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Although the temperatures were not exactly spring-like, about 4000 visitors found their way to Escholzmatt to the 10th Entlebuch Herb and Wild Plant Market. A competition was held to mark the anniversary. Participants could find the answers to the six questions about the Entlebuch on the boards set up on the market grounds. I had the honour of designing these.
Once again, in particular the encounters were a great enrichment, and the lively exchange at the stand made me very happy! Many thanks for stopping by, and especially to the visitors from Western and Eastern Switzerland!
Large-format writing by hand was a new experience for me, and I had great fun doing it.
On Saturday 20 May, the herb and wild plant market will be held for the 10th time in Escholzmatt/LU. For this reason, anniversary attractions are planned, and the OC and market participants are coming up with various special promotions. This also includes me, and I am very much looking forward to it! You can find the diverse offer in the flyer - in addition to the plants, there are also various handicrafts and regional culinary delights, as well as exhibitors on the topics of nature, animals and agriculture, and much more. We are looking forward to offering the public a colourful market!
Calligraphy is usually practised alone and in a quiet chamber. Not so with this project: the collaboration with a calligrapher friend, Susanna Erhard from Rüderswil, was a new and wonderful experience. We were allowed to create a tribute to the conductor and arranger of the choir Musiclight from Langnau i.E.. The framed work was presented to Martin Moser on the occasion of the concert on 1 April 2023 in the church in Rüderswil, to frenetic applause from the audience and choir.
The text literally comes from Susanna's pen, I took care of the clef. Here, too, something new:
I finally ventured into the subject of acanthus leaves.
With great pleasure I was allowed to design an invitation card for a birthday party. The customer showed great trust in me und gave me a free hand. What an honour - I felt very rewarded! Since I already knew the client before, I tried to create something corresponding to her character. The result was a playful, colourful folding card. Guests have to announce their participation with a talon, whereupon they tell the hostess their favourite cooking recipe. And so a part of that gift returns to her in many ways.
The pleasure can be found in the details... To create all these tiny "cookies" sweetened my work.
On Thursday, February 9th, I had the possibility to participate for the first time in a Hike & Sketch by the freelance nature connoisseur and illustrator Ueli Bieri. From a point called Schüpferegg in Entlebuch, we went on a easy hike with stops at magnificent places. Always a chance to try to put a motif on paper in 15 minutes. And for me, riddled with many challenges: how do I represent snow on a white piece of paper? How do I capture the perspective correctly? And how do I have to proceed tactically to apply watercolour in a short time that hardly dries at winter temperatures? Overcome mental boundaries and fears, just get startet. Nothing has to be perfect - the attempt alone counts. And so memories were created that are welcome to stay.
An absolute instructive and eventful excursion, to be heartily recommended!
Remembering again how it was when we could still wonder about things that seem banal today; what happiness we felt at the sight of the burning candles on the Christmas tree; the almost uncontrollable anticipation of the freshly baked Christmas biscuits, or what amazement made our children's hearts beat faster at the sight of a little snow star....
I wish you wonderful and magical Christmas moments and all the best for the New Year.
I could hardly believe my eyes when I received the request from the secretariat of the Biel Women's Clinic in mid-November. In the end, I was allowed to label 190 tea cups with the first names of the staff and deliver them one month later. I wish those who received them at the gynaecological clinic in Biel many relaxing moments during their breaks and happy holidays!
Who hasn't been glad to have the opportunity to buy a somewhat different souvenir or an original gift in a small private shop run by creative people? Daniela Schumacher-Reist's Holzhüttli in Schüpfheim/LU offers just such an opportunity. In the lovingly furnished shed, you will find her homemade items; from pretty decorations for the house and garden to useful utilitarian objects and home-made delicacies. Things for the eyes and heart, created with great attention to detail and sparkling passion - and all this at truly modest prices.
In addition to the existing suppliers Brigitte Emmenegger/Vroni Müller with their lovely sewn items and Lydia Felder with her wonderful natural floristry, I will also be offering Christmas baubles and cards for sale until the festive season.
Opening hours until Christmas: Thu+Fri 14.00-18.00 and Sat 13.00-16.00, or on request. Subject to change.
The Entlebuch Christmas Market offers not only numerous market stalls worth seeing and many beautiful attractions outside, but also an opportunity for artisans to exhibit indoors in the warmth. The focus here is on interaction with visitors - and it is desirable to be able to watch the artists at work. After I had met on the eve of 26 November, I was quite relaxed and looking forward to this day.
