My name is Tone Smaasund – a Norwegian based in Aberdeen, Scotland.
My professional background is in Communication:
I studied languages, Nordic Archaeology, Computing/ IT and media studies at the NTNU university in Norway. Add to this experience and interest in Marketing, multi media, web design, copy writing, interaction design, service design, direct selling, customer service, product support, arts, crafts, design and TEFL Business English Teacher:
2003-2005 Technical Support Advisor for IBM/ Lenovo laptops in Greenock
2005-2009 Norwegian Localiser at the e-business department for Hilton Hotels in Glasgow.
2009-2017 Customer Support Advisor in the procurement sector for Millstream in Aberdeen.
2017- Product Support Advisor e-learning for Mintra TrainingPortal in Aberdeen
I used to have my own part-time jewellery business to keep me busy in my spare time but moving to Aberdeen and life I guess, made me take the decision to take the pressure off trying to find the time it takes to grow a business as well as venues after long days at work to pay the bills.
Being a seeker and an artist with a mind constantly buzzing of ideas life also showed me the importance of Stepping Back from the world and recharge my batteries. Daily I use meditation and techniques I have learned from alternative / complementary therapies, but I also love Arts and Crafts. So it was my love of Textiles that made me follow that voice of inspiration when my creative life seemed to be but gloom – and I discovered Saori weaving.
So after journeying inwards I decided in 2016 to go to out in the world and I stayed in alow budget at a hostel for a week in Reykjavik and then for my highlight in June / July when I went to Japan learning more about Saori weaving – staying for 2 weeks at Saori no Mori outside Osaka.
My continuous love for languages and meeting new people makes my world feel bigger and that is part of why I am became a certified TEFL/TESOL Business English teacher in 2017.
Clearing my head and my life the last year has given me a new job within e-learning and a place big and warm enough for me to allow space for my loom to unfold itself in all its colours and projects yet to come..
So.. that’s my journey so far.