h+h cologne: 31.03–02.04.2023 #hhcologne

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Exciting entertainment and informative discussions: the Talk Sofa of h+h cologne

At this year's h+h cologne, the following applies for all trade visitors on all three days of the trade fair: take a seat and eavesdrop on interesting discussions on the "Talk Sofa". With a diverse programme, the trends will once again be discussed in detail with competent guests in 2023. Authors, designers and experts report on the latest developments in business and provide exciting first-hand insights.

About the host

Stefan Pinnow - Moderator Talksofa h+h cologne 2022

Stefan Pinnow

As an experienced TV host, Stefan Pinnow can look back on a varied career and nearly three decades of media experience in both public broadcasting and on private television. On the Talk Sofa of h+h cologne 2023, he would especially like to enter into a discussion with the guests and trade visitors and encourage an inspiring and informative exchange.

Highlights of the h+h cologne Talk Sofas 2023:

Moyo Collective - Slowfashion for everyone! An all-round concept for sustainable clothing

This talk is about slow fashion for everyone! In a conversation with Christiane Dix, we take a look behind the idea of moyo collective (fb: facebook.com/moyocollective): The company was born out of the desire to produce clothing that has quality and thus makes a garment even more sustainable through long wear - even in the second and third generation.

The basis for this is, on the one hand, the very soft yard goods made of 100% organic cotton. But there are no ready-made collections. Because in order to act as sustainably as possible, only what is wanted is produced. This avoids seasonal overproduction.

Instead, there are stylish, cosy and timeless cuts for children's clothing, in the form of sewing kits or as individual productions. The sewing kits contain the chosen fabric with a printed and washable pattern in the desired size, thread, needles and zip as well as a video tutorial for immediate sewing to support the classic sewing instructions.

Christiane Dix - MOYO Collective

Christiane Dix

Christiane Dix

Christiane Dix is a communication designer and the creative head of moyo collective. She has been working in the textile industry as an independent textile designer for 20 years. She also develops concepts and strategies in other industries - future-oriented and close to the respective target group. Her goal is to design high-quality, gender-neutral, timeless and sustainable fabrics for moyo collective, so that they can be worn for longer than just one collection.

Sew, embroider, DIY: Talk with creative blogger Louise Lemke (Lieselou)

From hobby embroiderer to successful blogger, influencer and book author. That is Lieselou's story. In our talk, she tells us why she is so passionate about embroidery, talks about her path to self-employment as a blogger and content creator and her experiences as an author. And of course she also reveals some of her ideas on embroidery, sewing and DIY.

Louise Lemke

Louise Lemke (Lieselou)

Louise Lemke (Lieselou)

Louise Lemke, or simply Lieselou, is a graphic designer, mum and loves to create. Her parents taught her to sew from an early age. It fills her with joy to let her creativity flow into work pieces that you can truly touch and wear. For her, embroidery is more than just wall decoration and she passes this on to her community. She shows her latest projects on Instagram (@lieselou.diy). On her blog, she publishes free instructions, video tutorials and templates for embroidery beginners and DIY fans. As an author, her book "Liebevoll Bestickt" (Lovingly Embroidered) inspires readers to add more sustainability to their wardrobes and shows how to transform their boring pieces into trendy it-pieces with pretty embroidery.

Panel: Woolinale team with the makers of the Yarnbombing Festival

How a software developer from the USA, a newspaper editor from near Regensburg and the enthusiastic knitter Elke Hahn found each other and have now created the Woolinale as a world premiere and why, that is what the three of them tell in a conversation with our moderator Stefan Pinnow.

For all those who didn't know yet: the Woolinale is the first international Yarnbombing Festival in Cologne. It takes place parallel to the h+h cologne, in front of and in the south entrance area of our exhibition grounds. And what is Yarnbombing? Yarnbombing is a special kind of street art. Yarnbombers create textile works of art for public spaces - often with a lot of humour, but frequently also as a statement and with a high attention value.

Elke Hahn

Elke Hahn

Elke Hahn

Elke Hahn is the founder and organiser of the Woolinale. She met Heike Unger and David Wasser at the Frankfurt Yarncamp. The three are enthusiastic about Yarnbombing and have been active in this field since 2019. Now, together with Woolinale, they have set up the first international Yarnbombing Festival in Cologne. An absolute world premiere parallel to the h+h cologne.

Future handwork: the seamstresses of tomorrow!

