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【Taitoshop】new textile design from old tradition / 來自古早芬蘭學校教學板的美麗設計

Love this idea! Old tradition of educational illustration in Finnish schools become modern textile products!

I just got to know that the educational illustration board were very common in Finland from the end of 19th century. Many well-known Finnish illustrators and artists have been drawing/illustrating for educational boards.

For me it is amazing to imagine that even 100 years ago Finnish students were already surrounded by those beautifully-illustrated educational boards. What a nice way to get to know nature and plants!

Vlogging in knit Cafe: #taskuneuloosi 2016

Yesterday I attended my second #taskuneuloosi event inKnit Cafe – Lentävä Lapanen (Eng. Flying mittens) Järvenpää, Finland. Last year we talked about blogging, this time the topic was vlogging.

I didn’t remember to take more photos this time, maybe I was too concentrating listening to the experience sharing of two speakers::Pauliina Mäkelä from Kinda Oy and Marja Nousiainen from Viestintä Oy Tulevaisuus.

During the gathering we tried out together the Periscope and Snapchat, both have gained popularity in Finland.

Here are some of my own reflection after the session:


Periscope, Snapchat, or Youtube?

For me Youtube is a convenient channel where I can store my video clips for free and for long, I even used Youtube to publish the audio file of my radio interviews by adding some photos by myself.

However, as Pauliina mentioned, it always takes time to edit the video, upload it, wait until it’s complete etc. Sometimes it feels a bit “slow”, at least it is not something I would use if I want to share things LIVE, immediately.

A couple of months ago I started to try Periscope. I broadcasted LIVE for a couple of time during our “family little trip” in the Finnish forest. I enjoyed the interactions during the LIVE session: viewers can commend LIVE, I can also respond immediately, at the same time receiving many lovely hearts straight from them has always been wonderful experience.

As for Snapchat, unfortunately I have not yet been able to try it as it doesn’t support the windows system of my Nokia Lumia phone, nor can I use it with my iPad like how I do with Periscope. But anyway, one doesn’t need to use all the applications, only need to find ones that suit us, right?! ;-)

What apps/channels to use? An ongoing process of choosing

We also discussed about what applications/channels to use.

There is probably no correct answer that suits everyone. It always depends, depending on where our audience are, what suits our purpose more, even depending on what kinds of mobile phones we have (like in my case, Nokia Lumia clearly presents many limits.)

I agree with Pauliina that this is an ongoing process of choosing, as always with social media. Applications keep evolving, social media platforms keep coming and going, so as our own life, content we want to produce, habits of using them, even followers. Everything in life is in constant changing in a way that it’s never going to be completely the same.

So what we can do is just to try out what interest us, make a choice, then continue this process at the same time enjoying it as a way of learning, a way of life.

How about my own choice?

For me, most of my readers are following me on my Facebook author’s page – shaninordic. (It means: Shan in Nordic)

The ideal situation would be to use Facebook Mentions (LIVE video) to interact with them, unfortunately I do not have that “verified” status to enable the app. So the options left for now is to use either Youtube or Periscope, and I use them in different ways.

I use Periscope as a practice of making LIVE video. I like this app, but it is not especially popular in Taiwan, very seldom do my readers use them directly.

In order to show it to my readers on Facebook, I had to “go around the way” to use an internet page called IFTTT on which I made a simple programming statement such as ” IF-Then “. For example: “IF I broadcast on Periscope, THEN a link will be posted on my Facebook page LIVE”.  I also downloaded the broadcasting to my ipad(computer) so I could use those clips later to make videos if I want.

As for Youtube, despite of its slightly “complicated” process to produce/upload video without “simple” LIVE options, I still think that it’s a good channel to present all my video posts for a long term. It is also relatively easy to just share the Youtube video link on my Facebook, or to use it directly in my blog. A platform that serves many purposes, so to say.

Of course, it is always possible to make a video and upload directly to Facebook wall, which usually gains more viewers according to Facebook’s own setting. However I seldom do it, because: 1) it doesn’t give people a complete picture of what I broadcast 2) In my own previous experience Facebook video quality was a bit worse than Youtube (don’t know how it is now), but at least not as versatile in functions.

However, who knows? maybe this will soon change, then it would be again time to make choice.:)

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All in all, it was a really nice #taskuneuloosi afternoon. It’s always nice to get together in such a cosy setting and hear how other people have been using the similar applications and social media platforms. Hope this traditions continue, both offline and online. :)

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Facebook profile: search for Tsui-Shan Tu (Updates in English and Chinese, sometimes Finnish too)

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The same post is also published in my Chinese blog.



