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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Handmade Paper Basket for Pets

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This handmade pet basket is a comfortable bed for cats and / or small dogs. Made of reused white paper and reused junk mail. The technology is rolled paper weaving. The combination of colors is natural. The product is not additionally painted. Sealed with transparent, non-toxic glue for flexibility and durability. Waterproof. Eco-friendly. 100% handmade.

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Size: 50x37x15 (centimeters). Practical implementations: Your pet will sleep in its own bed, not on your head anymore. Plus, you will always know where to find it. Your pet will feel like a real nobility in this comfortable lounge.

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The Inspiration, the Challenge and the Results…

or how I started making “stone” bags:

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Several years ago (I don’t remember how many), I saw this “stone” bag on a shelf in a store in my hometown:

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I immediately fell in love with it and now it is my loyal companion everywhere I go – at home or abroad. It became an usual part of my attire, no matter of the season or the place. Friends and strangers never get tired asking me: “What is that? Where did you get it from? It’s incredible! Did you make it yourself?” Well, I didn’t. Plus, the shop that I bought it from, does no longer exist. 

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But the challenge was in the last question: “Did you make it yourself?” Couldn’t I try to make something similar? After my last trip to Santorini this summer I finally accepted the challenge.

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It is a complex, multi-layer process. Forms are sculptured by hand. Every “stone” bag I make is one of a kind, as there is no shape that I use. These are mini sculptures, made of many different materials. Actually, it is my very own production technique, invented especially for this purpose. It is very similar to paper mashing, but apart from paper and glue, I also use: textile, plaster, acrylic paint and water-based varnish. Here are the first results:

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They are hard as a stone (water resistant and durable, I might add), but not heavier than an ordinary leather purse. If you want one of these, use one of the contacts below. In case you have a specific desire for shape, color or other preferences –

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We are open for new ideas.  🙂

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WTF is this?

We often recieve e-mails from people browisng our gallery, and asking: “Hey, wtf are these?”

So, let’s explain:

These, obviously, are two cats. They represent our technology (rolled paper weaving) and they also represent us – GG Sisters – our love for handmade art and our even greater love for pets, especially cats. Which naturally leads to the production of cat houses and beds for cаts from recycled paper.

But “the two cat sisters” have a practical purpose, as well. They are, actually, “bottle dresses”, as we call them, or wine containers, in which you can put two bottles of wine
(750 ml each), disguising them as pet-loving-sisters. It’s an original birthday gift and a good souvenir, especially for “wine snobs”.

May be you have friends who collect wine. May be somewhere in the world another person has the same two bottles of wine as they do. But you can be sure that nobody in the world will ever have the same decoration for their two most precious bottles of wine, because we never make one and the same thing again.

If you want these beauties, now is the time to drop us a line.

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Spirit of Burgas 2013

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Photo: Didi Andreeva

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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What is a Rainstick?

Many people know exactly what a rainstick is, but many people are still asking us: “What аre these beautiful colourful tubes? What are they made of? What are they filled with? What is their purpose?” Well, here is a little more about them:

Classical rainsticks (we call them just “rains”) are usually made of wood, cactus or bamboo. Their purpose is to make the skies cry. They can also be used as a myscial instrument. Rainsticks (“batons du pluit” in French) have a Himalayan origin. Buddhist monks are well known for their miracles. One of their abilities is to change weather. In this case, they influence the weather, in order to produce rain. You see, crops are scarce in the high mountains. Sometimes you have to provoke a drop or two in the desired time…For that purpose, they use meditation, mantras, visualization…and a rainstick. It facilitates them to concentrate on the desired result, as it produces the exact sound of a rain falling down from the sky.

Other supposed origins of the rainstick are the deserts of Afrika and the dry regions of Asia and America. It is even more important to be able to “produce” rain there. Different tribes used cactus or bamboo to make rainsticks.

Believe us or not, our rainsticks have exactly the same effect. The only difference is that we make them of recycled paper. Well, it all depends on the faith, of course. Not the faith in God, in the Universe or in some other mythical being, but simply the belief that it will work. If you have no doubts, it will rain…shortly after you start playing with this instrument.

Every rainstick makes a different sound. It is the preparation of the sound that makes this form of art tricky. And interesting. And attractive. We’ll keep the technology and the contents in secret for now, but we’ll tell you some real stories about rainsticks in our next publications, so – follow this blog. 🙂

If you would like to learn more about the technology and/or the contents of the rainsticks, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can also join us at one of our next exhibitions (hint: Spirit of Burgas). We will teach you – online or in person. We like to share, but we prefer to share our secrets only with people who really want to know.

If you would like to order one of these beautiful, uniqie, magical, handmade rains (as a decoration for the interior of your house, for example, as a gift for a friend, or as a helpful tool for your farm 🙂 ), just drop us a line. You can order one of these beauties (click on the icons for a more detailed preview):

Or we can produce a custom rainstick for you – one that matches your exact taste for colour, shape, form, and the kind of rain you’d like to be singing in… 🙂

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