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The brilliant CELSI CREATIONS

Yourshop is extremely happy to introduce you (again) to the very talented luxembourgish Creator:

CELSI CRÉATIONS

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Silvia discovered the art of crochet a couple of years ago and was instantly hooked. She never stops improving, coming up with new ideas and challenging herself.  She does it with such love & passion that she has become one of the best selling Creators on Yourshop.lu. We love her work. We find her talent and dedication outstanding and wanted to bring her out to the big public. That’s why she was also featured at our stand at the lase Letz Go Local.

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Again, to bring her work even closer to you we made a little video showing the making of of one of her Creations – an adorable Owl…

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Plese enjoy… and don’t hesitate to visit her amazing work here:

CELSI CREATIONS ON YOURSHOP.LU

 

Please meet…HONEYDEW

Yourshop is extremely happy to introduce you to a very talented luxembourgish Creator: HONEYDEW.

We fell in love with Honeydew’s style as soon as we saw it on Yourshop.lu!

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If you were present at the last Letz go Local you might have noticed that we were presenting the work of 3 different luxembourgish Creators – one of them being HONEYDEW. (we will talk about the 2 other amazing Creations in the weeks to come) 😉

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When we were thinking about our stand at the Letz Go Local, we thought about adding a short video showing the actual ’emerging’ of one of her Creations – a stylish Tablet Case (or book – or make up case).

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It is amazing to follow step by step the making of a work of art – as i often think – when something is too well done, you can hardly believe that it is still handmade in Luxembourg 😉

Plese enjoy… and don’t hesitate to visit her brilliant work here:

HONEYDEW ON YOURSHOP

 

Silvia |CELSI-CRÉATIONS

 Profil

Passionnée du Crochet, Silvia m’a fait découvrir
son monde féerique…

Paniers, Bonnets, Accessoires et petites Peluches..

Rien n’échappe aux aiguilles
de cette talentueuse autodidacte…

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Silvia, quel est ton talent?

Mon “talent”, si on peut appeler cela comme ça 🙂 ou plutôt ma passion actuelle, c’est le crochet. Je crochète un peu de tout, sous plusieurs formes, du moment que l’idée me plaît. Cela peut être un bonnet, un bracelet, un collier, une écharpe, un accessoire pour cheveux, un amigurumi (art japonais de crocheter/tricoter de petits animaux)…… ou encore un panier !! J’accentue un peu sur ce dernier, car il faut dire que cela a été mon premier coup de cœur et ma première réalisation au crochet.

Comment l’as tu découvert?

e6aac57f-2502-4439-ad2f-87c9bd49b327!0J’ai découvert le crochet un peu par hasard. En fait, il y a exactement 2 ans, j’étais dans une période de ma vie où il était impératif pour moi de trouver un passe-temps “manuel”. Il n’y avait pas de raison particulière à cela, si ce n’est que je ressentais vraiment ce besoin. Ensuite est venu la question de savoir ce que j’allais faire. Ma première idée a été de faire quelques petites recherches sur internet (merci internet 🙂 ) Cela ne s’est pas fait tout de suite, mais après, je suis tombée sur des photos de paniers crochetés avec du “Zpagetti” et j’ai craqué. Il fallait que j’essaye.

Pour l’apprendre, je me suis servie à nouveau d’internet. On peut y trouver des  tutorials qui expliquent pas à pas les différentes étapes et ce, en photo ou même sur vidéo (c’est pratique, on peut mettre sur pause, revenir en arrière, etc….). Et c’est comme ça que l’aventure a commencé.

Que t’apporte cet aspect “créateur” dans ta vie?

Clairement de la satisfaction et de la motivation pour réaliser encore plus de choses.
Je suis contente de voir que j’arrive à créer quelque chose avec mes mains et heureuse de savoir qu’il y a des personnes qui s’intéressent à mes réalisations et qui en sont satisfaites.
Et puis, des idées fusent. Je pense réellement que mes créations futures ne vont pas être que des réalisations en crochet. J’estime qu’on ne doit pas rester sur ses acquis; garder un esprit ouvert et découvrir de nouvelles choses, c’est ça qui est super intéressant et c’est ça la créativité.

