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Tips & Tricks | Double Masking, or Hybrid Top Masks

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske als Übermaske, Cover, Hülle oder Überzug für eine medizinische FFP2-/KN95-/N95-Maske; Alltagsmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum Selbstnähen mit Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone auf Stoff mit Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrhalter und Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

In January, when I wrote my post about Mask Science with the science behind masks, advantages and disadvantages of mask types, practical tests, tips for optimization and a short note on why and how we double mask, I still hoped that the vaccine might make masks redundant in everyday life, and that this could be my last mask post. Right now, it looks like thanks to Delta, masks will stay with us for a while (…), and as many people are looking to upgrade their masks these days, I’d like to explain our double masking with the Hybrid Cloth Mask (aka Luckhaus Mask) in detail.

Note Books and Gym Bags for Stadtwildtiere

Notizhefte mit Fährten und Trittsiegeln für Stadtwildtiere von Iris Luckhaus und HiddenTracks

Together with tracker Stefanie Argow from HiddenTracks and Dr. Sarah Kiefer from Stadtwildtiere.de, the Citizen Science Project of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), I designed two notebooks and a gym bag, for their advertising and as an identification aid for wild animals whose tracks can be found in the city of Berlin.

Art Prints | Wall Chart with European Songbirds

With this wall chart, infographic or learning poster, you can identify songbirds such as blackbird / merle, wagtail, blue tit / nun, linnet / flax finch, chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker, jackdaw, greater whitethroat, jay, magpie, skylark, tree sparrow / field sparrow, willow warbler, short-toed tree creeper, garden warbler, redstart, bullfinch / red warbler, serin finch, yellow bunting / goldhammer, spotted flycatcher, greenfinch, nickle / green woodpecker, crested tit, blackstart / black redstart, house sparrow, dunnock, grosbeak / hawfinch, lesser whitethroat, nuthatch, great tit, cuckoo, swift / martlet, house martin, blackcap / blackjack, nightingale, carrion crow, red-backed shrike / red-backed killer, swallow, calver, reed bunting / reed sparrow, robin / redthroat, long-tailed bushtit / tailed tit, mavis / song thrush / filed thrush, firecrest, starling, goldfinch, street pigeon, marsh tit, marsh warbler, coal tit, pied flycatcher, collared dove / turkey dove, fieldfare / field thrush, goldcrest, wren and chiffchaff from the families of sparrows, tits, woodpeckers, finches, jays, buntings, warblers, thrushes, treecreepers, larks, flycatchers, redstarts and pigeons.

I’ve been working on my European Songbirds wall chart for several years, every now and then. It takes some effort to not just copy a photo, but to create a generalized cross-section from countless images – but that is exactly what helps with the identification! In addition to posters, notebooks, postcards and mugs as pictured above, there are bags, shirts, pillows, scarves, blankets, covers, stickers and many other products available at Redbubble and Søciety6 now.

Available | Field Guide Products in German!

Bedruckte Produkte mit Schautafeln und Infografiken zur Naturkunde von Iris Luckhaus

Since my field guides for nature have been printed on products on RedBubble, I’ve been asked to offer the German graphics too, and now they’re available as art prints, posters, postcards, pillows, blankets, bed linen, shower curtains, bath mats, mugs, water bottles, notebooks, stickers, magnets, cases, skins, bags, shirts and other amazing products!

Mask Science | We need to talk about Gaps

Hybrid cloth mask or fabric face covering as a top mask, outer cover or sleeve, with reverse nose pleat for glasses, filter opening for space, channels with ear loops and head ties for a a gapless fit for glasses by Iris Luckhaus, to make or sew yourself with instructions, pattern and template

In Germany, the wearing of medical masks, i.e. FFP2 or surgical masks, became mandatory yesterday. Since I don’t think anyone will check certifications in public, this means that everything except cloth masks is allowed. I’d like to explain how masks work, how filter and fit determine their efficiency, and why a cloth mask ban doesn’t really make much sense to me. Furthermore, I’d like to point out solutions for a more responsible, safe and sustainable use of medical masks. One of these solutions could be wearing a cloth cover over medical masks, or double masking.

Available | Seasonal Hybrid Masks

Hybrid Luckhaus Masks for the winter season by NagaKiri

I adore these stylish winter hybrid masks made of chunky Pendleton wool buffalo plaid, which my sewing partner Kiri Schultz from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest made! In her family, they are jokingly called “blankets for the face”, which I find at least as pretty as the fresh fir branches and cones in the picture. I bet these masks smell great!

