Saturday, April 28, 2012

diy: dart-necklace

hey guys!

some weeks ago, when i was at my local flea market here in berlin, i found a box full of old darts.
they were all in different colors and i just had to mix different pieces together and bought some.
i didn't know wherefore to use them, but then came the idea!
i wanted to make necklaces of it.

so this is the diy: dart-necklace

you need:

old or new darts.
chain (very thin, has to fit through the hole in the handle).
one small jump ring.
a drill for a very small hole.
(a pair of tongs.)

you do:

1. first, you have to drill a hole in the plastic-part of the handle. it's not that easy, because it has to be very small, and still big enough for your chain.
watch out your fingers because the drill slips easily from the round and smooth plastic.
begin with a little dent and then start with the power.

2. thread the chain through the hole. if the chain isn't small enough, you might squeeze the single chain links with a pair of tongs. sometimes a wire can help you to get the chain through the hole.

3. now you only have to measure up how long the necklace should be, cut the chain, and connect the two ends with the jump ring.

that's it. now get out and have fun with your unique dart-necklace!

you can as well buy some of my dart-necklaces HERE on etsy

Sunday, April 22, 2012

diy: holga-fignatures

hey guys!
about one year ago, even before i got my wonderful holga, i found this great tutorial!
i always wanted to try this, and after i got my holga, i finally did!

so, this is how it works:

you need:

. your holga (of course!)
. a tiny figure (the ones they use for railroad models) in the size N, mine were 0,8-1 cm tall
. superglue

that's what you do:

take out your holga-film mask, and glue the figure on the bottom (or top, or sides). superglue is really fantastic, you just have to put a little at the feet and press it onto the plastic, and after 2 minutes it's solid. that's all you have to do. put the film mask back in, put a film in (i used a black and white one this time) and start shooting.

i glued the figure for one film with its feet on the bottom, and for the second film with its hands.

then you can experiment... i wanted to create pictures, in which the figure "touches" the object, i wanted to photograph. therefore, you have to guess, where the hands or the head of your figure is. mine was about 1/5th of the total length, and so it was easier to arrange the picture.
but when i got the photographs, none of the pictures looked, like i intended them to be. the figures always were on the opposite side....
i didn't think of this! when the light falls into your camera, it comes on your film upside down. so you always have to remember, to turn your camera upside down!
and on the part where your figure is, it shouldn't be to dark, so that you still can see the black shadow.

so, have a lot of fun experimenting, here are my results and i'd be happy to see yours too!




Saturday, April 21, 2012

maria aparicio puentes: WOW

hey guys!

a few days ago i stumbled across an incredibly inspiring picture of a wonderful artist called maria aparicio puentes ! check her other works out... really great pictures! in my eyes, she makes the invisible in photographs visible!

© maria aparicio puentes

it's a wonderful technique to mix photographs with yarn-applications.... 
i wanted to do similar stuff too, but haven't made it yet. instead, i scribbled on some magazin-pages... first in geometric arrangements, then a little more free...
here are some pictures:

i hope, you like them, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

custom-shaped aperture

hey ho!

i saw this incredible diy in february on the globetrotter diaries page!


this is so amazing! karen explains how you create an aperture with a costumized shape.
she did it with a heart, but you can do it with everything.
unfortunately i only have a zoom-lens for my digital camera. so i tried with my old minolta xd-5.
and this is how it looked:

i shot the whole film and already shooting was such a fun!!
i used for my shape the "htw"-logo of the university i applied for using it in my application as well. when i brought my film to a photo-studio to let i process, the employee told me, it was a positive-slide-film (it was an old one i got from my father)... so i was very exited, what happened to my pictures. the result was... the complete film was black, exept for one picture (dia how we call it in germany). so i used this one for my application.
sorry, for the fuzz...


it's a really great idea... and i'm gonna try this some more times for sure!


hey guys!
so this is a short addendum to my weekend.
it was completely full of culture (and some dancing of course!) and so i wanted to recommend you the stuff that i've seen!
first of all, because lola (the german oscar) is being awarded soon, the lola-festival took place. you could watch all off the nominated movies there. it's a really nice idea, the festival pass is 16 euros and you can see 11 great movies! i was watching "kriegerin", "barbara", and "anonymous". all of them are really worth watching, but the one that stood out in my opinion was clearly "kriegerin (female warrior)". it's about right-extremism in germany and it's a story i've never seen before, especially the view of a girl. the main actress alina levshin plays fantastic (no surprise, she's also nominated for best actress and my personal favorite). she shows a very vulnerable as well as an extremly aggressive side. i'm not a good writer of critics... so just go and watch it yourself, you'll understand me afterwards!

© mark gmehling (
then there was the pictoplasma festival (FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE OF CONTEMPORARY CHARACTER DESIGN AND ART) going on as well. it's a festival in which 16 gallerys and a movie-theatre took place. you can walk along and visit the galleries. there were shown lots of interesting drawing/sculptures/paintings and of course also some weird stuff!
we unfortunately didn't see all of the galleries but i have to mention 3 of the artists i loved! 
1. the 3d-illustrations of mark gmehling. they kind of look porcelain-ish and are really interesting, special and funny!

2. the illustrations of julia pott. really cute and so true!

© julia pott (

3. the illustrations of gemma correll. really, really funny and great wordplays!
check them out!

the last one was exhibited in the circus hostel which was actually the one i slept in the first time i've been to berlin. it's got a wonderful location right at rosenthaler platz, really nice staff, big rooms and the prices are fine. it's also got a nice little café in it in which we ended our gallery tour and ate some vitamines (yes, giving some vitamines to the body, which we lost the night before...) it's really comfy, and if you happen to be there by yourself, there are even ipods+headphones on the walls!
and i want those for my kitchen wall: (!!!)

so, if you happen to be in berlin at this time next year, don't miss pictoplasma!

and last but not least my weekend ended in the hau 1 (hebbel am ufer 1, a berlin theatre) at "ghost machine - a videowalk of janet cardiff and george bures miller". this was really great. you get an ipod with headphones on and wait in the queue. when it's your turn, you have to sit on a chair and start the movie on the ipod. a women tells you a story and the movie is recorded in the same theatre from the spot you actually sit. then you have to synchronize yourself with the movie. for example when the camera that recorded the movie turns to the left, you have to move your hands that hold the ipod to the left as well. it's kind of like you would see the theatre through the camera-function of the ipod, just that there are other people on your screen, because you see the movie. and then you have to follow the movie and walk through almost the whole theatre and there's like some kind of mystery involved. it's really, really a lot of fun, because it's really spooky from time to time. for example you stand in the dark theatre hall and there whispers a manly voice in your left ear. you turn around, and of course, nobody is there... it's also good, that you walk alone and you really get to know the building (we walked in the basement, the roof, the hall, backstage...) it's actually very special, exciting and sometimes even really spooky!
unfortunately it's over already.. but they do it about every year, so watch out for the next chance!

© thomas aurin

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

inflatable tiger head by urban outfitters

hey guys!

so, this is actually my first post!
i thought it would be nice to start with my little tiger-project. i ordered this one some month ago and finally wanted to give it a nice home on my wall...
so i blew it up and i was very surprised how big it turned out!
it just needs one nail (better a little bigger, because the head has some weight) and you can hang it up!
i totally fell in love with it, when i saw it the first time! i always wanted to have some kind of animal head hanging on my wall.. but for sure no real one... so this was the perfect solution!
it's still available on the american urban outfitters page for 30 $
so.. this is how it looks now... i hope you like it!