Start packing your bags… Challenge of Travel preview

This Saturday is Erin’s Challenge of Travel blog hop reveal. Its a creative challenge to create a themed piece – in this case the country of your choice. Germany is mine. Not exotic, not a place that is known for a different design aesthetic – like  Japan or Aboriginal Austaralia. German is a large part of my heritage (along with Irish, Welsh and Scottish. Full Celt!) yet I have never been there. It is the British Celtic lore that inspired and informs my artwork. So in reading and researching Germany – I wanted to share some of my finds. 

Part I – Thinkers, musicians, architects. 

The Brothers Grimm – linguists and cultural ressearchers, most well known for their collections of folklore. 

Grimm stamp Snow white folk art stamp

Frau Holle stamp Bad fairy stamp

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe –artist, writer, and politician.

  Goethe stamp

Richard Wagner – composer and conductor. Retold Germanic myths in “Der Ring des Nibelungen” (The Ring of the Nibelung)   Wagner stamps 

Rackam's Brunhild

(Brunhilde the Valkyrie – A. Rackam 1910)

Martin Luther – theologian and religious reformer

Luther stamps

Johann Sebastian Bach & Ludwig van Beethoven – Classical composers extraordinairre

Bach Stamp Beethoven stamp

Albert Einstein – theoretical physicist, developed Law of Relativity. 

Einstein stamp

Walter Gropius – pioneering architect, founder of the Bauhaus School. 

Bauhaus stamp

Mies Vander Rohe – Pioneering architect, “master of Modern Architecture. 

Mies stamp

( I apologize for not linking them all – but any can be found readily in Wiki for more info)

The stamps as illustrations was a happy accident – and so much more. I kept finding stamp images which were so apropos at documenting and honoring German figures from history and culture. So I searched out ALL stamp images. But what could be more perfect as a souvenir of travel? As  a child I took over my Dad’s stamp collection. His mom, my Grandmom always requested postcards when we traveled, especially our first school trips to Europe as teenagers. I myself have made it a quest to buy stamps on Carribean islands, the Owl post in Hogsmeade… not for use but to collage. I am an inveterate collector of paper ephemera, ticket stubs, wrappers and such that I collage into my travel journals. So let this post whet your appetite – for travel or for the upcoming reveal – hopefully both!

Tune in tomorrow for German artists! 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Start packing your bags… Challenge of Travel preview

  1. Cassi says:

    My background is 1/2 German (the other half is Scottish), so I found this very interesting. My mom actually emigrated from Germany at the end of WW2, when she was 17. I have only visited once, and I was only 12, which may not be the best age to be visiting a foreign country without your family 🙂

    I’m looking forward to your future posts, and to seeing what jewelry you come up with!

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    • jenny says:

      My connection is not nearly as close and personal as yours! Thank you for stopping by! I did alot of research online looking at ancient Celtic sites – the most famous arent in Germany. I looked at ancient Geramnic myth – related to Norse in flavor. I felt a sense of closure when I realized my German heritage was from the region of Lower Saxony – linking my continental Celts with my island Celts! 

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    • jenny says:

      C – finding my copy of the Boesch family chronicled when we were de-booking the Geargetown attic really started this one. More on the Boesch connection tomorrow. 

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