Versatilely creative, creatively successful – with the workshops of h+h cologne 2022
Practice-related professional knowledge for your handmade business!
Once again at h+h cologne 2022, a wide range of creative or informative workshops were held on the subject of handicrafts. Some of these were held on site, but others were hybrid or purely digital. Anyone interested could gather new ideas or learn creative techniques.
The h+h cologne workshops have something for everyone: These were the highlights of 2022
Dried Flower Embroidery
© Olga Prinku
This workshop was based on a new product line developed by Olga Prinku: Flowers on Tulle Embroidery Kits. Olga guided participants to create a 6-inch embroidery hoop design with dried and preserved plants. She explained how to prepare the embroidery hoop, attach the flowers to the tulle fabric and create a balanced design with six types of dried flowers in pink, white and blue.
About Olga Prinku
Olga Prinku is an artist, maker and the creator of the craft of flowers-on-tulle embroidery. Her first book, Dried Flower Embroidery: An introduction to the art of flowers on tulle, was published in 2021. Born in Moldova and now living in North Yorkshire, UK, Olga studied graphic design and was inspired by her hobbies of wreath-making and knitting to create the new craft of embroidering with dried flowers. Olga has collaborated with brands including Anthropologie and Swarovski, and been exhibited at festivals and galleries including the Aga Khan Centre’s Making Paradise exhibition. Her work has been featured in a wide range of print magazines and on TV.
What makes the customer tick? Which target groups or style groups are there and what distinguishes them?
In order to be able to offer the right products and tailor the presentation and decoration to the customers, you have to know them. Are there perhaps commonalities among customers? What is important to them, what do they like, what distinguishes them? Here, different style types were worked out in small collages using pictures and keywords and thus these profiles were visualised.
About Gabriela Kaiser (TRENDagentur)
Gabriela Kaiser studied textile technology with a focus on design and subsequently worked for 6 years as a knitwear designer for women's fashion in the industry. She has been self-employed with her TRENDagentur since 2002, since then scouting trends in the entire lifestyle sector and dealing with customer wishes and needs. She advises industry and trade on trends, gives lectures at trade fairs and regularly writes trend articles for trade magazines.
The Cologne Workshop: Fascinator in cologne style
Who doesn't want to score with a hair ornament on special occasions? Therefore, we put together and finished an individual fascinator for each participant. All you had to bring was imagination and good humour. Each participant received a blank that could be individually embellished according to instructions. There was a large selection of woven ribbons, fabrics, patches and much more to decorate your fascinator with. The fascinator should be colourful, cheeky and cheerful. That's why we offered many colourful, unusual materials. For those who prefer typical Cologne, there were many materials in the colours of the city of Cologne - red and white - and with Cologne motifs.
About Birgit Fischer (Designer „Lieblingskostüm“)
Birgit Fischer is a creative, cologne and carnival designer. She has been selling self-sewn and designed costumes under her label "Lieblingskostüm" since 2017. She rounds off her portfolio with matching hats, caps and fascinators. She attaches great importance to originality and uniqueness of her creations.
About Susi Strickliesel (Influencer and author)
Susi Strickliesel/Susanne Ortner is "Germany's coolest knitter" according to a major women's magazine. Since 2012 she has been running her own knitting label and not only makes celebrities happy with her creations. Susi loves social media (@susistrickickliesel) and as an influencer she fills her popular profiles daily with knitting/DIY, musicals/live entertainment, lifestyle and takes her followers into her life as a musicalcaster. In the field of knitting she cooperates with high-quality partners like Vogue Knitting. Through various portraits and interviews in the print media (e.g. Bild der Frau) as well as on TV (e.g. WDR) she is also known to a wide audience outside the DIY niche. Since 2019 her book "Knit happens" is available in bookshops, giving a lot of tips, e.g. for social media.