Available | Products via Søciety6 and Redbubble

Bedruckte Produkte mit Illustrationen, Schautafeln, Weihnachten, Infografiken und Mustern von Iris Luckhaus

I have recently equipped my shops at Søciety6 [US] and RedBubble [EU + US] with fresh illustrations, field guides, infographics, patterns and some winter specials – and I was amazed at all the new products there! In addition to prints, posters and postcards, there are now also printed furniture, curtains, pillows, blankets, carpets, bed linen, shower curtains, bath mats, coffee mugs, water bottles, trays, boards, wrapping paper, notebooks, stickers, magnets, cases, skins, bags, picnic blankets, shirts and much more – and some of them now with my designs!

Raffle | Quiz for »Spuren lesen« by Argow and Fokken

Bastei Lübbe is giving away books on Instagram – with a nicely designed quiz, for which I have provided my animal tracks graphics! Five copies of »Reading tracks – stories that the tracks of animals tell us« by Stefanie Argow and Ulrike Fokken with illustrations by Florian Frick and me will be raffled to those who answer correctly. Good luck!

Published | »Spuren Lesen« by Argow and Fokken

Buch „Spuren Lesen – Geschichten, die uns die Spuren der Tiere erzählen“ von Ulrike Fokken und Stefanie Argow mit Illustrationen von Florian Frick und Grafiken von Iris Luckhaus zu Tierspuren und Trittsiegeln von Wolf, Fuchs, Marderhund, Katze, Rothirsch, Reh, Wildschwein, Dachs, Steinmarder, Fischotter, Waschbär, Feldhase, Biber, Nutria, Wanderratte, Igel, Eichhörnchen, Reiher, Kranich und Rabe

I am very happy to present an amazing new book here, for which I created the track illustrations in cooperation with the (co-) author and professional tracker Stefanie Argow. »Spuren lesen – Geschichten, die uns die Fährten der Tiere erzählen« tells in an exciting, instructive and often humorous way about the stories behind animal tracks.

Available | Introducing my Hybrid Mask Sewing Partners

Iris Luckhaus Hybrid Mask Samples by Sewing Partners Reusable Mask Co Australia, Christina King aka TinaBK and Samook Designs via Slow Handmade Cooperative

Today, I would like to introduce you to my amazing sewing partners, who are making masks with my hybrid pattern and selling them in online shops, on Etsy or in retail stores. Each of them has a different approach to mask making, they offer unique fabrics and ways to apply my pattern – and I think all their masks are just stunningly beautiful! In the picture above, you can see some samples by Christina King, Reusable Mask Co Australia and Samook Designs.

Tips & Tricks | Mask Tying Videos by Reusable Mask Co Australia

Iris Luckhaus Hybrid Mask by Reusable Mask Co Australia

My amazing sewing partner Reusable Masks Co Australia shot a lovely video with beautiful Carmen on how to dress up the Hybrid Cloth Mask with head ties, and another one on how to make ear loops! I could watch them all day long, and I thought they might be useful for my readers too. Great thanks to Sarah for letting me show them!

Press | Sewing Change: The Iris Luckhaus Story

Open Source Medical Supplies: Sewing Change, The Iris Luckhaus Story" by John Kalil

Open Source Medical Supplies is my favourite international mask making group, as there are specialists from such a wide variety of fields, helping each other and the volunteers. I have been posting and discussing my hybrid mask pattern there, helped countless volunteers to sew it and was thankful to learn about material studies and neat sewing tricks! When John Kalil asked to intervíew me for their site, I jumped right in – and now, his article is online!

DIY Instructions | Customized Hybrid Face Masks

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske, Behelfsmaske, Alltagsmaske, Stoffmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum selber Nähen nach Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone, passt lückenlos und rutscht nicht dank Rückwärtsfalte für Brillenträger, Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrgummis oder Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published my pattern for sewing the Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits gapless (even without nosepiece!) and reliably stays in place, I’ve been asked about adjustments for special shapes and needs. In this post, I introduce a selection of these customized Hybrid patterns, and every now and then (last March 8th, 2021), I add new ones!

