A lot of joy, pride and warmth, marked the opening of Smávinir Économusée on December 7th. A number of people shared Lára Gunnardóttir‘s joy, the owner of Smávinir, when the company became a formal partner of the international organization ÉCONOMUSÉE® network.
The event started with Lára welcoming the guests and Anna Margrét Ólafsdóttir sang the beautiful poem Smávinir fagrir accompined by Jón Svanur Pétursson on the accordion. Guests were served „jólaglögg“ (Christmas drink) and „eplaskífur“ (small pancakes with apples), creating a wonderful festive atomsphere.
Ragnhildur Sigurðardóttir, general manager of Snæfellsnes Regional Park, spoke on the importance of companies such as Smávinir for the community: „ It is important to us Snæfellingar to have powerful, artistic and creative people in our ranks. People who see the opportunity and has the qualities to go all the way as we can see that has been done here.“
Smávinir is an open workshop in Stykkishólmur, Iceland, where guests are given the opportunity to watch and learn about the production of handmade pieces of Icelandic birch. Smávinir together with Leir 7, a ceramics Économusée located in the same place, form an unique collaboration to behold. „Collaboration of the women here; Sigga in Leir 7.. and Lára‘s Smávinir, is examplary, exchanging visitors and increasing both opening hours and revenue. 1 + 1 can be more than 2 if corrected managed.“ as noted by Ragnhildur Sigurðardóttir in her opening speech.
Thora Valsdóttir, Matís, presented the Économusée network and welcomed Smávinir to become part of it: „Congratulations Smávinir, congratulations Lára Gunnarsdóttir.“ Matís is the representative of the ÉCONOMUSÉE® network in Iceland through Craft Reach, a cooperative project of seven countries in the Northern pheriphery area. The project is funded by the European Union's Northern Program (NPA), with the objectives to help artisan businesses prosper, lodge artisans firmly in their local communities, to deepen embeddedness and internationalise the artisans.