I first came across Anna Sophie Berger when my girlfriend asked me for my wisdom tooth which had been removed in a very painful one-and-a half hour procedure at a dental clinic a few months earlier. I gave it to her without hesitation since after the surgical invention she was the one who nursed me, cooked soup and wiped away the blood from my face. A few days later she turned up with the tooth hanging on a very nice necklace fabricated by the artist and fashion student Anna Sophie Berger.
From that day on, I noticed this girl, who is only 22 years old and speaks Japanese, was everywhere. There was a great photo exhibition called “My Mothers Closet” in June, she shot the cover for an Austrian Loha-Magazine named Biorama and best of all she won the Indie Magazine Award at this year’s University of Applied Arts fashion show.
When it comes to her work with which she covers a very big spectrum of different art forms, you will quickly find out about her influences; On the one hand there is her family, and you don’t need to be Freudian to get that the early days in her life are a big factor. When you take a look at Anna’s photos you will come across her parents, especially her mother, very often.
On the other hand there is her professor at University, Bernhard Willhelm, who’s weirdness also seems to be in Anna’s head and luckily in her work too. I guess, this is what makes her an extraordinary artist.
Check out Anna Sophie Berger’s website and take a look at some of her projects. And you can get the Wisdom Tooth necklace at Wood Wood Vienna.
I lose jewelry far faster than I can afford to buy it. One night of drunken dancing and goodbye, expensive thingy on a chain. Occulter fans probably don’t have this problem, though. Looking through their wares is like browsing some marvelous antique museum curated by Gareth Pugh‘s sinister taxidermist brother, exquisite chunks of strange beauty that you’d never let slip away. The shop, located in the LES of New York City, places a heavy emphasis on magick, the planets, and, for some reason, bees. Each piece is lovingly detailed and uses simple materials like bronze, leather and horsehair to create items for wearing and living. Take, for example, their book collection. Classics like Phillip K. Dick‘s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? are repackaged for the modern reader concerned about the advantages of the physical word versus the digital. Behold:
“Each book is a rubber-sealed flexible paperback with embossed titling. To read one, the binding must be ripped by pulling the attached metal-ended cord. Once open, frayed binding tape may be folded into to the inside of the cover to create a clean edge or left in shreds as physical evidence of first contact. The rip-cord may be used as a bookmark.”
Neat. Aside from jewelry and books, the store also offers such eclectic items as soap, salt, tea, and honey (all black, of course) you can also buy records that store creator Derrick R. Cruz (whose Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons jewelry fills the store) say are an inspiration to his work. I’m particularly pumped (and rather unsurprised) to see personal favorites like US Girls, Heavy Winged, and Iannis Xenakis. I’m looking forward to dumping some money on any one of these needful things. I’ll try not to lose them.