Tips & Tricks | Mask Tying Techniques for Cloth Masks Infographic

Infographics about mask tying techniques, showing by the example of the hybrid cloth or fabric mask or face covering pattern several ways to fasten a community mask, cloth mask or fabric face mask with ear straps, elastics or head ties and knots, pony beards or cord stoppers and bun or ponytail, by Iris Luckhaus

If you take a closer look, there are so many ways to attach a face mask to your ears or head! After looking into masks in great detail over the past couple of weeks and having all these little sketches for mask tying techniques on my desk, I finally drew an infographic that shows all the different ways to tie a cloth mask with ear bands or head ties.

DIY Instructions | Making a Hybrid Instant Mask

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske, Behelfsmaske, Alltagsmaske, Mundmaske oder Mund-Nase-Maske, Papiermaske oder Notfallmaske zum Selberbasteln ohne Nähen mit Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone zum Basteln mit Servietten, Tacker, Papierhandtuch, Papiertaschentuch und Gummiring von Iris Luckhaus

After starting out with a no-sew DIY makeshift emergency mask, then testing all available patterns for cloth masks and finally inventing my own – the optimized Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits truly gapless, breathable yet reliably stays in place, even without a nose piece! –, I have now combined these two types of masks (and everything I have learned in the meantime!) to design an instant no-sew DIY mask with the same pattern and fit as the Hybrid Mask.

DIY Tutorial | Hybrid Cloth Mask Pictorial

Optimized, gapless, fog free and stay in place hybrid mask, makeshift mask, cloth mask, face mask or face covering for glasses, DIY self-sewing with instructions, pattern and template on fabric with nose wire or nose piece, filter opening and drawstring channel for ears loops and head ties by Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published pattern and instructions for my Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits gapless yet roomy and reliably stays in place, I’ve been asked about making a detail tutorial for beginners and visual learners, but as a video needs at least 2-3 quiet days and a picture tutorial was possible to just make inbetween, I decided to go with that for now!

DIY Instructions | Sewing a Hybrid Cloth Mask

Optimized hybrid cloth mask, fabric mask, mouth-nose mask, face mask or face covering, gapless and fog-free for glasses, to sew DIY with instructions, pattern and template with nose piece or nose wire, filter opening and drawstring channel for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

For my own production, I optimized the pattern and manufacture of the cloth mask, to make it fit gapless and fog-free around nose, cheeks and chin and reliably stay in place, so it doesn’t slide up the eyes or down the nose. Individual parts such as wire, filter and ties are very easy to replace, plus the mask is quick and simple to sew, wash and iron.

Anthology | Lily Lux Coloring Sheet at Malbogen

Ausmalbarer Malbogen mit Lily Lux an einem stürmischen Herbsttag beim Flug mit einem Lenkdrachen

A couple of years ago, I created a colouring sheet for the wonderful Malbogen Blog, right after a storm almost stole my scarf and when Lily Lux was longing for new adventures The special thing about it is that it can not only be used for colouring in, but due to some open space, you can even draw your own ideas! Maybe coloring in, painting on, and making up your own little trip with the wind might help you feel a little less locked up at home. Have a good flight!

Track Quiz for Stadtwildtiere.de with Hidden Tracks

Quiz für Kinder mit Tierspuren und Fährten von Igel, Waschbär, Wildschwein, Eichhörnchen und Fuchs, für Stadtwildtiere im IZW im BBIB, von Iris Luckhaus und Stefanie Argow

Along with tracker Stefanie Argow and Dr. Sarah Kiefer of Stadtwildtiere.de, the citizen science project for urban wildlife by Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), I designed a quiz with the trails of Berlin wildlife! The game is aimed primarily at children and used for events. The premiere is next weekend at FEZ Berlin!

Art Prints | Identification Sheets with Tree Shoots

Graphic guide oder information graphics to identify and determine the shoots and buds of trees like apple, birch, beech, ash, buckeye, oak, alder, ash, beech, hazel, cherry, linden, poplar, plane, elm and willow in the winter.

The Niedersächsische Landesforsten (forest administration of Lower Saxony), for whose »Waldstück« magazine I’ve drawn shoots and buds of 16 common trees, allowed me to use my graphics freely – so I’ve set them up in my own retro school wall chart layout, and now they’re available at the Posterlounge (also via Amazon and eBay!).

