Lost in Kapana*

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* Kapana is the name of a popular district in the city center of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, but it also means “The Trap”, because of its web of beautiful, narrow, walking streets, most of which are one-way streets and/or dead-end streets.

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We present you GG Sisters – their brand is one of the ten winners of a contest, organized by the Municipal Foundation of Plovdiv. This contest is part of the initiative “Kapana – Creative District” and supports Plovdiv’s candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2019. Winners receive rent-free creative spaces in Kapana District for а year. GG Sisters have their creative space on Georgi Benkovski Str. No 25.

1. Describe yourself and the work you will be doing in Каpana.

Behind the name GG Sisters are me and my sister. Together we devote all оur spare time to our craft – reusing excess paper and turning it into pieces of art. Modern urban population is buried under tons of excess paper: flyers, brochures, catalogs, all kinds of paper spam, old newspapers and magazines, used printing paper, old documents and so on… People throw these things out, but they are treasures for us – priceless materials for our creations! We are inspired by the idea of turning annoying SPAM into beautiful works of art with practical application. We are continuously rediscovering the potential of this material, and thus improving the creative impulse that drives us. There is no greater pleasure than making beauty “from scratch” with your own hands!

This is the main activity that will boil in the studio of GG Sisters in the creative district of Kapana, Georgi Benkovski Str. No 25, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. We are now making the final touches of the interior design of our studio, which is part of the project. The project has given us much needed space for a constant exhibition, where we will be able to meet with our clients, friends and supporters in person. There one can see both finished works and the creative process itself. Local and visiting artists will be presented too.

We continually share our skills and techniques with others, organizing and visiting various art workshops, thereby encouraging the environmental thinking and showing endless ways of reusing materials that most people consider unnecessary. Fortunately, our art enjoys growing acceptance and public popularity. Last year we took part in ten different events, sharing our knowledge, skills and talent to create beauty from reused paper. More information and pictures of our craft can be found in this blog and in our Facebook page.

In May 2014 we took part in the Asenovgrad Feast and the White Stork Festival in Belozem. In June we went to the WakeUp Open Air Festival for the second time. This year’s edition was called “Back to the Roots”. We organized demonstrations and workshops, and we had a current exhibition in two of the three days of the festival.

2. What characterizes Kapana, what associations do you have for it?

If we compare our hometown with a living organism, Kapana is in the vibrant cultural, artistic and creative heart of the city. In our opinion there is no better place in Plovdiv for initiatives like this.

3. Why do you want to work in Kapana?

The place is attractive enough with its location between the Main Street and the Old Town. The neighborhood is characterized by a spirit of historical and cultural heritage. We expect our participation in the initiative of the Foundation to contribute to a permanent establishment of our art on the cultural map of the city.

The attractive location will help, added to our joint efforts with other artists to turn Kapana into the district of creative industries in Plovdiv. Plovdiv is our hometown and Kapana is in its very own heart! To summarize, the district of the creative industries will make our work more accessible and easier to be seen. In return, we will contribute to the initiative and to Plovdiv’s candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2019 with our growing popularity, with our participation in various activities and events, with our daily online (and bilingual) connectivity with the audiences, with our know-how and skills, with our contacts in the artistic circles, and with our commitment to creativity. We do hope that all these factors will combine in making Kapana and the candidacy of Plovdiv for European Capital of Culture more visible / identifiable on the cultural map of Europe and in the European cultural calendar.

4. How do you imagine Kapana after a year? And in 2019?

Certainly, the diversification of creative activities will help increase the attractiveness of this place for both Bulgarian and foreign visitors. It has emerged as an area with a high concentration of cultural and artistic spaces. In practice, with the launch of the initiative, this is already happening. One such initiative, launched today, will surely lead to the formation of Kapana as the first district of creative industries, which will boost the image of the city itself, combined with its rich cultural and historical heritage. This will add weight to the city’s candidacy for European Capital of Culture.

Joint activities with cultural operators in the district are gradually building up a network of association with other representatives of the creative industries, involving art workshops, festivals and exhibitions. Both our individual and collective efforts, together with the initiatives of the Foundation, and the desire of all of us to develop our creative identities in this place, will add completeness and commitment to our common goals, increasing the chance of success in Plovdiv’s candidacy for European Capital of Culture in 2019. Great successes are achieved in small steps and we have just laid the foundations.

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GG Sisters is part of the initiative Kapana Creative District organized by Municipal Foundation Plovdiv 2019 and supports Plovdiv’s candidacy for European capital of culture 2019.

GG’s Handmade Gifts at Wake Up Festival 2014

Sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words… Just click on the thumbnails for a full size view. Then hit the back button of your browser to return to the gallery:

Coming up next: GG’s Handmade Gifts at Design Bazaar, on 29.06.2014, Magura Str., Kapana, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The event is part of One Design Week Plovdiv, 20-29.06.2014.

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Wake up Festival “Back to the roots” 2014

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The festival will take place on the 20th, 21st и 22nd of June 2014 near the village of Kuklen in the Rodopa Mountains (Plovdiv area). See you there 🙂

For more information and links about the event, visit the festival’s official website.

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Rolled Paper Woven Purse

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This is an unique lady’s handbag (or purse) handwoven from reused paper (junk mail and ad magazines). The color combinations are natural. They come from the used materials. This product has not been additionally painted. It’s impregnated with transparent glue for durability and flexibility. It’s water resistant, but still – it is made of paper, so don’t drawn it. Use a dry cloth, if it gets wet. Measurements: 25 cm long, 17 cm high and 5 cm wide. All your girlfriends will envy you!

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Paper Woven Hat and Bag

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You will definitely NOT remain unnoticed on the street, in a bar / club or at the beach with this cheerful combination of paper woven hat and bag. Both products are made of reused paper (junk mail, ad magazines and spam brochures). Both have been impregnated with transparent, non-toxic glue for durability, flexibility and water resistance.