Apart from a demo work, I offered interested people to write their names in a font of their choice. In addition, buyers could have their Christmas baubles personalised as they wished right at the stand. After I had already been allowed to put some names on the back of inscribed tree decorations, a customer asked me to add the words "from my favourite son-in-law" to a bauble. By this time, spectators had gathered around the table to watch me write the names or to ask questions. Another visitor was very interested in the challenges of labelling Christmas baubles. I explained that neither pre-lining for a script with descenders nor pre-writing is possible (at least I would not have found a solution until now). So it was clear that the baubles had to be inscribed without any aids. And I added: "I only have one attempt at a time. Since the pointed nib can scratch the thin layer of paint, even wiping the paint off and trying again wouldn't do any good - scratches would remain on the surface." After these words, I took the chosen ball in one hand, dipped my quill in the paint with the other, aimed at an imaginary line on the ball and imagined again the long word "favourite son-in-law" to write in the empty space. I collected myself, a little push prayer - and began to calligraph. As I did so, the whole room immediately became quiet as a mouse. I think all twenty or so spectators in three rows held their breath with me! :) Luckily it worked, and after fifteen minutes of drying time, the lucky buyer could take her ball home with her...
That was one of the most memorable moments at the Entlebuch Christmas Market. But I was also impressed by the work of the OC team, who had organised everything perfectly, from the car park to solid stands, decorations and wonderful attractions to the staggered clearing away. Another highlight, and never experienced like this before: an aperitif for the helpers and exhibitors after the speech and official opening of the market! Merci beaucoup also for providing the great photos.
I would also like to thank all those who took a moment to visit my stand, the extra visitors from Seeland and Schüpfheim and especially my wonderful colleague in the same room, the hand weaver Doris Schnider from Engelberg. You can find more impressions here.
Nature shows itself in a colourful autumn dress, and Christmas is slowly approaching - so soon there will be markets again where I will participate. For me very concretely:
Sunday, november 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the occasion of the Sunday sale in Langnau i.E./BE
Many highlights await visitors - from all sorts of attractive market stalls and catering facilities to musical entertainment of various styles to children's attractions or a tombola. More than 30 shops have open their doors. For more information: vps-langnau.ch.
Saturday, november 26 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Entlebuch Christmas Market in Entlebuch/LU
The attractive Christmas market on the school building area "Pfrundmatt" enchants with its enormous versatility, and offers a varied program for young and old. While outside, you can stroll through the festively decorates stalls, its possible to watch artisans at work inside. Among other things, visitors can expect an Advent concert, candle pulling, folklore performances and taste all sorts of culinary delights. And don't forget to hand over your written dream to the wishing tree... We are looking forward to it! Form more information: flyer or weihnachtsmarkt-entlebuch.ch.
It was my honourable task to put his words on paper in a appropriate manner and to find a suitable frame for it. The challenges are often hidden in the small things, such as finding the balance between written and empty space and at intervals, or quite "simple" in achieving an equalized set of center lines.
Title written in Baroque Fracture with iron gall ink, gold and China ink; main text (cap height 3 mm) in my own handwriting with Chinese ink on elephant skin paper (A3).
This market, which is now popular far beyond the region, makes not only the hearts of gardeners and nature and plant lovers beat faster - it also offers regional culinary delicacies and a wide range of handicrafts. The whole program, travel plan and further informations can be found in the flyer.
In addition, I have two or three new items for you: for example, labels for pots and gardens, bookmarks for bookworms, lucky charms to carry in a pocket and all kinds of hand-written porcelain. You can also watch me doing some calligraphy or have herbal signs written for you at the stand. I'm looking forward to it - so see you soon!
The summer market in Schüpfen/BE took place on 21 August in beautiful weather and hot temperatures. Many visitors seemed to take advantage of the fresh morning hours to stroll through a market again. Once more I enjoyed the encounters with the customers - whether it was a familiar face or a new one, the exchange was thoroughly a pleasure. Thank you very much for that!
Even though my market stall was dominated by dinnerware this time, some of my cards will be sent by post in the future.
Even though the Corona situation is far from letting us go, life still happens. And so I am taking part in a market again, more precisely at the Sommermärit in Schüpfen/BE. I'm really looking forward to it and can't wait!
I had been looking for a German dictionary in broken script for some time when I came across a private advertisement offering "Der Grosse Duden" from 1932, 10th edition. I registered my interest and the very next day the owner contacted me. The conversation was very pleasant and, contrary to current practice and my gut feeling, we agreed that I would send her the money by post. For this purpose, I quickly wrote a short thank-you note without prescribing or lining it. The same day, I took the envelope to the post office and looked forward to receiving my package.
The letter should have landed in the lady's letterbox the next day. But instead, she called me a few days later, worried, to tell me that she still hadn't received the money. Of all things! We were at a loss and agreed to wait a few more days, otherwise I would transfer the money to her. In the meantime, her parcel had arrived and I was holding a Duden in perfect condition, what a treasure for me!
Who does not know it? You have a spontaneous invitation, someone is ill or you just want to surprise someone with a small gift - but you don't have the time to add a personal touch. That's where pre-printed gift tags come in handy.
In my small shop under "Other" you can find labels in three languages for many occasions - with a touch of nostalgia, printed on robust half cardboard and pre-punched.
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