling bags at Christmas markets to selling hundreds of posters through a number of retailers around the world. Esa and Lisa believe that they live in their dream project, and that the attention they get from customers is incredible. They also appreciate that they get to work with materials and techniques they feel passionate about.

– Paper has always been a big part of our work, and I’m particularly fond of uncoated paper. We use it every day in our creative process and it’s extremely important for the final outcome of the work, says Esa.

Being on the fine line between art and commercial products is nothing Esa and Lisa see as negative, however, it can be difficult in certain projects. In one of their largest projects, the “Urban Calendar”, where they made calendars with photos of different door numbers in Copenhagen, Helsinki and Stockholm, that particular issue became very prevalent.

– Some people thought there wasn’t enough space to write stuff down in the calendar. It was perhaps a little too artistic. It was a bit frustrating, but at the same time we like to push the boundaries, says Lisa.

One of Jollygoodfellow’s largest project, the ”Urban Calendar”. This one is from Helsinki. Photo by: Jollygoodfellow

One of Jollygoodfellow’s largest project, the ”Urban Calendar”. This one is from Helsinki. Photo by: Jollygoodfellow

The print that celebrates the Swedish legal right of access to private land. Photo by: Jollygoodfellow
The print that celebrates the Swedish legal right of access to private land. Photo by: Jollygoodfellow

One of the walls in the studio, a poster with three of Jollygoodfellows most famous motives, the bike, the forest and the cone. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh

One of the walls in the studio, a poster with three of Jollygoodfellows most famous motives, the bike, the forest and the cone. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh

Finished posters put out to dry. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh

Finished posters put out to dry. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh

A sample print that became a so called ”Unique Fellow”. Photo by: Jollygoodfellow

A sample print that became a so called ”Unique Fellow”. Photo by: Jollygoodfellow

FACTS
Name: Esa and Lisa Tanttu (aka Jollygoodfellow)
Title: Creators
Favorite material: Uncoated paper
Favorite tool: For Esa it’s a pen and for Lisa it’s a knife.

You can find more “paper interviewes” on the blog Paper Passion by Arctic Paper, have a look!

By |2020-04-17T11:17:24+02:00March 24th, 2017|notes|Comments Off on Arctic Paper was here

Early Bird – art and breakfast

Here in Skåne it´s a tradition since the sixties that artists open up their studios during Easter. It started at Österlen with ÖSKG and this year we joined the tradition and opened up our studio – at least two mornings. And we can tell you it was two wonderful mornings with a lots of nice visitors and a realy nice guest artist, LEJONLINN. Maybe we do it again next year!

Many of the items you see in the pictures you also find in our shop and if you don’t, you can always send us a mail.

By |2020-04-17T11:17:25+02:00April 25th, 2014|notes|Comments Off on Early Bird – art and breakfast

Mitt MöLLAN JULMARKNAD #3

This year we participated in Mitt MÖLLAN JULMARKNAD in Malmö, Sweden, a fantastic Christmas fair with many pleasant meetings and exciting products. It was an honor to be a part of it! We also bought some of our Christmas gifts from fellow designers and got home 4 kg of locally produced honey.

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By |2020-04-17T11:17:26+02:00December 20th, 2013|notes|Comments Off on Mitt MöLLAN JULMARKNAD #3

jollygoodfellow Formex debut

Now we are back home after our first fair – Formex January 2013 in Stockholm “the largest interior design fair for Nordic design”. It had a dramatic start when we were driving from southern Sweden to Stockholm in a snowy and slippery weather. Our car skid and we drew off the road. Shocked but happy to have no injuries we moved all the packing and exhibition things to a rental car. After a nights sleep and pondering we continued to Stockholm and set up our booth at the Young Designers area. Our exhibition stand was designed to also work for a 9 months old baby (some specially designed toys at the floor and no posters within reach, a good choice since our youngest daughter stayed with us through the whole fair). Some of the new prints are now available in our shop.

We met a lot of nice people both among the visitors (press, shop owners and some looking for inspiration) and among the exhibitors. It was really nice to talk to some reseller we mostly have contact with through mail, like Anna in Paris, Kohsuke in Helsinki and Jessica from Rädda Barnen and the stylist Lina who suggested our calendar to the Rädda Barnen Design Shop.

An inspiring senior interior designer from Finland said about our paper bag hand outs “this is a piece of art, it will go straight up on the wall”. Small things like that make us happy.

Now we are inspired to keep working with our prints!

 

 

 

By |2020-04-17T11:17:26+02:00January 31st, 2013|notes|Comments Off on jollygoodfellow Formex debut

urbnCal c/o Rädda Barnen Sverige

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A large pre-order from Rädda Barnen Sverige played a crucial role when we decided to go for a new edition of urbnCal. It is a great honor for us and we have also decided to donate 25 sek to Rädda Barnen
for every calendar sold in Sweden (if you live outside Sweden we leave it up to you if you want to donate some money or time to charity, maybe your local Save the Children organisation?).

The calendar is ready and the first packages have left for Stockholm, Oslo, Taipei and Osaka. Next Saturday 6/10 it’s time for release!

By |2020-04-17T11:17:26+02:00September 26th, 2012|CALENDAR, notes, ON WALL|Comments Off on urbnCal c/o Rädda Barnen Sverige