This is the third batch of work from our summertime textile exploration. Working with bedding and its large scale is very different than the work we were doing with scarves and pillows. A 2 meter x 2 meter duvet cover, for example, cannot simply be dipped in a bucket of dye. So, we headed to the hardware store for large scale wood pieces, vices and clamps. With the help of the bathtub, a bunch of dye and a twist on traditional shibori folding techniques, we created these two bedding sets.
Scarves are another great canvas for textile design. We found beautiful cottons at our favorite Berlin markets and set about dyeing them in every way possible. We designed & cut stamps, mixed crazy custom dyes and rewrote the rules of traditional shibori to keep it interesting. Here’s a sample of our hand stamped, shibori and batik pieces, which we had fun shooting in the neighborhood.
Over the last few months, we’ve found ourselves sticking mainly to the East side of Berlin. So today’s field trip was a trek to the West to visit Charlottenburg Palace. This ornate royal residence was built at the end of the 17th century in baroque and rococo styles. It even includes a room called ‘the Porcelain Cabinet,’ which holds thousands of porcelain objects as well as a stuffed deer hanging from the ornate molding. Outside are formal gardens and walking trails surrounded by beautiful woodlands.
Old Berlin buildings were constructed to account for the city’s extraordinarily deep blocks. As we walk through Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte or Kreuzberg, we peek through the main building carriage doors into these beautiful courtyards and Hinterhäuse hiding behind.
This city was made for biking. In addition to riding my bike to class each day, Thomas & I tour all around Berlin to discover each of its different quarters. The city is pretty spread out, so some days we find ourselves on our bikes for hours. Our favorite spots are our neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, Mitte and of course the beloved Tiergarten with its wooded trails, English gardens and scenic lakes. Biking has certainly been a highlight over the course of our 2 1/2 months here!
Michelle came to visit from London and we took one of our favorite sunny day bike rides through Berlin. We walked around the Field of Stelae, a somber memorial to victims of the Holocaust.