How it all began
Inspired by another group of men in the U.S. who came together to create beautiful, hand-made objects such as tote bags, wooden sculptures and more, Melañio decided to try the same thing with his closest friends. Determined to make this a time set aside from our usual daily, busy lives, he & Joe found a cozy, rustic house in the countryside and invited ten of us for a weekend away to cook, create, laugh and relax. They organized several crafts that first weekend — unique totes made from denim, reused leather belts and rivets, leather key holders and folded paper lamps. Not all of us were crafters, but each of us brought our particular skills and inspiration to the communal table. Working together, getting lost in the flow of creating things with our own hands, talking, laughing and sharing an experience — it was fantastic.
Over the next years we repeated the experience, each time with different crafts and in new stunning locations. After each of these creative weekends, we were struck by how many of our friends, acquaintances and colleagues commented either on our creations or the idea itself saying such things as “I love that bag, you made it?” or “I want to come along next time!”. So, we decided to make this special event available to others. We want to share our creativity, dedication to beauty and quality, knowledge of special, lovely locations, passion for cooking and creating community with others.
Will you join us?
Meet the team
Melañio studied graphic design and is a prop & set stylist for commercial photography. Before that, he worked as a product designer, art director, and magazine editor. He is inspired by how things are designed and made.
Joe is a landscape architect who runs his own business in Brussels. He enjoys reusing and repurposing everyday objects to make useful items.
Miles is a primary school teacher and teacher trainer who finds joy in seeing people of all ages learn new skills. While not considering himself the most crafty person, he loves a good challenge.
Clinton is a graphic designer and contemporary dancer, obsessed with paper folding and stop motion animation. Cooking calms him down.