En général, Le Luxembourg est-il réceptif aux créations locales?

D’après ce que je peux constater de manière générale, le fait-main devient (ou redevient) de plus en plus populaire. Le Luxembourg est certes un petit pays, mais l’intérêt pour les créations locales ou autres s’y fait également ressentir. Et il est clair qu’une plateforme comme yourshop.lu va contribuer à augmenter cet intérêt, tant du point de vue des créateurs que celui des acheteurs.

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Penses-tu pouvoir vivre de ton talent créateur un jour?

J’en rêve, mais pour l’instant cela ne reste effectivement qu’un rêve. Disons que, étant donné qu’actuellement j’ai un travail stable et une vie de famille avec 2 enfants encore jeunes ainsi que des engagements financiers, il est clair que ce n’est pas un choix facile à faire. Donc, pour l’instant, la situation actuelle me convient, mais si un jour j’aurai l’opportunité de vivre de ma passion, ce serait super. En tous cas, je dis chapeau aux personnes qui ont le cran de faire le grand pas.

Que conseillerais-tu à quelqu’un qui veut se lancer dans la création, mais ne sait pas où commencer?

Comme vous avez pu le lire auparavant, pour moi c’est Internet qui m’a donné l’inspiration. Ensuite, tout dépend si la personne a déjà une idée assez précise sur ce qu’elle souhaite faire ou pas. Il existe également des marchés consacrés au fait-main (Hobbymaart), où la personne peut voir et toucher les créations, et avoir en même temps un contact direct avec les créateurs. Après, Internet est aussi un moyen assez simple et rapide pour savoir si les créations plaisent ou pas, notamment par le biais des réseaux sociaux et bien évidemment par yourshop.lu qui donnent une bonne vue aux créations et proposent un système de vente online pour le plaisir des fans du fait-main.
Mais le plus important dans tout ça, c’est de suivre son instinct et de créer ce qui vous fait vibrer.

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CELSI CRÉATIONS SUR YOURSHOP.LU

Tom | UPCYCLING SNJ

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The project “Upcycle your life” in an initiative from the “Service National de la Jeunesse”.

This project gives youth who dropped out of school the opportunity to learn new skills by upcycling leftover waste into new handmade creations.

We loved the initiative and wanted to know more…

Meet Tom, 18 year old, dedicating a year of his life to this brilliant project.

 

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1. Wei (a firwat) hues du dech beim “Upcycle your life” engagéiert?

Nodeems ech d’Entscheedung getraff haat datt ech geing e Joer Paus machen no der Premiere hun ech mech dozou entscheed fir mech als Volontaire ze engageieren. Iwer Internet hun ech dunn vum Upcycling Projet heieren. Ech hun mech beim SNJ gemellt an dunn ass alles och zimlech schnell gaang, soudass ech no enger Woch schon an der Fiels ugefaang hun.

Ech droen main Deel zum Projet bei andeems ech mech em die mei administativ Saachen kemmeren, wie zum Beispill de Kontakt mat den Butteker an Festivaler/Märt an awer och mat den Organisatiounen wou mier eisen Erléis spenden.

The youth are also accompanied by 2 éducateurs from the SNJ, who support them in their professional or personal choices for their future.

2. Wat ass upcycling?

Beim Upcycling werden Abfallprodukte oder nutzlose Stoffe in neuwertige Produkte umgewandelt. Im Gegensatz zum Downcycling kommt es bei dieser Form des Recyclings zu einer stofflichen Aufwertung (Wikipedia)

Et ass och ökologesch: well dat Material io soss geing um Schrott landen an et sou nach en zweet Liewen kritt. Ausserdem, doduerch datt mier mat aalem Material schaffen, hun mier quasi keng Materialausgaben an kennen den Erleis ganz spenden.

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3. Fillt der dat de Projet zu Lëtzebuerg gutt ukënnt? Sinn d’Lëtzebuerger un Upcycling interesséiert?

