In the Studio with Ruby Barber, the Florist Behind Berlin-Based Mary Lennox - W MagazineMonday, April 6, 2020
Barber’s installations, a hint of hedonism where order once reigned. Roses and tulips have given way to dark, waxy grapes as long as pinky fingers for Italian gin maker Villa Ascenti, frothy masses of raw cashmere for Loro Piana, and dense mists of Queen Anne’s Lace that creep across hallways and condense in the air like sentient storm clouds, in an immersive installation she created for Chanel.
To take in Barber’s designs is to feel the line between flower shop and art gallery melt away. “The materials have begun to take on a life of their own,” she says of her gravity-defiant creations. “It’s getting harder and harder to identify them as flowers.”
Ruby Barber in her studio, photograph courtesy of Becca Crawford.
Barber spends her days scouring Berlin’s parks for dry materials and visiting local growers in Brandenburg and Potsdam, returning to her studio to assemble dripping, plumed constructions from the spoils. While her regular haunts supply the materials for most of her creations, some of Barber’s favored brambles can only be found further afield—and sometimes for just a week or two at a time. In late summer, Dutch hydrangea farms dispose of several wheelbarrows’ worth of sun-crisped heads. On the island of Mallorca, the narrow country roads are littered with perfect gold-fringed palm fronds. In the southern Italian countryside, overgrown family greenhouses shelter dead plants that have dried perfectly in place. “No work needs to be done to make an installation from these things,” Barber says. “Nature’s done the work already.”
The daughter of two contemporary art gallerists, Barber’s rise has coincided with a shift in the fashion and visual art worlds, where a growing appetite for living designs has put her abstract installations in high demand. “There’s an increasing desire in modern times to feel close to nature. People want more and more to incorporate that natural language into their lives, and brands are starting to understand that.” But Barber’s designs, commissioned to reinvigorate established labels, are so rich in color and texture as to risk eclipsing them altogether. At last year’s Saut Hermès, an equestrian competition sponsored by the French house at the Grand Palais in Paris, Barber hung enormous downy columns of tea-colored amaranth like stalactites from the glass-paneled ceilings of the Grand Palais. For Loro Piana’s Fall/Winter 2020 presentation, her team scoured the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, sourcing a medley of local plants to construct a garden inside of the mid century modern venue.
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Ruth Liebert | Obituary | News and Tribune - NewsandtribuneMonday, April 6, 2020
She was the daughter of James & Elva Louis Smith. Elva Louis passed away when Ruth was 14 months old and Ruth was raised by her grandmother, Matilda. She was the youngest of 5. Older brothers were Alvin, Woodrow, James, and Samuel (who went by the name Ralston). In 1945 she married Carl C Liebert Sr. in Ramsey, Indiana. Upon graduation from high school in 1945, she accompanied Carl Sr. to Nuremberg, Germany where he was stationed in the United States Army shortly after World War II. Her only son, Carl Jr. was born in September of 1947 and they returned to the states and established residence in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. Ruth was a tireless worker, always active in her church, and somehow always made time to take care of her grandchildren. On weeknights and weekends, when she wasn't in a basketball gymnasium, at the family owned drag-strip in Harrison County, or at a sporting event for her son, grandchildren, or great grandchildren, you could find her watching University of Louisville games or scanning the television guide for a tennis match. In addition to a legacy of family, Ruth was always known for having a pack of animals around her to include dogs, cats, cows, and horses. Ruth enjoyed sitting out on her porch where she could see the farm in all it's glory while watching her grandkids play. It was on her beloved farm where she was able to meet and hold her great-great grandson for the first time. She was a regular at the Edwardsville United Methodist Church, and famous for hosting everyone for Christmas Eve dinner before attending candlelight service each year. Ruth survived both the loss of Carl Sr on September 17th, 2002, and also the death of her son Carl Jr. on October 19th, 2008. In showing the family both determination and strength, she never wavered, pressing on and never missing a birthday or Christmas card to let us know she was thinking about us. Thanks to the assistance of fa...https://obituaries.newsandtribune.com/obituary/ruth-liebert-1078969795
German kindergarten for Muslim children is ordered to close over 'links to extremist ideology' - Daily MailSunday, January 26, 2020
