Donnerstag, 26. April 2012

Pieces of summer II

More of the glazed clay earrings - my pieces of summer part II. 
Again some with leave structures...

...and a second mixed pair. 

This ones are tiny versions of my new favorites. I also love them at this sizes but most of the time I prefer to wear big earrings. 

More small blue ones... not the whole flower but parts of the leaves and ornaments...

And quite big ones in white. Not regular and also no translucent glaze... but still they have something special :)

Mittwoch, 25. April 2012

Spring needs more butterflies!

This butterflies earrings are made out of little wooden butterflies meant for decoration. I coloured them (because the original colour was not really nice or of a high quality) and drilled a little hole into them with my dremel. 

Perfect for spring! 

Dienstag, 24. April 2012

Inspirations: Crow (Leipzig)

Oh yes, this one is a real macho crow guy! He was acting like the king of the parking space in front of the supermarket! 

And I have to admit, he is really a gorugeous one! 

I still have to grin when I see how he stands on top of the car and looked straight at the camera! ^^

Inspecting his kingdom....

Montag, 23. April 2012

Kasuarine, cones and other natural stuff - made to earrings

There is a beauty in natural things, in wood and leaves, in flowers and every single petal, in cones and roots... Organic, living material has a beauty of it's own. And I like to make earrings out of them. Just two normal little cones... I drilled a hole into them with my dremel, glued in the wire and hooked them. 

Simple, yet something beautiful.

You maybe remeber the earrings I made out of the kasuarine cones? I made again one with the creme coloured bead... but also some with red glas beads. I think both looks great and I'll try some more different colours. 

And I found a new strange cone / seed / wooden thing at the floral deparment of the craft store. I don't know what kind of plant created them (if you do, please let me know!). But I am into their strange look and combined with glas beads they have their very own look!

Sonntag, 22. April 2012

Inspirations: On the streets (Leipzig)

Yes. You are allowed to smile! I had to smile too ^^

And after seeing the bunny... the streetart loving bunny! I just saw something next to him. 
Can you see it? 

Another smile! Hidden in the wall! Oh... I just love this one! I really do!

Next to my street I found this stencil... detail...

Sorry... I can't translate this one! If somebody can, please feel free to do so! :)

And guess what... another little ghost!

"Relax, it's only a ghost."

Samstag, 21. April 2012

What to make out of old plastic cups?

Earrings! What else?

I played again with old plastic cups made out of polystyrene (or in german polystyrol). For more details about the material and everything, just click here (an older blog entry from me :)). 

There is a craft fair at the 28th/29th of april here in leipzig where I will participate. Mh... yes... quite a long time ago since my last one. Far too long but my thesis and other things kept me too busy. 

The craft fair is organised by the "craftraum". 

For the people in leipzig -  the details:

Samstag 12-21 Uhr
Sonntag 11-19 Uhr

Im Hof des Craftraums
Thüringer Straße 23, Leipzig
direkt neben Spinnerei und Plagwitzer Bahnhof

Leipziger Künstler und Handwerker bieten selbstgemachte Produkte an.

Very, very large ones...

I added some stripes before...

...or looked like little dots would become after the heating process ^^

The next time I will try a different colour as background for taking pictures. Maybe it'll work better than this light one...

Freitag, 20. April 2012

The blogger design / layout

To put it quite simple: I hate it.

What is even worse: They asked for our opinions about the new design months ago. I gave an answer (like a lot of other people worldwide) where I put my critics but also my suggestions about solutions in it. Yes, I really looked thouroughly through the new design, tested it, based my opinion on this first testings...

...and changed back to the old blogger layout because it was still more useful, had a better overview and I could work faster with it... (yes, all of this is subjective but this is always the way with opinion). I mean, why a drop down menue if there is enough space for little buttons? One click less...!

Okay... I don't want to repeat all what annoyed me at the new design or what I didn't found useful.

I really just wanted to say where maybe anyone of the google or blogger team might find or even read it (something not happening on their own side at least not to critics, not even to critics which they asked for):

I hate your new design!

I loved blogger. For years. Why do you want to break something which was working, google?

My vintage eastern critter - playing with the rabbit

This is the leftover of a rabbit I cut out of an old book page. It was just per accident that I laid it on my "try-it-all" book cover. Doens't it look great? I took a picture and again: I played with all the photo editing features of picasa. Oh.... and no... I can't decide which one would be my favorite! I love them all! A little bit to late for eastern this year... but next year I will print some of the pictures in a high quality to make some cards out of them! 

Donnerstag, 19. April 2012

Pieces of summer

This are the next ceramic pieces I made to create jewelery out of them. I made them at the "Werk II" in Leipzig, where you can use the open pottery studio. You pay for the hours you use the studio. All of the clay and glazes and even the firing is included (only if you really use up to kg of clay in a very short time you may pay an euro more... yes, we are talking about a few euros, not more). 

It is really nice there, the master of pottery (a one to one translation ^^ but it is the highest titel you can get in your craftmanship) will always help you. For kids it even cost less. Only the times are a problem for me... sniff. 

These earrings are my personal new favorites... I love the transparent green glaze! All the other ones are now Lachafa's :)


...ornaments from old art nouveau tiles...

My new favorites again! There is something special in real clay and the glas like glaze! And somehow I connect the little pieces of ceramic with summer. With light and sunshine... with the mediterranean countries and old tiny villages... nothing real but it just feels like summer.

Mittwoch, 18. April 2012

Inspirations: University of leipzig

I already made this pictures some time ago but didn't show them to you. This is the new building of the university of leipzig situated where the former Paulinerkirche (church of St. Pauli) stood. Therefor there was a reference to the old church integrated in the new design (the church was destroyed 1968, for more detailed informations just have a look at wiki :) ). 

It was a stormy and quite dark day. 

It is all blues and greys. Glas and stone. Surprisingly beautiful. 

But all the blues where stunning in the glas!

Irregular shapes... which are still ordered.

Oh just look at the broken lines! Even in twenty years, when it is used and dirty, from smog and birds and whatever... it will still look great! Because all the different shades, the broken lines... you won't see any dirt at all because the aging and weathering will be integrated in the whole image of the building. One may thing it looks so easy to accomplish but this is the hardest task at all! 

When the whole project "building a new main campus" started, to be honest, I didn't like the 3D pictures of the winning design. I was surprised how much I fell in love with it. The part which reminds in its shape of the former church... I could go without it. Nice but not too special. Maybe because the images are too well known? But the other parts, playing with glas and lights, with broken lines and colours... I could dream of whole cities build like this! :)


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