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Saturday, August 16, 2014

MiFoC August {Woche 3 - Farbe}

i´m back from edinburgh,
but i might to have to neglect my blog for the next days, as i´m planning to make a photo book of 152 pages... that is something i love to do after a travel, as memories sink in deeper and i have to look up some additional informations to include into the book. (my three follow traveller ladies always look forward to get the same book, so i don´t want to dilly-dally...;))
maybe the one or other photo will find it´s way to my blog, too...

here is one from the second day, a horse carousel in the west princes street gardens directly at the bottom of the castle hill.
straight out of the camera... 
the colors are gleaming because of the rain
(we had quite a lot of rain, about half the journey. but you must anticipate this when you come to edinburgh... never go without your umbrella...)

i think this should be color enough for manuela´s challenge this week

Friday, August 08, 2014

MiFoC august {woche 2 - sommer}

speaking in flowers, there is one which represents summer like no other:

we have a field of sunflowers nearby and i can´t stop visiting for taking photographs.
linking these to manuela, where you can find the pictures of the other participants. 

i will be away for the next week, visiting edinburgh with girlfriends...
hope to bring some shots with me for the next challenge.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

three-muses-challenge: zetti

caution, this is a longish post
(if you only want to see zetti-artwork from me, please scroll down...)

this is an obituary for the rubber stamp company zettiology (short: zetti), which closed down last week and had been run by teesha and tracy moore since 1991. an era of style setting rubber stamps comes to an end. 
(i really regret that, but teesha and tracy always went on without standstills, so i can understand them... and i´m happy i own a shoebox full of their stamps, as i never hesitated to buy lots of their images;))

for me, the journey began in the year 1996, june... i came across my first rubber stamps and soon detected zettiology on my hunt for non-cute (oh well, it were the times before internet, nobody can imagine that any longer, so no quick emails etc). 
their style was different from everything else on the market and i had to make my first order immediately...
... the complete set, of course...

i was infected and it turned out to be incurable.

the company was smaller then, their catalogs handbound:

see the low postage fees back then...

i saved all my zetti-post, as there were so many treasures among it...
e.g. they brought out a supplement of their catalog in form of cards:

many images went with the idea of zetti being an ancient, perished imperium, mysterious and out of this world, reminiscent to the ancient egypt in some artifacts etc... tracy did not get tired of playing with these thoughts and designed a passport for the followers of this idea - and even a game which he sent out in laminated form. 

it was always such a pleasure to get their vibrant post, often with added gifts of postal stamps, magnets etc made with stamps from their rubber line.

they created many postal sheets (some in limited edition),
and i can say they influenced my art preferences (mail art) in a similar way nick bantock did.

in the next photo you can see how they incorporated their images into hotel labels...

teesha always shared her ideas generously, created collage sheets (still available on, was one of the first i know in art journaling. she run zines ("the studio" & "play") for a few years, but always was (and is) on the lookout for something new. she never complained about somebody "stealing her ideas" or copying her (on the contrary, she encouraged people to do so), because she had the self consciousness she was the first and the best and will always win the recognition she deserves. she was always a step ahead. and i wish her and tracy all the best for their future ideas!

getting the zetti catalogs was a pleasure as long as it lasted (means: until the images went online),
i still love the drawings of tracy on the covers:

as years went by, the name of their company became a synonym for a certain style of art:
zetti meanwhile means something odd, quirky, whimsical.. often colorful, with a touch of striped black&white...
and of course: you don´t need to own one single stamp of the company to make art in "zetti style"!!
now let me show you some creations i made with zetti images (or in their style). 
they are not new, but i wanted to give you some samples:

 a fabric leporello, zetti style (created 2007):

if you´d like to see more, just click on my zetti-label.

Monday, August 04, 2014

take-a- word: black-white-red

i was in the mood to keep it simple this time...
cassette from holliewood
font: face your fears

oh yes, and i had to preserve my music on these cassettes... in earlier years recorded with a microphone from the radio (before the direct methode was possible)... that means everybody had to keep quiet when i sat there in high exertion trying to get a song from the beginning to the end... i could have murdered my siblings coming into the room and slamming a door while i was recording... or the moderator talking before the last tunes were played...
and the tragedies when a cassette ended in tapejam... be sure it was the one with the best songs!
 recently i threw out most of my (many!) tapes... their sound was yowling and no longer a pleasure to listen to... but oh the memories!!

