WakeЪп! България “Обратно към корените” 2014

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Фестивалът ще се състои на 20, 21 и 22 юни 2014 на поляните над село Куклен в Родопа планина, само на 15 километра от Пловдив. Очакваме ви там 🙂

Повече информация за събитието и линкове – в уебсайта на организаторите.

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GG Sisters е част от инициативата „Капана – Квартал на творческите индустрии“ на Общинска фондация „Пловдив 2019“ и е в подкрепа на кандидатурата на града за Европейска столица на културата 2019.

Нашите участия през май

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Зимата свърши, слънцето се разгорещи, зеленината избуя, дръвчетата цъфнаха и из клоните им се гонят песнопойни птички. Дойде време да си покажем носовете навън и през изминалия месец месец май започнаха нашите първи изяви на открито за сезон пролет-лято 2014 година. Казваме “първи”, защото ще има и още.

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На 11 май взехме участие с арт работилница и изложба в рамките на празника на Асеновград, който се проведе в градския парк до реката. Както подобава на един празник имаше сцена с музика, имаше игри и, разбира се, цветни шатри и павилиони, в които се предлагаха от лакомства до всякакви прекрасни, ръчно изработени сувенири, кошници, грънци, картини…

Времето беше слънчево и топло, а настроението на всички – изцяло в синхрон с природата. Хората бяха в приповдигнато настроение, като на панаир. Познати и непознати минаваха, спираха се при нас. Имахме удоволствието да им представим най-новите ни чудеса, сътворени от повторно вкарана в употреба хартия.

Запознахме се с доста хора, които бяха чували за този начин на плетене с хартия. Други за пръв път видяха на живо как изглеждат и как се правят тези изделия. Всеобщото мнение беше, че на живо са още по-красиви, от колкото на снимка.

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Най-впечатляващи се оказаха здравината и почти безкрйаните възможности на този материал.  На децата им беше особено любопитно как едно старо списание може да се превърне в красива кошница, в цветен панер или в друг вид сувенир.

По време на целия ден под нашата шатра се трупаха дечица, които искаха да се научат как да плетат с хартия. Родителите им също проявиха интерес. Най-любопитните и най-сръчните имаха възможността да вземат участие в плетенето на лъжица от хартия. Беше толкова радващо да бъдем част от този прекрасен празник.

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Още на следващата седмица ни поканиха да участваме във Фестивала на белия щъркел в с. Белозем. Както и друга година в парка на щъркелите бяха подредени щандовете, на които се представиха местни земеделски производители, опитваха се местни гозби, демонстрираха се произведения на изкуството и занаяти.

Атмосферата беше много празнична и красива. Фестивалът на белия щъркел е международен. Той се отбелязва на ротационен принцип в 13-те села на щъркелите в Европа. Европейско село на щъркелите у нас е с. Белозем. В празника взеха участие самодейните колективи от околните населени места, ученици и деца. Имаше много песни, танци и интересни хора.

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По време на фестивала успяхме да срещнем с приятели и колеги, както и да се запознаем с нови хора, които останаха очаровани от представянето на нашето творчество. Ето още няколко снимки от участията ни през май:

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Лятото започна с тези два празника, а през юни ни предстои участие на тридневния ”Wake Ъп! фест 2014 – обратно към корените”, където отново ще представим изложба с нашите чудеса, сътворени от хартия, ще организираме и арт работилница за плетене с хартия.

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Фестивалът ще се състои на 20, 21 и 22 юни 2014 на поляните над село Куклен в Родопа планина. Очакваме ви там 🙂

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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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Meteorite Purse

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Another one of our “stone” purses. This time it looks like a meteorite. Handmade and unique, as everything else we create. It took a long and complicated process of sculpturing and designing this beauty by hand, but the end result is amazing – a “meteorite” hanging right from your shoulder!

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Nice, elegant and classy. Very suitable for nightclubs, restaurants and bars where the purpose is to be seen. It is smaller than our other “stone” bags. Dimensions are: 20cm x 12 cm x 17 cm. Well, meteorites burn in the atmosphere, so that’s why the main colors are different shades of grey.

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The “meteorite” purse is water resistant and durable. You can enjoy it for a very long time. It has been covered with acrylic varnish, in order protect the inner and outer surfaces from scratches. The shape has been fortified by textile and plaster during the creative process.

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It weighs no more than half a kilo. The metal lock is stable and easy to open / close with one hand. It is a combination of blue jean straps and a belt clasp, which, of course, makes it suitable for wearing with blue jeans on a daily walk. The shutter is attached to the body of the purse by blue jean straps as well. On the inside, there is a collage, made of fashion magazines. The handle is 130 centimeters long, but you can adjust it to you height and according to your preferences.

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The handle is made of black leatherette. It is replaceable. In this nice little purse you can put all your keys, a smartphone, small change or a wallet, plus may be some lipstick and there will be space for a few condoms as well. Women will envy you for this purse.

