August 09, 2012

SEWING: Gardens of the world

There is an endless number of things to see and do in Berlin, so much so that it can be difficult to tear yourself away from events conveniently occurring in your direct neighbourhood. But....on one sunny-ish Berlin day we felt somewhat adventurous and made the random decision to ride our bikes to the outskirts of Berlin, to 'der Garten der Welt' (Garden of the worlds). It was not at all what I had expected (though I really should have had a better idea, seeing that the title of the garden gives a pretty good indication of what to expect...gardens from around the world). Anyway, there were Japanese, Islamic, Balinese, Korean, Italian, and Perennial gardens. The gardens gave some insight into the different plant types and the unique architecture within each culture. All in all it was quite an inspiring place to be. I left with a spring in my step and a true feeling of serenity.... which is quite rare for me.

We stopped off at the Islamic garden to take some photos. I just love islamic mosaics. The amount of detail is quite amazing. 

At the moment I am focusing on getting some textile designs up and going. This top was a bit of an experiment and I will be sharing my techniques in a tutorial. These shorts were featured a while back on Burdastyle.

Chiffon top FRONT - Creating a unique piece through simple textile printing
Chiffon top BACK  - inserting some colour to a simple piece.