Posts from the “Germany” Category

Beautiful Bavaria – a day at the Tegernsee

Posted on September 23, 2014

A week in Bavaria wouldn’t be complete without a road trip out to the Tegernsee. This cozy, idyllic, beautiful lake is situated only an hour outside Munich, and together with Frank, we made a day of sightseeing the countryside. Walking along the water, gorging ourselves with wholesome German food and then hiking it off in the mountains surrounding the lake made for one of our favorite days in Southern Germany.

Oktoberfest

Posted on September 21, 2014

It was the first weekend of Oktoberfest, so we suited up in Bavarian garb, headed over to Wiesn and joined the throngs of people in the revelry. Melissa wore my mother’s traditional hat & jacket (they’re 60 years old and still in beautiful condition) and Frank’s Lederhosen were a big hit in the Bräurosl tent.

Over 7 million liters of beer are consumed during the festival, and we were happy to contribute to that with a few big Maß of our own. Traditional Bavarian foods like Hendl, Schweinebraten, Brezen, Knödel, Kartoffelsalat and Weisswurst are everywhere, so we had no choice but to eat our way through the festival as well.

First days in München

Posted on September 21, 2014

We’ve started our one week adventure in München for Oktoberfest with our favorite road tripping friend, Frank. In our first days here, we’ve spent a lot of time walking along the Isar River, admiring traditional Bavarian outfits and making our way through the gorgeous old town and its historic squares. Frank walked us through the Englischer Garten, which quickly became our favorite spot for people watching, lounging in the grass and soaking up the late summer sun.

One of the cool things we saw while in the Garten is ice brook surfing (Eisbach) in the Isar. The river forms a powerful current where surfers queue up for their chance to ride the meter-high wave. The water is shallow and cold, but the spot was still filled with adventurous sporty types lining up to practice on their boards. It was pretty cool & unexpected to see river surfing in the middle of this beautiful city.

Mini excursion to Potsdam

Posted on September 7, 2014

Christian & Alexandra loaned us their adorable Mini and planned a ‘Mini Adventure Cozy Place Outside Berlin-Wannsee-Caputh Trip” for Thomas & me. Each step of the day was planned out – complete with a hand drawn map illustrated by their 6-year old son Ben. It included notes on where to sink our toes in the sand, where to find a cup of coffee with the perfect Seeblick and finally, which castles were best to visit.

With our cute wheels, we headed west out of Berlin. We walked around Heilandskirche first and then made our way to Cecilienhof Park. The weather was beautiful, so we sat in the park with a picnic, napped, found a warm spot for swimming in the Heileger See and then poked around the castle. We were then off to Sanssouci, another lavish castle with magnificent gardens. After a quick stop in Altstadt Potsdam for Kaffee und Kuchen, we watched the fairy go back & forth in Caputh over a delicious dinner.

It was a wonderful day of sightseeing as our time in Berlin was coming to an end. Many thanks to Christian & Alexandra for planning out such a sweet trip for us!

Bedding anybody?

Posted on September 6, 2014

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.

Scarf exploration

Posted on September 3, 2014

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.

Pillow exploration

Posted on September 1, 2014

This summer, we decided to put a deeper focus on textile design. We experimented across fabrics, techniques and dyes. A few of the pieces we’ve included here show the wide range of things we played around with, but by no means represent a collection. Here, we focus on our pillow designs and subsequent posts will show other bedding pieces and scarves.

Fabrics: we found linen to be heavier, have a better drape and be all around more substantive than cotton for pillows, so we used linen on many of our pillow designs

Techniques: most of our pillow designs were created by using immersion dyeing, direct printing, shibori (a Japanese term for several methods of resist-dyeing to make a pattern by binding, folding, twisting and compressing), stenciling, discharge application, traditional batik (wax resist) and/or block printing with stamps we made ourselves from found objects or foam

Dyes: we bought all of our textile dyes here in Berlin. They are: fiber-reactive dyes, discharge gel (which is like bleach), fabric paints and photo emulsion for textiles that develops in sunlight