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Sunday, February 26, 2017

CHALLENGE-PATTERN-MEETS-SPIRIT #8

Puuhh, I don´t know what to write today. It´s not that easy bringing a comment to every piece of art I´m doing. As you can see I´m very fond of scandinavian designs. And I love whismical bits like the flower stems that look like a cloth-hanger (the ones with the yellow blossoms).


My message for today is "Don´t let anyone dull your sparkle". It is such an important quote when you are in a room with people who make you feel insecure or uncomfortable. In that case don´t hide, bring yourself out and shine from deep within. Show your personality, be who you are and make the entire room glow with all your might.
Have a wonderful day,

Saturday, February 25, 2017

SHE

As I mentioned in the post before, here starts a new design series of mine. I called it "She" and it´s for women all over the world who help build a new world. I am talking about woman, mothers, sisters, daughters, wifes, no matter what language, nationality or religion.
We are all in this together, bringing love and healing to our loved ones. Now is the time to show who we are. It´s the time of healing our pains and inner believe systems. It is time to love our bodies and treasure us with all our hearts.


These days the female force in all mankind, men and women, boys and girls is growing stronger.
We all have male and female aspects in us and both want to come into balance. In the olden days the male force was the bigger part in many of us with attributes like strength, discipline, logic, independence, etc. Now the female attributes grow stronger like empathy, affection, loving, nurturing and many more. The healing aspect will rise inside of us with this. Many of us have this aspect, especially women who turned into mother´s. It is time to feel it again for our loved ones and our planet.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

FOLLOW YOUR OWN ROAD

This blog today is about how important it is to have art-projects while designing. If you start one, then more and more ideas will pop up in your head and keep you going. It´s amazing how things then suddenly start to flow into each other.
In the last years I always made art the way it came out of me. No plan, no direction, no connection.
In Rachael Taylor´s Make-it-in-design-courses  I realized how important it is to know the start of the path I want to follow. I never payed attention to this thought before so I decided to start this year 2017 with an art-challenge as a possible first step for myself. For this I made a design once a week.



By the end of January I realized that my designs got better through the regular practise. I looked at older patterns I did before and suddenly saw a change. The idea was to do this challenge for a couple of month until I maybe run out of ideas. While designing the idea came up to interview wonderful women who inspire and muse me. So I followed this road as well as a second wonderful possibiliy. The first interview is already on my blog and I love it so much, getting in contact with these lovely ladies. While typing the interview on my blog I thought it would be a lovely idea doing patterns/ designs for a special kind of women. I postponed this to next year and wrote it in my notebook under goals 2018. Ten minutes later I saw Beyoncé on TV, dressed as a goddess and I knew instantly, that the time for this idea is urgently now.
So this year I am quite busy doing my projects and I never dreamed that this could happen. I start to get happy, fullfilled and excited about it and all my ideas really make my soul happy.
That´s why this is my design for today.
I´m crossing my fingers that you will find things that make your soul happy, too.
Herz.Licht.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"12" INSPIRING DESIGNERS: TRACEY ENGLISH

Today I´d like to introduce you to a new series of mine. I call it "Twelve" and it´s about 12 inspiring designers I interview throughout the year 2017. These "Twelve" wonderful artists muse me, they fuel my inspirations and I admire their artwork with all my heart.

Here comes the first highly inspiring designer of "Twelve". Give an applause to (ta-da):
TRACEY ENGLISH

Tracey lives in SW London with her husband, two teenage sons, a cat called Jelly and a dog named Daisie. She is returning to work after a long break. Originally she created images on hand painted silk, which then led into illustration for greeting cards, educational books, etc. Now she can be found snipping wonderful designs out of tissue paper. She creates images for both commision and art licensing. Feel free to visit her homepage www.tracey-english.co.uk or stop by her blog on www.tracey-english.blogspot.com


So, hello dear Tracey. A warm welcome to "Twelve".

1. When did your interest in design/illustration/art first start and how did that come about?
I grew up in a creative family, my mum was a watercolor artist and art teacher, my dad, an art director and illustrator, my brother turned into a film maker and I took the illustration and surface pattern route! We were always surrounded my creativity.

2. What steps did you take to get to where you are now as a designer/illustrator/artist?
I left school at 16 and went on to do a two year foundation in art and design and then a Higher Diploma in Printed Textiles. After I left I worked in a Color Forecasting Studio and started creating my own work, too. I sold hand painted silk at craft markets and also started to get freelance illustration work.
I took a long break while my sons were growing up. I was still creating but just in my spare time and things for their primary school. Recently I started taking online classes to get back into the swing of things again and that really takes us up to where I am today.

3. How would you describe your style?
Colorful, patterned, fun and whimsical.

4. Who are your favorite designers?
William Morris, Susan Cambell, Josef Frank, Charlie Harper and Scandinavian design.

5. What kind of designer/artist do you want to be known as?
The artist who loved to snip paper!

6. What is your favorite medium you like to work with?
Tissue paper, liquid acrylics, scissors and PVA glue.

7. What are you currently working on?
Some Christmas novelty books and some greetings cards.

8. How do you fuel your inspirations?
From my everyday surrounds, a current online-course, exhibitions or things online.

9. How does your creative process look like?
I generally paint some tissue papers to the colors I require, sometimes I work from a sketch or an image or photo, sometimes just a snip. Then I cut the design out, normally arranging some of it before I start sticking it down, so that I am still free to move things around. Once I finished I scan things into Photoshop and clean the design up, twead the colors, move bits around, whatever is needed.