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Чанта “Метеорит”

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Още една от нашите “каменни” чанти.  Този път наподобява метеорит. Ръчно изработена и уникална, като всички неща, които правим. Отне ни дълго време процеса по моделиране на тази чанта, но резултатът си заслужаваше – колко души могат да си закачат метеорит на рамото?

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Получи се спретнато, елегантно, секси чанте. Много подходящо е за излизане в клубове, за ходене по барове и за вечери в ресторант – местата, където искаш да бъдеш различна и да си забелязана. По-малка е от останалите ни “каменни” чанти. Размерите й са 20 см x 12 cм x 17 cм. Метеоритите изгарят в атмосферата, затова доминиращият цвят е от различни нюанси на сивото.

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Чантата-метеорит е водоустойчива и издържлива. Ще й се радвате дълго, ако я пазите. Това значи да не я блъскате с всички сили в стената, да не сядате върху нея и да не я давите в пералнята. Подсилена е с текстилни нишки, гипс и пластификатори по време на изработката, за здравина. Повърхностите са покрити с акрилен лак (отвътре и отвън), който допълнително ги предпазва от одрасквания.

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Тежи не повече от половин килограм. Металната закопчалка е удобна за отваряне и затваряне с едната ръка. Използвали сме комбинация от дънкова лента и катарама от колан за закопчалката, което прави чантата изключително подходяща и за носене с дънки навън през деня. Самият капак също е прикрепен здраво с дънкови ленти към нея. Във вътрешната има колаж от модни списания.

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Дължината на дръжката е около 130 сантиметра и може да се регулира по височина. Направена е от изкуствена кожа. Лесно можете да я замените и с друга по собствен избор, когато решите. В чантичката-метеорит се побират: ключовете, смартфона, портмонето, документи, дъвки, може би някакво червило и дори ще ви остане още място за презервативи. Всички жени ще ви завиждат за тази чанта!

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Paper Bowl with Orange Prints

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Rolled paper woven bowl / basket / plate with orange prints – a suitable container for fruits, bread, cookies, cake, chocolates and other delicious stuff. Also usable outside of the kitchen, as a container for non-edible things, such as your remote control, for example, a wallet, playing cards, dices, keys, lighters, make up or basically everything you like keeping somewhere you can find it easily later. Entirely made of reused paper, mainly junk mail and paper ads. It is painted in pale yellow with acrylic paint.

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The bowl is ornamented with decoupage of orange slices and then impregnated with transparent glue for flexibility, durability and strength. A non-toxic, environmental, reusable decoration for home or office interior, but also a good accessory for picnics and outdoor activities. A great 100% handmade gift! Size: 31 centimeters in diameter, 10 cm high. 

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GG Sisters в Etsy. Крайно време беше…

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Най-после и ние се сдобихме с Etsy Shop. Крайно време беше… Оказа се, че е  по-лесно да седнеш и да го направиш, отколкото да го планираш, обмисляш и отлагаш – принцип, който май важи за повечето неща в живота. Целта ни беше да добавим и трети пилон към “светата троица” на нашето присъствие онлайн, а именно: този блог, страницата във фейсбук и Etsy.

Etsy не е само пазар за ръчно изработени неща, антики и колекционерски стоки, той представлява огромна и непрекъснато растяща общност от креативни хора. Сайтът до голяма степен прилича на социална мрежа. Можете да изграждате общности, групирани по интереси, да участвате в дискусии със сродни души, да следите, харесвате и препоръчвате магазините или продуктите на други хора, да актуализирате непрекъснато търговското си съдържание и, не на последно място, да продавате ръчно изработените си съкровища в цял свят. Изграден е така, че да осигурява добро индексиране в търсачките, непосредствен контакт, прозрачност и близост в отношенията. Като цяло, комуникацията между членовете, поне от досегашни наблюдения, е много положителна.

Звучи прекрасно, но не е толкова лесно, колкото изглежда на думи. Още от самото начало се сблъскахме с купища въпроси и проблеми, на които трябваше да си отговорим. Благодарим на всички, които ни помогнаха със съвет! Ако и вие обмисляте да се присъедините, но все още имате колебания или ви измъчват конкретни въпроси, свържете се с нас – ще се опитаме да отговорим на запитванията ви така, както други членове отговаряха на нашите. Ако, пък, сте от “старите пушки” в занаята, хвърлете още едно око върху съдържанието ни там и споделете какви забележки, съвети и препоръки за подобряването му имате.

Споделянето е всичко.

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I Like Fest

This year’s I Like Fest was on the same date with national holiday (the 6th of September) which, combined with the nice weather, obviously drove many people out of town for the holidays (three non-working days in a row). This is why there were not so many people at the fest, but we think they spent some quality time together: 

As a matter of fact, we also did. 🙂 The atmosphere was entirely the “I like” type. “I Like” is a game of words and a nice way to translate the local dialect word for “Aylyak”. Aylyak basically means: being able to do nothing (on puropose) and enjoying it in the same time.   Many thanx to our dear friend Cvetan Uzunov (you can see only his back in the picture) and many thanx to Mihaela Mihaylova, as well, for inviting us to this fest!

