December 25, 2011
The elder generation of the Hansen Family brought us the little christmas-gnomes from denmark this year. They are made by Asa Gotander. She made her first "Skaggtomte", ie bearded gnome in the late 1980's. In 1993 she built a small workshop next to her house on the Swedish countryside and called it Asas Tomtebod, Asa's Gnome Workshop. Her charming wool gnomes gained more popularity locally every year until they became a huge gnome hit nationwide after Asa presented them at a Stockholm fair 2000. Now she makes over 55.000 a year, each one handicrafted and an individual personality. Asa Gotander tells she got the inspiration from "a walk in the forest or just out of nowhere".