The wonderful summer is almost gone and we intend to keep our promise and open wide, for one day, the gates of the Paper Mill, for whoever wishes to visit us and to know at least a part of our story.
We wished to have more visiting days, but this summer was like fairytale, on the one hand, and with various obligations, on the other hand. To make a long story short, at the beginning of summer some of us were teaching crafts in Luncavița (Tulcea), others were busy with the workshops organized at the Paper Mill, then we were all involved in the summer school dedicated to young architects, in workshops, creating new products, orders, and, beside all these, working at Comana Crafts Village Satul meșteșugurilor , on which we focused almost all the time.
Nevertheless, all through the summer we have received a lot of messages from people who wish to visit our beloved Mill and that is why we decided to invite you into our story on Sunday, August 30th, from 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00. You will visit the Paper Mill Workshop-Museum, you will see a demonstration of handmade paper, you will listen to us sharing our dreams, that will take shape one after the other, such as Comana Crafts Village, a project co-financed by Innovation Norway, through Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, within the financing domain Innovation in Green Industry – Romania, that sustains projects with positive impact on environment.
The entry fee will be as a donation. The amount proposed is 10 lei for adults, but if children wish to donate, we willingly receive their contributions, as well. Donations are important for us and help us carry on our projects.
We are looking forward to receiving your inscriptions via e-mail at email@example.com, kindly asking you to mention the hour when you prefer to come.
See you all on August 30th!
On Saturday, the 7th of May 2016, an important event will take place in Comana (Giurgiu county) – the opening of “Comana Crafts Village”, a project financed by the Government of Norway, through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, within the financing domain Innovation in Green Industry – Romania, that sustains projects with a positive impact on environment.
The programme of the day will start at 11.00 with the ribbon- cutting ceremony, which will be followed by guided tours in Comana Crafts Village, demonstrations of crafts, exhibition, a moment of local music.
Comana Crafts Village project aims, on the one side, at developping the rural community by creating a structure of support, by which seven small craft enterprises were already initiated. On the other side, this project proposes a place where town people, tired of every-day life, may rediscover through crafts, through the architecture of the buildings and the atmosphere created, images of the villages from the past meant to fill their heart with joy, to catch their interest and to offer them the chance of going through new, authentic experiences.
To this purpose, in Comana Crafts Village there are workshops for: woodwork, reed processing, pottery, weaving, traditional milling, blacksmith’s workshop, as well as fruit, vegetables and medical plants processing. The Village will have a component part dedicated to production and selling, as well as an educational side, being a space open for visitors, where there will be craft demonstrations and workshops for children and adults.
Today, April 25th, the closing event for Comana Crafts Village project took place in Comana (Giurgiu county). This project was financed by the Government of Norway, through the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, within the financing domain Innovation in Green Industry – Romania, which sustains projects with a positive impact on environment.
Comana Crafts Village project backs opportunities of sustainable business by creating ecological products, recycling wastes and using regenerative energy sources in Comana, all in relation to crafs specific to this region. The project creates a structure of support for local entrepreneurs in the field of traditional crafts, by which seven small craft enterprises were initiated. Comana Crafts Village will propose workshops for woodwork, reed processing, pottery, weaving, traditional milling, blacksmith’s workshop, as well as fruit, vegetables and medical plants processing. The Village will have a component part dedicated to production and selling, as well as an educational side, being a space open for visitors, where there will be craft demonstrations and workshops for children and adults.
Ion Georgescu, Project Manager, stated: „By this project, we create a new landmark on the map of Comana and Bucharest Metropolitan Area, showing at the same time that non-governmental organizations are able to carry on successful projects of sustainable economic development that value, by involving the community, both the beauty of the natural environment and the creativity of traditional crafts”.
Comana Crafts Village and Paper Mill will open to the public starting with the 7th of May 2016.