Again and again, we were asked the same question by visitors: “Is this really made from paper?” People were studying our exhibition of handmade gifts, touching and feeling them with their hands, in order to convince themselves that these miracles had really been made from paper and waste. 🙂

Two very nice grils (a mother and her daughter) visited our workshop in order to learn how to make “Tony’s Spoons”. Tony is a boy who had taught us on a previous festival the technology of making spoons from recycled paper. It’s a teamwork for two. We will definitely discuss on this topic later, in another publication.

There were other festivals and celebrations throughout the city on the same day, but we think that our place was the best place to stay. One can easily kick back and relax in the city park. It is easier to reach the Aylyak / I Like mood in it’s atmosphere. We were surrounded by grandpas playing chess, by young people relaxing on their hammocks (people of all ages and beers of different types complimenting each other), by friends having fun in the park together, by artists and musicians and many more…

We definitely liked it! 🙂

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Spirit of Burgas 2013

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It was our first time at The Spirit and, which is more important, we were there as participants, not only as guestst, which is another opportunity to say a great Thank You! to the guys and gals from Na Tumno Shops. There were thousands of guests, three different musical stages, tons of artists and performers, different styles, a lot of entertainment, handmade bazaars, musicians, all kinds of positive, cool people and, of course, three days of partying till sunrise on the beach of Burgas. One of the most charming moments was our in-person meeting with popular Bulgarian actress and singer Milenita. We’re both great fans of her music! She was just as charming, as wild, as beautiful, as talented and as down-to earth, as we had expected. Another interesting encounter was with the guy from Dobrich – chef by day, freestyler by night. He was very good at improvising with rhymes, no matter what kind of melody or beat came down from the stage. There were many other interesting people, of course. We made acquaintance with a very positive Italian guy in a wheelchair who spoke fluent Bulgarian. His daughter Plamena was amazing too! There were sexy “police women” trying to “arrest” innocent guys, in order to take pictures with them. We met Dub FX and we took pictures with him. We saved a cat from a tree. Our landlady insisted on having only one bath per day. A second bath was not included in the price, but we also discovered that one can easily spend the night in a hammok, under the night sky, especially in good company (with hammoks). People were impressed by our colourful exhibition of handmade gifts. We gathered a lot of positive feedback! We had the chance to demonstrate our rainsticks as well, but it didn’t rain, just as we had promised. 🙂 The other handamde artists were amazing too! Here are Vessy and Emo. Vessy tatooted our GGSisters’ logo on our hands, which can be seen in the picture above, and Emo is the guy from “Pimp” –  a very popular brand among Bulgarian hiphoppers. Here is Antonia from Varna with her special handmade bags. Here is Cherry Cat with her wonderful jewellery. Another “neighbor” of ours was the very sweet girl from Cyrly Handmade Art Studio. We didn’t mention a lot of people, of course. There were many wonderful, unique and interesting handmade artists at this year’s Spirit, but these are the only ones that we could take pictures of. The Green Peace guys draw the attention with their campaign for saving Arctica from the oil drilling industry. The sexy girls from the “Police” were constatntly “on the hunt for single guys” while Durex were giving away condoms for free to everybody. Just in case. It was noisy and overcrowded, but that’s why you go to Festivals like these. Parties were great! We spent both nights on the beach, going to bed long after sunrise. We gave TV interviews again. Reporters from different massmedia took pictures of our stuff. As a result from everything shared above, we are a little tired now, may be even exhausted, but this is a kind of exhaustion that we recommend to everybody! It is time for a peaceful relaxation somewhere on a deserted beach. Thanks a lot to Didi Andreeva for the nice (and professional) photos that she sent us after the festival was over.

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Art Workshop in Varshets

After the Wake Up Open Air Festival that we had attended last week, this weekend the Sun was again with us – this time in the little and cozy town of Varshets. “GG Ssisters” were privilleged to be among the few of the artists, invited to take part in this workshop. It was full of positive emotions again. Littlte and grown up kids were eager to learn something new and interesting about our technique, which we were more than happy to share, of course! The sun was also there – it’s presence was enough for us to spend a wonderful day outside. The fun and excitement that you get at events like this are hard to explain, so here are some pictures:

We got interviewed again, but this time we don’t know from which television. We still don’t have the habit to ask. We didn’t pay enough attention to the logo under the microphone. We did not see ourselves on the TV screen that day, neither did we find any reportage in the TV programs. May be you can send us a clip or a link? We spent the evening with the music of “Eventually” – a very nice band and very sweet people. They also took part in the workshop. I think it was a good weekend getaway, combined with some nice handywork by the GGs, while meeting with lots of new friends. On the way back we took two hitch-hikers (Kalina and Itso) – great folks! We are still expecting those sunrise fotos from them.

More pictures from the event in Facebook.

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