Literature List for January

It is time for another literature list. Unfortunately I have not read much this month. So, well, see for yourself:

  • Mark-making in Textile Art, Hellen Parrott
  • Text in Textile Art, Sara Impey
  • When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams probably it doesn’t really belong here, but the few chapters I have read are beautifully poetic, so I’ll count it as art bought.

I have not fully made up my mind about the textile art books there. Oh, the books themselves are fantastic: They look good, feel great (both feel like they were bound in felt). I really liked the Text in Textile Art a lot while skipping though. The Mark-making in Textile Art was a bit of a disappointment, because I thought I would be taught about marks that I’d make with embroidery or the like. And it does talk about that a little. Mainly it reminded me a lot of the drawn to stitch book that I already had, and felt like I had some passages already read. So I took out that book again just to check, and I was surprised how my second impression different from the first, and how they are definitely not the same book. Long story short, I don’t think I should write more about any of the three without another thorough look.

If you think that apparently I am in textile art now, you are not so awfully wrong. I even bought an embroidery hoop and am practicing some of the 100 embroidery stitches found in the book that I bought last month. Today I even put some embroidery into one of my bottles (sorry, you got to guess which one). But what I am doing there looks awful enough that I am not going to show off my exercises here. The idea is, to just learn a little off the well walked path, and maybe some of what I learn there will enter my practice. I won’t become a textile artist any time soon.

And the following are not art or bookbinding books as such, but I bought them to use in an art project, my ruled worlds to be precise:

  • Practical Geometry for Art Students, John Carrol
  • Gill’s new School of Art Geometry. Science Subject I, George Gill and Son’s
  • Elementary differential geometry by Barrett O’Neill
  • Analytical Geometry of Three Dimensions by W. H. McCrea

Other than that I bought a bunch of novels, because I am going to travel in a couple of weeks. As M. pointed out, although I am flying (from England to Westfalia), I still will only have so many hours. But I guess I am buying books for every possible mood I will be in ;-)

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My Water Brushes

look of my workspace right now

In the past weeks I have been working a lot with water brushes, and now just love them. My first water brush was a Sakura Koi with a no. 2 nib, bought in May last year. My thought was that it would be a good thing to take for outside journalling. At first I only very occasionally used it (I don’t get to do much outside journalling these days), mostly with water soluble dry media like water soluble pencils. When I bought the Koi it had three pieces: the brush tip, the barrel, and a stop on it. Apparently people like to take the brush off the barrel for transportation. (Not me, I just keep it assembled all the time.)

In den letzten Wochen habe ich ziemlich viel mit Wasserpinseln gearbeitet und bin total begeistert von ihnen. Wasserpinsel haben eine Spitze aus Synthetikfasern und ein Wasserreservoir im Griff, das einfach befüllt und dann angeschraubt wird. Ein wenig Druck auf den Griff lässt das Wasser fließen.
Meinen ersten Wasserpinsel habe ich im Mai letzten Jahres gekauft. Es handelt sich um einen Koi von Sakura. Ich dachte, es wäre eine gute Anschaffung für gelegentliche Zeichnungen außer Haus. Ich habe ihn zunächst nicht sehr häufig benutzt. (Zur Zeit komme ich nicht so wirklich viel dazu, außer Haus zu zeichnen.) Vor allem habe ich ihn benutzt, um Zeichnungen zu überabreiten, die ich vorab mit wasserlöslichen Buntstiften gemacht habe. In der Tat funktioniert das genauso gut wie mit einem normalen Pinsel und einem Töpfchen Wasser. Mit dem Vorteil, dass man kein Töpfchen Wasser rumstehen hat, das man umschmeißen kann. (Irgendwie schaffe ich es jedes Mal, den Topf umzuwerfen, egal wie vorsichtig ich bin.)

a pencil drawing with some work-over with the Koi water brush

With the water soluble pencils I first used it with, I found it ever so slightly easier to use than a traditional brush with water, the main difference being that you don’t have to dip it into water. Inevitably I tend to knock over my water supply at one point, so this was a big plus point there. So I started to use it in my not so suitable studio at home.

the dripping on off the spoon is cretacolor chalk worked over with a water brush (and some golden acrylic paint for refection of which you cannot see much here)

The next big step toward using my water brush was, when I started to use it with the box of cretacolor pencils and pastels that I received as a gift for my last birthday. I started using them more frequently when I started the work on my current soul song. I immediately fell in love with the colours and so much more liked my water pens which were great for stressing the gradation achieved in using coal. – All the creatcolor pencils are water soluble.