Published | Tree Shoots in Waldstück Magazine

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Knospen und Triebe heimischer Bäume wie Ahorn, Birke, Buche, Eberesche, Eiche, Erle, Esche, Hainbuche, Hasel, Kastanie, Kirsche, Linde, Pappel, Platane, Ulme und Weide auch im Winter erkennen und bestimmen lassen, für das Waldstück Magazin der Niedersächsischen Landesforsten

Today, I was very happy to receive my fresh specimens of the fall issue of »Waldstück«, the awesome free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforsten! For a kid’s poster inside that magazine, I illustrated 16 tree shoots and buds, for tree identification in winter. On the poster, my graphics are accompanied by some interesting information. 

Drafts for a Bulgarian Fairy Tale

Illustration zu The Little Girl and the Winter Whirlwinds mit Bulgarischen Trachten von Iris Luckhaus

For a client who doesn’t want to be mentioned, I’ve made some drafts to illustrate the Bulgarian fairy tale “The little Girl and the Winter Whirlwinds”. The project evolved in a different direction, but those drafts have led me to a new style – so I’d like to show them, even though they are unfinished and I most likely won’t finish them properly.

Art Prints | Identification Sheets with Tree Fruits

Graphic guide oder information graphic chart to identify and determine the fruits, nuts, cones and seeds of trees and shrubs like alder, apple, ash, beech (nuts), birch, buckeye, buckthorn, cherry, chestnut, dogrose (rose-hips), elder (berries), elm, fir, hazel, holly, hornbeam, larch, linden (lime), locust, maple, oak (acorns), pine, plane, poplar, rowan, sloe, spruce, sycamore, walnut, willow or yew.

The Niedersächsischen Landesforsten (forest administration of Lower Saxony), with whom I recently have developed 30 graphics for tree fruits, nuts, cones and seeds, allowed me to use my illustrations freely – so I have now set them up in my own layout, and they’re already available at the Posterlounge (soon also via Amazon and eBay!).

Art Prints | Happy Birthday, Posterlounge!

Poster mit Illustrationen von glücklichen, selbstbewussten Mädchen und Frauen sowie Infografiken zu Blattformen, Tierspuren und Vogelsilhouetten von Iris Luckhaus bei der Posterlounge

In August, the amazing Posterlounge is celebrating its 15th birthday! I’d like to wholeheartedly congratulate them, and I’m also happy to announce that all month long, there’s a 15% discount on everything (amongst many other posters, my own illustrations, infographics und life drawings!) with the code “HAPPY15”. Btw, I’m on board for 12 years :)

Art Prints | Identification Sheets with Tree Shapes

A practical infographic wal chart sheet that helps you to easily identify, learn and remember the typical shapes of 16 common European tree species, such as alder, apple, ash, beech, birch, chestnut, fir, juniper, larch, linde, maple, oak, pine, poplar, spruce, sycamore and willow

The Niedersächsischen Landesforsten (forest administration of Lower Saxony), with whom I recently have developed 16 graphics for the typical silhouettes of different trees, allowed me to use my illustrations freely – so I have now set them up in my own layout, and they’re already available at the Posterlounge (soon also via Amazon and eBay!).

Summer for Dressup Doll »Gerti geht baden«

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti geht baden im Sommer mit Badeanzug, Badetasche, Bikini, Sonnenbrille und Peeptoes

Gerti, the DIY dressup doll I designed, styled and illustrated as stamps and dies for the online shop Charlie & Paulchen, just got her third set of clothes and accessories for the summer! The fresh set is called »Gerti geht baden« (Gerti takes a bath), and it contains everything you need for a lovely day full of fun by the sea or by the lake!

Cards and Tags with our Santa Stamps and Dies

DIY Stempel und Stanzen zum Basteln von Karten und Geschenkanhängern mit Nikolaus, Weihnachtsmann und Santa

Via Instagram, I discovered cards and gift tags which bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Nikolausbande” by Charlie & Paulchen – and those are so amazing and full of stunning ideas that I really have to show them here!

Santa Card Crafting Set of Dies and Stamps

DIY Stempel und Stanzen zum Basteln von Karten und Geschenkanhängern mit Nikolaus, Weihnachtsmann und Santa

For Charlie & Paulchen, I already designed, styled and illustrated Gerti, the craftable dressup doll, and some seasonal outfits for her – and now, there are three cute little Santas for christmas cards and gift tags following! This gang of Santas is also produced as stamps and dies, which can be used on their own or in combination with each other.

