For our 10th meeting, we decided to check out the Joulun Designtori in Klubi, which is a market for different Finnish designer products. Finnish design is of great significance with such companies as Finlayson, Marimekko, Iittala and Arabia, but also the smaller businesses are popular, and this market gives the opportunity for them to show their products.
We took a walk around the place to see all the handmade merchandise and we were talking about how the designers have to bulid up their own brand and business after developing something new. There were a huge variety of different jewelleries, clothes, postcards, shoes and all different kinds of accessories. We could see that recycling is important even in this area, since there were jewelleries from old spoons for example.
After the design market, we headed to Tampere-talo, because there was also a market kind of event, which was a fundraiser where different organizations were selling their handmade products or donations, thus collecting money for different purposes, such as for schools or for helping animals. Krista told us that volunteering and these events are very common in Finland and she is also volunteering at different organizations.
For me it was really interesting to visit these two markets after each other and see the differences between them. Even if they both had handmade products, the purpose and the presentation were absolutely different.
Since this was our last meeting, we had a small discussion at the end about the meetings and the outcome. We agreed that this course is the best way to learn about language, culture, history and traditions, since we always had fun during the meetings, and even the seemingly boring topics turned out to be interesting. We have got to know plenty of interesting things through sharing our point of views and experiences, usually without even noticing that we are actually learning something.
Thank you Krista for being our personal guide in Finland and hope to see you soon! 🙂