Hello Friday, we’re now meeting an interesting co-op of three ladies: Smilla, Andrea and Eva from Akkord!
Akkord is a collective shop of three friends – well, mothert-daughter duo Eva (creates woven artworks and art prints) and Miss Smilla (works with all things crotchet), and friend Andrea, a.k.a WeaveArt, who makes delicately detailed handwoven scarves and wraps. Andrea and Eva live in Budapest Hungary, while Miss Smilla is based in Dundee, Scotland. This is the account of a Friday of theirs!
Eva: usually first thing in the morning I check my emails, Fb etc – with the first cup of coffee – followed by a quick look out to see what kind of day to expect.
Andrea: This particular Friday was special for me, as at the beginning of each year a group of friends and I walk to this little church in the country – originally built in the 1200s, our group took part of the renovation / rebuild. It’s a nice occasion – someone makes a speech, greet the New Year, children would sing. The company gathers at ours for dinner later.
Smilla: The day starts with a light breakfast then coffee in front of the computer – on my studio sofa *smile* It’s usually me who does the Etsy teamwork, treasuries – with Andrea’s help, shop maintenance, facebooking, general IT. By the time I finish, it’s lunchtime. On a nice day like this, soon after lunch I go for a wee walk around our area – Dundee being in the north, I like to use up all the sunshine I can get and look for inspiration, colours and shapes.
Eva: Great day today – so I start on my shopping trip—assisted by my friendly helper, Bundi (or “Fluffy”) our giant dog. Fortunately the part of town where we live still has friendly small shops; first stop is the greengrocers (he was apologising for the mess!), then the bakery, stopping for a little chat with the shop assistants about their new uniforms, and the fantastic bakes they have.
Andrea: after getting back from the walk, I start to cook the dinner in the outdoor oven or “kemence” – it’s a traditional cooking device, super slow (usually takes all day) and the results are usually fantastic -thanks to the slowness!
Smilla: in the afternoon I can use the light to take some product photos, and a few for my blog, you can see my professional setup , do some writing with it, packaging, and a bit of selfish knitting. I have recently started learning knitting, this is a sampler, trying different things as I go along, and hopefully end up as a huge cowl.
Eva: In the afternoon I got a delivery of some artwork coming back from an exhibition (a tapestry piece called Hommage á Max Ernst and a patchwork piece). Unwrapping and putting them into storage – then doing design and research with my studio assistant *grin*. The evening is spent with the net radio show that I curate, “the story of Mississippi Blues”.
Andrea: While the dinner is cooking, I can retire to my studio the work on, prepare / iron new pieces, package orders. Today the snow arrived – my doggie enjoys it immensely! Then our friends arrive for the dinner party – the weekend is celebrated.