Also habe ich auch begonnen, den Wasserpinsel zu Hause zu benutzen, denn mein Arbeitsraum ist nicht fürs Umwerfen von Wasserbehältern geeignet. Ein erster “Durchbruch” in Richtung Vielbenutzung des Pinsels hat sich ergeben, als ich begonnen habe, an Soulsong zu arbeiten. Dafür habe ich die Cretacolor Reißkohle sowie verschiedene Kreide-Sticks ausgepackt, die ich letztes Jahr zu m Geburtstag bekommen habe. Alle Cretacolor Farben (die ich habe) sind Wasserlöslich. Oben seht ihr den Löffel, der so entstanden ist.
Dann habe ich begonnen, an dem Buch zu arbeiten, dass ich bald auf Jackie Book Arts Forum wegtauschen werde. Dafür habe ich zunächst Bleistiftskizzen mit den Cretacolor Stiften überarbeitet und dann mit dem Wasserpinsel. Besonders für die Flächen hat das sehr gut funktioniert.

sketch with pencil, gretacolor charcoal pen and cretacolor sticks worked over with water brush

And then I started to work on the book for the current swap over at Jackie’s book arts forum. I started out using regular pencil and the cretacolor graphite. I used the water pen to make the graphite and charcoal lines more durable and less prone to smearing. And then I moved over to use them with my Chinese watercolour set. And now I am utterly in love with the water pen. I love it for to colour in larger areas with washes as well as for making more pronounced lines.

Und dann habe ich begonnen, meinen Chinesischen Wasserfarbkasten mit dem Pinsel zu benutzen, und das funktioniert super! Der Pinsel hält sehr schön die Farbe, ich finde es wieder besonders einfach, mit washes zu arbeiten, also mit recht viel Wasser und wenig Farbe, aber auch betonte Linien sind kein Problem. Und der Pinsel lässt sich sehr einfach säubern. – Wunderbar!

pencil sketch coloured in with Chinese water color using a water brush

So I ordered another set of brushes which reached me yesterday. The new ones are Pentel aqua brushes in three different sizes. The water barrel is significantly larger than the one attached to the Koi. I guess that could be an advantage or disadvantage. For now I prefer the more compact design of the Koi.
The awkward thing about the Koi is that the screw that connects the barrel with the nip is oriented differently than the standard screw. But that is not a major issue. I still tend to do it wrong at first after filling the reservoir with water. However, it seems to me that it is less likely to come loose while painting (with my right hand) than with the other  brushes. But that might be my imagination.
The water flows a little more easily from the Pentel brushes, which is nice for larger areas and annoying for smaller ones. The tips of the brushes are a little to much larger, so more water is required of course. (So the larger barrel may make more sense than apparent at this first sight).

So for now the Koi is not decommissioned, although I actually ordered the new brushes because the Koi seemed at the end of its life: In some of the detail shots you can see that the bristles do not meet in a close tip anymore. But while it is wet it still works, and time will tell how long the Koi will hold up.

Bei der intensiven Benutzung, die der Koi erfahren hat, hat er allerdings gelitten, und die Spitze war nicht mehr so schön. Also habe ich ein neues Set bestellt. Diesmal Aquash von Pentel. Das erste, was bei den neuen Pinseln auffällt ist, dass sie ein deutlich größeres Reservoir haben. Das könnte ein Vorteil sein, aber mir gefällt im Moment das komparktere Design vom Koi besser.
Was beim Koi ein wenig merkwürdig ist, ist dass der Griff mit einem Linksgewinde an der Pinselspitze befestigt wird. Nach jedem Befüllen schraube ich erstmal in die falsche Richtung. Nun scheint mir aber, dass das dafür sorgt, dass er beim Benutzen weniger leicht loskommt. Bei den Pentel-Pinseln ist mir schonmal Wasser über die Finger gelaufen, wenn sich die Schraube gelöst hatte. Aber vielleicht hat das auch nichts mit der Richtung des Gewindes zu tun.
Allgemein fließt etwas mehr Wasser aus den Pentel-Pinseln als aus dem Koi. (In sofern ist das größere Reservoir vielleicht nötig.) Das ist angenehm wenn man über größere Flächen arbeitet, und anstrengend wenn es um Details geht.

