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Svensk Form Channel

Svensk Form (the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design) is a not-for-profit membership association mandated by the Swedish government to promote Swedish design at home and abroad.

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Gallery, Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool
Ryan Crafts
Family Doctor , Volunteer in Yakima

PAST VOL 1

Montreal @ La SAT (Société des arts technologiques)
Jun 14, 2007

PAST VOL 1

Växjö @ Smålands museum / Kulturpark Småland
Feb 25, 2010

PAST VOL 14

Istanbul @ Yapı-Endüstri Merkezi A.Ş.
May 24, 2012

PAST VOL 17

Bilbao
Sep 20, 2013

PAST VOL 6

Roanoke @ River Laker Cultural Center at 16 West Marketplace
Nov 20, 2013

PAST VOL 22

Dunedin @ Araiteuru Marae
Jul 13, 2014

PAST VOL 20

San Diego @ Modern Times Lomaland Brewery
Mar 18, 2015

PAST VOL 2

York, PA @ LSC Design
Sep 24, 2015

PAST VOL 3

York, PA @ LSC Design
Jan 28, 2016

PAST VOL 4

York, PA @ LSC Design
Jun 25, 2016

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Housing the Dead

BY JONATHAN JEFFREY
@ VOL 2 ON APR 23, 2013

Jonathan Jeffrey talks about grave houses, explaining the differences between houses and other cemetery structures like crypts. He gives some examples of different types of grave houses, and talks about the variety of architectural features and styles that can be found in grave houses around Kentucky.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 11, 2013.

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Apprenticing: A Path Towards Personal Growth & Fulfillment

BY LANCE LEE
@ VOL 21 ON APR 11, 2014

Lance Lee has long been an advocate for apprenticing in traditional wooden boatbuilding and is founder of the Apprenticeshops in Maine and Russia and co-founder of Atlantic Challenge International. He believes making, doing, experiencing and apprenticing to a craft leads people towards caring lives governed by practiced rather than professed integrity. Having flunked retirement, Lance is initiating another boatbuilding program in Nobleboro, Maine.

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How I became a tea cup

BY LAUREN MITCHELL
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 23, 2015

Lauren Mitchell is passionate about carnivals and talks us through what goes on behind the scenes getting the costumes and sculptures ready for these amazing events.

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My First Pinterest Project

BY CHRISTINE KINNIE
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 15, 2015

In 2004, Christine Kinnie was trapped, pregnant, already raising two children, with no car, and a crappy marriage in the basement suite of a suburban jungle in a foreign country. Martha Stewart was her only escape.

Now, eleven years later, has four children, a divorce, and new home. For the first time ever, she has found time for herself. and is finally pursuing her fantasies of elegant living and extravagent crafting through Pinterest. Be prepared to laugh as Christine shares her very personal tragedies and triumphs with a heavy dose of humour.

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April's Hands

BY HEATHER FISHER
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 15, 2015

Heather Fisher is an elementary school teacher and Lisa is a stay-at-home Mom. They collaborated to create ‘Lisa’s Hands’, which features some of the creative processes of Lisa.

Over the past two years as they have visited, Heather has loved watching Lisa’s strong yet delicate, skillful hands knit or create something.  Lisa embodies creativity!  Heather’s gives voice to some of Lisa’s musings about the various things she envisions and creates.

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Wine a Little, Laugh A Lot!

BY KATHLEEN ANGELSKI
@ VOL 5 ON SEP 15, 2015

"You can make just about anything into booze, right? Dandelion flowers, rotten potatoes, roadkill, ...just about anything!" 

Kathleen thought she won the lottery when she and her new family moved into their new home and discovered a mature pear tree growing in the front yard…until they tried to eat one. The pears were either rock hard or complete mush, with no happy medium. She tried every which way to make something edible out of the fruit, but nothing turned out quite right. Kathleen finalized realized that the solution to her problem was not edible, but drinkable! Join maker and crafter extraordinaire Kathleen Angelski are she guides us through the step-by-step journey of making pear wine.

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Beauty & Ornaments

BY BRAM KNOL
@ VOL 15 ON OCT 06, 2015

Intricate details and rich images create an atmosphere that interests and captivates. Inspired by the rich history of art and ancient craftsmanship, Bram Knol does not believe in “Less is more”. Instead, we aspire grandness and the beauty of perfectionism.

With Mephisto, Bram made a statement about his view on modern design by creating a sports-car inspired by Barok and Gothic art.

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Preserving and Developing the Songket Legacy

BY JACQUELINE FONG
@ VOL 2 ON APR 01, 2016

The traditional technique of weaving songket, an artisan craft of Sarawak is not only preserved but also continuously being developed into modern fashionable pieces connecting the ancient craft to new markets around the world. The efforts not only improve the lives of the rural Sarawakian community but also encourage preservation and growth of this ancient craft. Jacqueline Fong shares all about it!

