Jan 30, 2018

Downtown Yarns

Downtown Yarns is one of my all time favorite stores in the East Village. 
Rita Bobry, the owner who studied art and loves to work with colors, opened this gem of a store 17 years ago at 45 Ave A. The store has a finely edited collection of yarns, many of them local and sustainable, as well as all of the necessary supplies for the needle crafts. 
The store offers a whole range of classes from beginner classes to advanced sweater design workshops. The super friendly staff is always happy to help.
There is Rita who besides being an expert knitter always comes up with the most stunning window displays. There is also Irina Poludnenko who is a master knitter and designer, Leti who has a very fun and eclectic style and many others. Not to forget Zack, the super mellow resident dog.
I highly recommend a visit to this shop for inspiration even for people who are not knitters (yet...) http://www.downtownyarns.com/

Nov 17, 2017

A Visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota

In April of this year I traveled to Pine Ridge with the non-profit organization One Spirit.
The tribe of the Oglala Lakota Sioux lives on this reservation and I was very happy to meet some of them.
One Spirit has a few programs on the reservation like a monthly food distribution that is run out of the 'American Action Garage', a youth center,
the building of a buffalo house and many more. I was documenting these programs.
 I was helping to deliver some food rations to people which turned out rather difficult since it is very hard to find people on the reservation. There are no street names and addresses are rather descriptive,
like: '3 miles south of Sharp Corner, the first blue house by the big tree'. To say the least, it took me some time and I had many great encounters.

There are many severe problems on the reservation dealing with poverty, unemployment, sickness like widespread diabetes and alcoholism.
If you feel like helping out, please visit One Spirit's website.

These photos were also featured on aCurator

Jan 23, 2017

Women's March on Washington

Much has been said about the Women's March on Washington.
It was a vital display of solidarity and resistance against the racist, demagogic, misogynistic,
climate change denying and 'alternative facts' spreading agenda of the Trump administration.

Here are the visuals...