About the wool, the felting and our choices

OVER ONS

Manja ten Donkelaar en Sophie van der Lubbe: makers, denkers, ondernemers én schoonzussen. Thuisbasis: Groninger platteland.

Onze wortels liggen in het kunstonderwijs (Manja) en de biologie (Sophie). We vonden elkaar in onze gedeelde liefde voor natuur, textiel en designklassiekers. Met beiden een fascinatie voor traditionele technieken steken we die graag in een eigentijds jasje. Een 'wabi-sabi' jasje, want ons hart gaat uit naar de schoonheid van de imperfectie.

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ONS MATERIAAL

Wolvilt. Ons materiaal en tevens het uitgangspunt voor al onze ontwerpen. Hoe het zich gedraagt, wat het -nog nét- verdraagt en hoe het ons werkproces voelbaar vertraagt.

 

De biologische wol is afkomstig van Europese merinoschapen. We hebben nog een rest niet-biologische wol, deze gebruiken we op, maar de voorraad zal daarna niet aangevuld meer worden. Vanaf dat moment zullen al onze lampen van Europese merinowol zijn, van boeren die biologisch werken. 

 

Daarnaast maken we voor het vilten gebruik van biologisch afbreekbare zeep en water dat verwarmd wordt door een zonneboiler. Zonnepanelen leveren onze elektriciteit.

De pigmenten die onze ontwerpen kleuren zijn voor het leeuwendeel afkomstig uit de planten die in de tuin achter onze werkplaats groeien.

Walnoot, guldenroede, fluitenkruid en vele andere planten geven ons de beschikking over tinten van diep donkerbruin tot helder geel-groen.

We hebben zelfs een flinke bak Friese kleigrond neergezet waar de meekrap welig in tiert.

De schillen van de uien en avocado's uit onze keukens halen de composthoop pas nadat ze hun pigmenten aan onze verfbaden hebben afgestaan.

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LumaLano designs and creates wool felt design in its own workshop.

 

ABOUT US

LumaLano is a small company owned by Manja ten Donkelaar and Sophie van der Lubbe. Both always active with textile and also with gardening and nature. We also both have a family with two boys in elementary school age.

 

Our workshop in Opende is the place where we work. All lamps are created by hand. In this way we stay makers and designers, which we prefer to do.

 

 

SUSTAINABLE

An important objective is to undertake as sustainable as possible. Care for the environment and people is a great thing. For every decision we make, the environmental impact plays an important role. We use dyes from our own (organic) garden, fleece directly from the region of farmers who work animal-friendly and often also work organically, and we choose the packaging for shipping as natural and sustainable as possible. For the felting we use soap that is biodegradable. The water is heated with a solar water heater and the electricity comes from the solar panels.

 

We are creating an organic series of lamps. For this we use European merino wool from organic farmers. This wool is a bit more rough, in this way the structure of the wool is more visible. Our great wish and our goal is to be able to use wool of organic origin for all our lamps. At workshops we serve an organic lunch with products from our own (organic) garden. Finally, our lamps and fleeces are completely biodegradable. But we hope that you want to keep this lamp your entire life, and maybe pass them down to the next generation. 

 

 

WOOL

The basis for felt is sheep wool. Various types of wool can be used for felting. Each sheep breed gives wool with unique characteristics. Some varieties have long hair and little wool, other varieties have a lot of fine wool.

 

For sheep rugs we use shaved fleece of sheep from the region. Especially varieties with long locks are attractive. For example, we use the curly fleece of the Walliser Schwarznase and the fleece with long hairs from the Schoonebeker sheep and the Heidschnucke. Our sheep rugs all come from hobby farmers or shepherds with sheep herds that graze in nature reserves.

 

The wool we use for our lamps has a finer structure and does not come from the Netherlands. For this we use mulesing-free Merino wool from New Zealand or Australia. This is very fine and soft wool that gives a nice regular felt. Ideal for our lamps. For the organic variants we use European wool from Merino sheep. Due to the difference in climate between Europe and New Zealand / Australia this wool is more rough in structure, which gives a beautiful drawing in these lamps.

 

FELT

The felt process is centuries old. Especially in Mongolia and Russia the technique is often used in for example clothing and tents (yurts). For our lamps we lay the wool in form. Then we soak the wool with hot water and soap. Together this ensures that the scales of the fibers will open properly. By moving the wool with our hands the fibers hook together. This creates a solid substance.

 

DYING

Wool dyeing was a long time ago a technique to make the wool more attractive. Until the inventions of synthetic dyes, dyes from plants gave the color to textiles. Commonly used in Europe for example were the red madder root, the yellow kite and the blue wedge. Later blue indigo was used from China. Other plants also lend themselves well to a durable, solid color. Surprisingly, not obvious plants, like nettle, birch leaves and cow parsley. Plants that you can expect a bit of as the yellow goldenrod and the brown walnut husks are also suitable.

For our lamps we make our own dye baths and use mostly plants from our own garden.

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LumaLano wolviltdesign
Opende, Groningen
Kvk nr. 66834481
BTW nr. 856717162B01
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