Fürs erste werde ich den Koi weiterbenutzen – neben den Pentel Pinseln. Mir scheint, sie haben beide ihren Platz. Ich hoffe, der Koi hält noch eine Weile durch. Auf einigen der Detailbilder kann man schon sehen, wie einige Haare abstehen.

detail of Chinese water colors worked with pentel aqua brush

I have only used the brushes for painting so far. But other book binders use them for a variety of tasks, like for making a water line at which to tear paper. Or for moistening an exact area for example to loosen a bit of paper on boards, to remove things pasted onto something and the like.

The Pentel and the Sakura are very much alike. Apparently there are other brands with more significant differences out there. Compared to other brushes, water brushes are not very expensive. I guess I’ll have some fun and try some more.

Bislang habe ich die Pinsel nur fürs Malen benutzt. Buchbinden benutzen sie aber auch für eine Reihe anderer Aufgaben. Zum Beispiel um eine Rißlinie am Papier vorzubereiten oder um kleine Stücke Material (das mit Kleister aufgeklebt wurde) abzulösen.

Die Pentel und Sakura Pinsel sind trotz ihrer Unterschiede letztendlich recht ähnlich. Anscheinend gibt es noch andere Hersteller mit deutlicheren Unterschieden. Im Vergleich mit anderen Pinseln sind Wasserpinsel nicht besonders teuer. (Im Preis vergleichbar mit anderen Pinseln mit Synthetikspitze.) Ich denke, ich werde in der nächsten Zeit noch Spaß mit dem Ausprobieren anderer Sorten haben.

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They are gone!

Project Message in a Bottle. 5 BottlesOn Saturday morning I was checking my mailbox to find out that my five bottles which I proposed to exhibit at the MCBA  (Minneapolis Center for Book Arts) in their upcoming “Fluxjob” exhibition were indeed accepted. Yay! Happy dance. And then the headache started: The bottles have to be in Minneapolis in less than two weeks. No way they can go through standard mail. This tight schedule is of course not a surprise. I had been planning to send the bottles to friends in the US after Christmas, so that they could either bring or send them to the MCBA via USPS – should they get accepted, or put them into a local river if not. But then a lot of things came up both for us and for said friends. So I didn’t want to bother them with my request.

So I had to activate plan B: sending them with a courier service. I had been planning to find out how courier services work for a long time anyway (for offering an expedited service to paying customers).  And since courier services deliver items from England to the US in three days and less, I now had ample of time to find out how it works. So that would be a rather relaxed thing. So I though.

It turned out it took me three consecutive days to settle on a courier service, to find out which forms to fill out and to have them ready for pickup; and I am still insecure whether I filled them all out correctly, to be honest.
I felt like the cliché artist, unable to fill out online forms, and totally freaking about them. Anthough my package should have been rather easy: insurance value 25$, send as a gift, not as a sold product.
On Sunday evening, my analytical thinking husband took pity, and went through the online forms with me – with great patience and just as helpless as I was. He assured me it wasn’t me, it was the website, so no wonder I couldn’t get this done. He just told me not to think about it any longer, and call customer service on Monday morning.
That night, I dreamed about sending parcels. (Really! They contained eggs and it was a real mess in the end.) Calling customer service was the right thing to do. Everything became clear and easy. A couple of hours ago the driver came, picked up the bottles and took them with him. Now I keep my fingers crossed that they will reach Minneapolis unharmed and as quickly as I expect them to.

So, the fluxjob exhibition. It will be on from Febuary 7th until July 6th, so you have five months to get a peep at the bottles, as well as other art inspired by fluxus. And if you have not been to Minneapolis yet, let me tell you it is a great city to visit. – I wish I could go and see them there. I’d love to visit Minneapolis once more and look at the company they have at the MCBA. I am not sure whether I will be able to make it, but I sure think about going a lot.

To conclude this post, here are some more shots at my current work in progress.

Above you see the latest “ruled world” or rather part of a part of it: a page of an altered book with the original title “Practical Geometry for Art Students” that is going to accompany another of these stick surface sculptures with silhouettes of people walking over it. The page is not finished yet.

Below you see some of my work and progress on one of the pages for “soulsong”.

And I decided not to show you more images of “chasing infinity through the vanishing point. meditiations with straightedge and ruler”, because that is going to be the book I will be swapping in Febuary. I’ll show and tell you more when the recipient hast it. A nice evening and rest of the week!

