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Inspiration is around the corner: Experience a selection of the best Estonian craftsmanship through Homo Faber Guide

Homo Faber Guide is an online, searchable guide, which showcases artisans, ateliers, museums, galleries and experiences linked to the world of fine craftsmanship around Europe. The portal connects art enthusiasts, collectors, clients, galleries, curious travellers and designers with the continent’s crafting excellence

“HARE” crafted by Artisan Aleksandra Pavlenkova - ©Martin Ehrensvärd

• Looking to discover Estonia through new eyes?
• Searching for a one-of-a-kind bespoke handcrafted object?
• Eager to see the creative vision of an eyewear maker?
• Would you like to try your hand at jewellery making or at glassworking?

Homo Faber Guide places the world of fine craftsmanship in Europe at your fingertips. Experience excellence with access to a selection of the best master artisans, rising talents, galleries, ateliers, manufacturers and museums from all over the continent.

Rediscover Estonia in a new light, revisiting your favourite places, enriched by new encounters and experiences. Search the Homo Faber Guide to find gems of craftsmanship, to organise visits to artisan workshops and courses to express your own creativity.

Go in search of artisans hidden within the city walls of Tallinn. Wind your way to the workshop of jewellery maker Marita Lumi and get a taste of her craft by participating in one of her many experiences; leave with your own handmade ring or piece of silver jewellery. For those looking to discover something out of the ordinary, venture to see two artisans who are pushing boundaries with their innovative techniques. Admire the way porcelain maker Raili Keiv combines porcelain with wood to create her curious objects or catch a glimpse of the novel way Urmas Pukhan works with ceramics. If you are looking to make a statement with your eyewear, Karl Annus will make you a pair in plywood to suit your face shape and they will certainly boost your sustainable credentials. For a pop of colour to add some joy to your daily outfits, Inga Raidikainen creates shoes and accessories handmade from layers of vibrant leather.

Artisan Urmas Puhkan at work - ©Juta Kübarsepp Tallinn’s medieval streets also play host to a collection of shops dedicated to selling the pieces of Estonian craftspeople. Estonian Design House is the go-to destination to discover the works of Estonian designers, from home furnishings to jewellery to fashion accessories, find unique pieces to cherish forever. For leather lovers, head to Stella Soomlais where you will find a selection of handcrafted leather bags, wallets, wristbands, pouches and other accessories all made by local leatherworkers. Matching style with sustainability, you can even rent a bag here to accompany you on your mini-breaks. For jewellery lovers, no trip is complete without a visit to A-gallerii, which showcases the jewellery pieces of over 80 different Estonian jewellery makers and designers. Whilst in the city, why not take the time to visit Tallinn City Museum to discover the history of the city through its craftsmanship treasures.

Head south to seek out more talented Estonian craftspeople who will inspire, surprise and delight in equal measure with their inventive creative processes and passion for their respective crafts. First stop, the workshop of glassworker Aleksandra Pavlenkova, one of very few to master the art of glassblowing in Estonia. Catch a glimpse of how she experiments with glassblowing techniques to make extraordinary objects. Revel in the use of colour and contemporary designs of leatherworker Tiina Andron, leave her workshop with a renewed zest for life. For an immersive experience, try your hand at glassworking under the masterful gaze of glass worker Karin Mölder, and learn the secrets behind her textural works. Make a special visit to the island of Saaremaa to see the ingenious way glassworker Mare Saare fuses dry glass powder in sand and quartz moulds to create her abstract masterpieces.

Create your own unique craftsmanship itinerary
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User guide:

Homo Faber Guide is structured into different sections: Discover, Visit, Experience and Ambassadors.

Discover: Find a selection of the best master artisans and rising talents, ateliers and manufacturers of excellence from all over Europe. Connect with them directly through the guide.

Visit: Find museums, galleries and shops linked to fine craftsmanship to visit in all corners of the continent.

Experience: Find a curated list of workshop visits, artisan master classes, guided tours, and temporary exhibitions and fairs across Europe.

Ambassadors: Renowned individuals and partner institutions within the craft, creativity and design world who recommend their favourite artisans, galleries and experiences in their home cities.

Subcategories: search by country, city, craft or material.

Notes for editors

Homo Faber Guide places craftsmanship in Europe at your fingertips. Curated by the Michelangelo Foundation, it is an online, searchable platform, which showcases artisans, ateliers, museums, galleries and experiences linked to fine craftsmanship in Europe. The platform connects craft enthusiasts, collectors, clients, curious travellers and designers with the continent’s crafting excellence. Using geo-localisation, the platform maps craftsmanship across the continent. Discover over 700 talented artisans across all corners of Europe, from glass blowers to mask makers, paper sculptors to silversmiths. Newly selected artisans appear weekly, with the aim of presenting over 1,000 masters and rising talents by 2021. The signature project was created in collaboration with members of the Michelangelo Foundation’s international network or designated ambassadors – renowned individuals within the craft, creativity and design world. or download the app on the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship believes in a future which values master craftsmanship and places the human hand at the centre of production. Its mission is to celebrate and preserve craftsmanship and strengthen its connection to the world of design. At the heart of all the foundation’s activities are the artisans who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of excellence using long-held traditions, skills and knowledge. Contemporary craftspeople are the protagonists of both the foundation’s signature digital platform, Homo Faber Guide and the Foundation’s biennial international exhibition in Venice, Homo Faber Event that welcomed 62,500 visitors to its inaugural edition in 2018. From its headquarters in Geneva, the non-profit institution works with an international network of organizations to promote a new cultural movement.

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