for the last weeks i just couldn´t stop to preserve stuff
- turning the last grapes not affected by mildew into raisins (consisting only of skin and seeds)
  we had to cut down two "vinyards" completely, now we´re hoping for better health next year
- drying hop and turning it into loose tea and little pillows in the future
  i was a bit confused about its ability to brighten your mood and make you sleep really good at the same time
  until i found out hop is actually a hallucinogenic plant, then it started to make sense
  mine was "imported" from the Hollertau, one of Bavaria´s biggest hop growing areas
  so i suppose it´s the good stuff
- canning the mirabelles growing right beside my compost heap
  i used a RECIPE not involving all that hot water stuff, but a sugar syrup instead
  we´ll see how they´ll keep - right now they´re looking like tiny suns caught in a jar
  which is exactly what i wish for - we´re currently blessed with glorious weather to no end
  and i´m more scared than ever of fall and winter to come
  so i´m trying to soak it all up, living by Manrepeller´s hashtag #LOVESUMMERHATEEVERYTHINGELSE
  (FRL TEXT is very into mirabelle confetti right now too and turns them into a very fine crumble)
also there are some new beginnings in the workshop
we turned some of the suns i scribbled with my left hand (the right one was off duty...) on one of my very dire days
into ear rings in silver and brass
since W and me decided to make really advanced stuff as long as possible together
with me being the "dictator" and him being the executor
working with metal can only be done in very, very small doses by me
so we´re changing a lot of the things involved in production
like starting to work with wax for the first time ever
(W hates it big time and keeps on making prototypes in brass - i have no other possibility than to love it
and i think i actually do, it´s so much more easy on my arms)
and since i realized that what i have is probably some kind of mystery disease
and the doctors do not know how or what to treat
i figured i have to do a lot of the healing myself which includes a lot of weird rituals
like applying magnesium oil after taking a shower, using a lot of WALA Aconit oil (thanks for the suggestion, S!),
and trying to sooth my heartburn with more natural things like medicinal clay or fennel-galangal pills
also i´m really interested in healing stones right now and started to make myself some necklaces
using mostly antique beads i found at flea markets over the years
those corals and naturally (baroque) shaped pearls are my favorite - both are supposed to put your mind and body to ease
by helping you deal with trauma and fear
also i do have the feeling drinking lots of cold green tea over those hot summer weeks
has helped a bit with my blood preasure
there´s a very tiny blurry glimpse of one of our PUZZLE RINGS in the new Claire Ptak COLUMN in The Guardian
actually you can only recognize it if you know for sure it´s actually there
but it´s cute nevertheless


for our BOOK CLUB meeting at 17.8., 7.30 p.m.
(in case you´re a really fast reader and from the Regensburg area AND want to join - let me know)
what impressed me most was the decision to turn into someone else
partially because Tom Ripley didn´t like himself so much and the state he was in
so i was thinking how about i´d turn into something else too
just for taking pictures - since what i really want to be is something i just can´t "pretend" to be:
me being in excellent health and everybody else too
and there not being a single pain in the world
somehow i had no idea how to impersonate that fact...
my vision of this life is a bit blurry, BUT:
it would be careless and beautiful and full with minor tragedies like mildew hitting the vinyard,
sneaking POPPY SEEDS from a neighbor´s garden,
getting on a sugar high from drinking Italian blood orange lemonade 
and then, when melancholia (or ennui, in case you´re like Michel from Gilmore Girls) hits 
all is well again after drinking a mug of Golden Milk
and in case it gets really bad - just light a weather candle to ward off any kind of storm, even domestic ones
oh yes, the label says so - the nuns living on the Fraueninsel in the middle of lake Chiemsee do not joke around
and somehow it would be great if it all would look like the SAIPUA´S INSTAGRAM STREAM,
Heidi Swanson´s COUNTERTOPS
and a bit like ANA KRAS´ SUMMER
apparently the greatest works of artists emerge after periods of profound sadness and distress
(there´s RESEARCH and proof)
but i´ll say let us all be average and content instead
(quick detour: i was discussing with my workshop helper if he´s suffering from depression 
or if he´s just really tired of his friends,
or maybe something in the middle - i suggested it might be ennui - a condition he didn´t know of
so we looked it up and found the Austrian synonym "Fadesse" for it
and we were both so amazed - he wanting to work on an exhibiton of that theme right away, he´s an artist,
in which he will be boring his aforementioned friends to no end
and me, well, i´d actually go for a life of boredom if that´s what it takes to avoid the lows)
@violetcakeslondon - the author of one of my favorite baking books - is making eclairs 
wearing one of our PUZZLE RINGS
what could be sweeter than that!
the lovely mug i´m drinking from is from 3punktF
and i won it in MIMA´s Advent kalender waaaay back before Christmas


this post is for my sister Elsa and her boyfriend/partner in arts Samuel
who are currently trying to fund one of their projects by selling an edition of silk screen prints:

We are looking forward to our residency at the "Tanzhaus NRW" this summer which enables us to work intensively on our piece 
"Geben und Nehmen/Fed back by monsters" in their studios in Düsselborf. To be able to pay our dancers, we offer an edition of silkscreen-prints. 
Whoever wants to support us by buying our edition also receives a free ticket to a performance of the piece.