Mailonline Published: 15:44 GMT, 12 February 2019 Updated: 16:12 GMT, 12 February 2019 A German kindergarten run by Muslim parents has been shut down over its alleged links to the Muslim Brotherhood and extremist ideology. The Al-Nur kindergarten in Mainz, western Germany, will have to shut its doors by March 31 after losing its licence to operate. The mosque which runs the kindergarten was accused of hosting extremist preachers and distributing dangerous materials. The kindergarten's leadership has hit back at the decision, calling it a 'mystery', SWR reported. The Al-Nur kindergarten (pictured) in Mainz, western Germany, has been ordered to shut its doors over alleged links to extremist ideology The state of Rheinland-Pfalz has now declared the Arab Nile-Rhine mosque to be 'no longer grounded in the German constitution' and ordered it to shut the kindergarten. Concerns about the mosque were first raised in 2012 when Muhammad al-Arifi, a controversial preacher banned from Britain, Denmark and Switzerland, spoke at the Islamic centre. In 2015 the mosque was accused of distributing written materials considered 'dangerous to young people'. Last October it was claimed the centre was working with traditionalist lecturer Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips, who runs an Islamic online university and has also been banned from several countries. The 22 children currently at the kindergarten will be offered places elsewhere in the city. Announcing the decision, state official Detlef Placzek said: 'The only Muslim kind...https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6695791/German-kindergarten-Muslim-children-ordered-close-links-extremist-ideology.html
Edith A. McDaniel | Obituaries | swoknews.com - The Lawton ConstitutionSunday, January 26, 2020
Mohrunugen, East Prussia, Germany on January 12, 1937. She grew up during World War II where she learned at the tender age of seven years old how to be resourceful and survive life’s events with her brother and sister by her side. She received her degree as a paralegal in Wurzburg, Germany in 1956. She met and married her first husband, SFC (Retired) John W. Wood in 1957. They were married for 12 years and had three children whom she loved tremendously.She remarried in 1976 to MSG (Retired) Otis G. “Mac” McDaniel in Dallas, Texas. They moved to Ruesselsheim, Germany in 1978. They were married for 27 years until his passing in 2003 in Bad Tolz, Germany. She worked as a food service supervisor in Wiesbaden, Germany from 1978 until her retirement in May 2015 at the age of 78 years old. She moved to Lawton, Oklahoma to be with her daughter in June 2015.Edith loved life! She enjoyed gardening, festivals and going to Sam’s Club and TJ Maxx. Absolutely loved her beer second to her children… but a good beer, not watered down beer. She was a fearless, phenomenal, resilient, courageous, affectionate, funny, loving and caring mother and grandmother. Above all, she was a true Christian believing in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.She leaves behind a wonderful, cherished daughter, Sandra J. Combs of Lawton, Oklahoma, her son, Johnny L. Wood of Orlando, Florida, two Stepsons, Otis G. McDaniel, Jr. of San Antonio, Texas and LeeAndre McDaniel of Selma, California, a grandson, John W. Wood of Orlando, Florida and her three grandbabies with four paws, Snickers, Daisy, and Peanut.She is preceded in death by her mother, father, sister, brother, first husband as well as her son, Bobby L. Wood, stepson, Kevin McDaniel, and her beloved husband, Otis G. McDaniel.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Marie Detty/New Direction Pet Shelter, 317 SW C Ave Lawton, OK 73502...https://www.swoknews.com/obituaries/edith-a-mcdaniel/article_4cb0bbb4-a884-5825-88b1-d1197d223e01.html
Is Staten Island’s beer scene getting stale? - SILive.comSunday, January 26, 2020
Advance/Pamela SiHOT STYLES IN THE CITYMost popular on Staten Island at the moment, based on a casual poll of a several restaurants, are IPAs and sour beers.Said Ken Tirado, owner of Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn, Charleston, “Ironically, like many people my age, my taste buds had a hard time adjusting to the bitter and sour tastes of IPAs and sour Goses.”He added, “New breweries pop up all the time and I have surrendered half my draught lines to local breweries.”Juicy Lucy BBQ in Ocean Breeze finds sales of spiked seltzers dominate over mainstream and craft brews. (Staten Island Advance/Pamela SiAnd the two local brewers -- the borough lost its Mariners Harbor-based Staten Island Brewing Co. last year -- are guiding the fields of style and flavor as well.Flagship’s head brewer Mark Szmaida said he plans for the Tompkinsville taproom to feature an exclusive sour beer. He’ll also be testing the waters on a hard seltzer. In the works for February is the brew crew’s Irish Coffee Pastry Stout, a strong stout at 8% aged on whiskey-oak chips. Szmaida selected Staten Island’s own Unique Coffee Roasters as the “Joe” of choice to pair with cocoa nibs and vanilla in the mash. Recently, Flagship collaborated with Holtermann’s for a crumb cake-inspired creation. p class="article__paragraph article__paragraph--left" id="U6...https://www.silive.com/entertainment/2020/01/is-staten-islands-beer-scene-getting-stale.html
