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■ news, bad and good 27.02.2014 - 16:32 uhr

bastisRIKE news

bastisRIKE pea

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.
good news.

thank you for your support!

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■ analogue winter 20.02.2014 - 10:43 uhr

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.

bastisRIKE analogue winter

bastisRIKE analogue winter

bastisRIKE analogue winter

bastisRIKE analogue winter

bastisRIKE analogue winter

bastisRIKE analogue winter

basti, by my side every day

bastisRIKE analogue winter

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■ dr. caligari 17.02.2014 - 11:46 uhr

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari - TITLE

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari - CESARE

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari - SCENERY
[ © Copyright 2014 Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung ]

use the chance to watch this masterpiece on the arte website.
find more information on the restoration here and a making of video here (german).


more movie tips anyone?

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■ leipzig in november 14.02.2014 - 17:51 uhr

bastisRIKE leipzig in november

bastisRIKE leipzig in november

bastisRIKE leipzig in november

bastisRIKE leipzig in november

sehnsuchtsort // there are words i can’t and don’t want to translate

a few pics of our weekend in leipzig last november. sometimes it’s better to just be there, not looking through the viewfinder or on a display.

bastisRIKE leipzig in november

zeughaus leipzig. again and again. no wonder trixi loves it too.

bastisRIKE leipzig in november

thinking a lot about moving those days. thinking about prioritys.
simply put, what comes first:
a) the job, or
b) the place of living?

is it as simple as it sounds? the more i think about it the more i believe some courage and unreasonableness can be your best friends.

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■ green, dust and a giveaway 6.02.2014 - 12:30 uhr

bastisRIKE birch twig
some spring at home. a birch twig i brought home from the birch bark shooting. the first leaves show up.

bastisRIKE dusty monstera
yes. our home is quiet untidy at the moment. actually it doesn’t feel like a home. perhaps it never did. and perhaps it never had a chance. i tend to stuck in a ’sit and wait‘ positition, thinking „everything will be better after the move“, and in the meantime i lost the energy to make it a home.

hello, self-deception! let me tell you, „always waiting for something better“ is such a bad and off-putting habit. you suck. watch out, i“ll kick your ass!

bastisRIKE neue Stempel Frühjahr2014
[the birch bark envelopes and the new stamps moved into the shops.)

i was kind of overwhelmed by your support in form of comments, mails, letters, links or orders during the last weeks. let me tell you like it is. i’m kind of a loner, prefering to spend the evenings at home, instead of a crowded bar or something. that’s fine with me, because that’s me. point. but since our move we got isolated from our few friends and working from home doesn’t make it easy to find new ones. so, perhaps you understand how much your words mean to me. even though i try not to get devoured by this online life.

to cut it short: there’s a small giveaway to say thank you(!).

bastisRIKE danke 2014

just leave a comment until sunday to win a set of my birch bark envelopes. 5 sets to give away. international comments welcome.

write a letter to someone you’re missing to talk to. i’ll do.

bastisRIKE Briefkuverts Birkenrinde

thank you.


winners are: marina, ivana, julimorgen, dorette and sofia. you got mail!

31 Kommentare zu ■ green, dust and a giveaway kategorien: green, home, outside the studio, tombola

■ stamps, bark and tea 31.01.2014 - 16:57 uhr

bastisRIKE neue stempel
die aufkleber sind gedruckt, die druckplatten auf dem weg zu mir. denn auch wenn sich die prioritaeten verschoben haben, kann ich es manches mal nicht sein lassen …  warum auch … und so ziehen in kuerze zwei neue stempelmotive ein

bastisRIKE birch bark envelopes
a new product in bastisRIKE product palette: envelopes. classy din long format, self-adhesive, 100% recycled paper. first design: a birch bark photo print. more motivs to follow.

bastisRIKE tea and homemade shortbread
tea and homemade shortbread (recipe by nina) to start into the weekend. have a nice one!

