African wedding the modern way

Cape Town, South Africa, 2004. Right after my journey through Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and Botswana, I am staying with Augustas in Cape Town, where he is doing some volunteering work. We live together with one Slovakian guy and two German girls. Just a couple of days ago the Slovakian flatmate Juro asked me if I could create a nice wedding card for him to congratulate his African friends for their union. He knows I am loving the arts, so he asks if I could create something mirroring some traditional African wedding ceremony. I gather all kinds of magazines together in search...

Dreaming of sewing fashion

Often I have this desire to create my own fashion. I intent to learn sewing with a machine, and look forward to the moment I hold my first self-(machine)made dress in my hands. Until then, I continue scribbling down fashion ideas…

Baking without oven

Christmas 2007, Cuenca, Ecuador. After a Christmas on the boat in Mexico in 2006, it feels so good staying in our own appartment here in Cuenca during this special period of the year. This time I really want traditional Christmas bakery and plates with Christmas goodies on our table, I just have to solve one tiny thing: How am I going to bake WITHOUT an oven? Exactly, without an oven. I obviously won’t get far with the traditional Christmas recipes I know by heart. I check Internet resources for that matter, and strike it rich by finding millions of recipes. I select 12...

Nudes in engineering lecture

Berlin, around 2004. I have to attend lectures at the university about Innovation Management – obligatory, since they are part of the studies I have (how did I…?) choosen. These lectures appear most times terribly boring to me. I am unsure if it’s the professor, with his monotonus voice, or if it is the knowledge I am supposed to gain that keeps my thoughts wander away from the lecture room into a world full of colors and creativity. Since communicating between students isn’t welcoming to this particular professor during the lecture (I wonder why?…),...

Scribbling a happy witch

Berlin, around 2004. I am sitting in a cafe with one of my wonderful friends. Quite some time had gone by since we saw each other last, so we have to catch up on many things. We are conversing about the beauty of life, men, relationship issues, friends, professors, university, and even more about the great – free of charge – cultural program waiting ahead for the next week in our beloved district Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin. In the midst of our conversation, I all of a sudden feel the urge to draw. I try to push this need away for a second, since I think it impolite...

Christmas is what you make of it

Christmas 2006, Isla de Mujeres, Mexico. For the first time during Christmas we are both far away from home. It’s summerish warm outside, and the only things reminding Christmas are plastic decorations and an artificial Christmas tree in town. December 24, 2006. We are alone on the boat. It’s late in the evening, and we just finished working. The usual Christmas spirit of this day is totally absent. We remain silent, each one of us deep in thoughts. We think of our families, remembering the beautiful Christmas traditions, the Christmas dinner, the handing out of...

Bumble Bee’s birthday surprise

February 2009. My birthday is laying ahead. I have made my wish to receive as many postcards as possible as my birthday present. Suddenly, I get the idea that my wonderful friend Peggy might be equally happy to receive a unique birthday surprise. After all, she is just two days younger than me. I am excited. For long I dream of painting an empty bailey’s bottle, which I found some time ago in the dirt along one of Varkala’s roads. The bottle is clean and ready to be painted now. Thus, I grab pinsel and acrylic paint and let my inspiration flow. The only thing prior...

A tigress proper bath

In Berlin’s backyards one can find the weirdest things, especially in those created as a space for everybody to visit in an unofficial squat. People living here care for their fellow human beings, for any creature actually, and for anything existing here on earth. They value things that others discard thoughtless in a container, or throw it out their window, letting it rot on the street until a local cleaning service removes the items from sidewalks and streets, or even parks. The inhabitants in this squat are extraordinarily creative. The backyard is green, like a huge...

Oldies surprise

December 1999. While roaming Berlin’s streets me and my former love Ulrich spots as always a Wartburg. He has driven a Wartburg 353W for many years, which he inherited from his father. He is absolutely in love with these vehicles of the East German car producer Automobilwerk Eisenach, which ended its production in 1991 to be acquired by Opel. He always fancied all kinds of Wartburg automobiles. Once, though, he admitted that one of them is really precious to him: Wartburg 311. “I am dreaming of driving a Wartburg 311 one day…” He sighed, and I marked...

Legs on stage

[Waaarning! The photos are of low quality for having been taken with a simple film camera and scanned with a very basic scanner. Aaadvice 😉 Mouse on photo reveals it’s topic. Have fun!] Zaragoza, Spain, 2003. It’s summer, and I am in love, in love with Augustas 😉 Since it is 3 months to go until I will see him again, I think of expressing my love to him in different ways. I know his fascination for my legs, thus I get the idea of making a shoe shooting. I carry along all my shoes, and then me and my Lithuanian friend Jovita start experimenting. We aim to express...
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