New Bottles

Since my last blogpost I made 10 new bottles. Yes, I have been on a kind of spree, making many miniature houses using paper mache, something I work with anyway at the moment. Every time I was working on a batch of paper mache I also formed little geometric shapes, that I later turned into building by painting them – and some to even more complicated structures. See for yourself, here are my new bottles:

message and miniature in bottle no 105

Message in a Bottle No. 105

message and miniature in a bottle

Message in a Bottle No. 106

I am always looking for new ways to integrate my message. Can you spot it for these two? Well, I have to tell you that the first one is hidden in the same way, you can’t actually see it in the photo.

miniature and message in a bottle

message no. 107

miniature and message in a bottle

message in a bottle titled “alien throne”

I titled this bottle “alien throne” – or what do you think this might be? Would you sit on it if you could?

miniature and message in a bottle

message no. 109

miniature and message in a bottle

message no. 110 with a picknick basket with blanket, apple and book

The miniature in message no. 110 is a bit recycled, I have to admit. If you have followed this blog for a while, you’ll know that I made a range of different baskets a while ago, and I still had this one. But the lawn is new…

miniature and message in a bottle

message no. 111

Of course I had to keep using the new lawn…

miniature and message in a bottle

message no. 112 – house on a cliff

miniature and message in a bottle

message no. 113 – tall house

miniatures and message in a bottle

message number 114 – abandoned high rise appartment blocks

miniature in bottle

Bottle No. 115 – underground pool

Bottle number 115 is the hardest to show! It has a structure in it, that I cut from a block of papermache with a dremel, and decorated. It is supposed to be an underwater pool… Well, you’ll see more of it if and when it gets found :-). And last but not least:

miniature in bottle

bottle no. 116 – obelisk

I am currently thinking about maybe planning (notice how careful I am here) an event that, if it indeed takes place, will be related to my messages in bottles. And so I want to make even some more, maybe of another type, not necessarily with miniatures in them. But we’ll see.

Later in the summer I am definitely planning a trip to the sea, maybe to the East (Lincolnshire or North Norfolk) or the West (somewhere in Wales or maybe Liverpool), or maybe to all these locations to drop my bottles in.

I am also thinking of maybe sending some of them abroad to be tossed where I have not tossed a bottle before 🙂 If you would like to dispatch one of my bottles, maybe along with one of your own, please get into touch, and we’ll see whether and what we can arrange.

New Messages once more, the first of 2016

flaschenpost no 81

Message Number 81: Small World – Mail

The first message in a bottle in 2016 carries the number 81 and the title small world – mail. It was made in a hurry when Peter Stein put the exhibition with messages in bottles at the Waterfront Museum in Swansea to my attention, and the related call for art by the University of Wales in Swansea. I quickly made and sent off the bottle above, and it is now part of the exhibition that started this evening. – I hope I’ll manage to drop in and maybe take a couple of photos. The exhibition is on until March.
Unfortunately it was hard to get hold of the organizers and to learn any specifics: What will be done with the bottles after the exhibition? How long exactly will the exhibition be on? Will all bottles send be shown? – I don’t know. But at some point I thought: what the heck, if I am going to toss the bottle into the sea, I can as well send it off without knowing exactly what is going to happen. And they did send me an email when they received my bottle, promising some photos later. I’ll see.

paket

my parcel containing the bottle above

Oben ist Flasche Nummer 81 zu sehen, mit Titel “Small World – Mail”, die erste in diesem Jahr. Ich habe sie eher hastig zusammengefriemelt, nachdem micht Peter Stein auf die Flaschenpost-Ausstellung in Swansea im Maritime Waterfront Museum und den damit verbundenen Call for Art aufmerksam gemacht hat (danke nochmal an dieser Stelle!). Mittlerweile ist sie gut angekommen, und die Ausstellung wurde heute abend eröffnet. Ich hoffe, ich werde es schaffen, mal vorbeizuschauen und ein paar Fotos zu machen, immerhin habe ich bis März noch Zeit dazu.

aepfel 001 kleiner

making miniature apples

As you can see in the image above, that the scene is resting on a white raised thing. If course it contains the accompaning letter with my contact data. This is the latest attempt in improving the “chamber” where I put it. For bottle no. 81 I used a new sort of modelling clay, and once I got started, I have new ideas how to further improve it. So more bottles. Since I still have a couple of miniature baskets, and enjoyed making the apples, I started with that once more.

apfel kaputt

when trying to put one of the apples onto the pin it broke in half and I pierced my finger – I quite like how the apple bit looks, and I thought I could maybe use it…

Wie im Bild oben zu sehen ist, arbeite ich gerade an einer Verbesserung der “Kammer” in der ich den Brief mit meinen Kontaktdaten unterbringe. FĂĽr Flasche Nummer 81 habe ich eine Form von Knetmasse benutzt, die an der Luft hart austrocknet. Aber ich glaube, ich kann das noch verbessern. Also sollte eine zweite Flasche her. Weil ich noch Miniaturekörbe ĂĽbrig habe, und das Ă„pfelmachen SpaĂź gemacht hat, habe ich damit noch einmal begonnen.

apfelkorb kleiner

Here you see a basket with the apples inside. – I added black bits to the half to make it look like, well, an apple half

Oben im Bild ist der Korb mit einigen der Äpfel zu sehen. Leider hat das Anmalen diesmal insgesamt ein wenig schlechter funktioniert. Damit die Farbe nicht mit ein wenig Wasser sofort abspült, habe ich sie diesmal lakiert, sie trocknen gerade noch. Die fertige Flasche gibt es dann demnächst zu sehen. Bis dahin!

Above you see the basket with apples which I fancy will be part of the next bottle. I am undecided on whether to glue or hold them down in any way. I’ll see. As you can see I decided to add some very dark green bits to look like seeds to the broken one. Currently a bit of clear acrylic coating is drying on them, in the attempt to make the colour a little more water resistant. The new message will hopefully be finished soon. Talk to you then!