Today I want to share with you images of an artist in our group who makes a very different kind of craft. Ann Rinkenberger makes window stars. They are made of multicolored bright transparent papers. I remember this kind of paper from growing up in Germany. We used to make lanterns out of it for the St. Martin’s festivity. Transparenzpapier ( as it is called in German) is used for many crafts by German school children.
Ann’s stars are made up of many segments that involve even more folds. You may think. Ha, I can do that myself. But don’t kid yourself! If you ever tried your hands at origami you know how hard it is. If the folds are not perfectly straight and even your project will not look good in the end.
Folding the perfect window star is a tedious job. It takes patience and concentration. The artist also needs a sense of design. What color combinations will look good together. Each one of Ann’s stars is unique and amazing. Like the hands that make them.
These are the hands that have cared for an Alzheimer’s patient over many months. Tired hands of a faithful daughter. But hands that never give up because they know there is light at the end of the tunnel…
To see Ann’s work please visit her shop HarvestMoonbyHand. I think they will make a wonderful gift for Christmas season or for someone who needs some light in their life!
Ulla Seckler is a dollmaker who was born and raised in Germany. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two kids. You can find her Notes by a German Dollmaker on her blog where she shares some great German recipes, pictures of her sweet dolls, and life lessons learned. Don’t forget to stop by her Etsyshop and take a peek at her wonderful doll creations.