How can we keep inspiring new target groups with handicrafts? What will change in the future and what are the current trends in the handicraft scene? Moderator Stefan Pinnow asks these and other questions of the two industry professionals from Burda.

Rashana Rebecca Jennings and Anastasios Voulgaris

Rashana Rebecca Jennings and Anastasios Voulgaris

Rashana Rebecca Jennings and Anastasios Voulgaris

Rashana Rebecca Jennings studied fashion design in Munich, London and New York. She then gained her first editorial experience in the fashion section of freundin magazine. In 2011, she took over as head of the creative department at burda Style and has been part of the editorial team as content director since 2016.

Anastasios Voulgaris has been working for burda Verlag for 20 years. After completing his design studies, he worked as a stylist and art director for various fashion companies. In 2002, he joined the fashion department of burda style as a designer and fashion editor and took over the position of Deputy Fashion Director in 2012.

As Creative Director, he has been responsible for the pattern collections since 2016 and, together with Rashana Rebecca Jennings, is the editor-in-chief of the print products.

Woolinale - The Artists

In a conversation with our host Stefan Pinnow, four international Yarnbombing artists from Australia, Brazil and Germany talk about how they came to Yarnbombing, what makes this art so special. And of course they talk about their experiences at art events all over the world.

Scheyla Englert leads handicraft and art groups in Brazil.

Ina Werner crocheted the German Unity together with Elke Hahn and placed it in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

Annette Fiton is a textile artist in a class of her own from Australia.

Claudia Grünzweig, crochet activist known throughout the world, directs her campaign against violence against women.

Crochet, Illustration, Sewing! Talk with the french. Artist Zakaria Khchal (Zak a dit)

Zik a Dit talks about how to bring happiness and creativity into your life and live your passion.

Zak a dit

Zak a dit

Zak a dit

Zakaria Khchal lebt in Paris im 18. Arrondissement und liebt seine Nachbarschaft ebenso wie die Atmosphäre, die Farben und die vielen unterschiedlichen Kulturen in der Stadt. Auf dem Land aufgewachsen spielte der Künstler in seiner Jugend gerne mit den Puppen seiner Schwestern und nähte ihnen Kleider aus den Vorhängen, die er heimlich hinter dem Rücken seiner Mutter zurechtschnitt. Später belegte er Kunstkurse und lernte stricken und häkeln. Heute gehören Tanzen, Teilen, Zeichnen, Stricken, Häkeln und Nähen nicht nur zu seiner Kunst sondern sind auch seine täglichen Hobbys! So versucht er über die sozialen Medien, die Liebe zum Basteln und das Glück, ein Bastler zu sein, mit seiner Community zu teilen.

We are all designers - endless possibilities of knitting and crochet projects!

Under the motto "We are all designers", Sarah Prieur aka Sapri Design would like to encourage all handicraft fans not to always work according to given instructions, but to individualise projects in order to create something unique. In our talk, she explains how even small adjustments and a few tricks are enough to adapt existing instructions to one's own ideas and thus create truly unique pieces.

Sarah Prieur aka Sapri Design

Sarah Prieur aka Sapri Design

Sarah Prieur aka Sapri Design

Sarah Prieur is one of the best-known influencers in the German crochet and knitting community and has made her passion her profession. Born in the Rhineland, she lives with her husband in her adopted home of Munich and not only shows her followers her (woolly) DIY projects on her Instagram account @sapri_design, but also takes them on trips and excursions. Sarah started her handicraft career with crochet and knitting instructions. She received the knowledge for this from her grandmother and mother when she was still a child. Sarah places the highest value on quality work and high-quality content and wants to bring a smile to her followers' faces. In 2022 her books "Crochet super easy" and "Knitting school for Potterheads" were published.