10. What are your major goals for the next years?
I would love to try and get some of my own products printed. I created some tea towels to sell in the run of Christmas. They sold really well, so I would love to find time to get some more things together.

Tracey, thank you so much for your time, your inspiring answers and your amazing samples of artwork as well. I love your fantastic creations of snipped paper and can´t wait for your future product line.
Have a wonderful day.
Lots of love,
 

CHALLENGE-PATTERN-MEETS-SPIRIT #7

Hello and a magical Tuesday for you, my dear.
I had a blast this morning, listening to my favourite music and doodling away. The sun is out after a highly energetic and full moon tonight. There is so much going on inside of me. Wow. I am so  impressed and thankful of the different vibes I am able to feel these days.


Today I wanted to remind myself that it is important to find the inner fire. I know, I often design about the inner light these days. But fire is also fantastic. It helps burn everything away we don´t need in our lifes any more. And it brings our passion up. This is wonderful if we want to do something from deep down of our hearts. Find your inner fire and do what you really love. This is when real magic starts to happen.

Five things I love to do with passion:
1. Spending quality time with my loved ones
2. Being in my artroom doing designs, illustrations, silkscreen-printing
3. Supporting others with ConsciousCoaching, especially artists and musicians
4. Singing wonderful heart-warming songs
5. Visiting new places and spaces like an inspiring art-fair

What is on your list of five things you love to do with passion?
I´d love to hear about them.
Herz.Licht.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

GOLDEN MILK

Today I love to introduce you to my favourite drink and super food after lunch right now. It´s called "Golden Milk" or "Turmeric Milk". In India it is called "Haldi Doodh" and it is part of the 4000 years old ayurvedic teaching there. Main part of the milk is the bright yellow turmeric which makes the drink very healthy. It helps beating free radicals and has an antiphlogistic effect. Turmeric helps to excite the liver building more bile acid which eases the digestion of fat foods. Google Food Trends named the wonderful spice "Breakout Star 2016" because search query increased 56 % from November 2015 to January 2016 for the yellow spud.

It is really easy to make. You start with a paste which builds the backround of your milk.

For the turmeric paste:
1/4 cup turmeric
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp grounded, black pepper (increases the effectivness of the turmeric many times)

Put all ingredients in a pot and let it cook until it becomes a paste. Let it dry and fill it in a lockable glass.You can keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks.

For the golden milk:
1 tsp of the paste
1 glass of milk (I used homemade plant spelt milk)
1 tsp nativ coconut oil

Put paste and milk in a pot and let it cook for a short period of time until the ingredients blend together. Add the coconut oil, stirr and pour it into a glass.
It tastes wonderfully spicy.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CHALLENGE-PATTERN-MEETS-SPIRIT #6

Another piece of artwork is leaving my desk. It looks a little bit like the 70´s, sort of Hippie-Bohemian-Style. I tried so many different colours and they all looked wrong to me. I go with the sky blue looking backround and all the colours in different hues of blue.
I really love styles like that because they remind of my childhood. My mom created my dresses herself when I was little and she combined fabric with chrochet while designing. I loved growing up back then with all the conscious people trying new things in designing, cooking, living. A very fascinating era I still love very much.


Oh wow, I am so hungry now. I guess, it´s time for fueling batteries before working on the next piece of art. Spelt spaghetti with pesto a la artichokes will be my food choice for lunch.
Bye for now and have a lovely lunch break with healthy food for you, too.

I AM ON A MISSION

By the middle of last year I realized while grocery shopping that there´s almost no food that is not wrapped in plastic. No matter, if I wanted to buy organic cucumbers, salad, tomatoes, carrots, cheese, milk, yoghurt or cookies for my family. The plastic garbage after using the food was so much it made me feel bad. For February I decided to go on a mission. I call it "No Plastic Planet Pollution".
Yesterday I started it and went grocery shopping with fabric bags and reusable boxes.
I bought milk, yoghurt, spreads, tomatoe sauce, juice and cream in glass bottles. Bread and buns found a new home in fabric bags on their way home. All fruits and vegetables I picked were without plastic wrapping. Cheese was freshly cut and put in one of my boxes. For sweets we picked the ones in paper wrappings. The only food I didn´t get without plastic at all were noodles, rice and grains.
It made me really feel good and I remembered my family did the same when I was a teenager.
These days it´s more important than ever helping mother earth.

Fotosource:www.greenpease.org
For our oceans it´s really bad. Two years ago I went diving with my husband and children in Egypt. I saw all the plastic in the Red Sea of tourists who just threw their garbage off the boats. This will all backfire on us one day.
If you´d like to join my mission or have clever ideas against plastic pollution then please feel free to write me.
Have a wonderful, wrapping free day,

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CHALLENGE-PATTERN-MEETS-SPIRIT #5

Leave sparkles wherever you go is my todays´message for you.
Be like a sparkler and let all the light shine out of you - no matter where you are. Be your own little brave firework of love and light. This will be contagious to others, they might turn their lights on, too. The more we all sparkle the merrier we spread love into this world.


I love listening to music that touches my soul while drawing. Right now I love this song of the fantastic german musician "Gregor Meyle". The song says: "You are the light"
If you are interested in understanding the lyrics I´d be happy to translate it to you. Just let me know.
Be inspired listening to this hearttouching song.



Have a wonderful day,