Monday, November 27, 2006

the legend of the thornbird

I´m a dramatic sheep. The more drama the better - not in all respects - and especially I hope I´m also over it watching out for drama in my personal life. But I still love it in movies. I´m sure you know the novel "The thorn birds" which was also broadcast, must have been in the eighteens, I guess. The story of a forbidden love affair between the young priest "Father Ralph" and an Australian sheep farm daughter "Meggie". Didn´t we cry lots of tears, when Father Ralph was torn between his own love for Meggie and his love for God? A story full of bitter sweet drama....
It was Ralph who told Meggie "the legend of the thorn bird". The story begins this way

I never forgot this as it impressed me so much. A few days ago, it came to my mind again and inspired me to a series of thorn birds

I´ve uploaded a few more pics on flickr. These birds will also be available on my website, soon. Wish you a day without drama! Kisses, Friederike!

Sunday, November 26, 2006


I fell in love with the ghostgirls gouaches by Amy E. and had to purchase these two (they were sold out once Amy posted them on flickr. They will be framed and placed in the studio. Aren´t they beautiful?

Friends, have you ever seen a blue sheep on television before? I have to tell you I´m soooo excited that I can´t sleep anymore...............Although it´s only a izibizi-tiny gig, I enrolled in drama school yesterday, as it is my very first public TV appearance. The date is January 22nd, 12:35 p.m. on ARTE TV (the title of the magazine is "Chic"). You don´t have to write down the date for now, as I will remind you from now on in every following post I guess ;). Unfortunately ARTE is a German / French broadcast station, and as far as I know can´t be watched in other than these two countries, right? Now I have to ride the bike, because you want to watch a telegenic sheep in January, don´t you? Yours very excited Friederike!

Monday, November 20, 2006

this was yesterday

some pictures of yesterdays "open studio day", taken by my dear friend Bogi Bell. Here you can find this picture in a bigger size

We are grateful for artist colleagues and friends that dropped in, for strangers that had the courage to ring the bell (it´s not easy to walk into the house of someone you don´t know) and what a nice surprise Elisa, a wonderful artist from Holland came with her family (we never met before, Elisa is one of my flickr friends). She brought me a gift, the beautiful oven gloves in the picture above. Thank you so much Elisa, it was so nice to meet you in real and I hope it was not for the last time.
In short it was a very nice day with many friendly people and inspiring talks. Thank you so much for your support my lovelies!

these great pictures were taken by Bogi Bell

Friday, November 17, 2006

fresh, new space

it´s done, friends - the pink wall has gone forever. Thank you for all your colour suggestions. But we thought after all the colour experiments in the other rooms, the studio has to be clean white. Even myself feels more fresh in this new, airy space.

Take a look at our new "oops-we-did-it-again" creatures. I think we will publish regularly a "oops-we-did-it-again-post", as there seems to be no chance for us to concentrate on more "profound" or "serious" work over a longer period. So here is the second "oops-we-did-it-again":

we called this creature "Schleichplotz" after a story written by Ottfried Preussler (original name of this robber is "Hotzenplotz"). I don´t know if "Hotzenplotz" is known in other countries than Germany. But if so, I would be very interested how he is called in your country. Now, I have to go back to work. There is still a lot to do until sunday (REMINDER: open studio from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. !!!!!)! Kisses, Friederike!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

we open the doors

of our studio on Sunday, 19th November from 11 to 6 p.m. for visitors.

Throughout 3 weekends, starting with last weekend, Colognes artists open their studios to community viewing. If you live in Cologne, or nearby drop by, say hello and make a blue sheep and a girl happy.
So only 4 days left for preparing, which means first of all giving the pink wall in the studio a new colour. Any suggestions for the colour? We tend to paint it white, we love the fresh and airy feeling of white rooms and it makes it easier to display our differnt art works. But on the other hand winter is on the way and we know how cold white rooms can make you feel....

But one is for sure, the time for pink walls is over. (The picture above was made before the pink-period)

Talking of white rooms, take a
House Tour

Latest web-finds: Mieke Driessen and her funny world project


Maybe ´til Sunday... Love, Friederike! and Sandra

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

oops, we did it again

on our insomnia nightwalk yesterday, we found these extremly rare species
left: "gemeiner Wurmfisch", right: "koelsche Zwergflunder"
( as the specimen locality is Cologne only, no english names exist.)
(the more we try to focus on "serious" work, the more stuff like this comes into our brains)
yours, Friederike! and Sandra

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

textile experiments

yesterday I grabed two old paintings, that never had been finished... there are many of these unfinished things to find here, that I haven´t touched again since the moment they moved away into the corner. But these two paintings are different, they are spinning through my mind from time to time. The reason for this are the two figures I painted on it. One figure is a girl (the once above), the second is a boy. They are identical except for the hair. The title of the paintings (if they ever should be finished) should be"zwei Koenigskinder" (the two king´s children) after Grimm´s fairy tales. I loved the thougt to make little sculptures out of them. The first try to transfer them into 3D is making small textile sculptures out of them. You see the very first try above.
Love, Friederike!

Friday, November 03, 2006

limited advent edition 2006

dear friends,
we from herzensart have a special advent offer for you. It´s a limited edition of little "anti-spy" christmas trees. This series is only available in November and December 2006. Please visit our website for more information. Click the "advent edition"-button.
Thank you so much for your support of herzensart!

latest finds on the web:
Patricia Waller crocheted works (via mein herzblut)

Love Friederike!