Winter cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

Gerti feiert Weihnachten

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti feiert Weihnachten” (Gerti celebrates Christmas) by Charlie & Paulchen – and many of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking at them, and that I really have to show them here!

Winter for Dressup Doll “Gerti feiert Weihnachten”

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti im Winter mit Schlitten, Schlittschuhen und Eichhörnchen, Engel, Flügeln und Geschenken zur Weihnacht

Gerti, the DIY dressup doll I designed, styled and illustrated as stamps and dies for the online shop Charlie & Paulchen, just got new clothes and accessories for the winter! The fresh set is called “Gerti feiert Weihnachten” (Gerti celebrates Christmas) and contains elements of winter, snow sports and christmas, so Gerti is ready for many winter joys!

Fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

The most amazing fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti geht Gassi” (Gerti walks the dog) by Charlie & Paulchen – and many of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking at them, and that I really have to show them here!

Now Available | DIY-Dressup Doll “Gerti geht Gassi”

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti geht Gassi im Herbst

For Charlie & Paulchen, an online shop for finest German stamps and dies, I designed the DIY dressup doll Gerti, as well as some seasonal outfits for her! With stamps, dies and various materials, Gerti can be crafted onto cards. 

Packaging | Drafts for Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus

Illustrationen von Lutki und Fährmann für Verpackungen von Bio-Snacks aus Kürbiskernen von Spreenat Naschgarten aus dem Spreewald

In March, I made some drafts for the packagings of Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus and Spreewälder Fährmanns-Snack, which are being produced by the organic trademark Spreenat (Naschgarten) from local pumpkin seeds, nettle salt (Fährmanns-Snack) and beet sugar (Lutki-Schmaus), and traded locally, with a small booklet about Spreewald.

Just Published | »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!«

Umschlagmotiv für Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache im Duden Verlag von Rita Mielke mit Illustrationen im Sixties-Stil von Iris Luckhaus

I’m happy to announce that Rita Mielke’s book »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!« (»You have the word, darling!«) with 100 stories around the German language, which I recently illustrated for Duden Verlag, is finally available in bookstores!! Also, my specimens have arrived, and they look – and smell! – absolutely awesome!

Fresh Feature | Tree Leaf Poster at Anjiko

Blattformen Poster bei Anjiko

I was very happy to see my tree leaf shape poster (available via Posterlounge) once more in the wild, this time on the chic dark walls of charming lifestyle blogger Anjiko, decorated with the first signs of spring! There’s even a contest where you can win a coupon for your own posters. – Thank you very much, dear Maria, for sending me the link!

First Preview | »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!«

Illustration für Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache im Duden Verlag von Iris Luckhaus

I am pleased to finally anounce a book I illustrated for Duden Verlag, a publisher which is famous for its dictionary of the German language, the »Duden«, as the predominant resource for German orthography, but also publishes other books with language-related topics. For Rita Mielke’s »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!« (»You have the word, darling!«), which tells 100 exciting and often surprising stories around the German language in a smart, warm and humorous way, I worked in a new, bichrome and simplified style, to resemble book illustrations of the Sixties.

Mimi Fiedler’s “Balkantherapie” | Character & Styling

Character Design und Styling für Mimi Fiedler im Buch Balkantherapie von Iris Luckhaus

Those were my first designs for character, clothes and styling for the book “Brauchstu ma keine Doktor, brauchstu nur diese Buch! – Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben” by the wonderful Mimi Fiedler, which I illustrated almost a year ago for MVG Verlag. In the book and on the cover, Mimi wears mostly the fourth outfit (striped shirt, hotpants and suspenders), and in one of the small vignettes, the blouse from the third outfit.

Category Archives: <3

Tips & Tricks | Double Masking, or Hybrid Top Masks

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske als Übermaske, Cover, Hülle oder Überzug für eine medizinische FFP2-/KN95-/N95-Maske; Alltagsmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum Selbstnähen mit Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone auf Stoff mit Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrhalter und Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

In January, when I wrote my post about Mask Science with the science behind masks, advantages and disadvantages of mask types, practical tests, tips for optimization and a short note on why and how we double mask, I still hoped that the vaccine might make masks redundant in everyday life, and that this could be my last mask post. Right now, it looks like thanks to Delta, masks will stay with us for a while (…), and as many people are looking to upgrade their masks these days, I’d like to explain our double masking with the Hybrid Cloth Mask (aka Luckhaus Mask) in detail.