For more information, please contact us at 0724.290.010 – Dana Georgescu, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Paper Mill Association, together with the Department of Architecture of „Spiru Haret” University, has the pleasure to invite you at the closing event of the cultural project „Verna-cultura. Traditional crafts in the context of contemporary architecture” which will take place on 17.11.2015, starting with 17.00, at the Centre for Architectural Culture of the Architects’ Union in Romania, situated in Jean Louis Calderon Street, nr. 48, sector 2, Bucharest. The event will propose the opening of the itinerant exhibition „Verna-cultura Summer School. Traditional crafts in the context of contemporary architecture” and will launch the Good Practices Guide, both parts presenting activities carried on within the project.
Re-cognizing traditional crafts in construction field represents re-cognizing the essence of Romanian architecture. With this purpose in mind, the Paper Mill Association, in partnership with the Department of Architecture of “Spiru Haret” University and the European Foundation for Eco-sustainable Development organized over 13th–23rd of July 2015 the Summer School „Verna-cultura. Traditional crafts in the context of contemporary architecture”, in Comana village, Giurgiu county. It addressed a number of 15 young architects and was financed by the „Architecture Stamp” Fund, through the Cultural Projects Session 2015 of the Architects’ Union in România.
By taking part in the Summer School, young architects had the opportunity to participate in theoretical and practical sessions meant to help them discover techniques of vernacular-type traditional construction works. The theoretical sessions in which they participated were completed with visits of certain special places in Comana village, showing examples of vernacular building practices. Moreover, the young architects got involved in the building site of Comana Crafts Village Satul meșteșugurilor, a project of the Paper Mill Association, unique in Romania both by traditional construction techniques and by its social, educational and cultural objectives – building a small village dedicated to traditional crafts, meant to be a source of income for the community.
For further details on this project, please check the facebook page Școala de vară Verna-cultura, the site of the Paper Mill Association www.moaradehartie.ro and the site of „Spiru Haret” University www.spiruharet.ro.
Verna-cultura Summer School will take place over 13th – 22nd of July 2015 in Comana, Giurgiu county, within Comana Crafts Village site. Traditional crafts in contemporary context!
By taking part in the Summer School, young architects will acquire new skills in the domain of restoring the built heritage. They will therefore have the practical possibility of initiation and knowledge acquisition in terms of crafts, materials and techniques of making vernacular-type traditional construction works, specific both to the restoration of heritage buildings and to building new spaces in the spirit of bioarchitecture. The practical activity will be coordinated by architects, folk craftsmen and specialists in vernacular building practices.
Within this project, young architects will have the opportunity of getting involved into activities carried on the building site of Comana Crafts Village project, a project unique in Romania due to the traditional construction techniques and also to its social, educational and cultural objectives – the building of a small village dedicated to traditional crafts, meant to be a constant source of income for the villagers involved in the project.
“Verna-cultura Summer School. Traditional crafts in contemporary context” is co-financed by the Union of Romanian Architects, within a project carried on by the Paper Mill Association in partnership with the Faculty of Architecture of the University Spiru Haret and the European Foundation for Eco-sustainable Development.
For further details on this project, please use the site www.moaradehartie.ro, the facebook page Școala de vară Verna-cultura, the e-mail email@example.com or the telephone number 0743.266.262 – Ion Georgescu – Project Manager.
We joyfully invite you to visit the Paper Mill on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of May! Beside visiting the workshop-museum, we are willing to tell you about our great projects, to hear your opinions, ideas and hopefully find together means of collaboration and support.
We have gone through a lot of adventures since 2009, when the idea of the Paper Mill started to take shape in our hearts. We have lived moments of intense happiness, we have known people of an extreme inner beauty and we managed to plant seeds that started to give fruit. As time passed, we realized that almost all the people who were close to us and helped us in our daring actions, were or became our friends. That without them, the Paper Mill may have remained just an idea and we would not have lived these precious moments, full of hope and joy.
