Servus, dear visitor!



Servus and a warm welcome to my other "Von Pappe" blog.

Edit 1: I have been thinking about this for quite some time now and have come to the decision to change this blog into a more personal one - more of a kind of diary of someone who struggles with Hashimoto thyroid disease (and therefore sometimes also depression) and also often with trying to be an artist (which both takes quite a lot of courage I found - especially when you lack self confidence ;).

Sometimes I feel I need to write down thoughts, ideas, plans or goals - just to make them "count" or more "real" for myself in a way. So what you will find in this place are traces of my personal journey towards feeling healthier again (after also having been diagnosed with borreliosis more recently) and also more confident as a creative.

I have also decided to keep this blog - though being quite personal - set to "public" in the hope that others who struggle, too and read my blog, feel less alone on their "journeys".

So if you choose to read posts on here you may well read about feelings and thoughts that are usually not being shared out there in crafty blogland and on facebook and all the other social platforms, where we all want to feel surrounded by shiny, happy people only to feel good and not be reminded of our own sorrows and struggles (which I totally understand to be honest).

Edit 2: After more consideration I have also decided to disable the commenting function, so no one needs to feel pressed to leave a comment, as some of my posts may seem as if I was "fishing for words of encouragement" I found...which definitely is the least I want for my wonderful creative friends out there, who care, to feel like!
I know you care - and for that I feel blessed and thankful! *

Please, know that I am fine. I just - like everybody else - have (harder) times when I am wearing the "darker glasses" and when I question everything and everyone and especially myself...and I also have times - and these are by far the majority - when it is just the usual artist's struggle...or real life struggle...or simply having gotten up on the wrong side of my bed....nothing exceptional. Just life.

Take care! XXX


PS: in case you want to contact me, do so via email under vonpappe2@yahoo.de


* a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to all those who have left uplifting comments on here in the past! I've loved them all and always will. xxx

Monday, 18 April 2016

Lost Art

I was just browsing my image files when I stumbled upon this image I took of a project I did for DecoArt for CHA back in 2014. Sadly it got lost after the show (at least that was what I was told) so I never got it back.
As this is a project I am specifically fond of, this makes it even more sad. But at least I have this image I took.

So I am "framing" it over here on my blog today (so it doesn't get lost (in my archives) again).



"Pieces of the Past"
Fall 2014
 ca. 30 x 30 cm (12 x 12 inches)
fluid acrylics, crackle and other media,
ephemera,
casts,
 found objects
on heavy cardboard

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

"'Found"




"Found"

11th April 2016
collage on 300g/m2 mixed media cardstock
21 x 30 cm / 8,3 x 11,7 in


vintage optometrist lenses labels and wrappings
dried tea bags
Gelli prints (using acrylic paints)
scraps from vintage German magazines
Decou-page glue
walnut ink
Stabilo Marks It All black watersoluble pencil
words stencils (Red Lead, Stampers Anonymous)
brown archival ink




Work in progress and close up images:

Composing and choosing...



Early stage...



Close ups...