This simple structure has since become a revered addition to our living room, and gladly accepts, stores and dispenses almost all of our household hooch.
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A symbol of both oppression and freedom, The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, unifying East and West Berlin. Monuments and memorials draw hundreds of thousands each year to view the remains of this solemn reminder, whose message has become even more important as the Western political atmosphere echoes it's affects. Clever Halloween costume satire was, thus, inevitable.
One day in May, I decided that I should resume painting. I visited some art shops in Berlin; it seemed to me that all of the models I found were either too flimsy or lacked panache. Thus, I took reference photos and began to plan and construct my own extra large, customized, rolling, adjustable, stable art easel.
'Reclaimed,' 'found,' 'repurposed,' 'recycled,' 'salvaged' or just plain 'stolen,' some of my favourite furnishings have been made with shit I've either found or lifted from various places. It was this scavenger craftsman impulse that lead me to imagine and eventually construct a customized pipe and board open wardrobe.
I've been entertaining the concept of a man-sized sloth costume for about five years... and, on the best night of 2015, I finally realized it.
I've been entertaining the concept of a man-sized sloth costume for about five years, and this year, I'm finally going to realise it.
Earlier this year, I bought a new bicycle from a man in Kreuzberg over E-bay Kleinanzeigen here in Berlin. A beaten up old men's three-speed German Veteran model, the black frame remained solid, and the 28" diameter wheels and elevated seat suited my own dimensions. It was dirty, dented, and it rattled, but I knew we'd get along.
Earlier last week, my social media feed was flooded with stories about how the climate in all of Canada was colder than that of the planet Mars. Of course, this phenomenon was ripe for a design/branding idea.
This holiday season, one of my gifts was a very personal and original illustration.
This year, after considering various concepts and ideas, Cor and I decided to go as Mythological Taxidermy: Cor as the beloved Jackalope (a jack rabbit with antlers), and me as a Lycanthrope (a shapeshifter; in this case, a sort of werewolf-troll-ogre-man-thing).