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weeks have passed since this post and even if this place is a quiet one, a lot is happening in the background. i made new contacts, found craftsmen and manufactories to work with. so i’m happy to tell you there are new bastisrike products to come. just a small number, but well selected. new materials will meet new ideas and new designs. looking back i’m more than thankful for this kick-off.
good things take time.
i have to keep reminding myself this lecture from time to time, but right now i’m just grateful for this new tempo.
driven by the aim to de-clutter my surrounding and by the love for lists i decided to design a bastisRIKE todo notepad. minimalistic and in love for the german language i decided to make only a german version. derived by my old list stamp.
two sizes to choose from. the left one will make it to the printer. thank you all for your opinion!
as ususal it will come on 100% recycled paper (Blue Angel labeled) printed with inks based on vegetable oil.
bastisRIKE was invited to take over the etsy instagram feed today/yesterday. we are still excited to be featured on etsy’s inspiring #dayinthelife series on IG.
i decided to show you the whole bunch of pictures i sent in. the large-sized ones are those etsy choosed for the series which is reduced to 5 pics a day.
My days start with a walk with Basti my dog and name giver for ‚bastisRIKE‘. During spring our way is dotted with petal confetti. It’s the best thing to start a day and to wake up fully. And if it doesn’t help: Back at home breakfast and coffee is already waiting, prepared by my bearded man.
Baking is my kind of meditation if work gets too stressful. Besides the bakeries around our home are sadly quiet bad. So every couple of days there’s a bread dough growing. And if there’s just a small amount of time my favourite choice is the famous #nokneadbread.
Every now and then, depending on the order situation, i have to restock my stamps. This means cutting, mounting and applying matching labels on top. Not a creative part of my work but it helps with sorting thoughts and ideas.
Two sources of inspiration. Photos made with my old nikon and even more important: the bearded man pictured together with Basti. He’s by my side since almost 14 years and I cant imagine a life without him. He’s my best friend and the man i love.
not sure how to move on with this place. i’m having too much fun on instagram and right now it just suits me better than this blog.
and (re)posts like this shouldn’t be the only result of that …
time will tell
i’m happy to tell you there’s a new print in my shop (for now exclusively via etsy): tree.06
large sized (23.62 x 31.5 inch // 60 x 80 cm), printed with vegetable based inks on matte, stable recycling paper.
the original artwork is hanging in our living room. you can see it here or there. it’s a relic from my final work at art college back in 2010. reduced to a few words: i collected used christmas trees and photographed them in my studio. tree.06 still wears some lametta. below you can see one collecting point i visited.
and here are some other trees of the series:
it took me quiet a long time to decide to reprint this. and now i’m glad this work – or at least one piece – isn’t hidden at the attic anymore. sometimes you need a little push, right?
talking about comissions, cooperations and team work … as some kind of hermit this is the most difficult exercise to me. but there’s so much to learn and win through the exchange of views, ideas or problems. thinking of that, first steps are taken more easier.
so i’m more than happy to name this first cooperation. bastisRIKE teams up with german interior design studio STUDIO OINK. those pics of my Objekt.01 at their home are the beginning of something totally new to me. and i’m excited and grateful at the same time. but no details today.
perhaps you already stumbled upon Lea’s and Matthias‘ work. right now you can find them and their inviting pale home in the current issue of KINFOLK. i’m just in love with their home and the wonderful work they put into it to appropriate this space. there’s a lot to take from when it comes to creating a home. even if it’s a rented one.
those days i get easily bored by those perfect – often black+white – interieurs you see everywhere online. don’t get me wrong, i like this style. but often i miss the personality of the inhabitants reflected in those homes looking like showrooms. one popular branded product next to the other.
but in this case it’s totally different. i can’t get enough of this beautiful space. even the tidyness does not affect it. white varnished pine, terracota,a lot of green, next to well chosen vintage ceramics. celebrating traditional handcrafts.
“Throw away everything you don’t need in your daily life except personal things.” Lea says.
perhaps this is one reason why those rooms appear so personal and inviting to me. less is more. something they have in common when it comes to alessandra’s beautiful home.
two sources of inspiration when it comes to our next home, we hopefully move in before the next winter comes.
as already mentioned via facebook and instagram there are some bad news to announce. bad at first sight, but i get back later on that.
i decided to stop the pillow case production. the reason, short cutted: my manufacturer decided to switch to the use of synthetic fabrics instead of cotton. after rethinking and discussions with myself and my bearded man, i concluded that this is the point to make a new start. to rethink the philosophy behind bastisRIKE. or to be precise, to set it as top priority when it comes to business decisions.
sustainability has been important to me ever since i work on my own products. but meeting your own ambitions isn’t always that easy and every now and then you have to make a compromise. however, sometimes a compromise is just too big, it’s a bad one.
so i decided to slow down and to be even more picky when it comes to new products and new methods of production. since a long time i’m dreaming of working on small cooperations and limited editions together with craftsmen or other designers. i have been missing courage to approach this goal way too long. it’s time to value my own work and the work of others on a higher level.
and if this means i have to take a step back or to reduce bastisRIKE’S range of products, in my eyes, it’s worth it.
a few analogue pics of this fading winter. right now, the sun is shining and the birds call out spring. the last weeks and months i have been missing the real cold and snow out there, but in the end there’s alway something beautiful to find.