Just returned from Copenhagen where we were at reboot. The conference itself was largely forgettable, a shame because the eclectic mix of participants usually means it’s really interesting. But whilst there we got thinking about craft and the name folksy and how actually ‘folksy’ signifies lots of things resonant of handmade, ‘original’ and yet with a certain attitude. However, it’s hard to be any more definite. It’s easier to point and show. And we found a wonderful cafe, Kalaset in Nansensgade where we found lots of Folksy stuff to point at. And so here is some pointing and showing at things that signify folksy:
I love the 50s aesthetic. It’s redolent of those ‘good housekeeping’ books of the era and I imagine, homage to the birth of the ‘home economy’.
The intro to the menu. It’s so good I want to repeat it:
It was in my grandmother’s kitchen on Vasavagan that I fell in love with cooking.
As a child, cutting a tomato or whipping cream could turn into the most exciting adventure.
Sunday dinners at my grandma’s were a big ceremony with lengthy and detailed preparations.
In that neat and busy kitchen a world of mystery and joy opened up for me. Simple things mixed with love and care would turn into a delicious blueberry cake, or a fantatsic ‘kantarel’ soup.
Kalaset is as much the fruit of my work & passion, as my grandmother’s legacy. What you’re holding in your hands is a reproduction of her beloved cookbook, the inspiration behind countless and wonderful afternoons spent in the sanctuary of her kitchen.
I hope Folksy can foster some of this spirit. Some of the love and passion for making stuff and passing on that spirit and passion to others.
The last ‘point at’ is based on the image above and is a nod toward the sharing and communal aspects of folksy. This simple ‘gift’ concept in the cafe is inspired and, I believe, is exactly the sort of transactions [over time and space] that the web has enabled more easily. It’s cool, isn’t it?
For those wanting more overty crafty stuff there’s a thriving craft scene in Copenhagen [and I’d love to hear from anyone part of that] as evidenced in the work of Bitch Slap and a number of crafty stores up and down Ravnsborggade in Norrebro.
ta to Russell for the images.