That is why we wish to continue making our projects grow together with all those who believe in us and in our ideas. At the beginning of our story we tried to manage by ourselves, but all throughout these years we learnt to give up pride and ask for help. Every time, our family and dear friends were there for us. We were surprised to see how people that we had not known for a long time cared for us and the Paper Mill, offering us all their support. We felt that there are friends everywhere, just that we had not known them yet. All we need is find a way to call them and they will come to us. It is exactly what we started doing this spring and we shall continue doing this in those to come.
Therefore, those of you who hear us and want to find out about our story, dreams and projects, are impatiently invited on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Paper Mill in Comana. We shall inform you, first of all, about the newest and most complex project of the Paper Mill Association, Comana Crafts Village, project financed by Innovation Norway, through Norway Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, within the financing domain Innovation in Green Industry – Romania, which sustains projects with positive impact on environment.
The hours when we will be waiting for you are: 11.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00. Please inform us if you come via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by sending a message on our facebook page or by telephone at 0724.290.010. The entrance will be free of charge. Still, if you like the projects that we wish to develop, any donation is more than welcome and helps us go on, to be of use!
Looking forward to welcoming you,
The Paper Mill Team
In 2015, The Paper Mill Association will turn an idea – „Comana Crafts Village” – into a place where thousands of people will (re)discover the forgotten world of the Romanian village, full of beauty, simplicity and joy.
„Comana Crafts Village” project will be brought to life not far from Bucharest, in Comana village, situated in the heart of Comana Natural Park, an area with a long history and a special nature. Due to this project, a small ”village” will be built from nothing – with a view to showing that, by their force and value, crafts can save the world. Comana Crafts Village aims at becoming a place loved not only by curious and energetic children, but also by adults, tired of every-day life, marked by speed and stress.
Comana Crafts Village will propose a lot of crafts: woodwork, forge, reed work, pottery, weaving, traditional milling, natural processing of fruit, vegetables, as well as of medical plants. The Village will focus, on the one hand, on production and sale, and on the other hand, on education, being a place open for visitors, children and adults, to see demonstrations, workshops and crafts.
The project is financed by Innovation Norway, through Norwegian Financial Mechanism (Norway Grants) 2009-2014, within the financing domain Innovation in Green Industry – Romania, that sustains projects with positive impact on environment.
Comana Crafts Village is a natural continuation of the activities carried on so far by the Paper Mill Association, a dream that turned into a winning project in 2014! Be with us on this new and fascinating way!
You can find out more about this project by following the site www.moaradehartie.ro, the facebook page Satul meșteșugurilor and, soon, a site dedicated to this project. For further information, please contact us at 0724.290.010 – Dana Georgescu or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Be welcome with family and friends at our week-end special programme within the Crafts Village and Paper Mill!
Among the things to enjoy there will be:
– Interactive demonstrations of hand-made paper, pottery, reed work and traditional weaving.
During the week-end opening hours, you will see craftspeople working in the workshops dedicated to: handmade paper, reed work, carpentry, pottery, weaving and bookbinding.
It may occur, in certain weekends, that some workshops be open and others closed. If you wish to participate in a specific activity, we kindly ask you to send us a short message to the address firstname.lastname@example.org or to call us at 0723COMANA(266262) to check if the respective workshop will be open.
The Paper Mill – Crafts Village museum is open every week-end between 12.00 – 19.00.
- Guided tour: 15 lei. 10 lei for students, retired and disabled people.
- Unguided visit: 10 lei. 7 lei for students, retired and disabled people.
- In order to encourage family visits and participation in the challenging activities proposed by the Paper Mill and Crafts Village, we introduced special fees for families. Details here aici or at the entrance.
Free admission for children under 3 years old.
If you wish to participate in the interactive demonstrations (handmade paper, weaving, reed work, ceramics, letterpress), the participation fee is 1 guilder (gulden) – worth 10 lei, including the object manufactured within each workshop. More objects, more guilders.
We invite you to Comana Crafts Village and Paper Mill, where you will discover a team of dedicated people eager to share the story of the crafts in the XXIst century.
Thank you for your visit and participation in the demonstrations! By doing this, as well as by purchasing our products, you help crafts go on and encourage the worthy people who keep them alive.