Note Books and Gym Bags for Stadtwildtiere

Notizhefte mit Fährten und Trittsiegeln für Stadtwildtiere von Iris Luckhaus und HiddenTracks

Together with tracker Stefanie Argow from HiddenTracks and Dr. Sarah Kiefer from Stadtwildtiere.de, the Citizen Science Project of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), I designed two notebooks and a gym bag, for their advertising and as an identification aid for wild animals whose tracks can be found in the city of Berlin.

Art Prints | Wall Chart with European Songbirds

With this wall chart, infographic or learning poster, you can identify songbirds such as blackbird / merle, wagtail, blue tit / nun, linnet / flax finch, chaffinch, great spotted woodpecker, jackdaw, greater whitethroat, jay, magpie, skylark, tree sparrow / field sparrow, willow warbler, short-toed tree creeper, garden warbler, redstart, bullfinch / red warbler, serin finch, yellow bunting / goldhammer, spotted flycatcher, greenfinch, nickle / green woodpecker, crested tit, blackstart / black redstart, house sparrow, dunnock, grosbeak / hawfinch, lesser whitethroat, nuthatch, great tit, cuckoo, swift / martlet, house martin, blackcap / blackjack, nightingale, carrion crow, red-backed shrike / red-backed killer, swallow, calver, reed bunting / reed sparrow, robin / redthroat, long-tailed bushtit / tailed tit, mavis / song thrush / filed thrush, firecrest, starling, goldfinch, street pigeon, marsh tit, marsh warbler, coal tit, pied flycatcher, collared dove / turkey dove, fieldfare / field thrush, goldcrest, wren and chiffchaff from the families of sparrows, tits, woodpeckers, finches, jays, buntings, warblers, thrushes, treecreepers, larks, flycatchers, redstarts and pigeons.

I’ve been working on my European Songbirds wall chart for several years, every now and then. It takes some effort to not just copy a photo, but to create a generalized cross-section from countless images – but that is exactly what helps with the identification! In addition to posters, notebooks, postcards and mugs as pictured above, there are bags, shirts, pillows, scarves, blankets, covers, stickers and many other products available at Redbubble and Søciety6 now.

Available | Field Guide Products in German!

Bedruckte Produkte mit Schautafeln und Infografiken zur Naturkunde von Iris Luckhaus

Since my field guides for nature have been printed on products on RedBubble, I’ve been asked to offer the German graphics too, and now they’re available as art prints, posters, postcards, pillows, blankets, bed linen, shower curtains, bath mats, mugs, water bottles, notebooks, stickers, magnets, cases, skins, bags, shirts and other amazing products!

Mask Science | We need to talk about Gaps

Hybrid cloth mask or fabric face covering as a top mask, outer cover or sleeve, with reverse nose pleat for glasses, filter opening for space, channels with ear loops and head ties for a a gapless fit for glasses by Iris Luckhaus, to make or sew yourself with instructions, pattern and template

In Germany, the wearing of medical masks, i.e. FFP2 or surgical masks, became mandatory yesterday. Since I don’t think anyone will check certifications in public, this means that everything except cloth masks is allowed. I’d like to explain how masks work, how filter and fit determine their efficiency, and why a cloth mask ban doesn’t really make much sense to me. Furthermore, I’d like to point out solutions for a more responsible, safe and sustainable use of medical masks. One of these solutions could be wearing a cloth cover over medical masks, or double masking.

Available | Seasonal Hybrid Masks

Hybrid Luckhaus Masks for the winter season by NagaKiri

I adore these stylish winter hybrid masks made of chunky Pendleton wool buffalo plaid, which my sewing partner Kiri Schultz from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest made! In her family, they are jokingly called “blankets for the face”, which I find at least as pretty as the fresh fir branches and cones in the picture. I bet these masks smell great!

Available | Products via Søciety6 and Redbubble

Bedruckte Produkte mit Illustrationen, Schautafeln, Weihnachten, Infografiken und Mustern von Iris Luckhaus

I have recently equipped my shops at Søciety6 [US] and RedBubble [EU + US] with fresh illustrations, field guides, infographics, patterns and some winter specials – and I was amazed at all the new products there! In addition to prints, posters and postcards, there are now also printed furniture, curtains, pillows, blankets, carpets, bed linen, shower curtains, bath mats, coffee mugs, water bottles, trays, boards, wrapping paper, notebooks, stickers, magnets, cases, skins, bags, picnic blankets, shirts and much more – and some of them now with my designs!