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Well, of course, you should not expose them to heavy rain or put them in a washing machine… Use a dry cloth if they get wet and clean them with a damp towel from dust and stains.

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Both items are not painted. What you see is the natural combination of colors in the brochures and flyers that have been used. Chic and environmentally friendly. What a great way “to stand out in any human crowd”. 🙂

Sizes: the hat is 34 cm in diameter (14 cm on the inside). The purse is 17 cm high and 30 cm long, approx 6-7 cm thick.

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Paper Basket (Handbag, Purse)

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Rolled paper weaving technique. This paper handbag / basket / purse is made of reused paper: ad mags, brochures, flyers, spam, bulk mail. Colors are “inherited” from the original materials, no additional painting is added. Impregnated with non-toxic, transparent glue for durability and flexibility. String (cord) is used for additional fortification of the construction.

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The handle is not flexible, which turns it into a perfect combination between a lady’s handbag (a purse) and a paper woven basket – suitable both for outdoor / picnic activities and for the city environment. Eco-friendly, chic, 100% handmade, reused paper only. Size: 22 cm in height, 28 cm long, 5-6 cm wide, 70 cm handle.

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Handamde Gift Ideas for Easter and Spring

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Easter is fast approaching and the blossoming Spring around us is a great inspiration for our craft. Here are some handamde gift ideas, which are very suitable for the Season in general and for the Easter celebrations in particular. They can be used as a home decoration (for your table) when you are inviting guests or they can be the perfect and unique, 100% handmade present for your hosts. We all like bringing eggs and goodies when visitng relatives and friends during this season. They can be put in one of these woven paper panniers for a more pleasant surprise:

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Or the colorful eggs can be put in a basket, specially designed for this purpose. Here is what we gave as a gift to our friends, when we vistied them last Easter. It  was very well accepted and it still serves them for multiple purposes in their household:

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You can add to a perfect handmade gift like this one some napkin rings as well. They are made of reused paper as everything else that we do. We have simply reused some old spam paper brochures and we have put some ribbons on them. Here is the result:

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These are simple, but artistic napkin rings that will make your table look much batter during the Easter celebrations. And not only. Every time you invite guests, you will be proud to surprise them with something unique. The napkin rings are also a very good present for your hosts, when you are visiting friends. Just imagine how wonderfully our spring baskets will decorate their home, when filled with the handmade napkin rings:

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Your guests will be fascinated by your taste and by the environmental attititude that it shows. They will most definitely like the idea of a rich spring table, decorated with woven paper baskets and napkin rings, made of reused paper by hand. This is a nice way to show some style. Apart from that, you will have decorated your home or you will have given presents to your hosts, that have no replica in this world. See these pieces of art:

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All of our spring offers are made by rolled paper weaving. It’s a nice technique for getting rid of unnecessary paper (spam letters, brochures, flyers, ad mags, old outputs from your home printer) and turning it into something new, something beautiful, which has many practical implementations in your household. This is how resued printed documents from our home printer look like:

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You can check out many other interesting gift ideas in our Facebook page and in our Etsy shop. You can also see a great variety of them here, in the galleries of our blog (listed in the sections above). Please, do not hesitate to contact us, if you would like to have any of these beautiful handmade presents. We can also remake any of them for you, according to your own preferences. Just use one of the contacts below and drop us a line:

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Pink Paper Basket (Pannier)

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This beautiful pink paper basket (pannier) is a suitable container for bread, cookies, biscuits, chocolates and other yummy stuff, but you can also use it to store make-up, jewellery, playing cards, toys, keys, lighters, condoms and and other useful items…

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It is made of reused paper (spam, ad mags, brochires, bulk mail) – rolled paper weaving technique. The original paper is pink. No additional paint is added. it is covered with transparent glue for solidity and durability. A non-toxic, environmental, reusable. eco-friendly product. 100% handmade. Size: 27×17 centimeters, height: 9 cm.

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Mountain Stone Bag

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The ”Mountain Stone” bag looks like a heavy rock, which has been brought down from the mountains, but it actually weighs less than a kilo. Dimensions are, as follows: 27 x 22 x 17 (centimeters). It has been sculptured and designed by hand, using a special technique, which is our own invention and we are very proud of it.

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It is much like paper mashing, but using different materials in a more complex way. There are several stages of production and multiple layers. Fortified by textile strings and plaster for durability. It’s waterproof, due to the acrylic varnish, used to protect the bags’ surfaces both outside and inside. Varnish helps protect them also from scratches.

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There is a nice application of ghosts, black cats and bats on the inside, created by decoupage. The handle is a textile strip – removable, in case you decide to replace it with another one. You can adjust its length (now 130 cm) according to your height and preferences. The shutter is attached to the front and back by textile bands.

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The lock is plastic, light and very easy to operate. Many things can be put in this realistic, “Mountain Stone” bag. We recommend using a purse organizer or a soft, knitted hat for convenience.

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Even Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble will envy you for this bag!

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Wine Bottle Covers

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These two charismatic “cat ladies” represent the spirit of us – GG sisters – our long lasting love for rolled paper weaving and our adoration of pets, especially cats. The two paper sculptures can be used as wine bottle covers, or “wine dresses” as we call them.

They are both made of reused paper: bulk mail, ad mags and spam brochures. The paper sculptures are unique, not only as wine covers, but also as a piece of interior decoration. Painted, impregnated with transparent glue and varnished, so that you can enjoy them as long, as you like.

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Each of the two petite coquettes is approx. 26 cm high (with the hats). Their dresses spread up to 20 cm in diameter. A nice gift for family and friends, especially if they like cats, art and wine.

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