Thursday, December 27, 2007
the new studio of Karin Eriksson.
this bead bulb lamp by Hella Jongerius makes me........................nuts!!! I want it.... so badly...........stop me from robbing a bank (found through Debi)
if I don´t end up in prison I´m buying this lamp as well (photograph and home of Camilla Engman)
Thinking a lot about clothing, style & art in the last days and how bringing these together to a good mixture, like Danny Mansmith does so very well
Last but not least, gifts from Graça
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
so we will light the 4th candle in Bavaria ...
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
gleicher Teig wie Haselnusskranz (siehe letzter Post) / same dough as Hazelnut ring (see last below)
Mohnfuellung / poppy seed stuffing :
200g geriebener Mohn / 200 g grounded poppy seed
nicht ganz 3 EL Milch / nearly 3 tablespoons milk
6 EL Zucker / 6 tablespoons sugar
geriebene Schale einer halben Zitrone / lemon zest of a half lemon
eine Prise Zimt / a dash cinnamon
50g Butter / 50 grammes butter
80g Rosinen / 80 grammes raisins
2 EL Honig / 2 tablespoons honey
1 großes Stamperl (haha, hoffentlich versteht ihr das) Rum / 1 jigger rum
Die Milch mit dem Honig und dem Zucker aufkochen und dann den Mohn einrühren. Alles noch einmal aufkochen lassen und die restlichen Zutaten beifuegen, vom Herd nehmen und erkalten lassen.
Bring the milk with honey and sugar to a boil and stir in the poppy seeds. Bring to a short boil again and add the remaining ingredients. Remove from the oven and let cool down.
KITSUNE NOIR made a nice post about our vikings yesterday.
Happy baking and don´t forget to send me a pic of your Mohnstrudel :)
Saturday, December 08, 2007
The gorgeous Small Magazine has featured our herzensart angels. That makes us superduperhappy! Take a look here
Friday, December 07, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
the kids loved the angels and vikings. A few more pics here
Thursday, November 29, 2007
But I love these tools. Besides finding new customers, they also allow us to get in contact with so many wonderful, creative souls like you, being inspired and sharing also our experiences. Thank you for reading this blog, being interested in what a blue sheep and a blond girl come up with and for commenting, motivating and giving us a glimpse of your "worlds".
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I started using textiles about three years ago, after I found the wonderful designs of artists like Rosa Pomar on the web. Being a painter at this stage of my artist way, I felt so inspired and I wanted to make tactile 3 dimensional art. My first creations came out a bit odd as I had nearly no experience in sewing (only had sewn a so called babydoll (nightshirt) at the age of about 9 in school which I never finished as I hated to work with the sewing machine and also hated that ten of the 15 girls had bought the same fabric like me, with a Sarah Kay dolls print for their first sewing project. So this was the tentative end of my sewing career, which should last for the next 27 years)
An old lady was living next to my door who was a seamstress, so I asked her what was wrong with my creations and she showed me that I had to clip curved seems, to make them smooth when turned right side out and stuffed. I made many drawings of possible creatures, that I wanted to transform into sewing projects.
I can honestly say that I love my creatures every single one and there is nearly none of them after being finished that was not sitting with me in front of the TV, or even sitting in front of my bed so that I could look at it a while before falling into sleep (ask my husband). We are having a real deep relationship, my dolls and I :-)
In the last 2 weeks I got 2 emails from people telling me that they have seen my designs being used by others and SOLD. One email told me about a person selling on a German marketplace for handmade goods (that I also use to show my works) and one in a shop in Barcelona. (Please note: I´m not talking of these people who have bought the Softies book, where I have published the pattern of my guardian angel for PRIVATE use.)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I´m speaking of an angel manufactory!
It is located in a tiny studio, best hidden on the country side. As long as this studio exists, it´s for sure that angels never will be expelled from this planet. Isn´t that comfortable to know? I thought it would be nice to have a handpainted wooden sign that I could hang above my fair booth next week, but now I´m in doubt. Shouldn´t I better make a trip to the copyshop? Otherwise I liked the idea to have a handmade sign....What do you think? oh I so adore Kiki Smith
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
"toy making came as a reaction to mass production - in a world where everything is mass made, mass marketed and consumed, the attraction of the unique and hand made is compelling, especially for the artists but also for shops and consumers" Penny Craswell
with this in mind, happy x-mas shopping!
for the holiday season we have updated our site of handmade, original art toys. Please take a look by clicking on the picture. You will find a few new items, such as our trees and little wolfs, which we are making by order and furthermore 2 little vikings from the new series. We are also giving a discount from today until December 24th, please check out the new prices. Thank you!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Playing with fabrics led me to a new version of vikings that I´d like to share with you... It´s been interesting to see, how changing litttle details can have a significant effect and give a new meaning to a doll.
I´m sending some of these new vikings to this show don´t miss this:
art with polymer clay by Meredith Dittmar
and felted objects by Blyth
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I´m thrilled of the idea to create scenarios, settings, whole worlds, soft worlds! So this is the beginning....
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
- wok cooking (mmmmhhhhh)
- shopping in Bonn, coffee stop at Frau Holle
- trip to the art event "Lindenthaler street gallery" where my friend Bogi exhibited some of her great photographs and paintings
- buying the best wasabi peanuts ever
- having back pain (hell I´m getting old..)
- reading two fantastic books about female artists, one about Eva Hesse, a German-born-American sculptor, second about the friendship Clara Rilke-Westhoff and Paula Modersohn-Becker
- being invited to a group show at Kismet art gallery (NY)
- listening to Starke&Gorter
- walking in the woods
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Thank you! x Friederike!
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
But enough on that...now a few, new bits
Volksfaden.de which is located in Berlin offers a tasteful selection of fabrics and wrote about herzensart . Thank you so much Linda!
Thanks to a dear sponsor I´m taking my Rooibosh-Caramel-Cream-tea now from my very own cup, which is a good thing, because there is no chance that S. mixes up mine with hers anymore and avoids any further discussions on that. Thank you Bogi!
We are working hard on a new series of vikings for a little show we participating end of November and at the same time on new organic dolls, all made from organic fabrics and stuffed with Kapok. I must admit that Kapok is not my favorite stuffing material to work with. One can say it is breathtaking, it goes into the air and you breathe it in, after you have finished working with it you will find it everywhere and when I say everywhere, I really mean everywhere...
is this a spectacular studio view? Have a look at the website of Jenny Kostecki as well!
Now back to tea and sewing machine...