Raffle | Quiz for »Spuren lesen« by Argow and Fokken

Bastei Lübbe is giving away books on Instagram – with a nicely designed quiz, for which I have provided my animal tracks graphics! Five copies of »Reading tracks – stories that the tracks of animals tell us« by Stefanie Argow and Ulrike Fokken with illustrations by Florian Frick and me will be raffled to those who answer correctly. Good luck!

Published | »Spuren Lesen« by Argow and Fokken

Buch „Spuren Lesen – Geschichten, die uns die Spuren der Tiere erzählen“ von Ulrike Fokken und Stefanie Argow mit Illustrationen von Florian Frick und Grafiken von Iris Luckhaus zu Tierspuren und Trittsiegeln von Wolf, Fuchs, Marderhund, Katze, Rothirsch, Reh, Wildschwein, Dachs, Steinmarder, Fischotter, Waschbär, Feldhase, Biber, Nutria, Wanderratte, Igel, Eichhörnchen, Reiher, Kranich und Rabe

I am very happy to present an amazing new book here, for which I created the track illustrations in cooperation with the (co-) author and professional tracker Stefanie Argow. »Spuren lesen – Geschichten, die uns die Fährten der Tiere erzählen« tells in an exciting, instructive and often humorous way about the stories behind animal tracks.

Available | Introducing my Hybrid Mask Sewing Partners

Iris Luckhaus Hybrid Mask Samples by Sewing Partners Reusable Mask Co Australia, Christina King aka TinaBK and Samook Designs via Slow Handmade Cooperative

Today, I would like to introduce you to my amazing sewing partners, who are making masks with my hybrid pattern and selling them in online shops, on Etsy or in retail stores. Each of them has a different approach to mask making, they offer unique fabrics and ways to apply my pattern – and I think all their masks are just stunningly beautiful! In the picture above, you can see some samples by Christina King, Reusable Mask Co Australia and Samook Designs.

Tips & Tricks | Mask Tying Videos by Reusable Mask Co Australia

Iris Luckhaus Hybrid Mask by Reusable Mask Co Australia

My amazing sewing partner Reusable Masks Co Australia shot a lovely video with beautiful Carmen on how to dress up the Hybrid Cloth Mask with head ties, and another one on how to make ear loops! I could watch them all day long, and I thought they might be useful for my readers too. Great thanks to Sarah for letting me show them!

Press | Sewing Change: The Iris Luckhaus Story

Open Source Medical Supplies: Sewing Change, The Iris Luckhaus Story" by John Kalil

Open Source Medical Supplies is my favourite international mask making group, as there are specialists from such a wide variety of fields, helping each other and the volunteers. I have been posting and discussing my hybrid mask pattern there, helped countless volunteers to sew it and was thankful to learn about material studies and neat sewing tricks! When John Kalil asked to intervíew me for their site, I jumped right in – and now, his article is online!

DIY Instructions | Customized Hybrid Face Masks

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske, Behelfsmaske, Alltagsmaske, Stoffmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum selber Nähen nach Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone, passt lückenlos und rutscht nicht dank Rückwärtsfalte für Brillenträger, Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrgummis oder Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published my pattern for sewing the Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits gapless (even without nosepiece!) and reliably stays in place, I’ve been asked about adjustments for special shapes and needs. In this post, I introduce a selection of these customized Hybrid patterns, and every now and then (last March 8th, 2021), I add new ones!

Tips & Tricks | Mask Tying Techniques for Cloth Masks Infographic

Infographics about mask tying techniques, showing by the example of the hybrid cloth or fabric mask or face covering pattern several ways to fasten a community mask, cloth mask or fabric face mask with ear straps, elastics or head ties and knots, pony beards or cord stoppers and bun or ponytail, by Iris Luckhaus

If you take a closer look, there are so many ways to attach a face mask to your ears or head! After looking into masks in great detail over the past couple of weeks and having all these little sketches for mask tying techniques on my desk, I finally drew an infographic that shows all the different ways to tie a cloth mask with ear bands or head ties.

