The Mural Complete- Berlin

Sunday morning, I walked from the train to the Schoenefeld Airport and noticed the scaffolding was down and the painting of the mural complete.

I saw the artist’s name, Steven Karlstedt. You might remember the photo of the painting of the mural when I arrived a couple of weeks ago.

https://rutheh.com/2018/04/03/the-mural-painter-in-berlin/

Photographed on March 31st

https://www.stevenkarlstedt.de/

Farewell until my next visit.

Pittsburgh’s Indie Knit & Spin

You know how much I love different yarns and all the possibilities they inspire.

Last Saturday I went with a friend to the Ace Hotel in East Liberty to check out the Pittsburgh Indie Knit & Spinevent, held in the former YMCA gym.  The “boutique hotel” was hopping, serving lunch and drinks and coffee, while eager knitters perused the booths.

A vendor at one booth was wearing this pin.Two dinosaurs winding yarn!

Although the vendor preferred anonymity she was more than happy to share the story of her quirky and creative pin.  She told me to google Malojos   So fun. Meet the designer of the pin who lives in Chicago About Natalie Have you seen the 14K gold gauge rings she makes?

I limited myself to purchasing a single skein of sparkle yarn named “The Shire” ( my first sparkle yarn)  HandDyed by Trisha Eliason of Gypsy Stardust Yarn and Fiber Shop. 

Good Water and Co. is a mother-daughter team dedicated to bringing the world a better knitting bag. Based in central Pennsylvania, each Good Water and Co. bag is handcrafted from start to finish, with no two bags being exactly alike. We are dedicated to providing knitters and crocheters with funky and innovative solutions to everyday problems.  – from their Website

They had many great bags and had repurposed dresser scarves sewn into project bags to hold knitting projects or whatever else you might think of-

The Ace Hotel hosts Knitting in the Knook every third Tuesday, too. Offering tea and a cozy place to sit and knit.  My friend Ann and I went to knit in February and everyone was so nice. That’s how I learned about the Indie Knit & Spin Event.

MOTHERPIGEON AT UNION SQUARE

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Meet Tina Piña Trachtenburg, street performance artist and animal advocate.

Laura and I walked down to Union Square to the Holiday Market.  It would have been hard to maneuver the popular market on a Saturday afternoon even without the stroller. What a crowd! The weather felt like a warm Spring day.

At the entrance point, we saw this flock of pigeons on the steps and I placed a bill in the open suitcase and asked to photograph the creator of the felt birds.  Then I asked if I might blog her photo and she agreed.   She directed me to the bright green fact sheet under the donations.

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Crocheted Tree Blankets on Christopher Street

When we arrived in the city Tuesday evening after the long train ride from Pittsburgh we walked down to the Hudson River after supper. It was dark so I didn’t see the colorful crocheted blankets on the trees.
Then yesterday we were on Hudson Street and WHOA- there they were brightening up the landscape.
Here’s an article about the creator of the project – Holly Boardman owner of Musée Lingerie on Christopher says ” It takes about one hour to crochet a single square, and we have over 1,880 squares on our Christopher Street block. That took about 80 days!”

A total transformation of ordinary tree trunks into colorful street art

Here’s the first one I spotted on Hudson Street and then we rounded the corner on Christopher…

Glass Bead Artist in Berlin

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Here she is in her gallery/store, just around the corner from the ice cream store.

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Dagmar’s first career was Occupational Therapist but about fifteen years ago while living in Brooklyn, she learned how to make glass beads.

She demonstrated the making of a glass bead. The colored glass rods are from Murano, Italy.

She lit her torch and melted the end of the rod to the consistency of honey, turning it all the time onto a metal tool.

 

Sometimes she uses a mold to form the bead but most of the time she creates each bead by hand without the mold, so they don’t lose the handcrafted touch.

 

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Tiny pieces of the Berlin Wall inside a single glass bead

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Once a month dbeads conceptstore hosts concerts. 9A411027-2EEB-4E56-95E6-B359948DF6A9

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Her graphic artist made these bumper stickers with this saying! She gave me a couple to bring home.

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EAST SIDE Gallery- Berlin

Took the U bahn and then walked across this bridge to the outdoor East Side Gallery.

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It’s an excursion many tourists take.

1.3 K in length. International artists murals illustrate peace and freedom and adorn pieces of the Berlin Wall which were placed here.  Many graffiti artists have added to or obliterated the paintings. You can see dates of original painting and a date of restoration painting.

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A film crew was filming while I walked along the sidewalk.

I took the the backside  of the wall, too.

 

Walking to the Sky: GUEST BLOG

Photographed and written by friend /houseguest Shuey

Pittsburgh, Carnegie U Pole Art

“Walking to the Sky” by Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Jonathan Borofsky

The sculpture was inspired by stories his father used to tell him about a friendly giant who lived in the sky. A father and son in each story would ascend  into the sky to talk to the giant. In this sculpture a father and son along with another onlooker can be seen observing a number of people walking up the 100’ tall pole to the sky.

Borofsky describes this work as “. . . a portrait of all of humanity rising upward from the earth to the heavens above – striving into the future with strength and determination. Ultimately, this sculpture is a symbol for our collective search for wisdom and awakened consciousness.”

Definitely worth seeing.

Shuey

note from Ruth- Remember Shuey’s Barred Owl Photograph? click Barred owl photograph by Shuey