Adventskalender 5, Juniqe - Interview on Monocle


Auf Monocle gibt es einen Podcast über Entrepreneurs und in Folge 300 wird Lea Lange, Mitgründerin von Juniqe interviewt. Juniqe kennt ihr wahrscheinlich als den Online Anbieter für Poster von Künstlern und Illustratoren.
Lea Lange erzählt wie und warum sie zu dritt Juniqe gegründet haben und warum Berlin ein gutes Umfeld für Start-Ups ist. Ihre Vision ist besonders ausgewählte und bezahlbare Kunst an unsere Wände zu bringen und die zahlreichen Ikea Poster abzulösen, die dort überwiegend hängen. Hört selbst!

There's a podcast on Monocle called The Entrepreneurs. In episode 300 the co-founder of Juniqe Lea Lange talks about the vision, the start and the growth of the online store for unique and affordable wall art and why Berlin is a good place for start-ups. Listen in

Adventskalender 4, Tree Prints by Pulp + Picture


So, den dritten Dez. hab ich ausgelassen. Egal, weiter geht's:

Diese Drucke von Heather von Pulp + Picture Creative find ich einfach so gelungen. Ich hatte schon in meinem letzten Newsletter zu ihnen verlinkt, aber erst im Nachhinein hab ich Heather gefragt wie sie eigentlich die Baumringe abdruckt.
Dass der Prozess so viel schleifen und schmirgeln beinhaltet hätte ich nicht gedacht. Lest selbst:

This is such a genius idea. I love the tree prints by Heather from Pulp + Picture Creative. And I was curious how she makes the prints and just wrote her an email. This is what she shared: 

„In order to process the block/stump - I first use a belt sander to get the wood as smooth and uniform as possible, followed by a palm sander. I use a propane torch to char the wood until it is completely black, and scour it with a series of wire brushes to remove the soft growth, leaving the relief. 

Once the block is ready to print, I take test prints using the soot and newsprint. This way it is easier to go back to removing growth if there isn't any ink involved yet. Once I am satisfied with the print on the newsprint, I ink up the wood with block printing ink and print on a much heavier paper. The edges or bark can be quite ragged and will often tear the newsprint.“ 

Wow. Thanks Heather for sharing! So, did you expect there’s so much sanding involved? Me not. All too often the process of handmade products is underestimated. Find Heather and her work on instagram or at

© all pictures by Heather

Aventskalender 2, Typotalk Debbie Millman


Während des Arbeitens mit Papier, Buchstaben und Farbe höre ich meistens Podcasts oder lasse Talks mit dem Fokus auf Design oder Entrepreneurship laufen. Viele der aufgezeichneten Vorträge von der Typo Berlin kann man auch online ansehen, so auch den Talk von Debbie Millman.
Sie spricht über den Weg mit ihrem Podcast Design Matters in dem sie Gestalter wie Steven Heller, Jessica Hische, Stefan Sagmeister etc. interviewt. Ansehen - oder anhören!

I like to listen to podcasts or talks when doing letterpress or any other non-computer-related work in my print studio. Recently I watched a talk by Debbie Millman on the type conference TypoBerlin. She runs the podcast Design Matters where she talks to creative people like Steven Heller, Jessica Hische or Seth Godin. 

Adventskalender 1, Isaiah Jones


Ich hab mir überlegt in den nächsten 24 Tagen hier einige Links, Tipps und Videos zu posten, die ich mag, die mich inspirieren und euch hoffentlich auch. Starten tue ich mit Isaiah Jones. Sie ist 23 Jahre und macht unglaublich eindrucksvolle Drucke. Sie schneidet ihre Formen aus Papier und druckt diese dann mehrfach übereinander so dass vielschichtige Strukturen entstehen. Schaut selbst.
*credits für diese Art von Adventskalender gehen an Rike von bastisrike

I decided to do a little advent calendar and share inspiring videos, links and other stuff daily for the next 24 days. We start with Isaiah Jones, a 23 year old girl who does impressive monoprints by using stencils. Watch yourself.

(printing at home) Itsuko Naka

Heute reisen wir virtuell bis nach Japan und schauen uns an wie Itsuko Naka ihre besonderen Collagen erstellt. Sie schneidet ihre Illustrationen aus zuvor bedrucktem Papier und legt dann ihre Motive, inspiriert von der Natur in und um Kyoto, aus den Papieren zusammen.

Today the papercut artist Itsuko Naka takes us into her japanese home where she's working on her collages. She inks the paper before cutting to give it a unique structure and colour and then turns it into nature inspired illustrations.

Hi Itsuko, please introduce yourself and tell us what you do.
Hello, I’m Itsuko Naka and I live in Kyoto, Japan. It is the country with a mountain and the river. I love watching birds, scenery of the seasons and nature all around me.
I get a lot of inspiration from there when making art. I work with the paper I painted and cut and sometimes do silkscreen printing.

Where do you work mostly and is that a temporarily setting or a permanent corner in your home?
I work mostly in a permanent small corner in my home. It is a corner of the bedroom but sometimes I work in temporarily setting (dining table etc.). That differs depending on the work. (The corner in the picture is neatly arranged in the time of not having worked. During work, it is scattered.)

Which equipment and tools do you need for doing your artwork? Where do you store it?
I paint paper in a color with brush, roller, linoleum, piece of wood, crayon and so on.
I put a small shelf beside the desk which usually works and store them there.

A creative process is mostly not done in a certain time. Do you have a place where you can have things laying around when the family is coming home or do you need to put everything away?
I am living by two persons with my husband so I relatively have free time. When work is the middle, it places as it is, without tidying up. It's alright because the space to use is small.

I love paper and collect scraps, books, maps, envelopes and so on. Do you have criteria for collecting things because they can take up so much space… how do you store it?
I don't collect things in particular a lot but I sometimes pick up a stone, leaf, flower, pinecone and so on from the outside. They are displayed in the various places in my home.
Cloth or the art supplies which I used for work production take much space. They are put away in the closet.

How do your family members like your art making at home?
My family supports my art making at home and provides time and the place.
We respect time and space for each to do a favorite thing.

Where can we find you online?
This is my website:
online store is here:

Thank you so much Itsuko for taking the time to answer all my questions!

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