33 young people from across the globe are gathered in Kastoria, Greece, at the annual Fur Summer School these days. The 10-day summer school brings in participants from the entire value chain for an educational programme focusing on entrepreneurship, craftsmanship, design, business, ethics and communication. Following the success of last year’s event, Fur Summer School 2016 gathers an even larger crowd including participants from Hong Kong, Ukraine, Canada and the US in addition to a large European representation.
Two days into the programme things have come off perfectly right, says Lasma Antonova, a designer from Latvia, with no previous experience with fur.
“I want to learn about fur, because I want to work with fur in the future, and it is important I am able to deliver the right message. I applied for the Summer School when I noticed Saga Furs announced it, so I was very happy when I learned my application had been accepted. So far it has been very informative, so there is a lot to process,” Lasma Antonova says.
Fur Summer School 2016 is organised by Fur Europe in cooperation with Hellenic Fur Federation. The location in Kastoria in North Western Greece is ideal because all parts of the value chain are represented in the area, and it is an important part of the European fur sector’s philosophy that all parts of the fur sector are up to date on each others activities. The designer Lasma Antonova has now been on a mink farm:
“It was the first time I visited a farm. It seemed like the animals were healthy and lived good lives. It was really good to talk to one of the farmers, who are also here, because he could explain a lot of things,” she says.
The fur Summer School continues until 1 September.