Danish FPists and Other Talented Folk

It is always lovely to see the work of other FP enthusiasts, so today I thought I would show you the work of Kate Gatti and Annette Juul, and Hanne Ingerslev.  Kate has been working with Friendly Plastic for a little while now and she runs her own business making jewellery.  Above is her beautifully impressed cuff bracelet.

Kate also made this delightful Inca inspired pendant and earring set in subtle colours.  The thick gloss coating enhances the design and gives depth.  You can achieve this look by using either MagicGlos or Envirotex Lite, but you will have to ask Kate how she did the rest of it!  If you want to contact Kate, I can pass your email address on to her, but her website is currently down so I can’t provide you with a link.

Annette is new to Friendly Plastic, but she is already developing her own distinct style with these charming freeform cuffs.  It is always a surprise and a delight to see how very differently people work with FP, it is so versatile and can be used in very  many different ways.  Hanne Ingerslev in Denmark is Annette’s cousin, and Hanne has been using Friendly Plastic to raise funds for a good cause – the Fistula Foundation.  She has been doing so well at this that a Danish Magazine interviewed her for an article about her activities, and you can see this below.

And here it is translated for you as most of you will be like me and not be fluent in Danish.  Here’s to you Hanne and all your good work!

Danish FP tutor and artist Barbara Lees even gets a mention so do read on.

Hanne’s art helps African women

I JUST CAN’T HELP IT

Luminous and flashing, they hang there in lots of colors and creative shapes. Hanne’s jewelry is made of plastic – to be exact, a material called “Friendly Plastic.” A lightweight material that’s easy to process – according to Hanne, anyway.

Hanne Ingerslev, 75, of Charlottenlund, sells beautiful, fanciful jewelry to friends and acquaintances and on the Net, for the benefit of an organization, The Fistula Foundation. Hanne is a former children’s dentist and has the touch for working with jewelry, and those molds she uses when she creates her unique pieces. The jewelry is priced at 100 Danish kroner [$17], whether it’s earrings, bracelets or necklaces. The inspiration she draws, among other sources, from natural flowers, plants or formations.

I love making jewelry – can almost hardly help it – and if my crafts can be useful to others and help make a difference for women who are really up against it, then I’m extremely satisfied. It gives me a sense of meaningfulness,” says Hanne. She has now made jewelry for well over a year, since she learned the technique at a course with handicrafts artist Barbara Lees.

I’ve always liked creating things. Once I made glass with inscriptions or motifs. But it was too hard on my hands, and jewelry-making has really caught on,” explains Hanne, who heard about The Fistula Foundation through a former neighbor.

She was a nurse, and had worked in Africa, and so knew about the conditions of local women. She even did charitable work for the organization, but was about to move with her family to Switzerland, and so I thought, yes, it was obvious that one way or another, I had to take over the job,” Hanne explains.

Uncomplicated operation

The Fistula Foundation helps women with birth complications in Africa, which includes getting an operation for what’s called fistulas.

Women who suffer from fistulas after parturition cannot control their urine flow. This means that they go around leaking and smelling awful. They risk being ostracized by society, and it’s really terrible what social deprivation these often very young women suffer. The operation is quite uncomplicated, and here at home, women just have it done. But they can’t afford it in Africa, and an operation makes a huge difference for women’s quality of life. After surgery, they get back a worthy life,” explains Hanne. She also has an agreement to send jewelry to the volunteers who lend their efforts to The Fistula Foundation.

They’re so happy with the jewelry, and the jewelry doesn’t weigh too much, so it’s easy to send,” notes Hanne.

She was in Africa herself as an 18-year-old. The trip made a big impression on her, even though Africa at that time was completely different from the Africa we know today.

I believe you need to help in a way for which you now have the resources. That it happened to be through work related to birth complications was, for me, a natural choice,” says Hanne, explaining:

When I was quite young, my greatest wish was to become a mother. But I couldn’t get pregnant. My then-husband and I tried for ten years without success, and it was very frustrating, because we wanted to so badly. I was actually one of the first Danish women who received hormone treatment; I had to travel all the way to Sweden to get it. It gave no results the first time, but after the second time I became pregnant and later gave birth to my son, who is now a grown man.”

In addition to jewelry making, Hanne also makes lacquer motifs, which she mounts on cards and likewise sells for The Fistula Foundation.

With lacquer, you can create some beautiful, colorful, abstract designs. Some say they look like watercolors, others that they’re closer to acrylics.”

Read more about The Fistula Foundation at: www.fistulafoundation.org