Io, de Projet kennt gudd un an Letzebuerg, wat mier och emmer mei mierken. Sou wousst zum Beispill e groussen Deel vun den Leit, dei op eis Ausstellung an der Belle Etoile komm sin, guer net wat Upcycling wier, an war awer ganz interesseiert fir och selwer doheem ze upcyclen. 

Upcycling gett emmer mei populär, wat flaicht och zum klengen Deel eis ze verdanken ass. D’Leit sin net mei sou fixeiert drop fir nei Saachen ze kaafen, mee fir och heiandsdo en Schaaf einfach nei ze lackeieren. D kann een also soen datt Letzebuerg op dem Wee vun enger Wegwerfgesellschaft zu enger mei emweltbewosster Gesellschaft ass, wat awer och op die finanziell Situatioun vun ville Leit zreck ze feiere nass.

4. Wat bréngt de Projet de Jugendlecher?

Dei Jugendlech, dei beim Upcycling matschaffen, kreien hei fachmänneg Beroodung an diversen handwierklechen Beraicher. De Projet bidd hinnen d Meiglechkeet, fir 4 Deeg an der Woch mat zwee Designer zesummenzeschaffen an vill nei Saachen geleiert ze kreien. Sou haate mer zum Beispill e Meedchen, wat hei fir d’eicht an sengem Liewen gebitzt huet an lo zolid Grondkenntnisser an deem Beraich huet. 

Doduerch kreien se awer och en gereegelten Daachesoflaaf mat festen Aarbeschtszaiten, wat se op hier Zukunft an der Aarbeschtswelt virbereeden soll. De Projet bidd hinnen eng Alternativ zum Doheemsetzen an Naichtmachen.

Den Projet gett vun 2 Educateuren vum SNJ begleed, die als Uspriechpartner fungeieren an die Jugendlech an hierem professionellen an och perseinlechen Virunkommen ennerstetzen.

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5. Wei kennen d’Jugendlecher sech am Programm aschreiwen?

De Projet Upcycling an der Fiels riicht sech un Jugendlecher zweschen 16 an 25 Joer, die momentan net an enger Schoul ageschriwwen sin an och nach keng fest Aarbescht hun.

Um Site Levelup (http://www.levelup.lu/web/#skills) fennt een dann weider Informatiounen, Telefonsnummeren an Datumer wou een kann schnupperen kommen.

De Projet ass sou ausgeriicht, datt fir de Jugendlechen keng Käschten entstoen, dat heescht den Trajet an d’Mettegiessen gett vum SNJ bezuelt. De Projet ass och eng flott Plattform fir nei Leit kennen ze leieren, die an der selweschter Situatioun sin, an sech mat deenen auszetauschen.

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 Upcycling SNJ op Yourshop.lu

 

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

1. How (and why) did you get involved with the project “Upcycle your life”

After i decided to take a year off after high school i wanted to become a volunteer. I found the Upcycling project over the internet and subscribed. And very fast i started my work here in Larochette. My contribution are in the administrative field, for example contact with shops, festivals, markets, but also with the organisations to which we give our donations from our selling.

2. What is upcycling?

Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value.(Wikipedia)

It is also ecological, because these materials would otherwise have ended in the trash, so like this it can have a second life. Also, because we work with old materials, we hardly have any expenses and can donate our income.

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3. Do you think that this project is working well in Luxembourg? Are the Luxembourgers interested in upcycling?

Yes the project is quite successful in Luxembourg. Most of the people who visited our stand at “La Belle Étoile” did not know what upcycling was, and were very interested to try this at home too.

Upcycling is becoming more and more popular, to which we might have a little influence. These days, people are less fixated on buying new things, but also consider fixing an old piece of furniture to use again. Luxembourg is in the good direction to move away from a ‘disposable society’ to an ecologically conscious society, which might also have its source to the financial situation of people.

