Small founds from the ground. We have experimented with them for some time now, and here is a series of new screen prints were we have organized the parts into faces. We call them Portraits, available in the jollygoodshop
Some years ago we discovered a new store in Malmö. We are not that much into shopping but this place was something more than a place for shopping. Inspiring settings, good coffee, exciting products with high environmental awareness, a place of activity and a place for rest. It’ s called Ab SMÅLAND, we have been back there many times, and now our prints are there all of December, it’s a big honor for us. And yes, they even let us screen print on the wall ; )
We had the honor to be a part of “No Time to Be Wasted” an exhibition that Marie-Louise Hellgren, HearteartH, created during Stockholm Design Week. We didn’t have the chance to come to Stockholm which made us extra happy to receive these nice pictures shot by Louise Billgert.
This is the stool Lilla Snåland, made of leftovers from the classic chair Lilla Åland, together with our interpretation/screenprint on the wall.
Close up of the screenprint.
The triangels on the right is the raw material for Lilla Snåland (and the parts that are removed in the production of Lilla Åland).
The print will be available in the jollygoodshop soon, we are just wating for Marie-Louise to come and sign them first : )
As Marie-Louise have designed lots of nice tea cups during the years and showed her newest at Tent London we started to think about steam. We worked in two days trying to catch steam, it was difficult but fun. Finally we transformed it to a screenprint as well, this is Steam!
Here you can find a press relese about the exhibition Press release (pdf)
Sunshine, books, vases, airplants, natural dyed textiles and a lot of prints! It was a very nice #jollygoodlördag and here are some pictures for you that live too far away to come by in person ; )
We served the kids with a lots of cork cubes to build and play with.
The print we call Allemansrätten on the wall. Yes we´re open!
Aeroteket brought a lot of nice airplants and ceramic bowls that are a perfect match with our Concrete Bowl #1 :-).
Scandinaviaform‘s vases look great even without flowers in them!
Slightly imperfect cork cubes from our Urban Cube Calendar are recycled as toys.
Premiere for our natural dyed textile on wall.
A rack full of Unique fellows!
Action in the playground in front of the house.
After work – play!
In a way the idea of printmaking is to get more of the same, but we were curious about working on the basis of happy accidents!
So we started the project: Unique Fellows!
We dig into the piles of proofs, select a few favorites and some of them inspire us to new experiments. Every single one is photographed and presented separately and gets its own number.
You find them in our jollygoodshop, some of them are already sold but be patient, more is coming.
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
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.
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 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.
The screen printer Jollygoodfellow uses for making their beautiful poster. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh.
One of Jollygoodfellows famous bike prints. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh.
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.
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
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
Finished posters put out to dry. Photo by: Daniel Ekbladh
A sample print that became a so called ”Unique Fellow”. Photo by: Jollygoodfellow
Name: Esa and Lisa Tanttu (aka Jollygoodfellow)
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!
The pile of irregular tote bags have grown big, so we were thinking of something to do with them. Maybe turn them into pillow cases? But then we thought of an old print idea that has been in the drawer (or sketch book) for many years.
We have collected small marks for “irregular quality” during the years. The first one’s were found on cheap t-shirts and underwear bought in New York in the 1990’s.
Now we have let them be the main motif on some bags!
The expression ”slightly imperfect” is kind of funny. It sounds humble but at the same time says ”almost perfect”. Like the swedish expression ”Obetydliga skönhetsfel kan förekomma” which means something like ”insignificant beauty imperfections might occur”. And who doesn’t feel like that at times?