About Remankeli Jewellery
Remankeli-name might sound very weird :) It is Finnish and it means: Re (recycle, re-use), Mankeli (a mangle; Finnish nickname for a bike).
Behind Remankeli there is my little one woman Elokuje Handicrafts side entrepreneur business. As a graphic designer in my main entrepreneur business Elovisual, I design all the marketing material my self.
Remankeli is my first public jewellery collection. It uses local secondhand and upcycled bicycle (mostly mountain bikes) parts like chains and inner tubes as main material. I also use leftover reindeer leather and leftover climbing skins in my other Elokuje jewellery collections. In every step of the jewellery process – like in every day life – I try to act as sustainable as I can.
I think the main reason why I started this jewellery project was to design, create and brand something concrete of my own and with my bare hands. From the beginning it was clear to me I want to use second hand material, since there is so much trash and unused material in the world. Connecting two hobbies, cycling and jewellery designing was fun and sort of automatic! Remankeli jewellery is for showing passion towards cycling and nature.
There are several helping hands behind Elokuje Handicrafts and Remankeli. Chain breaking, material cleaning, sawing, drilling, building, sewing, glueing… My mum has been my most important associate, since she has a long history in handcrafts and lot of experience. My dad helps me with bigger tools and building stuff. My boyfriend is my hand model, bike fixer, cycling coach and bike packing guide. My friends test my designs and encourage me to continue. Thank you all! :)