4. What does the project bring to the youth?

The youth who work at the Upcycling receive professional advice in divers artisanal fields. The project gives them also the opportunity to work for 4 days a week with 2 designers and learn lots of new things. For example we had a girl who learnt for the first time to sew here and now has a solid knowledge in this field now.

Through the project the youth also receive an organized day with fixed working hours, which helps them to prepare for their future. This project gives them an alternative to staying at home and doing nothing the whole day.

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5. How can the youth subscribe to the project?

The project takes place in Larochette and is for youth from 16 to 25 year old who are not going to school or have no fixed job.

On the Levelup Website (http://www.levelup.lu/web/#skills) you can find more information, Phone number and dates of the day you can come to visit the place.

The project is thought in a way to avoid any costs for the youth, so the travel and lunch costs are taken care of. The project is also a nice platform to get to know new people who are is the same situation.

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Upcycling SNJ on Yourshop.lu

 

Marije | VANK DESIGN

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After a lifetime spent in the Netherlands Marije decided to settle in Luxembourg, a decision taken during her world trip last year.

Settling in this little country, she wondered what made her happy, and her answer was simple: her creativity mingled with her passion for leather.

With sparkling eyes Marije took me through her bags & accessories – lovely creations made with an absolute professional precision.Beautiful designs, lasting quality, great work ethics… Vank Design has got the whole package for all us fashion lovers!

 

How did Vank Design start?

During my college years, I studied Fashion and Management in Amsterdam. Even though my specialization was in the technical area, I was inspired by the creativity around me. Since I didn’t have much money as a student, I decided to start creating things myself. When I turned 21, I was given an antique Necchi sewing machine as a birthday present. Occasionally I made bags. Even though I studied fashion, I had only attended a few classes of actual design making, so my experience was limited.It wasn’t until my trip around the world in 2012 with my husband, that I realized what a great impact creating things has on me. When I design and make things with my own hands I feel happy. We endlessly discussed what we were going to do, when our money would run out and we had to return home. With some encouragement from him and my family I decided to buy a brand new sewing machine after my first pay check came in. I signed myself up for a leather bag making course and started to make a business out of it. Shortly after, we moved from Amsterdam to Luxembourg.

You are designing mainly bags. How come?image

A leather bag is the perfect accessory for me. It’s also where us women keep our important stuff and therefore your bag is important. It was an obvious reason to start with creating them. After a while, I also started to experiment on laptop sleeves, passport and pillow covers and bracelets. I like to try out new things, so other items than bags are in the making. Follow my shop to find out what.

You do everything, from designing, creating, marketing and selling. Ho do you handle everything?

I work four days a week as a freelance marketer and follow a French course two evenings per week, so I am limited to the evenings, Fridays and weekends to do everything. It’s a lot in a small time period, but it motivates me to learn new things. It keeps me creative. Even though I also like photography, taking the product pictures should probably be the thirst thing I’ll need to find someone else for. 

What encourages you in your project?

The enthusiasm from people close to me and the people who buy my items is really motivating. Also, the fact that I can create something new from a piece of plain leather into an item that has function. Every time I finish a bag or accessory, I always have this great feeling of pride.  

Why, do you think, are people attracted to local creations again?

Most of the items we buy nowadays are produced far away from where we live. In many cases, as a result, we don`t have any appreciation of how it was created and by who. Local goods give you the opportunity to see the creator and maybe even meet him or her in person. It gives you the chance to learn the story behind the product and support the regional economy by purchasing goods that are created close to home. 

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Would you accept personalized demands from potential clients?

If it fits the Vank style, I am capable of creating it and if I have enough time on my hands; absolutely! I have different bags and accessories already in stock, but if you would like to have something changed or added, it’s not a problem.

What are your next steps in your projects & endeavors?

I want to have my own website for quite a while now, so I`ll be working on that in the near future. More on the long run, I would really like to set up a production line as well. To keep Vank bags special, I want them to be produced in small amounts. On the one hand you will be able to buy produced items and simultaneously I will still create personalized one-of-a-kind bags on request. The produced bags should be made in Europe and eventually I want all my bags to be fair-trade created of eco-friendly leather.

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