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At the 21 of September 2010 we visited our sponsor child Luvia and her family near Coban in Guatemala. We have been sponsors for 7 years now with „Plan international“ and already being in Guatemala it would have been just not possible not to visit her. We arrived one day earlier in Coban to meet with the people from the organization and to go shopping with them to buy gifts and food for the family. Then because of our visit they are not working that day and therefore they don’t earn money. The next day we drove together to the village where the family lives. With us were two translators, one for translating from their Maya language to Spanish and one for translating from Spanish to English. On the way to the village they told us that we have to be prepared to feel like super stars but even with this warning we weren’t prepared for what happened next. As we were the first sponsors ever to visit this village, everyone, and I really mean everyone was there to have a look on us. We never expected so much attention. First, we went to the local school where they decorated the school in the colours of the German flag and where the whole school prepared a show for us and speeches. We were more or less speechless. Now, we know not only the director of the school but also the mayor and the maize queen of the town.

It was also there were we first met Luvia and her father Sebastian. Both sides were a bit shy because of the event but it was nevertheless an emotional moment.

After the program we went to their family house where we got introduced to the whole family and a tasty lunch was prepared for us. As a gesture of honor we drank home harvested and made chocolate.

Because of the two translators a flowing talk wasn’t easy but it was so interesting to meet them all and to see how the family lives and how much help the organization is to the village and its people.  We feel honored that we were invited into their house and to share a meal with them. What I think is good about Plan International that it supports the community and encourages the help for self help instead of just giving them money. So, hopefully one day, their help won’t be needed anymore.

What I found very interesting that most people in the village don’t believe that the sponsors exist and therefore don’t write letters to them because they think it is a waste of time. I found that interesting and quite funny as it is the same in the countries where the sponsors come from, as there is a big skepticism that the children exist. That was also why there were so many people there to greet us, because Plan International told them that that is the chance to actually see real existing sponsors.

After 2 hours we had to leave Luvia and her family as it started to rain, and you just don=t want to walk to much in the rain in rainy season Guatemala. So we went back to Coban after 9 hours filled with new impressions. What an exciting and interesting day J

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How to describe the time at this magical place in the right words? How to explain what happened inside?

Maybe I just begin how it came that we spent there one month meditating, doing yoga and attending many interesting teachings and classes.

After such a long time travelling around the world Dennis and realised that we felt kind of exhursted and we probably had an overload of constantly new impressions and experiences.

I can´t completly explain how we chose this place to stay but from the first moment we visited the piramides it just felt right to be there. It was like it was calling for us. the center is located at the beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. And how right it was to stay there. Looking back it was a continue of our travel, but a inside one this time. I don´t want to go to deep in this post as because a lot of things that happened are of  private nature and too personal to write here about it,  but it was definitly a mind opening and changing time and the beginning of something very beautiful and new. It definitly changed how I see and perceive the world.

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The following works decided to get lost somewhere between Germany and Turkey.

They wanted to participate in the exhibition of the gallery Soda in Istanbul and started their journey with the German post but never arrived.

So, whereever you are, my beautiful ones, I hope you are treated well and give people joy.

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What happened? That is a very good question to ask… As being an art jeweller doesn’t make you outrageous rich it was about time to work for being able to travel on and live the dream.

Dennis and I were lucky enough to find a very well paid job in Halls Creek, Western Australia, in a hotel. We worked there as basically everything, from housekeeping, barwork, restaurant to even be the DJ on the Friday night disco, we covered it all.

It was a highly interesting and intense time, working in such an environment. The temperature were always around 40 degrees celsius, and, as it was wet season, the humidity was quite high, too. It was in the middle of nowhere, 1000 people livinge there with the next town a 350km drive away. A real outback and Australian experience. Beautiful and exotic landscape.

But not too good conditions to be creative. Working an average of 50 hours per week with only 1 day off doesn’t help. The heat is a big problem too. It takes away a lot of your energy. I managed to set up a work shop in one deserted room but without air-con the temperature reached fast the 50 degree mark which makes working hardly bearable. It was a beautiful room but just not good for working.