Geben und Nehmen/Fed back by monsters
Elsa Artmann und Samuel Duvoisin
mit Chengcheng Hu, Soo Yeon Kim und Diana Treder

"It is a love that is based on giving and receiving as well as having and sharing. 
And the love that they give and have is shared and received. 
And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, 
we too can share and love and have and receive."
Matt le Blanc as Joey Tribbiani in „Friends“, preparing Monica and Chandler´s wedding speech

In dem Gefüge aus vier Blöcken, die mit Kabeln untereinander verschaltet sind, formalisiert sich die Grundanordnung jener Dynamik aus Anziehung und Abstoßung, 
mit deren Reihung es dem Leben gelingt, sich selbst zu erhalten. (...)
Homöostate operieren als Apparate der Wiederholung. Sie holen den alten Zustand wieder zurück, der fort zu sein scheint. Sie können aber auch als Fahrzeuge 
in die Veränderung dienen. In ihrer Zweischneidigkeit zeigt sich eine erstaunliche Kippfigur zwischen Totem und Lebendigem. 
Hans-Christian Dany in "Schneller als die Sonne"

to find out more about the project (there´s also a great video about it) and the print edition visit their WEBSITE
as a special treat for my readers they are offering their monsters (shown in the last pictures) for a very awesome prize: 25€ + shipping
(the silk screen prints are  produced using a specially developed grid system  - which can also be found on their website - 
there is actually NO moiré effect on the prints themselves, this occurred only when very unprofessionally photographing them)
to buy one of their pieces (and get a free ticket for their performance) contact them via mail to artmann.duvoisin@gmail.com
GIFs by me,  from a video taken by Arne Schmitt, edited by Stephanie Felber 


by now i´ve started to appreciate the most unlikely things about my new life

for example the mixture of dust, hair (mine and cat´s), seeds from the garden and crushed dry cat food
covering my floors since vacuuming has become a non-priority
have to force my workshop help to get himself glasses, since he really has bad eye sight when it comes to details
but we´ve just finished the very last LOOKING GUY COMB and KISSING GUY BARRETTES ever
it´s now or never in case you´ve had your eyes on them
also that TOURMALINE RING is for sale now - the stone is very slightly chipped but still delightful
and do check out our CUSTOM MADE section for more examples of engagement rings and wedding bands
it´s ice tea time around here
well, actually just fridge-cold tea, since i don´t care for the ice cubes
THIS ONE is very fancy
but i´m lazy and just brew my favorite GREEN TEA BLEND (having the most inappropriate name) instead
you know that feeling when you want to burst into tears cutting up an apricote-mascarpone-galette
because of frustration and fear since handling a knife doesn´t work properly and hurts a lot
and because where the f... is this going
you (hopefully) don´t and please know: you´re very lucky
the next day i made RASPBERRY COCNUT SCONES - no knifes needed, no crying: excellent
slicing a pound of strawberries very likely made everything worse
since social media tricked me into trying to dehydrate them
my oven turned them into red soup stuck onto paper which then had to be peeled/cracked off
i´d say it´s a waste of fruit, work and energy but my mum likes them
and after i turned them into powder i was amazed by the fact how little space they now take up
also i´ve joined Netflix just to watch CHEF´S TABLE
a series i very much adore since some of them seam to have risen from their ashes
facing such huge personal struggles but still turning shit into gold
(my personal mantra - i´d take brass or silver, too)
but right now i don´t feel like doing just that again - still too weak and so full of fear
then unexpectedly another find - DEAD LIKE ME - made me happy in the weirdest way
yes, i do wear that SEE SUN top almost every day and now probably those PALOMA WOOL SHOES too
and if i had any money i would spend it HERE HEREHERE and HERE
besides on food, books and good causes of course
our BOOK CLUB GROUP had a meeting again last week
and next up is a classic summery read: THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY by PATRICIA HIGHSMITH
we´ll meet 17.8, 7.30 pm

in case you´d like to join - just let me know