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Happy New Year!

Hilke Kurzke work in progress

one ruled world becoming book art again; page not finished yet

I hope you are having as good a start into the new year as I am having. Making up for being away before Christmas, I was granted several consecutive working days while M. took time off work. After a first one or two frustrating and uninspired days, I got my head finally out above the clouds, and new ideas popped up faster than I could jot them down. Which in turn makes me want to spend less time at the computer, and more time in my studio. So this will be a rather short blog post, just to let you know I am still here and alive, and to send out some greetings.

I started to work again on the “soul song” book which I though was almost dead just before Christmas. Hooray! Also for the ruled world(s) I had some new ideas, and started to try them out today. If this works out, this will be my first altered book project. I am very excited to try this! The book that is being destroyed enriched by new content has the title “Practical Geometry for Art Students”. I am very happy to have found this copy. Title and content fit very well for what I have in mind, and the original text will stay mostly legible. And in the near future you will also read more about a book I am making for the current swap on the book arts forum. Thinking about that one was actually what got me going on the other projects. But there will be time to talk about that book later, when I have some more to show off, picture-wise.

So, what else is new? The project message in a bottle stays dear to me! I dispatched three bottles during my vacation in Germany, and another one got found. To read more about this, head over to my dedicated bog at flaschentiger.wordpress.com.

I am also very proud that someone else wrote about the project and has become a real fan. I applied for some other bottles to be included in the MCBA Fluxjob exhibition. – It would be fun to have them included! I am awaiting their decision the end of this week.

I also received new and more thread. Previously of the French Lin Cable I only had the thickest thread No. 332 (comparable to NeL 18/4 in thickness) in 13 colours. Now I also offer the No. 432 thread (comparable to NeL 18/3), and have a total of 19 colours available.

I am wishing you all a good new year 2014, with enough time, health and peace to be creative, to enrich the world and make something new.

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General Updates: Ruled Worlds, Soul Song, Project Message in a Bottle, Thread, and End of Business Year

The state of page two about four weeks ago.

Checking the archives, I see it has been four weeks since I gave you the last update on my work, the book soul song to be precise. I was already then complaining that progress was slow. Well, the title of the blog suggests that part of this web-journal are stories about the walls into which I tend to ram my head every now and then, and so I decided to give you an update on this project, although it does not really deserve that name.
Since the last update, I first changed page two, and then changed it back to how it was before. While this might represent some type of inner progress, it doesn’t look like it, and I must say, it also doesn’t feel like it. I have started to work on the next page, made a couple of sketches both of image and of words, and have dismissed it all so far. This was essentially the state of progress two or three weeks ago, and since then the project has been lying around. Is it abandoned?

page 2 and three of soul song

added a green background and some letters to page two. Then didn’t like how it looked beside page three, and painted it over again.

I am not so sure about that. It happens to me and my projects, that when it gets too tough, when real thought is needed, that so much else comes up that things just get forgotten. Maybe the initial drive and idea were just not strong enough to carry the book through. I sometimes wonder whether it is a weakness of concept of those books (and thus good that they don’t get finished), or maybe just a matter of lack of stamina. I am not sure yet that is really is abandoned. It is still lying on top of my worksurface, and I spent some time “feeling” the project before turning to other work. I have not completely come out of touch with the initial idea yet. I am not so sure that it will survive the break I am going to take for Christmas, though.

detail of surface I

Ruled Worlds, I still work on those. Which quite big enthusiasm. I have been trying out a lot: different methods of cutting the rather small shadow figures that walk the surfaces, different ways of “folding” the surfaces, and also experimented with painting them differently. I consider three of them done so far. I have the general idea, that the two sides of this surface are inhabited by people with a different mindset. So far they have family scenes and playing children on one side, and different people with fire-weapons on the other side, soldiers, gunmen. It remains unclear whether they protect or threaten the life on the other side. I struggle with giving a summery of what I want to express with these surfaces. The general idea is that “the world” someone lives in has thin walls. But there is not the one story a surface tells. It is a story of freedom, or a story of being enclosed, I want to tell different stories for the different characters on the surface, expressed in their posture and their location on the surface.