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Modern Day Renaissance Man

BY BRUCE BIGFORD
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 19, 2016

Bruce Bigford really IS a modern day renaissance man. He is a Benton Harbor, Michigan resident, artist, painter, craftsman, musician and more which we will hear about in his PK, Modern Day Renaissance Man 

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Upcycling

BY CHRISSY BROWN
@ VOL 6 ON JUN 28, 2016

Traveller, blogger and upcycler Chrissy Brown tells us why her passion for saving, collecting and reusing objects and materials has transformed the way she sees the world and helped her win Shed of the Year 2015.

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A 20x20 Lullaby, Surreal Drawn Life, and a PechaKucha Crate

Presentations Megg Evans is a Melbourne-based designer who co-founded Brolly Studios with Martin Heide and Stuart Webber. When she gave this presentation (from PKN Melbourne Vol. 19), her son Melvin was just 10 weeks old, and she brought him along and gave this beautiful 20x20 lullaby to her baby and the very impressed crowd. Fede Calandria's work could be described as a combination of art, design, and illustration. As he explains in this presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Mendoza Vol. 3), he finds inspiration everywhere, and likes to incorporate what he sees in his daily life, interpreting it in his own way. Posters We end the week with an explosion of posters on our Tumblr blog, with the following events being represented: PKN Guimaraes Vol. 3, PKN Memphis Vol. 1 and 2, PKN St. Albert Vol. 1, PKN Mallorca Vol. 1, and then PKN Maribor Vol. 9, which is pictured above. We sure love that Maribor tagline: "Come and meet our amazing guests. Creativity is their middle name ;-)" Below, a look at both sides of the flyer that was produced for last night's PKN Norwich Vol. 4. Photos We like this spray painted crate we spotted here, located at the entrance of this past week's PKN Bilbao Vol. 12. Below, a look at the old school billboard entrance to the theatre where last night's PKN Winnipeg Vol. 10 was held. Calendar It's Friday (June 22), and so here's what you can expect in terms of events over the weekend, starting with tonight: PKN Zilina Vol. 19, PKN Sendai Vol. 2, PKN Miami Vol. 2, PKN Gisborne Vol. 9, and PKN Seattle Vol. 37. It's a quiet Saturday in PKN land, but Sunday will see PKN Pueblo Vol. 5.

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What is PKN anyway?

What's Pecha Kucha Night? It’s a community event where presenters are given six minutes and forty seconds to share a story, a hobby, an experience, or pretty much anything else. The Pecha Kucha format is also called “20x20,” because each speaker will have 20 slides that will display for 20 seconds apiece.Why the funny name? Pecha Kucha was developed in Japan, where pecha kucha is a common word for chitchat.  More than anything, Pecha Kucha Night exists to get conversations started! The audience can share lots of questions and comments with each other and the presenters during intermission and after the event.So, what kind of presentations are we talking about? Will I be bored? You will not be bored. An array of topics is covered at each PKN! Past topics have involved: Travel, hunting, crafts, science, health, sports, philosophy, creating art, and building a house of mud and straw! PKN presenters aren’t professional speakers—they’re just people with twenty images and less than seven minutes to share stories with the community.Is this a sales thing? Absolutely not. In fact, PKN is a nonprofit organization. We just love chitchat.Is PKN family-friendly? Yes! Each presentation is suitable for all ages.

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Materials, Tradition, and Craft

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Materials, Tradition, and Craft" from a special PechaKucha Tokyo event entitled 「ICSでNight!」 at the ICS College of Arts, designer Yuki Tanaka speaks on her reverance for Japanese traditional craftsmanship. Her idea for a bottle holder is rejected due to it being too costly both time-wise and money-wise. She redesigns her holder to a less costly design that is remarkably elegant. She also shows us some of the other unique projects she has undertaken, including a spherical fruit basket and a cubic clock composed of three different variations of bronze.

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American Craft

Before the Prohibition, the craft of bar-tending took over 3 years to perfect.  Mixologist Jeret Peña would rather classify himself himself as a bartender, because it doesn't sound as pretentious. In "American Craft" from PKN San Antonio Vol. 11 Jeret discusses a craft that has been around for over 200 years, and has had a resurgence since the prohibition laws let up. Much like a chef creating a fine dish, his ability to reproduce the perfect cocktail is a skill that has taken him years to perfect. 

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Arts and Crafts of the State Fair

Butter-sculptures of local beauty princesses, impressionist quilting, homemade cakes from scratch.  Philip Berger discusses of the arts and crafts that he discovered at the Minnesota State fair. In "Arts and Crafts of the State Fair" from PKN Chicago Vol. 32 we learning that there is no clear definition of art and craft, and that the celebration of locally grown agriculture is truly a sight to see.