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New Postcards: Flower Devils, Plants and Planets and more

6 Oct

“Flower Devils”

In German folklore, witches and even the devil himself were believed to take on the shape of bumblebees. A bumblebee-wax candle was lit in church, if a witch was burnt at the stake. Evil people were cursed with having to return as a bumblebee after death. The sub-earthen drone sound of a bumblebee signaled the presence of the dead. Instead of consecrated wavers, bumblebees were allegedly served at black masses. Bumblebees were also superstitiously feared as carriers of sickness and ritually buried to drive out plague. On the other hand, a dead bumblebee worn in the pocket, was believed to ensure the purse would always be filled with money. And he, who managed to secretly steal the bumblebee’s honey, was destined to find a huge treasure. Hence bumblebees were both viewed as good and bad omens.

Special to me is the photo of a bee among the ruins of an old Minoan Palace in the city of Malia (Crete). In the location was found a massive golden bee amulet, depicting two crowned bees holding a honey drop. Bees and other pollinators played important rolls both in the religion of ancient civilizations as well as folklore.

“Plants and Planets”

Also new: postcards with my occult/nature inspired “Plants and Planets“ series from 2018! Available in two formats.

In the past botanists such as Nicholas Culpeper associated plants with the planets, fixed stars and zodiac signs. The attributions were based on an intense study of a plant’s features, which included treats such as a thorny or prickly appearance, the scent emitted by the flowers or the entire plant, the plant’s life cycle, colors, metals contained in a plant, medicinal and other uses and of course plenty of folklore. The planetary lore of plants is preserved and continues to evolve in the books of authors such as Stephen Skinner, Paul Huson, Scott Cunningham, Harold Roth and so on.

I find it inspiring to continue this tradition and to explore its own inner logic. Hence I created these planet themed still life photographs of herbs, that I gathered from our garden and surroundings, many of which are also part of my seed boxes. With this series I yet delve deeper into the language of plants and the symbolism and magical properties attributed to them.

The postcards have round edges and the sizes comply with common post standards. The motifs are printed on “silk” photo paper and laminated on durable white cardboard, which is pre-printed on the back. For ordering please head over to the Teufelskunst webshop.

Düsseldorf Skies

24 Aug

Sunsets and Cloud Scapes over Düsseldorf, photographed in April, July and August 2018

Japanischer Garten / Nordpark, Düsseldorf

3 May

3 weeks ago I moved to Düsseldorf. One of the first things we explored was the Nordpark and Japanischer Garten, while the cherry trees were still in bloom.

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The Moon before Walpurgisnacht

30 Apr

Osterquelle

3 Apr

On Easter Sunday – the last weekend before my move to Düsseldorf, my mom took me to a well, where we gathered natural spring water. A couple told us, a big toad was hiding inside the rocky cavity surrounding the well. I gathered the water in a brown glass bottle and washed the apple wood disc, which I had pyrographed with my “Blessing Seal of Spring”.

Spring Now!

24 Mar

The buffet is opened: Today came to visit the first bees! Still a bit slow and clumsy from the cold, but so nice to see them back in our garden!

Earlier this week, I went to my old childhood playground and gathered willow catkins. My mom dug out these old painted wooden Easter eggs and little beetles. In 2 weeks I will be moving. It is hard for me to imagine, but something in me is determined to discover and live in a new place.

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Ice Spell

10 Mar
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Winter 2018

15 Feb

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

11 Jan

The last of 2017…

 

2017 was over before it started. The annual check at the dentist one year before felt like yesterday. On a personal level, 2017 was again bittersweet, with a couple of setbacks. But so what… A highlight was to finally have seen Diamanda Galás in concert, which had been on my wishlist for too long. Another highlight was closing the year with Oliver Huntemann at Dresden’s Club Paula. I also spent rare time with my bffs, something I am looking forward to again and all the more in 2018!

Workwise I just continued and worked harder. My web shop went online in September and since then I hardly had a break. I vended for the second time during the Samhain Celebration in Gotha and also had my first gallery exhibition outside of Dresden. There were several double and triple shifts, at times I stayed up and worked for 2 days in a row. There was too much or too little sleep, but no balance. As a result, I started 2018 dead tired. I am in fact still in a sort of recovery mode. But 2018 has only started, I have already been productive again…

I patched the green house as good as possible and cleaned up a bit in the garden. It’s been raining most of the time, there has been no snow yet, the temperatures are unusually warm. If the ground is not too muddy, one can actually plant now. I finished some smaller graphic designs and pyrographed new pentagram discs in black alder wood. I continued researching gothic architecture and geometry, and found some resources for study and drawing practice. I hope to expand and develop my graphic designs from there. Since we did not experience any actual Raunächte here, I expect a late cold period and frosty spring. This will delay garden work. I also have to finish more ink drawings for collectors of my work. Thanks to demand, I could also expand the series of postcards with my nature/occult inspired photography.

I still have a huge backlog of unedited content I meant to share with you, which include most importantly photos and a report of attending Leipzig’s first grimoire conference…

I would love to go on a vacation sometime. I look forward to Berlin next weekend. I will be there on Saturday, before the “Bad Intentions” exhibition closes. It’s your last chance to see my work at @circle1gallery and an opportunity to meet in person! After that I look forward to celebrating a friend’s birthday and Sunday I will spent some free time in Berlin until leaving again for Dresden in the evening. The rest of January is already full with commission work.

I want to thank a few people, that have helped me progress in 2018: my old and my new web master, Martin and Caroline Falkenstein from the House of Incantation, Werian, Anne Ida Helmer, Avi Pitchon, gallery Circle1Ben Zodiazepin, Anathema Publishing, my customers and of course those that are and stay close to me.

Love,

Wiebke

Night Life and July Devils 2017

1 Aug

New series about the secret life taking place in the garden at night. Because these are sleepless summer nights and I am nocturnal again for various reasons.

I am spending most of my summer working and enjoying time in our garden. Hence dedicating again the monthly theme to this topic. The new flower beds are finished at last and new plants are added on a weekly basis. The black flower theme is coming along nicely. For more visit my garden blog.