Nordic Stella is a creative haven located on one of the most gorgeous little cobblestoned pedestrian streets in the city centre, and I am so grateful to have recently discovered this gem.
As a television producer, I worked in a lot of offices. It was understood that you never brought anything personal into the office because as a freelancer, you never really worked anywhere for more than 5 or 6 months. Even through my nomadic career, I have one single item that I’ve taken with me to every job. Less family photos, more dishware.
I have a bowl that a friend made for my birthday at my very first job in Los Angeles and it has followed me everywhere.
It is one of the few ‘things’ that truly makes me happy. I also eat a lot of cereal.
Assembly line production has sadly become the norm. It feels like everything has been mass produced by way of China and the backdrop is a technological haven of blah felt in our daily live. This leaves us feeling disconnected to the process of handmade beautiful things.
Sometimes as an adult, it feels good…(really good) to smugly say ‘That plate? This old thing? Oh, it’s nothing. Just something I made.’
I stumbled upon Nordic Stella after meeting a friend for coffee, just a few steps from Konrad Cafe, I must have walked by it 20 times without realising and the second I walked in, I felt at home. (If home were an atelier with a kiln). The tunes of Billie Holiday and the calming energy of the Danish store owner, Annika, gently tapped on my creative door and asked me to come out to play. This felt like a grownup candy store but replacing sweets, were plates and bowls and teapots…just begging to be painted! So very many options!
At first, I felt overwhelmed with choice but Annika showed me the finished product of a plate a five year old made using a stencil and it was simply gorgeous. Suddenly I was less nervous and what transpired was an hour where I chatted with a girlfriend over coffee while I painted a bowl. Not only did we catch up, we used our hands to make something other than tap on our IPhone in between exchanging stories.
You can’t visit Copenhagen or London or NYC without meeting someone who is part of a gorilla knitting collective while drinking organic craft beer out of recycled jam jars.
There is a definite return to the handmade amongst hipsters and I couldn’t be more grateful that Nordic Stella exists in Luxembourg so that I, too, can turn my back on the factory produced experience…even if it means painting one bowl at a time. I think about the gift that I most remember- not one that was picked up in five minutes from a store where there are 100 others the exact same. Make your own gift. Be part of the revolution of returning to the handmade…or just paint a tea cup with a friend.
Annika is collaborating with other crafty warriors and running knitting and sketchbook workshops at the atelier. This isn’t your grandma’s knitting- (after all we didn’t march so we could knit!) This knitting will liberate you when Luxembourg can feel like a creative desert and when everything in the stores looks the same- you can make your own! No rocking chair required. Don’t knit? Once you are off, you will wonder why it took you so long to pick up the needles.
While you’re at it- have a party, a baby shower, or team-building event at Nordic Stella and then feel chuffed at proclaiming ‘Where did I buy it? Oh, no I made it.’ Let them envision you throwing a pot on the wheel a la Demi Moore in Ghost. They don’t need to know that you simply grabbed a piece of pottery off the shelf, painted two layers of glaze on it, used a couple stencils and voilà! You now have a bowl to give your friend which she might move across continents and think of you every single time she eats cereal.
Nordic Stella, 3, rue du Nord 2229
12th& 27th of March: Learn How to Knit a Sweater: 7:30pm to 9:30pm Cost: 60 EUR + materials
14th of March: Open in the evening: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
21st of March: Knitting For Beginners Cost: 30 EUR + 15 for materials
23rd of March: Yarn Pop Up Shop
24th of March: Sketch Workshop 10:30am to 1:00pm Cost: 40 EUR
27th of March: Knitting A Sweater Part 2 from 7:30pm to 9:30 pm
28th of March to 1st of April: Easter Workshop/ Peckervillercher 2:00pm to 4:00pm Cost: 24 EUR