I’m Moving…

I was in Italy for another 3 days before returning home. We went to a Canyon to do some rock climbing on the last day. Apart from that we just enjoyed the sun :)

Now that I’m back in Germany, I went to Ewersbach for a few days. I’m moving from one room to another room in the dorm. Packing things, carrying them over, walking back and forth. Things are moving.

On the art side, I feel inspired and stressed at the same time. Inspired because of new ideas, stressed because I don’t have much time. In between stacking books and sorting clothes I have some small projects going: final touches on my rhino mask, painting the palette shelf and starting a new painting. All these things are works in progress, and they don’t happen themselves. But I’m moving.

Then, something else that might not be so obvious. A mysterious health issue that has been following me for 7 years and might now be uncovered: a fungal infection in my intestines. It’s treatable, but the treatment is tedious and takes a long time. I’m taking the medication and I’m not excited about the way I feel physically, but I’m glad to finally have a lead. And as tedious as the treatment is, I know this isn’t going to last. It’s slow, I’ll probably have setbacks. But most important… I’m moving.

Straw Figures Workshop!

I got to host and teach a straw figure workshop last Saturday. We ended up being 5 people, all of whom had fun making characters out of straw and wire. I thought the results were cool to see :)

It’s Lantern Season!

St. Martin’s day is around the corner, a day in remembrance of the generosity of a soldier named Martin. The story goes that he saw a poor beggar in the snow and was moved with compassion. He took his robe and gave it to the man, saving the man’s life.
St. Martin’s day isn’t a holiday in Germany, but it is celebrated with lantern walks, songs and bonfires. Most of the people who celebrate St. Martin’s day are kids with their parents, but not here in Ewersbach: We are having our own lantern walk as well.

In honor of the occasion we had a lantern building workshop. Unfortunately only 2 people could participate, but we still had fun. I built a goldfish lantern and my friend Sina built a Calvin-and-Hobbes lantern. So even if it was small, it was the first creative workshop I got to host at this school. A start, and starts are good :)

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