Restaurant Juurella – when design meets local food

Note: This post has been posted in Chinese too.

Two weeks ago we went to Restaurant Juurella to celebrate my birthday.

The restaurant is not in the capital area of Finland, instead, it is 300km away from the capital Helsinki. However we decided to come here for several reasons: firstly, we happened to be in this area, at my in-law’s place for weekends. Secondly, this restaurant has been praised and recommended by several my ex-colleagues in Seinäjoki so I have been longing to try out! Thirdly, I appreciate the ideology of restaurant: using local food suppliers and ingredients, as well as local designer’s works in the dining environment.


Maybe most important reason is: I am always interested in coming back to my ex-hometown to see how it has changed. I used to live in Seinäjoki, for 3 years, and I truly appreciate the strong entrepreneurship spirit in this region as well as the flourishing growth of the city. Having any chance to support this city/region, I would be more than happy to do it!

First impression: a specially cosy environment for such a fine dining restaurant. Bread are freshly baked on the same day, and the one spoonful “offer from the kitchen” was also delicious.


Then came my favorite dessert: bilberry and birch, which means, bilberry sorbet and caramel pudding which contains birch tree water.


Meal experience was excellent, so as the dining environment. It delivers cosy feelings to both travelers and locals, as I am a kind of “both”.

I spotted many products from local designers or brands, such as well-known designer Päivi Rintaniemi‘s pottery works, as well as Jokinpiin Pellava‘s nice textiles (I got also one of their products from my ex-boss as a gift years ago).


To my delight I’ve also found that the ideology and some recipes of the restaurant has been compiled into a book called “Aidosti Juurella”, in which many local producers are introduced.

All in all the whole experience was surrounded by the feeling of respect of local traditions and the origins of food.


Upon leaving, I found this nice saying on the woman’s washroom door:


Can’t agree more, what do you think? :)

Restaurant Juurella

Keskustori 1, 60100 Seinäjoki, Finland

+358 6 4140720


This post has been posted in Chinese too.

My Facebook page as a writer

My Facebook page that introduces Finnish food, herbs, berries and design

Knitting + social media =#Taskuneuloosi (pocket knitting)

Note: this post has been published in Chinese too (本文中文請按連結)

Two weeks ago I attended a special event called #Taskuneuloosi in Finnish, roughly translated as “pocket knitting”. “Pocket” means that you can take it with you anywhere, while “neuloosi” is a new Finnish word which in my understanding, indicates being in a “flow, happy, enjoyable, even bit addicted” status of knitting.
(I found the definition from here, in Finnish) My Finnish friends, please correct me if I understood wrongly. ;-)

#Taskuneuloosi as an event concept has been organised for 5 times including the one I attended. The event provides an occasion where people who loves to knit can meet each other, face to face, sharing their works, at the same time learning something new about social media. How cool it is! While this blog is about design, innovative, creative products from Finland, #Taskuneuloosi to me is like an innovative “concept”, which should be spread all over around Finland, even across the borders.


This time the topic in #Taskuneuloosi is blogging. There were about 20 bloggers/knitters gathering together at Finland’s first, and by far the only Knit Cafe – Lentävä Lapanen (eng. Flying Mitten). Atmosphere was warm and welcoming, led by two entrepreneurs in Finnish social media field:Pauliina Mäkelä from Kinda Oy and Marja Nousiainen from Viestintä Oy Tulevaisuus.


During the event we shared our experience on blogging, discussing different aspects such as:

How to start blogging?
What to write on blog?
Good photos on blog, how?
Blogging is interesting, but no time to do it?
Blog marketing, article length, how to attract more comments, how to share blog contents in other social media platforms. Who are your readers? writing blog for yourself as a diary, or writing for certain target group/readers?

We also heard many interesting stories about blogging, got great links and recommendations on blogs and facebook blogging-related groups. All in all very relax yet informative.


Although I have been blogging for over 10 years, it’s still very interesting to hear different views on blogging, which made me able to jump out of my own “experience” to see things from different angles..

To me I can never have enough from blogging. Although the starting point of my blog was to write about my own life and observation in Finland, however throughout the years blogging has brought me much more surprises than I’ve ever expected. Blogging has led me to publish my first book, then the second, then the third is coming this year.


Blogging has also created many interesting contacts for me and for people around me, including attracting Taiwanese TV -program to interview a retiring, respected liberian in Seinäjoki and got a log house in Alajärvi sold to Taiwan.