detail of surface II

But I am not so sure that this concept comes across. There are more vague ideas that I have about these pieces, but I cannot express everything coherently yet. That makes me a little itchy. Also I am not sure at all where I am headed with this. When I started out, I thought I might add some text onto paper later, which I would then knot to the skewers that form the surface. But I don’t see that coming anymore. Therefore I struggle to call them books. Well, I guess they are not books. I am surprised about myself, that I find it hard to accept that I am making something that will not be a book. But something keeps me going. And I am looking forward to seeing where I will end up.

detail of surface II

I spent some time and effort, trying to make photos of the three surfaces that I consider done. But I find it very hard. This at least they have in common with books: It seems impossible to show all there is in just one photo.

surface III

detail of surface III

And then there is also the project message in a bottle: After an especially nice finder’s story, with a 11 year old girl finding my ghost story in a bottle on a hike during a camping vacation, I made another eight bottles, ready to dispatch.

On other news, I just received a new order of the French Lin Câblé. You can find the listing here. I hope it is not too confusing. I would appreciate your feedback. If you want to order some thread before Christmas, you gotta hurry up: I am going to close my shop tomorrow for a Christmas vacation.

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A Book Swap and a Literature List for November and December

I am currently organizing a book swap over on Jackie’s Book Arts Forum. You need to be a member to participate, but you are welcome to sign up and immediately join the swapping fun. – Just two more days until sign-ups are closed, so hurry and take a look here.

Unfortunately I didn’t have much time for art or bookbinding this month, and so this post is a literature list just like the last one. I hope you enjoy them!

  • The Mixed-Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams From Over 40 Amazing Artists by Seth Apter. Can’t say much about it yet. I skipped through it but no more. I bought it because I follow a blog of one of the artist featured (Elizabeth Bunsen). But other than expected this is not a collection of interviews. It is more like one sentence answers to questions like “what is your working motto”, presented one question after the other (with all answers given) rather that one artist is featured after the other. The images look great, though, and I will surely have another look.
  • Print Collective by Jenny Doh, this book does what the screenprinting book on last month’s didn’t do and I am (at this moment) very happy with my purchase. I must admit that I have not seen it all yet, though.
  • 100 embroidery stitches, published by J & P Coats, this is a real treat. According to the cover, it once cost one shilling. It is a 50 pages pamphlet, featuring 100 embroidery stitches with clear images. Great!
  • Learning Lino Cut. A comprehensive Guide to the Art of Relief Printing through Linocut by Susan Yeates. As the title suggests, this is an introductory book. It was fun to read, and I read from first to last page in one go. I am a bit disappointed, that I found so few new information, and personally didn’t find it very inspiring. The instructions are all step by step, which is good for those just starting out. I found it a little too repetitive while reading, but then, this is not necessarily a book meant to read cover to cover.  What I like about it is that it has a different set-up than other introductory books to linocut that I know: It has five chapter, the first one is called Getting Started and the fourth “The finished lino cut”, together they make up almost half of the book. In the first you will find not only explanations about how to set up your working area, but also quick drawing exercises, as well as advice such as to go visit your local museum for inspiration. The other chapter talks about framing, and storing prints, how to sign, what an edition is, and the like. As I said, I like this approach. I missed some novel ideas here, though, and sometimes would have wished for a more in depth discussion. There are several section dedicated to telling you how and where to get started and how to be inspired – but it is not very inspiring on its own. It mentions that good matting and framing is important, but instead of at least giving some rough outlines and principles, it tells you to have it framed by a professional. I don’t mind this advice. I guess it is good advice. But while we are at the topic, Yeates could talk about this a little more. The same is true for the chapter that treats more advanced techniques. They are more mentioned than explained, and I miss some inspiring examples of artwork where the technique was used. The core chapters are thorough and well written, and explain block prints in general and lino printing in particular. I like that she decided to step away from the project driven instructions that can be found a lot on the market. Apparently she or the publisher felt some projects should be included, and so some are put in the last chapter.
    All in all I find this book is a very interesting addition to my library, and I don’t regret buying it. My favorite book about lino printing is and remains Drucken ohne Presse: Eine Einführung in kreative Drucktechniken by Anne Desmet and Jim Anderson (available in English translation with the title Handmade Prints: An Introduction to Creative Printmaking without a Press). It was my first book about printing and I wrote a review years ago. But the internet doesn’t forget, and you can still read it here.
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Literature List June to Mid November

Look, my book in “500 handmade books”.
Image by Studio Ernst

This used to be a monthly feature. I hope it will be again in the not so far future. I hardly bought any books in almost half a year. Well, you can guess the reasons: While packing books into cardboard boxes, shifting cardboard boxes around, unpacking cardboard boxes, throwing out a lot of books to make sure all fit into shelves, I just didn’t feel like buying more paper glued between cardboard. And therefore a new “list” was not exactly pressing.

