Wednesday, October 30, 2013

European Artist Spotlight : Ines Doleschal

One reason I wanted to do a Creative Courage Berlin course featuring creative women in Germany is because so many of my friends here are artists, and I love having a great excuse to share their work with you!

Ines Doleschal is one of those friends, a true multi-talent who creates gorgeous, architecturally inspired paintings. Ines is also a skilled classical pianist, leads projects and tours in many of Berlin's top museums - and she is a mother of two young children. 

Ines was born near Stuttgart and studied art, art history, and English literature in the cities of Tübingen and Münster, Germany, and also in London. I met Ines while we were both working on our Master's degrees at the University of the Arts in Berlin.

I love the variety of color and form Ines achieves in her work

which range from abstracted building elements

and staircases

to rooms and facades

occasionally with a figurative character appearing.

In her figurative works, you are never sure where the background begins

or ends as the figures merge with their surroundings.

Ines has also creates fanciful architectural studies on paper,

some being more whimsical

while others are more hard edge.

In another series paintings, the rooms and interiors take on an almost sci-fi feeling

full of rich color, brushwork, and drips of the acrylic washes she is using.

Ines has often shown her work in museum and gallery settings 

that perfectly echo the multi-faceted perspectives in her paintings. 

I've seen Ines' work develop and grow through the years, 
and it's always a treat to see what Ines is going to come up with next.

Thank you Ines for sharing your beautiful paintings with us today!

To see more of Ines' lovely work, visit her website portfolio here.


In my upcoming Creative Courage Berlin course, we'll explore more artist studios, peek behind the scenes, and find out how our 12 talented guests manage to stay so creatively productive.

We start next Monday and I hope you'll join us for the Berlin Edition of Creative Courage here.

All my best,



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

European Artist Spotlight : Rosenrot Berlin

Today I'd like you to meet my friends Christine and Charlotte, otherwise known as Rosenrot Berlin!

Rosenrot Berlin is a celebration of "beautiful things for a beautiful life." 

I love their unique German flavored combination of vintage and handmade - with a good dose of humor - that comes through in all of their products.

Christine and Charlotte make many handmade and embroidered postcards using vintage German photography and texts - like this happy birthday card - "Geburtstagskind."

They also make 3-dimensional pieces incorporating old photos and found objects,

and they've published two very cool books!

Rosenrot has a huge variety of buttons using vintage photos + text. 

I especially love "Prinzessin" - of course.

You can find more handmade buttons in the Rosenrot Dawanda and Etsy online shops.

I've known Christine and Charlotte since our art studies together in Berlin, so I've been lucky enough to visit their studio too!

There are lots of lovely handmade paintings in all shapes and sizes!

Many of the Rosenrot paintings and collages use coffee, cake, and other foods as images.

One of my favorite collage postcards is this one, "I love big bottoms."

And this one is fun too: "The calm and happy feeling you get from chocolate should not be underestimated, use it instead" - or in other words "Chocolate makes you happy."

Christine and Charlotte also create many lovely hand sewn textiles as well, including pillows, baby bibs, and book jackets, and they do take custom orders.

One of their most loved items - they always sell out immediately - are the handmade Rosenrot angels.

Rosenrot products are sold at several art fairs in Germany, in private shops in Berlin, and online here and here.

Thanks for this peek into your creative process Christine and Charlotte!

More from Rosenrot on their blog, website, Dawanda, and Etsy shops.


I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Hugs from Berlin!



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

European Artist Spotlight : Sandra Juto

Swedish artist and multi-talent Sandra Juto is one of the few people I know who loves Berlin as much as I do! 

On my 12 Countries tour, I was very happy to have the chance to peek inside Sandra's beautiful studio and see her work space.

Sandra is a blogger, artist, designer, illustrator, photographer, creator of her very popular, handmade (crochet) Wrist Worms, and the list of her talents goes on and on...

Her Wrist Worms are on sale through today - so be sure to order your pair for this winter right now!

They come in all colors and styles

- and I love my striped set! Wrist Worms are perfect for keeping your hands warm, and your fingers are free to use your smart phone and drink coffee for example :)

Most of all, I enjoyed seeing Sandra's work, all the beautiful colored balls of yarn -

and one of her gorgeous granny square quilts in progress.

Sandra also does lovely graphic and illustration work

including these prints

one of my favorites.

Each corner of Sandra's studio was filled with little surprises

- it's wonderful to see so much attention to detail

also whimsy, humor, and presents from friends!

Sandra has put together an awesome online guide to Berlin - also guides for New York, and Gothenburg, Sweden on her blog

Sandra always knows where to get the best coffee, and it was a treat to spend an afternoon with her in Berlin! Join Sandra's 50,000+ followers on her instagram to keep up with her daily treats in Berlin and on her travels.

Thank you Sandra!


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