Friday, August 01, 2014

MiFoC august {woche 1 - schuhe/shoes}

there are mysteries of the past we can´t answer... i´m sure you know that: finding an old photo on the flea market and wondering about the people shown on it - which life did they have, were they happy or not etc.

recently i was mystified by this find:
it is a shoe of rusted wire.
placed on a grave in the protestant graveyard in augsburg.

the shoe, the conifer, the two names. nothing else.

so my head went spinning: 
i suppose they were mother and daughter. mother married, daughter died at the young age of 21.
why is the husband of luise not in this grave? (divorced? not very common at this time... missed in the war?)
and what could it be about the shoe?
is it a symbol for both of them?
an elegant shoe.
were they shoemakers? (women at this time?? not very likely...)
were they women of society? (or of the shady side?)
 known for their fashion interest?
questions, questions...
no details given, but this grave still exists... normally graves are abandoned after 15 or 20 years... here the last funeral (of luise) was 40 years ago... so are there still descendants?
i googled a lot but couldn´t find any hint. 
so i have to compose a story myself...

you can find the other participants of manuelas challenge here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

three-muses-challenge: seashell

i started with a blue spraypainted background
layered elements:
sand + shell: wishing on a star
"listen" font: daft brush  
africa map: rucola designs_out of africa
sun: martha van eck
punchinella: holliewood
red tab: free digital scrapbooking 
postal stamp googled
+ various brushes by myself

Monday, July 28, 2014

take-a-word: poppies

i photographed a lot of poppies this year.
  so i wanted to incorporated one of these shots (here one from the corn fields) into this collage.
background is from 2 lil owls and the other elements from cvisions (sbg)
frame: shadowhouse
another photo layered with a texture from cruzine (bought in a designcuts deal).
anais nin quote with font daft brush (also bought in a designcuts deal)
for me poppies are really a synonym for summer
font hedgerow, clipping masked with a free flickr texture.
the black magick 10 texture from shadowhouse makes the picture glow.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

art journal journey: flower power

only one week left and this wonderful challenge will be over... so far i did not find the time to participate - incredible, as this is one of MY themes... the music of the flower-power era totally influenced me.
so i made a spread in my long neglected braille journal with the title of "where have all the flowers gone" (by pete seeger), in the vietnam demonstrations often performed by joan baez.
i think this anti-war song has much actuality (near east, ukraine...)

the making:
i started stamping the letters (heindesign, no longer availabe)

the "flowers" i made at the sewing retreat recently: 
layered circles of various tinted papers, stitched with colorful yarn

then the "flowers" were enhanced with neocolor II

stamped these dylusion leaves with my beloved vivids

glued on the circles with doublesided tape
...and called it done!
(now i have to work myself through more than hundred entries so far... phew! that might take another month;))

3-muses-challenge: articulated paper doll

well, i´m cheating... my camera dates say this paper doll is from febr ´04, means she has seen her 10th birthday;) [actually i don´t know where she hides at the moment;)]  but as this was before my blogging times, it is her first appearance here...
she was created on tinted paper (her name is on her arms: fish woman) with stamps only.
her hair is made of octopode tentacles and her body full of maritime motifs.
laminated and articulated by eyelets.
actually this is a sample for how my art has changed... in my first years of creating (1990ies) my work was dominated by stamps - over the years i got more and more into collage style and various media (and even much digital work lately). but nevertheless i still love my stamps. they often are good texture-givers in the background, and even made into ps-brushes they are of good use...

(i tried to find the template to share, but i don´t know in which depth of the pc it hides...)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MiFoC juli {woche 4 - brief}

 viel zu selten dekoriere ich meine briefe.
teils aus faulheit (weil´s dann pressiert zur postleerung...) oder auch ein bisschen wegen der befürchtung, der schöne umschlag könnte langfinger bei der post in versuchung führen.

dabei freue ich mich total, wenn ein schöner umschlag bei mir ankommt. und die hebe ich auch auf und binde sie zu "umschlagbüchern", die tolle taschen sind für kleine kunstwerke...

und bei manuela gibts die post anderer künstler/innen zu sehen...