The perfect destination foHere is why Germany is the perfect destination for your next holidayr your holiday! Discover nature in Germany - Emirates WomanSunday, January 26, 2020
Alps are characterised by green trees and extensive forests.Rhön UNESCO Biosphere Reserve: at the corner of the three German states, Bavaria, Hesse and ThuringiaThe Rhôn hills are located in the heart of Germany and offer a wide range of beautiful views! And if you are a fan of athletic activities, you can try gliding, water sports, and indulge in a spot of star gazing.Jasmund National Park Mecklenburg-Western Pomeraniait takes you right along the cliffs and features enough natural treasures for several holidays. White chalk cliffs, lush beech forests and the shimmering blue of the sea. You’ll catch sight of a rare white-tailed eagle circling in the skies, while far below a thousand different species of beetle scuttle through the undergrowth in this landscape of contrasts.Black Forest National Park, Baden-Württemberg, South GermanyPerfect for cleansing your lungs. The remarkable feature of this national park is that some areas have been able to develop for more than 100 years without human intervention. This means that all the animals and plants that are found here live in authentic, natural surroundings.You can use Deutsche Bahn trains all over Germany, where it uses 100% green energy. In addition, you can take the InterCity Express for a unique experience, as it is a high-speed train that connects all major cities in Germany with speeds of up to 300 km / hour, and this is one of the fastest ways to reach between Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne!Check out their Instagram: GermanyTourismAr, and Facebook: Germany Tourism Arabia– For more about Dubai’s lifestyle, news and fashion scene straight to your newsfeed, follow us on Facebook Media: Supplied...https://emirateswoman.com/germany/
Southern Germany offers a scenic look at mountainous highs and historic lows - CT InsiderSunday, January 26, 2020
Here’s the great thing about Bavaria and southern Germany for visitors, aside from abundant history and scenery: Germans generally are direct, organized and go by the rules. That’s not just their rep; it’s what we observed.
On the famous Autobahn, they use the left lane to legally go as fast as they want but they slow down when the overhead signs drop the speed limit to 100 kilometers an hour, or even 70. They don’t weave and cut you off like the average highway here.
When they stack firewood in a shed, it’s done precisely, a work of art. If they’re growing apples, the limbs are staked neatly and verically on thin threes with netting above. With similar dedication to organization and standards, the beer they serve is inexpensive and consistently good (don’t ask for an IPA).
The Most Beautiful Cities in Germany - World AtlasSunday, January 26, 2020
Germany varies from one author to the other. Here are some of the cities that pop up whenever the best places in Germany are mentioned.
Nuremberg is the second largest Bavarian city after Munich, with a population of approximately 512,000 residents. The city is known for many things but the most common is the Nuremberg Trial which remains pivotal in the history of Germany. Nuremberg’s origin dates back a millennium and over the years it developed into one of the most important cities in Europe. The city has plenty of places to visit, including old churches, imperial castles, and the Nazi trial grounds. Nuremberg is a pedestrian-friendly city, with the pedestrian-only zone covering a large part of the city.
Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany after Berlin and the 8th largest in the EU. The city is home to over 1.8 million residents. It is located on the banks of River Eibe and its tributaries and its name reflect the city’s medieval history. Hamburg is known for the impressive red-brick Speicherstadt which is a World Heritage Site. Apart from the buildings, the city has plenty of nightlife, with most party-seekers frequenting the Reeperbahn, popularly known as “German’s most sinful mile.” Hamburg is also Europe’s research, science, and educational hub.
The city of Cologne is set on the banks of the Rhine River. It is German’s fourth-largest city with a population of about 1.1 million residents. The city has a rich history spanning over 2,000 years and features diverse architectural style including ancient Roman walls and medieval churches, as well as post-war constructions. The city’s major attraction is the Cologne Cathedral which is the largest cathedral in Germany. Another thing that makes Cologne a beau...https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/most-beautiful-cities-in-germany.html