The most important of all, blogging connects people with similar interests. By blogging we became friends, and support to each other. For me the online community has always been as “real” as daily contacts at work or at school. Honestly I don’t have much negative experience in blogging, instead, blogging has been an important way to open my world!

This time, the #taskuneuloosi as a social media’s live event again connected people!


I was happy to meet Pauliina/Kinda Oy again whom I haven’t seen for 5 years. I also finally got chance to meet Marja/Viestintä Oy Tulevaisuus, after exchanging a few emails for reporting the Hyvä Kasvaa Järvenpäässä -asukasliike for Taiwanese magazine Shopping Design last autumn.

It was also intriguing for me to hear that Marjaana has started her blog Villasukkavuosi for recording knitting works she would make during one year. How interesting! I can’t help start imaging, if it were me who started a blog to record my knitting works, in my snail-like speed I might only have 3 posts on my blog in one year. ;-)


Then the blogger Auli who sat right next to me, happened to have a really interesting textile design project going on, on the theme of the artist community around Tuusula lake. Looking forward to see how it progresses! Here is Auli’s post on #taskuneuloosi

I also found that the blogger Rouva Sana was the same “Minna” I met a few months ago in my son’s kindergarten’s autumn meeting. Connections, one after another, brought people close to each other, or at least having more chance to get to know each other. That’s the beauty of blogging, social media, and of course, #taskuneuloosi.

All in all, a beautiful event, with a group of wonderful people, at a lovely Knit Cafe, and many inspiring talks. What else one needs to wish for a weekend?!


PS. For Chinese writing on this event, see here in my blog in Chinese.

Carrots-Gooseberry jam – 芬蘭紅蘿蔔鵝莓果醬

Carrots-Gooseberry jam, made in Finnish farm.

夏天時在市集看到,忍不住買一罐回來品嘗,非常地天然又好吃,我喜歡這樣的果醬,天然的味道,不會太甜,也沒有加一堆奇怪的香精,這就芬蘭在地的味道,簡單純粹的紅蘿蔔和鵝莓味! 農場的主人甚至說,有中國人在向她打聽,想把果醬大批賣到中國去呢! 大家會對這果醬有興趣嗎?


Fiskars – Herb garden 冬日藥草花園燈

Lately I kept running into products that give light for plants and herbs during Finnish autumn and winter. I guess this is something people really need, at least Ii do! Here is one of them: Fiskars Herb Garden.

芬蘭正式進入十一月的黑暗季,久久不見日光也是常事,難怪現在市面上好多這樣的產品,因為真的很需要啊! 下圖是Iittala出的Herb Garden。

Local handcraft – birch bark basket

In another post I introduced the lovely modern birch bark basket designed by VersoDesign for Iittala. Here are birch bark baskets from local handcraft market. Both are beautiful, which style you like more?


Baskets designed and made by Finnish local craftwoman.

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Versodesign for Iittala – modern birch bark basket 現代白樺樹皮籃

One of my favorite product from VersoDesign. This basket was a co-operation result with Iittala. Other than this they also have a whole new product line coming out this autumn which combines the felt and Finnish traditional birch bark basket in a modern way, including bread basket, herb basket, mushroom basket (my favorite!)… etc.

幾週前在Iittala Outlet以近乎半價的特價買回家的置物籃,很喜歡,現在成了小孩每天進門時,可以把放手套圍巾帽子放進去的「家」。難得下手買設計品,買回家就發覺,一個溫馨好用的小設計,除了讓家裡多一份整齊,也真的讓人多一份好心情。

Moomin enamel mug by Muurla 姆米小朋友琺瑯杯

Moomin enamel mug, by Muurla. You can find it easily from many supermarket. Lovely gift for kids.

這幾天好像不小心po的照片全都與姆米相關,嗯,我真的不是故意的,大概因為最近服裝品牌在主打姆米系列,超市裡的姆米琺瑯杯也正好在折扣,因緣巧合下姆米就一直出現… 這琺瑯杯,真的很適合買給小朋友當禮物,芬蘭很多超市都找得到,算是平價好用的日常生活設計喔!


Moomin enamel mug, by Muurla. You can find it easily from many supermarket. Lovely gift for kids. #design #Finland #moomin #muurla

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IVANAHELSINKI- Moomin clip purse 姆米小錢包

I was just thinking that IVANAHELSINKI’s new moomin collection is beautiful, but would probably be a bit expensive for me. Now I saw this, wow, this is cute, hmm, maybe this would be affordable for me? ;-)


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Moomin clip purses by Ivana Helsinki @ Tokyo fashion week! @moominofficial #IvanaHelsinki #Paolasuhonen #Moomin #Tokyo #Fashionweek

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