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March 2015




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Refering to my Blog BEAUTY is not a matter of AGE from March 2nd 2015

the film is coming to Europe!!! Can’t wait to see it

Eine Stilikone kommt ins Kino

Geschäftsfrau, Stilikone, Werbegesicht: Iris Apfel ist eine Institution. Und hat bald ihren eigenen Dokumentarfilm. Hier gibt es den Trailer zu IRIS!


Iris Apfel gehört zu New Yorks großen Stilikonen – und das seit mehr als einem halben Jahrhundert. Mit 93 Jahren ist die Frau mit den riesigen Brillengläser und den nicht minder großen Schmuckstücken Liebling der Modebranche. Immer wieder ist Apfel darum in Kampagnen zu sehen, zuletzt für &other Stories und den Schmuckdesigner Alexis Bittar, für den sie gemeinsam mit der über siebzig Jahre jüngeren Tavi Gevinson vor der Kamera stand.

Nun setzt die Dokumentation IRIS Apfel auch ein filmisches Denkmal. Natürlich geht es darin um ihre Liebe für Mode und Kunst, aber auch Apfels seit Jahrzehnten währende Ehe (“It’s not a dull marriage, I can tell you!”), ihre Kindheit in Queens und das Leben an sich sind Thema – schließlich hat Apfel bei aller Liebe für das Extravagante das Wesentlich nie aus den Augen verloren. “I can’t judge. It’s better to be happy than well-dressed.” Eben.


Apfel wuchs zur Zeit der großen Depression auf, studierte Kunstgeschichte in New York und Wisconsin und arbeitete unter anderem für Women’s Wear Daily. Gemeinsam mit ihrem Mann Carl gründete sie in den fünfziger Jahren eine Textilienfirma, zu deren Kunden auch das Weiße Haus gehörte. Neun Präsidenten, von Truman über Kennedy bis Clinton, ließen sich von den Apfels ausstatten. (Aber: “We’re not supposed to talk about the White House, they get very upset”, ermahnt Iris ihren Mann, der aus dem Nähkästchen plaudern will.)

Regie führte bei IRIS übrigens der gerade verstorbene Albert Maysles, der zuletzt die Rolling-Stones-Doku Gimme Shelter drehte. Neben Apfel lässt er zahlreiche Weggefährten zu Wort kommen, darunter der Fotograf Bruce Weber, die Modejournalistin und Bloggerin Tavi Gevinson, und Harold Koda vom New Yorker Metropolitan Museum of Art. Den Trailer zu IRIS gibt es hier:



June 2013



NAVAJO Indiens – my discovery

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navajo indiens

The Navajo Indians are the largest federally recognized Native American Indian tribe in the United States. Their reservation is spread out through out the four corners of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.
They were a small band of warriors who created an unbreakable code from the ancient language of their people and changed the course of modern history.What I really did not know:

KNOWN AS NAVAJO CODE TALKERS, they were young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of WWII. At a time when America’s best cryptographers were falling short, these modest sheepherders and farmers were able to fashion the most ingenious and successful code in military history. They drew upon their proud warrior tradition to brave the dense jungles of Guadalcanal and the exposed beachheads of Iwo Jima. Serving with distinction in every major engagement of the Pacific theater from 1942-1945, their unbreakable code played a pivotal role in saving countless lives and hastening the war’s end.

and than there are this wonderful , breathtaking caves

To older Navajos, entering a place like Antelope Canyon was like entering a cathedral. They would probably pause before going in, to be in the right frame of mind and prepare for protection and respect. This would also allow them to leave with an uplifted feeling of what Mother Nature has to offer, and to be in harmony with something greater than themselves. It was, and is, a spiritual experience.

antilope canyon


antilope canyon


antilope canyon

and after all I met Wally Brown

wally brownWally is a Native American, this kind of person you cross once in a lifetime and you will never forget

He transmet all the spirit of Navajo culture and you can t stop listening ……I hope I will meet him again

As a central concept within the Navajo, it “expresses the intellectual concept of order, the emotional state of happiness, the moral notion of good, the biological condition of health and well- being, and the aesthetic dimensions of balance, harmony, and beauty”

Everything in this world is based on the holly  number four.

4 directions

4 holly mountains

4 colors

4 goals in life is having joy,happiness, confidence and peace

on this we will work all our life and if there would be more Wallys in this world the achievement would be easier.









June 2013




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rain room

Yesterday I wanted to see the RAIN ROOM expo at the MOMA.

There was a 4 hours cueing line to come in. 4 hours to wait for the rain, after all the

rain I had the last months….no, I gave up

but here some Infos and maybe I should go back


Rain Room (2012), a large-scale environment by Random International, is presented at The Museum of Modern Art from May 12 to July 28, 2013, as part of EXPO 1: New YorkRain Room consists of a field of falling water that visitors may walk through and experience how it might feel to control the rain. The work also invites visitors to explore what role science, technology, and human ingenuity can play in stabilizing our environment. Using digital technology, Rain Room is a carefully choreographed downpour—a monumental work that encourages people to become performers on an unexpected stage, while creating an intimate atmosphere of contemplation.



May 2013



JR-Street Artiste

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First time i heard talking about JR was when I saw the trailer ” Woman are Heroes”

JR  started in Europe after he found a camera in Paris subway, tracking people , communicate messages via the wall.

His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.

“The “Inside Out Project” is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work, black and white photographic portraits. The images are uploaded digitally and made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. The project derived from the impulse to be collaborative and was amplified by his 2011 TED Prize Wish. JR stated: “I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world inside out.” In september 2012, 78,602 photographs had been printed as posters for 4,456 projects in 9,564 different locations worldwide.”

The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional person that has One Wish to Change the World

This project brought him in April 2013 to Time Square.

How surprised I was to see this very familiarly young lady in the hands of JR and what a coincidence just right to her

this young talented , good looking , Mister Javas Lehn!!!

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JR Times Square