One of the things we enjoyed the most in Stockholm was to be able to find some traditional craftmanship and small shops existing besides the mainstream chains. It is amazing to see how the people and the city manage to add a modern twist to old fashioned traditions and translate them into modern life.
One of the best examples is a small shop we found at Nytorgsgatan 38, that is producing candy all by hand and all with deep love and understanding for the elaborated procedure. One of the employees Leyli had many different jobs before, but today she is a candymaker, she says with a canny smile on her face. In the shop, called Pärlans, she and her friends make candy based on a recipe from the 30s and 40s, concentrating rather on quality than quantity. When talking to her customers she had that contagious laugther that you recognize immediately and she seemed so satisfied and happy with what she is doing that it makes you want to come back, if not fot the delicious candy than at least to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.
This is a short film that I was a part of for Adam Young's solo Art Show at Common House Gallery entitled: Songs of the Early Riser. Adam had a concept for a video installation. I took his concept and put it into a video. We originally had 4 different edits looping at the show in his installation, but this edit is a compilation of my favorite clips from the three day shoot. This has been the most fun project I have been a part of to date. Sitting around with your friends killing a couple of six packs of beer trying to think of different means to open your next drink is pretty fun. I encourage you to try it.
Adam's art is amazing. If you have an opportunity to pick up one of his pieces, I suggest you add an original to your collection. He is one of the best dudes ever...
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