From cheerful trophies to knitted cheese: the special events of h+h cologne 2017

From 31 March to 2 April 2017, h+h cologne will once again offer trade visitors from all over the globe the opportunity to gather comprehensive information on the latest trends of the industry. In addition to current products and services, the top-class supporting programme offers the DIY professionals an exclusive combination between creative themes, a big trend fashion show, the 'my lovely living room' event area and multifaceted special events by artists, institutions and companies. In the scope of diversified presentations, the latter are again this year offering countless ideas for creative customer loyalty measures.

For example, "hand weaving" that Andreas Möller is presenting at h+h cologne 2017 is high in trend: The multi design award-winning hand weaver and innovator of handlooms and work processes has been teaching weaving colleagues all over the world the Flying8 weaving method that he developed himself for ten years. His clients include international organisations (i.e. UN, GIZ), companies and colleges. According to the inventor, "The change-over from traditional hand weaving to Flying8 weaving, is comparable with swapping the wheelbarrow for an all-terrain vehicle." The Flying8 handloom can be built almost anywhere using simple tools and is despite its complexity very favourably-priced, quiet, space-saving and very efficient in its method of operation.

Making art experienceable - with Tape Art
The textile artist, Silke Bosbach, is also presenting something exciting in the scope of a live performance: "Making art experienceable - with Tape Art". This is a form of temporary urban art that is made using adhesive tapes of different structures, colours and shapes. In this way a 3-dimensional room installation will be produced live during the trade fair. Tape art is versatilely applicable, odourless, easily removable and large surfaces can be decorated within the shortest space of time. Besides urban motifs, Bosbach picks up on architectural structures and elements of nature. Furthermore, the visitors have the opportunity to take selfies in front of a street art motif.

There is also something special this year for crochet and knitting fans. Jutta Westphal, Communications and Social Media Consultant and Coach, is an amigurumi fan and she crochets cheerful animal trophy heads - easy to care for, tame and vegan! The collection ranges from "Helga" the cow, to "Pia" the zebra, through to "Berta" the giraffe. The latter is the trophy collector's personal favourite. Madame Tricot will also be Cologne's guest again. This time classically French with a "knitted cheese shop", which will arouse the onlookers' desire for delicious platters of real cheese. The exhibition is a true hommage to handicrafts and specialised shops!

Handicrafts unite cultures
Madeira Garne is presenting the "Message" exhibition, an event by the German/Afghanistan Initiative e.V. In the course of this competition knitted Afghanistan letter motifs were processed into textile exhibits. Each of the 41 items combine two techniques and two cultures with each other and express an individual message. Furthermore, the Cologne Smend Gallery is presenting something elegant from Japan, namely "Kasuri": Here special specimens of Japanese kimonos, which were created using the elaborate tie-dying technique, can be admired. The result is unique patterns.

Helping can be so laid-back - crocheting as work therapy in prisons
The crocheting and flying policemen are presenting a new project at h+h cologne this year. The two crocheting heroes offer insights into their "Work therapy in prisons" project under the motto "Helping can be so laid-back". They have been supporting the "Weissen Ring" (White Ring) with the proceeds from their hat sales from the very start. The cool hats have been produced at the prison in Düsseldorf for the last three years. Both of them are in close contact with the therapy group and here it is about much more than just quality control. It is important that the prisoners also receive a positive feedback about the project. Tim adds: "Of course, incoming orders have to be processed, but it also gives the participants the opportunity to let off steam with wool and needles. That is the therapeutic idea and cuddly toys for the family that are handed over during visits make people proud and happy."

But that is not all: Social commitment is also the priority of the international sock knitting club, Hechingen-Hohenzollern e.V. Here knitted items are distributed as donations in kind or sold and the proceeds are donated. The objectives are the promotion of environmental protection and supporting people in need. Last, but not least a huge tepee art project by Ute Lennartz-Lembeck will once again be on display at h+h cologne 2017, which will welcome the visitors at the trade fair's Entrance South.

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