The desire to create something beautiful and unique with my own hands, either just for the joy of it or to make a gift, has been with me since early childhood. I have made a truly wide variety of items – from photo albums to dolls, from earrings to purses. I keep growing and nurturing my skills by educating myself academically in the field and by keeping up the daily practice of creating and crafting.
My biggest strength is the ability to find solutions in impossible situations. The need or desire to create something out of the ordinary is the challenge to fuel my fantasy and skills. The creative use of natural materials is a natural part of what I do and enjoy – my way of life.
Using both, our hands and our heads, is just what we love doing most, and we are quite good at that. The most exciting part is challenging our minds and being creative, finding new applications to materials and making this-can-not-be-done situations work despite everything.
The roof of our home in the village of Esna provides shade and cover to cosy living quarters, felt- and woodworking workshops, a display room, space for having fun and rooms for quests; and for about 100 tons of salt piled in a shed – yep, this house used to be the local general store and the huge salt mound was part of the package. We are still figuring out what to make of it ;)
Natural materials have warmth and soul. We wish to preserve that soul in items and interiors. Individual materials also have their own quirks and peculiarities, which make the experience in handling these materials incredibly important.
Little known material, mainly used for isolation in log houses. We have experimented using this wonderful material as a textile for more than ten years. Thorough washing allows flax felt to be shaped. At first we shaped shells for stuffed tortoises and in three years we had advanced our technique so that we could make hats, fedoras and caps in every shape.
Thus far the needle felted sheep wool felt has been mainly produced as sound isolation material; however, we have succeeded in introducing it as a beautiful textile material it is. Our main applications for it are jewellery, toys and baby shoes.
Starting out in the medieval old town of Tallinn our main choice of material was recycling hewn logs and boards of split wood of respectable age. Over time, and especially after moving to live in rural surroundings, we have been captivated by the diversity of tree species in Estonian forests and the abundance of natural colour variations of untreated wood. In our changeable climate the growth is slow, the wood is thick and trees tend to be short and stout. Through the Woodbank of Estonia we have access to wood from nearly 20 different local tree species. These vaults hold a truly imaginative collection of types, shapes and colours of wood. Find out more at Woodbank.