I managed to “find” a better room with an air-con but as it was a deserted room for staff someone moved into that room quite fast so no more work shop for me anymore :-(

During the time in the hotel I started to reminescence about the travel, the jewellery and everything. I realised that I hardly created jewellery while travelling. Why? I realised that I need a quite surrounding, like I had at Sturt in my time as Artist in Residence, to be able to empty my mind to fill it with new ideas. While travelling your head is filled already all the time with new impressions and experiences. It is like soaking up all the new for saving it for later. If that makes sense…

I also realised that working full time (or even more) doesn’t help my creativity either…

So, I made the decision to send my tools back home for the time of travelling. I feel good with it. A bit sad, too. But, also relived. Why is that? Having my tools with my always created that pressure in myself to be creative, or, having a bad conscience about not being it! That wasn’t good. That is not why I am here. There will be a time for jewellery again. But not right now. Now it’s pure travelling time. Time for new impressions. For open horizons (Now it’s getting a bit pathetic ;-)

This doesn’t mean I will close down this blog. I just found out that for me at this stage of the travel the concept isn’t working. And that’s why I changed it. There will be still thoughts and impressions from my travel, things, that touched me in a way or the other. And, one day back home, there will be new creations again :-)

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Last day in the workshop. Cleaning up. A last piece. More a fun piece. It is a necklace made out of the wooden hearts of the slices I used for my conical forms. It is the necklace of the 156Hearts. Whatever that may mean…

Was it sad to clean up the workshop? Yes and no.

Yes, because it means that my time here is coming to an end and I won’t be able to work that intensively on my jewellery for the next months. Yes, because it was a fabulous time here with a lot of nice moments, nice people, some red and sparkling wine ;-). Yes, because it was exactly the right place to stay for a while after travelling for almost 10 month. Such a quiet and relaxed place it is. It was perfect to get a free mind and spirit again and to gain new energy for coming adventures.
No, because I feel that I used this precious time perfectly in the right way. I did almost everything that I was hoping to do. I worked a lot at my work bench, a lot of sawing and glueing, new developments and new solutions were gained. I am so happy about that :-) But, it is time to move on. To travel again. The travel bug is biting again ;-) And I have the feeling that I need a bit of a work bench break now. Even if I am very sad to leave it…I hope that makes some sense at all.


Cleaning up

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I love to work with wood. Every time I find a new branch I am curious what is hidden inside.

 The moment I am cutting it open into slices is always like a little adventure.

Like gem stones every piece of wood is unique and precious.

Also my working process is most of the time the same I am treating every single slice with all my attention and care as they are all special.

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Still the first week, still a bit of a chaos, a settling down in mind and reality. Maybe I should start to rearrange my sawed and gloud pieces? As an impression of that nothing stays the same? Would this be a development that I am forcing too much? Would this be more a mind or more a heart orientated decision? I am not too excited with what I did today. At least not in that constellation. Hmm, but at least it still helps me to get back to my work bench, to get a routine again after the long period of travelling.

One other sup topic I am thinking about is defragmantation, as travelling makes you change, even if you don’t realise it I guess it does quite a bit in your subconsciousness, it shows you that all the things you take for granted…they aren’t. There isn’t such a thing as normality. It makes you question everything you thought you know for sure in your life. You have to reappraise all the parameters in your life. Maybe that is where the chaos in my mind comes from ;-)





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Where to start? What to do? So many thoughts running through my mind. It feels good to stay for a longer period at a place. To unpack for a while. 10 months of travelling have been quite strenuous in the end. Never stay longer than a few days at a place, organising transport, accomodation, food and sightseeing every 3rd day was quite exhausting as longer it lasted. Getting to know people all the time, telling your story ever and ever again got a bit boring after a while. Also my plan, doing jewellery while travelling did not work out the way I imagined it as travelling (travelling, not making holidays!) is more like a full time job than a light holiday. It is a lot of organisation you have to do all day and keeps you busy all the time. You hardly have the time to assimilate all the impressions you get on your travel. I do not want to give the wrong impressions, I still love travelling, but I was a bit tierd of travelling after 10 month. Also I missed creating jewellery. That is why I applied for this Artist in Residence place. And that is why I am so happy to got it and to have the opportunity to work and stay here for the next three month.

But still, how to bring order in the chaos of impressions, pictures, stories and emotions that is going on in my mind? First, I set up a table full of the materials I brought with me and that were okay to bring into the country.  I thought that, as long I do not have a good ides where to start I just continue where I stopped when we left Germany. I also would try to work with some of the materials.

So I started with sawing a piece of wood I brought all the way from Germany to Australia.

piece of wood

a bit bended after all the travel


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What a fantastic christmas present I just found in my email account… One month ago I applied for a place as an Artist in Residence in Mittagong, Australia. And they granted it. They want me :-D  What an amazing feeling…

I am very happy, because it means three month of undisturbed development of my jewellery. It will start the 20th of April and last till the 10th of July. Free accomodation and workshop. Wohoo. I am looking forward to it :-)))

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