Also I have still not established a certain enough routine to know when I have time for blogging or time to spent in the studio. Still so much needs to be organized. – Immigrating is easier than anticipated, but at the same time slower and tougher than expected. (Some people – sadly including doctors – seem to hope I will have left the country before I realize they never did what they promised to do. Well, enough of that.) Right now I find myself with some time at hand, while I listen to my sick children (5th disease) not sleeping. So here it goes. As always, I am writing a list with a brief review in the language of the book:

  • Limp bindings from the Vatican Library by Monica Langwe. I find it fits in well with Langwe’s first book Limp Binding from Tallinn, if you have and liked the first volume, you will like the second, too. The Forword is longer this time, giving more insight than before into how and where she worked. The rest of the book follows the same idea: She describes various limp bindings she found, and there is an appendix for which several bookbinders and book artist made new interpretations of these historic forms.
  • Squeegee! Die Siebdruck Bewegung von Bernd Hofmann. Zeigt eine Menge Gig-Poster, jeweils mit ein wenig Text über die Künstler. Als Bildband über dieses Genre gut, glaube ich. Da kenne ich mich aber nicht so aus, und ich hatte gehofft, etwas mehr über Siebdruck-Techniken zu lernen. Da es sich aber nur um Gig-Poster handelt, ist nicht so ganz das dabei, was ich mir erhofft hatte.
  • Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told Me About the Creative Life by Kleon, Austin. Nice one. Nothing especially exciting, but a short, entertaining book. Maybe a good gift?
  • 500 handmade books. Volume 2 edited by Julie Chen (Juror). My work is featured, too, so I am heavily biased. I love this book which again has many photos of stunning books. Again I wish there was more information about the books included beside the used materials and techniques. When applying we all wrote a brief description of the work. I would have loved to see these descriptions included with the photos.
  • Innovation Bookbinding: Secret Compartments & Hidden Messages by Shareen LaPlatz. How come I didn’t have it already? I cannot tell. Luckily I stumbled over an old entry on the Book Arts List over at Philobiblion and then found the book on Lulu. Unfortunately I didn’t make it past the first chapter yet. But it looks great, and I am sure I am going to love this book!
  • S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. This is absolutely stunning! I followed a link by Esther K. Smith on Facebook and found this review. I immediately ordered the book and it reached me a couple of days ago. It looks absolutely amazing, a must have! It is the text of one book and then with a discussion of two people in the margins. Plus a whole lot of extras tugged between the pages, like maps, post cards, and cafe paper towels. Whether it is a must read I cannot tell yet. From what I read on the internet there are people who actually read the story (or the three stories). I am just through the introduction, and I find it quite hard to read it all. (Also I find it a little boring, since I am not a huge fan of word by word text critique. I learned to do it during my theological studies and am rather happy now to enjoy a text as a whole rather than looking meticulously at every single word. But don’t let this aside keep you from buying it. )
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Page Three

The progress is painfully slow, but it is still progress. Page three – or are these pages 3-6? Unfortunately I’ll have to rewrite them, or at least the second one.

Mein Fortschritt is schrecklich langsam, aber immerhin es geht voran, wenn auch im Schneckentempo. Oben sehr ihr Seite drei meines neuen Buches “Soul Song” – oder sind es Seiten 3-6?

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Work getting done

A bit of progress with Soul Song. Not much but still… (the little wooden thing is where the finished image should end and what will be part of the new book. The rest is my sketch book.)

This was a full weekend! On Friday I started to put my shops back online. Now the Etsy Shops for Büchertiger Studio & Press and Büchertiger Supplies are back online, and so is the DaWanda-Shop for Büchertiger Supplies. Since I also had to get acquainted with and implement the Royal Mail Shipping conditions, and convert the currency to British Pounds, this was quite a lot of work to do, and cost me the whole Friday. Then, I even started a new shop on yet another platform. Büchertiger Supplies on Folksy, and I plan to also eventually open one for Büchertiger Studio & Press there.  I like it since it focuses solely on truely handmade items and supplies.

