Last night we were invited to the parents of a good friend for dinner. This was quite an occasion and an honour for us as we don’t have many German friends, since we still don’t speak the language very well, and all of our international friends are like us, with families scattered around the world. So invitations from the families of German friends are very rare indeed! We had a lovely evening with Nuri and Özden who cooked us delicious Turkish food, as they originally came from Turkey, and regaled us with many stories of their memories of growing up there and coming to Germany. The best part of the evening was a guided visit of their “museum” home as it housed many artefacts, some of which are unique pieces hundreds of years old, along with self made paintings and wood sculptures by Nuri, a 75 year old retired social worker. His wood carvings are exceptional and I just had to share a few of them with you, with his permission of course.
Did you recognise Albert Einstein in the first one? He carves all his sculptures from wood he finds on his travels around the world. And here is a picture of the artist himself, Nuri Koeksal.
I would love to promote his work so if you are interested in seeing more, please let me know!
I made them a thank you note (which now pales in comparison with what they have in their house).
I entered this card in:
STAMPlorations CASEplorations challenge where you have to use the inspiration image to create something.
The minute I saw the image I knew I had to use my new peacock feather stamp by Newstamps called “Pfauenfeder 02” and multicolour it with Tim Holtz’s distress inks and Momento’s dewdrops by inking the stamps before I stamped them. The side bars were done with painters masking tape which I had pressed into ink I had previously put on an acrylic mount. This was my first time using masking tape so I haven’t mastered the technique yet but I’m going to be using it quite often I think as I love the effect it gives!
Less Is More Use 3 stamps challenge