Archive | April 2010

papier und carton traum.

yes. a paper and cardboard dream.

i have found possibly my favouritest shop on earth.

no. it is not a fashion store. more often than not, i walk out of those places wounded by the fact that i could never afford the items i really love.

instead, i speak of modulor , on Gneisenaustraße, Kreuzberg. it has everything a paper-loving person like me could ever want or need. yes. i just said that i love paper.

i have ridden past this shopfront a gazillion times en-bike-route to work but have never had a chance to stop in. yesterday evening, i walked into the wonder and delight only to be kicked out shortly after, for closing time.

today, i was just short of screaming at my co-workers to leave me alone so i could finish my tasks in time, to make it to modular for ample browsing time before closing.

my plan was to only get some foamboard to experiment with mounting, but also left with some slick hanging clips, a length of 1×1 balsa wood and a deliciously large (1.0 x 0.7m) piece of fuschia 300gsm cardboard.

riding home was a bit of an effort, but i made it.

but i mustn’t forget that i have all these tickets i had collected from the u-bahn (berlin) and metro (paris). there is an idea and there is intention. these WILL evolve into something interesting, someday. i hope.


gemstones and ballgames.

i finally had a chance to return knife to paper on monday night. this coincided with am unwelcome rainy spell, after such a gorgeous sunny weekend here in Berlin.

so i started this cut, inspired by the clean geometry of gemstone cuts, but after some online collaboration with T, it morphed into a birdseye view of mayan pyramid structures, surrounding a mesoamerican ballgame court (this explains the blank space in the centre).

in einem anderen Licht.

in einem anderen Licht = in another light.

ok. so i cheated there. at least i knew Licht. and to be fair i did know ein and anderer, but not in the correct nominativ/akkusativ/dativ forms. whatever/whichever it is. clearly mein deutsch is not yet that advanced.

back to the point. meine hausaufgabe in einem anderen Licht.

this is actually how i intended this to be seen… the shadows are important.


hausaufgabe = homework in deutsch.

post 2 hour math marathon, i embarked on this small ‘adventure’.

and then finally, i arrived to this….


I dig geometry.

there I said it.

nerd. hehe… I realised recently that my tastes in patterns and design usually lean towards lineal and geometric like. The other day I found myself wishing that I had my compass and protractor (sitting in storage at home in syd)… and then… as if I didn’t seem sick enough, I sat down at my desk and did about an hour of maths and geometry on Sunday night. Whaaaaat?!

I thought further on this weirdness and considered that this probably my dad’s influence. A rather limited toy box when I was a kid, consisting of mostly Lego (no dolls allowed). His own hobby of practising math equations at home… just coz (he knows about 15 decimal places of pi, after 3.14). And a rather early, if not ridiculously premature introduction to my first geometry set (I think I may have been 10).

So… there began my… condition. Ha.

so after 2 hours or so of geometry, i decided to be inspired in a different way. image search! woot!

art deco. i don’t know so much about antiques and old stuff like that, but i find that when i come across it, i often like it. there’s an artist from this period, Erté, who’s work i <3. his work in fashion, costume design and graphics is amazing. sun ray patterns and other architectural details are also interesting.

lara bohinc. jewellery and bag designer from slovenia, based in the uk. have ❤ ❤ ❤ her work for a few years now, but unfortunately the price tags are way out of range. i really like the metal work she does using geometric shapes to mimic gem cuts and other art deco-y patterns.

islamic geometric art. before i researched this, i was calling it turkish tile designs, as i discovered these pattern in istanbul, turkey on the tiles and doors of topkapi palace. i’ve since learnt that the use of geometry in islamic art actually holds significance.

The use of geometry is thought to reflect the language of the universe and help the believer to reflect on life and the greatness of creation.

there’s another idea, which i sort of like.

The repeating patterns also demonstrate that in the small you can find the infinite.

so yes. i’ve just spent how-long-i-don’t-know, writing about geometry. would you believe it?

liebe grüße.

it literally translates from deutsch to english as love greetings. what you’d use to sign off a letter.

i spent most of the weekend in, as spring has decided to run away back into hiding again. i tried to use the time somewhat productively and got my craft knife busy on some liebe grüße. ha.

a postcard for T. we had seen a cat nestled on the back of a sleeping dog in istanbul. so sweet.

a birthday card for the mama back home in Syd.

this may be the beginning of a frenzy.

den lille havfrue.

the little mermaid. under the sea.

so there finishes my short run with fairy tale illustrations. i was really into it for a while, but now i’ve moved onto a new obsession…