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Introducing the makers - designer Päivi Keski-Pomppu

Introducing the makers - designer Päivi Keski-Pomppu

Päivi Keski-Pomppu has a jewellery store in Helsinki. It is located very near to the centrum, but in the area which feels more middle European than Finnish, with its tiny cafees and small shops. Päivi shares the store with another designer. Having the store makes Päivi's work diverse. She not only meets her customers and designs and crafts new jewels, but she also takes care of the store layout and graphical look, arranges events and photoshoots, keeps up the webshop and answers any questions people may have.Customers come to Päivi when they desire a unique jewel or collection. Desired jewel...

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Introducing the makers - designer Carina Blomqvist

Introducing the makers - designer Carina Blomqvist

Carina Blomqvist loves twists and curls. Her romantic jewels are full of tiny details which capture the eye and give fingers infinite surfaces to feel.Designing jewels has always been Carina's dream. With the help of modern technology and 3D modeling, Carina has a chance to design fantastic jewels with twirls and curves. Making such details by traditional goldsmith techniques would be time-consuming and costly. 3D models can be transformed into wax molds, in which molten silver is cast. Using machines, it is possible to create thin curls, tiny details and hollow jewels - there could be a pendant of a...

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Introducing the makers - master goldsmith Kristian Saarikorpi

Introducing the makers - master goldsmith Kristian Saarikorpi

Kristian Saarikorpi, designer of the Precious collection, ended up as a master goldsmith by accident. In Finland, every young man goes to the army for six or twelve months. In the army with Kristian, there was another guy, who had started his studies in goldsmith school in Lahti. It opened Kristian's eyes: someone actually designs and crafts jewels!Kristian applied and was accepted to the goldsmith school at the first try. His school days were long - it wasn't unusual to work for 12 hours per day. But the work was rewarding and Kristian got a head designer position at a...

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Christmas traditions

Christmas traditions

In Finland, we start expecting Christmas in early November. It's the time when days are getting shorter and we setup lights outside. If we're lucky, we have some snow on the ground. It usually melts away before Christmas, though. Everyone is hoping that it snows again before Christmas and the snow stays on the ground - Christmas without snow is the last thing we'd like to see. But nowadays snow comes after Christmas more often than not. Gingerbread is the must-have cookie for Christmas. Usually we bake them well in advance, so that we can bake them twice or thrice....

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Introducing the makers - designer Heikki Hartikainen

Introducing the makers - designer Heikki Hartikainen

Heikki Hartikainen is the designer for the popular Hug collection. He's been working with Lumoava since its beginning and designed the first collections Hope and Curve. These collections are still part of Lumoava collections.Heikki lives in Kuopio with his family. He moved there thirty years ago when he was offered a job from Saurum - the company that owns Lumoava brand. Heikki had just graduated from goldsmith school at Lahti to be an art engraver. In the 90s, he got a chance to work as a gold designer at Saurum. Work has taught him, and besides it he graduated as...

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