Talksofa programme of h+h cologne 2023

Friday, 31.03.2023
09:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Welcome to the h+h cologne
Oliver Frese, Managing Director of Koelnmesse GmbH
Hedwig Ehlen, Managing Director of Initiative Handarbeit e.V.
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
MOYO COLLECTIVE - Slowfashion for everyone! An all-round concept for sustainable clothing".
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Be unique! What does uniqueness actually mean in a retail store?
Gabriela Kaiser, Trendagentur
11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Enjoy, knit, relax: Cosy Weekend Knits!
Christine Paxmann, author text - concept - graphics
11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Successors wanted - win, motivate and convince!
IH members: Talk round CEOs IH members, Olaf Holzhäuser (CEO, burda create!) and Claudia Malcus
12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Sewing, embroidery, DIY: Talk with creative blogger Louise Lemke (Lieselou)
Lieselou, Louise Lemke, Influencer
12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Unique, but just a little bit arty! How to stand out with exceptional visual merchandising
Karin Wahl, merchandise presentation
01:30 p.m. – 01:50 p.m.
My perfect hygge year decoration ideas, recipes and tips for the cozy Scandi style
Anna Parwoll
02:00 p.m. - 02:20 p.m.
Making off: From the idea to the book - the workshop talk
Christine Paxmann, author text - concept - graphics
02:30 p.m. – 02:50 p.m.
Trendwatch: Optics and colors for the handicraft sector 2023/2024
Gabriela Kaiser, TRENDagentur
03:00 p.m. – 03:30 p.m.
How knitting saved my life!
Knitting Lotta
03:40 p.m. - 04:30 p.m.
Change in trade
Bettina Grüninger & Michaela Kranz, Initiative Handarbeit
04:40 p.m. - 05:00 p.m.
Success in the niche or why duel with thousands when you can be more exclusive?
Thomas Lange
Saturday, 01.04.2023
09:30 a.m. – 09:50 a.m.
Zick-Zack - the h+h cologne Podcast
Katrin Schön in conversation with Mr. Holzhäuser and Mr. Voulgaris
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Woolinale-Team with the makers of the Yarnbombing-Festival
The Woolinale-Team Heike Unger, David Wasser and Elke Hahn in conversation with Stefan Pinnow. About the internationally very active Yarnbombing scene and the Woolinale as Germany's first International Yarnbombing Festival.
10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Marketing for Creatives - Introduction & Find your unique brand personality
Andrea Müller, CreativeSELF by jolijou
11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
International Trendwatch: Novelties from Morocco, Milan, America to Scandinavia.
The IH Talk: Talk round with Claudia Malcus, CEO addi, Jakob Lang, CEO Lang & Co AG, Hans-Gerd Swafing, Swafing,Anke Gerdes Swafing, Cherry Picking GmbH
11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
The future of handwork: sewing of tomorrow
Rashana Rebecca Jennings, Content Director, Anastasios Voulgaris, Creative Director - Chief Editor burda style, Corinna Schmitz, Britta Sänger
12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Presentation of SewSimple titles
Sabine Schmidt, sewsimple
12:50 p.m. – 01:10 p.m.
Shop local! What makes local fabric stores unique!
Johannes Albert, Entfalte Deinen Laden
02:00 p.m. – 02:20 p.m.
Find your unique and successful creative business idea
Andrea Müller, CreativeSELF by jolijou
02:30 p.m. – 03:00 p.m.
Woolinale - The artists
International Woolinale artists from Brazil, Mexico, USA, Great Britain and Germany
03:15 p.m. – 03:35 p.m.
High fashion knitted by yourself. From trend to model.
Petra Schurer, Editor-in-Chief "Sabrina"
04:00 p.m. – 05:45 p.m.
Expert round: Handwork and art - experts among themselves!
Award: Woolinale - The Winners

Woolinale-jurors, with Tanja Steinbach (book author and ARD Buffet expert) and Marius Eger (Kümatuorials, crochet designer) and Lutz Staacke from Maleknitting
Sunday, 02.04.2023
09:30 a.m.
Zick-Zack - the h+h cologne Podcast
Katrin Schön and guest
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Crochet, Illustration, Sewing! Talk with french artist Zakaria Khchal (Zak a dit)
Zak a dit
10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Common knitting time - The knitting book around the year!
Tanja Steinbach, Kerstin Balke, Lana Grossa Fashion with wool
11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
We are all designers - endless possibilities of knitting and crochet projects!
Sarah Prieur, Sapri Design
11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Talk about books and sustainability in the handicrafts sector
Veronika Hug, Wooly Hugs
12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Living from writing - life as a knitting book author
Susanne Oswald, author of "The Little Knitting Shop" series
12:30 p.m. – 01:30 p.m.
Three to five companies will give their 10-minute product slam presentations in line with the theme "DIY - international trends".
Product Slam Session
02:00 p.m. – 02:20 p.m.
"Crime Comedy" Reading
Tatjana Kruse, author
03:00 p.m. - 03:20 p.m.
Health elixir knitting! A competent and holistic look at the most beautiful hobby in the world
Janne Graf, Editor-in-Chief "The Knitter"

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