Sunday 17 March 2013
Wednesday 13 February 2013
I have no photos to show any sort of forward momentum in my life, but that train I'm not on is going somewhere.
Actually, I have been and will continue to spend more hours at my desk (with the above view) as I prepare for workshops - one that you can sign up for on the left side of this page! - and, a trip to North America that will include me participating in City of Craft's Spring Show. Anyone who's ever run through the archive of this page will know how close this show is to me. In fact, we're pretty much staying in Canada for the extra weeks after some travels because of it! (more on those travels later)
Also, there's some other exciting stuff that will unfold over the next months, but I'll save that as motivation to keep up with blog.
Monday 7 January 2013
I like having a pine tree in my apartment, but its presence this year has meant the opposite of work - its existence in our living room has been of symbol of regret to every invitation and chore for more than 2 weeks over the holidays. So with everyone now on flights back over the ocean, we chucked this lovely baum to the curb. I'm ready to fall back into planning and playing out the next 6-8 months. Something that is a daily routine in this house.
Unfortunately, some sort of horrible haze has my body in a phlegm-y grip and my will to be productive isn't winning. I did, however, start to fill THIS place up! The 2 minutes of daylight Berlin currently experiences makes taking proper pictures difficult, but I'll try again tomorrow.
Oh yeah, I'm working on putting together a series of workshops for artists of useful bookbinding techniques. These will be small group classes where people will get a chance to experiment with some techniques and materials from making a portfolio folder to binding loose sheets and making your own sketchbooks. Fun stuff! If this is something that interests you or if you know someone who might be into this, comment below or send me a message!
Tuesday 23 October 2012
Wednesday 22 August 2012
On our way there we passed my favorite building in Berlin:
Tuesday 14 August 2012
From slimy balls to majestic sheets. Soon to be embroidered and worked into book covers!
Saturday 4 August 2012
I'm shy and I'm awkward and interacting with strangers kind of freaks me out. Thank goodness for the incredibly generous help - particularly from Ina, Cati, and Aidan - I've gotten to pull it all together, but when it comes down to it, the responsibility to explain myself to the confused masses falls on me. Geographically, this also means I do it in mangled English-German.
Anxieties aside, I'm pretty excited to be pulling out The Lesen Lounge for the first time this Sunday. I've decided to unveil the finished bike trailer/library box after the Sunday outing, but here's a 'before' paint, 'after' construction picture:
It'll be going out regularly - as long as the sun is shining - over the next months. If you live in Berlin you should come and visit. To find out when and where we'll be, check our website!
Friday 13 July 2012
I walked from our place to the Turkish Market along the water, through a quickly disappearing no-man's-land. All the rain these last weeks has made everything so green, and flowers are sprouting up out of the sandy soil. I didn't have my camera with me so I took out my newly upgraded ipod (with camera) - a birthday gift from Aidan - to fool around with along my walk. It's not a terribly great camera, but also not a terribly terrible one. And, my listening is uninterrupted as I fiddle with other functions.
It's a little difficult to imagine how the picture will look large as you fiddle with neat little editing tools, and I think I may have gone a little overboard with edge-fading and filters.
Monday 2 July 2012
What was operational during the weekend was the old train tour around the perimeter of the entire park. It was surreal and oddly unsafe feeling - particularly - as we moved over the florescent water of a decaying ride and through a pitch-dark tunnel that smelled pungently of rot.
Further reading, or what the park was like in the summer of 2009: http://papermademepoor.blogspot.de/2009/07/early-morning-amusement.html
Saturday 18 February 2012
Aidan being on the road, I'm left at home to work and (grudgingly) make my own coffee. It's tough getting motivated when the workaholic I share my space with isn't around to make me feel guilty about loafing around, but I'm working on the foundations of what will be The Wunderkabinet's big project of the year. I've pared down from constant exhibitions to accommodate for tours and a trip back to Canada this summer. I'd also like to go as nuts as possible where the kabinet is concerned so focussing on one big project right now is the way to go. More on that later.
For now, I'm working through an immediate to-do list of things long overdue. Alright, I'm also crocheting myself a cape while watching episodes of Downton Abbey. This is the first thing I've ever crocheted using an actual pattern and it's a big project! It will be about hip length with arm slits and button-up. I thought I'd try to chronicle my progress:
Not so much at the moment, but more to come.