5 Kommentare zu ■ stamps, bark and tea kategorien: handlettering, papeterie, products, stamps

■ push 29.01.2014 - 14:40 uhr

bastisRIKE & Fine Little Day
[photos: elisabeth dunker aka fine little day]

elisabeth’s blog and work has been a huge inspiration and motivation to me for years now. never dared to think of bastisRIKE being a part of it some day. yesterday was the day that finally proofed me wrong: objekt.01 moved into the fine little day shop.

still have to pinch myself …
i am so grateful for this push, elisabeth!

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■ still mit dem aber 21.01.2014 - 14:27 uhr

bastisRIKE "still mit dem aber" (Lessing, written by Ruth Gimpel)
still mit dem aber
~ an end to those (ifs and) buts ~

hab dank nina (!). more beauties written by ruth gimpel you can find in nina’s shop zierrat und gold.


kein mensch muss muessen
~ there is no such thing as a must ~


good points, mr lessing.

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■ tea and papercuts 10.01.2014 - 16:53 uhr

right now the sun is shining and we have 10° celsius outside. i really hope for some winter temperatures soon. i miss the winter and the idea that this one could pass without some really icy weeks is just horrible.

papercuts and tea are my plans for the weekend.

the hot pat pictured is made by kind alessandra aka knots. a gift i made myself for handling the pre christmas period in the shops. it’s just perfect and i love its haptics. made of linen, hemp and bamboo batting. this beauty has to wait for some other day.
our this years priorities don’t allow too much shopping those days. the shop analogue life (again, thank you so much for the link aleassandra!) makes it difficult to resist. but i enjoy to visit it for some inspiring window shopping.

i’m off to the sofa. have a nice one!

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■ black and white 10.01.2014 - 10:51 uhr

a new postcard with an old design made of watercolour and papercuts months ago. coming soon.

bastisRIKE DOG IN THE FIELDS by Joana Rosa Bragança
a dog in the fields by Joana Rosa Bragança. looks like basti don’t you think?


soundtrack today:  grizzly bear live at the sydney opera house. another nice one: sarah blasko


like this door and those artworks in the home of john derian.

2 Kommentare zu ■ black and white kategorien: papercut, papeterie, products

2.01.2014 - 16:25 uhr

bastisRIKE julie joliat's AGENDA FOR A BETTER YEAR
[ agenda 2014 ]


welcome 2014, you feel good.

a happy new one to you all!


▫ beautiful collections: I + II + III + IV
▫ new year’s day soundtrack: paul + supertramp and more. thank you 3sat.

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■ let it shine 21.12.2013 - 15:32 uhr

new old wall decoration for our future home … couldn’t resist and auctioned 3kg scrap metal from a watch maker

stamp printed wrapping paper

this unexpected present by anna from wsake makes my heart jump with joy

bastisRIKE goldpapertalk: LASS ES LEUCHTEN
lass es leuchten = let it shine … unexpected christmas mail by marleen and my new motto for 2014


thank you so much!

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■ an invitation 18.12.2013 - 12:15 uhr

[cantarero nach cotan]

marleen invited me to take part in her advent calendar 20||13. it’s a special one. one with the intention to give strength and energy for the winter time.

you can find my small contribution here.


today my shops will close their doors for a winter break.
i want to thank all my customers, this year has been a good one.

new challenges. new products.


and in the end i’m blessed. and incredibly thankful.

now i’m looking forward for some quiet days, to retrospect, to organize, sort out and make new plans. to slow down.


so, this is my present to marleen and her blog readers and to you. an invitation: slow down. take this room by Juan Sánchez Cotán, cleared out by me, and put in all those small things missing attention. those you forgot through the last weeks and months, those you overlooked, perhaps ignored. take time for you and your loved ones.


two more beautiful advent calendar. making me smile every day:

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■ leipzig 5.12.2013 - 10:15 uhr


this photo is quite exactly 3 years old. it shows my last atelier before moving out to work at home. winter outside, including a lot of snow.


a lot of memories. good and bad. still in love with you.


another result of this is a train ticket for a long awaited trip to leipzig. so, i’m off for a few days. offline, my old nikon beside.

5 Kommentare zu ■ leipzig kategorien: leipzig, outandabout, studio