1 hour away- the Paradise

April and May are months of holidays and visits.
I enjoy both and, motivated by curious friends who come to see something new, I push myself to get out and do some tourist stuff.Last week I discovered the Gardens of Potsdam.
“Discovered” might be a bit of an exaggeration when referring to worldwide known UNESCO heritage.
Archer Orangerie"Chinese" pavilionI did finally seen for myself how beautiful and calm they can be now in May, as well as that they are just 1 hour away with the S-bahn.
Signing birds, blooming flowers, the sun, shade of the trees, decorative romantic architecture, fountains and palaces, all guarded by the sculpture of their creator, Kaiser Friedrich der Große.

I was so enchanted by the scenery that I forgot to take pictures, aside of few not very good ones.
Which is why I recommend this website .

Fiber Art Couture

Fiber Art Couture

It’s been a while since the last post. I was traveling in Berlin and I saw my fellow artist/designer and blog writer Monika. Also, I’ve been busy creating and promoting this campaign, Fiber Art Couture. It’s been intesting trying to promote and coordinate so many things at once. Traveling, raising funds, starting a new business, you name it.

In short, another fellow artist Aurora Molina and myself have created this project that takes fashion and art and created one piece. Instead of the two competing we want them to merge into one piece of wearable art. You should definitely check it out, here is our Kickstarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/176155807/clothing-with-a-message
and pledge or share if you like it. The success of this project depends on your support 🙂

Brooklyn Bridge and the Waffle Cart

Brooklyn Bridge Structure

Brooklyn Bridge Structure

I have been to the Brooklyn Bridge several times. I usually go when I have friends visiting from out of town. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It was completed in 1883 and it connected Brooklyn and New York for the first time. (Brooklyn and New York were separate cities until 1898)

It was originally designed by a German immigrant named John Augustus Roebling, but soon after dying of a tetanus infection he passed the project on to his son Washington Roebling. But soon enough Washington Roebling developed Caissons disease (apparently many workers also developed this disease) and he had to hand the work over to his wife Emily Warren Roebling. She was also the first person to walk the Brooklyn Bridge.

View from the Brooklyn Bridge

View from the Brooklyn Bridge

Some interesting facts about the bridge include:
-It cost 15.5 million to built.
-Between 20 to 30 people died during its construction.
-A circus parade of 21 elephants was led through the bridge to prove its stability.

 

 

 

Brooklyn Bridge Posing

Brooklyn Bridge Posing

One of my favorite things to do is to walk across the bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn and then back and then indulge with a waffle from the waffle and dinges cart right by the park.

a treat after the walk, so decadent

a treat after the walk, so decadent

 

I recently went to the bridge at night, sadly part of it was covered due to maintenance, but I was still able to get a view of Manhattan.

Night view from Brooklyn Bridge

Night view from Brooklyn Bridge

Night View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twisting Balloons

I totally agree with Monika, it’s been crazy since the summer started. Between working for a kids summer camp, looking for a new place, working on a few new projects and trying to enjoy the outdoors there has been little time for the blog. I just wanted to share a project that I did with the kids at the summer art camp and the inspiration that led to the project.

The art camp that I worked for is more interested in process driven art than the end product, so we try to come up with engaging and entertaining projects for the kids. We got some balloons, the long kind used for balloon animal making and we did a general search for “things to do with balloons” on the Internet. We got some really awesome results:

twist and twist and don't pop

twist and twist and don’t pop

 

Daisy Balloon is a collaboration between Rie Hosokai and Takashi Kawada. They make these amazing dresses out of twisted balloons. Of course we had to try this…but it’s a little bit trickier than just twisting balloons every which way.

 Daisy Balloon couture 18 IIHIH

Two of the campers where really into it and wore their balloon dresses all day long, including lunch break. Toward the end of the camp I got a handle on how to make some basic patterns with balloons…I even managed to learn how to make a sword, a giraffe, a dog and a basic hat…I guess I can be hired for a children’s party 🙂

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Balloon Dresses

Balloon Dresses

Busy Berlin

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It seems that just when the weather changed, everything did.

Open Airs, bbq season, extra projects, renovations part 2 – I forgot that we have a blog.
Now I’m back. I’ll be brief -I need to run again.
Last week, we got to see the Adobe’s Creative Days – event in Berlin.
It was mostly about the Cloud and the new CC features, but they were there few interesting personalities to listen to as well, like Erik Spiekermann(who summarized his speech with “don’t work for assholes, don’t work with assholes”) or Calvin Hollywood.
I’m glad I went.

From not-so-nice things: it was awfully hot and my collegue got hit in the leg with some metal piece which fell of the seeling. Luckily enough, he only got a bruise.
They need to get Fritz Club renovated. Or my colleuge should get free Cloud for a year :p

Berlin: Film Polska

movie poster

From Friday on just till yesterday, there was a film festival FilmPolska taking place.
I found out about it really last minute and just managed to see one movie which was screened on Monday evening.
I don’t remember when I was in completely full cinema last time before that.
A friend who told me about this event also booked the tickets way in advance and this precaution paid off, as all of the tickets were sold out and many people bounced with the empty hands off the ticket counter. ( Surely it helped, that the cinema was small. We went to this one in the Hackesche Höfe.)
The movie had a formal introduction in which we were told about the director and the difficult and controversial subject of the movie, which is Antisemitism in Poland. From the pieces of the conversations which I picked up near our sits, I’m guessing that the 90% of the public were polish native speakers. It was nice but also little dazzling to realise at that point, that I was sitting in the full cinema of polish expats/ emigrants, watching a movie touching difficult subjects back at home. How many of them are now in Berlin for good, how many for life? And yet, we care.
The movie turned out to be pretty strong but excellent and beautifully executed (Title: Poklosie). It waken up again my interest in general in more ambitious cinema. The Festival has also very nice website with more information on it. Really, it’s a pity that I found out about it so late.