We've introduced Iris Hantverk to you before on the blog, but early this morning I received an email from them with a video attached. In the video, we get to visit the Iris Hanterk shop in Sweden and learn more about the company and the process behind making brushes. It was a gentle reminder of our philosophies behind GRAY and why my mom and I do what we do.
"In the late 1900s century a small brush manufacturing started out in Stockholm. It was a successful movement so successful that it remains today. Today we are 13 employees at Iris Hantverk. The core of the business is the brush binding manufacturing at Sandsborgsvägen, Enskede – here 5 visually impaired craftsmen from different cultures make brushes according to an old Swedish tradition. We also work with visually impaired craftsmen in Estonia. Like us, they too have a history strongly connected to the visual impairments movement. Our design has evolved through the years but the craftsmen still use the same time honouring techniques used for over a hundred years. Now, as then, every brush is made by hand by visually impaired craftsmen. The brush handles are made from FCS certificated wood and the bristles are mostly from natural materials. It brings new dimensions to the concept of sensitively made by hand."