Today I needed to respond to an inquiry of the German tax office. (Of course they start asking questions about our tax returns only after we left the country.) And then, I decided I’d grant me a little studio time. – It was great! I only got a little work done, but am satisfied with the results. Hopefully there will be more to come soon. A pleasant and creative new week to you all!
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Writing, Editing, Cancelling, Writing Again…

working on the next page for soul song

As the title of this post indicates I have been writing a lot. Unfortunately not things that I particularly enjoy writing: It started with editing my homepage, and this work is still not done. And also I wrote a studio space application that I handed in today. I have not the slightest idea what my chances are to actually get a studio there. I am going to apply at a couple more places, too. But my overall chances are probably very, very small, the whole process being very competitive, and actually, I was informed that they are only filling a waiting list right now and do not really have free studios to rent out. Nevertheless this application cost me a lot of time. I wish they had asked just for my artist statement, since at least I have written one before, also in English. There were a lot of questions that I found rather hard to understand in what it is actually that they are asking. Well, now I sent it off, and I am curious to hear what they will tell me. (Not much due to the many applications they receive; they already told me that.)

Wie der Titel dieses Artikels andeutet, habe ich in der letzten Zeit viel geschrieben. Leider nicht an sehr erfreulichen Dingen: Meine Homepage hat eine dringend nötige Aufhübschung bekommen. Eine Arbeit, die noch nicht beendet ist. Außerdem habe ich an einer Bewerbung für ein Künstleratelier gebastelt, die ich gerade eben losgeschickt habe. Ich bewerbe mich da dafür, ein Atelier in einem größeren Gebäude mieten, das ganz voll Künstler ist. Das ganze ist ein großes Projekt, in dem es um mehr als Arbeitsraum geht. Naja, ich werde mehr davon erzählen, sollten sie tatsächlich daran interessiert sein, mich dort aufzunehmen. Ich fürchte die Chancen sind gering, denn der Andrang ist groß, und ich muss zugeben, dass ich recht große Mühe hatte, den richtigen Kunst-Slang zu benutzen, beziehungsweise ihn so zu parsen, dass ich die Fragen auf dem Fragebogen überhaupt verstehen konnte. Nun ja, ich werde sehen.

Look: There is a table in my room! It is not suited for heavy work since it is rather shaky on its legs, but I can use it while I am standing.

Schaut: Ein Tisch in meinem “Turm”zimmer! Der ist zu wackelig, um daran zu werken, aber immerhin kann ich daran stehen! – Die andere Zimmerecke sieht für mich allerdings immeroch einladender aus:

I must say the other side of the room looks still more inviting to me.

And the above are new toys for to continue my work on the “ruled worlds”.

Und das hier oben sind meine neuen Spielzeuge, mit denen ich an “ruled worlds” weiter arbeiten will.

Und eine letzte Ankündigung gibt es noch: Meine Online-Shops werden diesen Freitag (1. November) wieder öffnen. Wenn du auf Etsy mitfeiern und einkaufen willst, verwende einfach den Coupon-Code “REOPENING” und du erhältst automatisch einen Rabatt von 10% auf den Einkauf. Wenn du bei DaWanda einkaufst, kannst du den gleichen Code benutzen und als Nachricht an der Kasse angeben. Dann bekommst du den gleichen Rabatt von Hand. – Ich hoffe, du bist mit dabei!

Oh, one last announcement: My shops will open this Friday (November 1st). If you are shopping on Etsy, simply enter the coupon code “REOPENING” and receive a 10% discount on all purchases. On DaWanda you can use the same code and will receive the same discount, just enter it as a message to seller. – I hope to see you there!

delicious Gruschwitz-thread waiting for you!

Edit: Upon request I exchanged the photo with the tools with one where I added their names. Here is a brief description what they are:

Rotary Blade Knife: The head that is holding an exchangeable paper scalpel blade is mounted at the straight handle at an angle. this head rotated in the handle. It is supposed to make cutting around a round shape easier.
Art Knife: nothing but a paper scalpel with a fancy name and tapered handle.
Clic Cutter – this is the one I like best: It looks like a biro. But if you “clic” it, not a pen but a sharp knife appears.
Pen Knife: a paper scalpel where the head that holds the blade is rotation inside the grip handle. This is again supposed to make cutting along rounded lines easier.

 

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