Friday, August 29, 2008

dance

2 videos today:
"How I´d like to walk down the street" made me laugh...


and a second video of Lauren Thomsons. Synchronize dancing with a video of her when she was 4 years old, called
"The Showtime Project".

Thursday, August 21, 2008

back in the studio

I´m slowly turning back to work...


photography left side "Emil" by © Bogi Bell

3 new Drakkar pillows are available here

talk more soon...

Monday, August 18, 2008

K x -> = > 2

secret forest formula

If you are planning to build a new home, why not call this guy :o)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

new book - more softies


the second softies book by Penguin books Australia with patterns and instructions to make 22 soft toys will soon be available. I recieved my copy yesterday and I´m very happy with the outcome.

It includes photographs of each toy. Contributors have been sourced from around the world, and the toys are funky, modern and creative. The toys are made using sewing or crochet. Smirky is our herzensart contribution in the book, I hope you will like the pattern


Now some homegrown green food with home made paneer indian cheese [found through Green wellies]. We proudly present our first organic grown yellow zucchini and also home grown salad decoration [nasturtium flowers - Blüten der Kapuzinerkresse] :)

Saturday, August 09, 2008

weekend pleasures


a girl´s night with books and red wine and cookies

a visit of an artist community around the corner named "Rosa Aussicht". More pics here

and some time in the garden

this is a guardian for the old apple tree. Sadly one hughe branche broke in the storm due to the weight of the apples...

enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

how to create a vision (without going into the woods)?

Since twenty years Marie Willey keeps a black and white postcard showing an old house. It´s been her dream house ever since. Now she is living in a house very similiar to the one pictured at the old postcard. She still keeps the card, leaning against the mantelpiece in her house... This I read in an article a few days ago.

I´m convinced that a concrete vision helps us to get what we want to achieve. But how to create such a vision?

I often feel drawn into many directions at the same time, I want to be an independent artist, I want to be a successfull business owner, I want to be a mother to a child, I want to live in the desert with no neighbors around me, I want to live in a vivid city with cultural life, etc. etc.

While I was travelling in my mind to the NMAC foundation a few days ago, again so many overwhelming ideas and dreams were brought up, it was all confusing. But I also recognized that at the end I could divide all these unsorted thoughts, ideas, wishes into three categories: my life, my art and myself.
I decided to make 3 books (shown above) which shall help me to sort my head out. I began filling the pages by writing, scribbling, gluing pics in - it becomes a collection of my ideas and dreams but in a categorized way.

The next thing I made is a vision board. I used a simple cork pinboard, which I painted white. This will be the place to visualize the essence in pictures, which I´m hoping to find and therefore to create an image of my personal vision.
For sure this all is an ongoing process and needs time to develop. I also know a vision can change due to living circumstances and some slight corrections may be neccessary. But doesn´t that make a pinboard to the perfect vision creating tool? :)

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

vision quest

nearby in the woods there´s a vacant, beautiful little house. One has to climb down a few stairs to get there as it´s placed in a hollow. Due to the sunshade and a barbecue grill it´s probably somebodys weekend residence.

Dealing with "visions" in the last days I came across reading about Indian spirituality and the "vision quests" ritual, wich is a journey alone into the wilderness. The goal is to recieve a vision through fasting and quiet reflection.
When finding this little house, I wondered if I would dare to stay there alone for some time. There´s no street light, no neighbours, only the sound of the wind in the trees and frog croaking from the nearby tarn. For sure a good thing when seeking for answers. But being alone in the woods scares me...