As you have probably noticed by now I am a little weak about Sweden, Swedish craft, crafters and designers. Yes, to be honest â€“ about everything Swedish! Iâ€™ve been brought up with Astrid LindgrenÂ´s Pippi Longstocking Pippi LÃ¥ngstrump, Emil of Maple Hills Emil i LÃ¶nneberga and stuff like that and Iâ€™ve read the same stories for my own kids when they were small. Iâ€™ve spent several summer holidays in Sweden and it always makes me feel a bit envious. Swedish nature is so much bigger and more â€œunspoiledâ€ than what we have in little Denmark. We have no big forests and vast areas. In Denmark every spot of soil is cultivated and seems a bit overcrowded so to sayâ€¦ and even more important: Sweden seems to embrace itâ€™s artists, designers, crafters and hemslÃ¶jd devotees in a way we donâ€™t do here.
Luckily Sweden is very close, our neighbour, and itâ€™s very easy to go there. So let me be constructive now: itâ€™s not fair to compare, itâ€™s better to enjoy the difference and to look at it as a source of inspiration!
A place IÂ´d like to draw your attention to is SÃ¤terglÃ¤nten another craft centre not far from Leksand where you can go for both 1 year courses and as well as for short week courses. During the summer you even find courses for children. In other terms: itÂ´s possible to bring the whole family!
Of course youâ€™re also welcome to just drop by to visit the studentsÂ´ exhibitions, the well stocked craft shop and the summer cafÃ©.