DIY Instructions | Making a Hybrid Instant Mask

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske, Behelfsmaske, Alltagsmaske, Mundmaske oder Mund-Nase-Maske, Papiermaske oder Notfallmaske zum Selberbasteln ohne Nähen mit Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone zum Basteln mit Servietten, Tacker, Papierhandtuch, Papiertaschentuch und Gummiring von Iris Luckhaus

After starting out with a no-sew DIY makeshift emergency mask, then testing all available patterns for cloth masks and finally inventing my own – the optimized Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits truly gapless, breathable yet reliably stays in place, even without a nose piece! –, I have now combined these two types of masks (and everything I have learned in the meantime!) to design an instant no-sew DIY mask with the same pattern and fit as the Hybrid Mask.

DIY Tutorial | Hybrid Cloth Mask Pictorial

Optimized, gapless, fog free and stay in place hybrid mask, makeshift mask, cloth mask, face mask or face covering for glasses, DIY self-sewing with instructions, pattern and template on fabric with nose wire or nose piece, filter opening and drawstring channel for ears loops and head ties by Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published pattern and instructions for my Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits gapless yet roomy and reliably stays in place, I’ve been asked about making a detail tutorial for beginners and visual learners, but as a video needs at least 2-3 quiet days and a picture tutorial was possible to just make inbetween, I decided to go with that for now!

DIY Instructions | Sewing a Hybrid Cloth Mask

Optimized hybrid cloth mask, fabric mask, mouth-nose mask, face mask or face covering, gapless and fog-free for glasses, to sew DIY with instructions, pattern and template with nose piece or nose wire, filter opening and drawstring channel for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

For my own production, I optimized the pattern and manufacture of the cloth mask, to make it fit gapless and fog-free around nose, cheeks and chin and reliably stay in place, so it doesn’t slide up the eyes or down the nose. Individual parts such as wire, filter and ties are very easy to replace, plus the mask is quick and simple to sew, wash and iron.

Anthology | Lily Lux Coloring Sheet at Malbogen

Ausmalbarer Malbogen mit Lily Lux an einem stürmischen Herbsttag beim Flug mit einem Lenkdrachen

A couple of years ago, I created a colouring sheet for the wonderful Malbogen Blog, right after a storm almost stole my scarf and when Lily Lux was longing for new adventures The special thing about it is that it can not only be used for colouring in, but due to some open space, you can even draw your own ideas! Maybe coloring in, painting on, and making up your own little trip with the wind might help you feel a little less locked up at home. Have a good flight!

Track Quiz for Stadtwildtiere.de with Hidden Tracks

Quiz für Kinder mit Tierspuren und Fährten von Igel, Waschbär, Wildschwein, Eichhörnchen und Fuchs, für Stadtwildtiere im IZW im BBIB, von Iris Luckhaus und Stefanie Argow

Along with tracker Stefanie Argow and Dr. Sarah Kiefer of Stadtwildtiere.de, the citizen science project for urban wildlife by Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), I designed a quiz with the trails of Berlin wildlife! The game is aimed primarily at children and used for events. The premiere is next weekend at FEZ Berlin!

Art Prints | Identification Sheets with Tree Shoots

Graphic guide oder information graphics to identify and determine the shoots and buds of trees like apple, birch, beech, ash, buckeye, oak, alder, ash, beech, hazel, cherry, linden, poplar, plane, elm and willow in the winter.

The Niedersächsische Landesforsten (forest administration of Lower Saxony), for whose »Waldstück« magazine I’ve drawn shoots and buds of 16 common trees, allowed me to use my graphics freely – so I’ve set them up in my own retro school wall chart layout, and now they’re available at the Posterlounge (also via Amazon and eBay!).

Published | Tree Shoots in Waldstück Magazine

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Knospen und Triebe heimischer Bäume wie Ahorn, Birke, Buche, Eberesche, Eiche, Erle, Esche, Hainbuche, Hasel, Kastanie, Kirsche, Linde, Pappel, Platane, Ulme und Weide auch im Winter erkennen und bestimmen lassen, für das Waldstück Magazin der Niedersächsischen Landesforsten

Today, I was very happy to receive my fresh specimens of the fall issue of »Waldstück«, the awesome free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforsten! For a kid’s poster inside that magazine, I illustrated 16 tree shoots and buds, for tree identification in winter. On the poster, my graphics are accompanied by some interesting information. 

Drafts for a Bulgarian Fairy Tale

Illustration zu The Little Girl and the Winter Whirlwinds mit Bulgarischen Trachten von Iris Luckhaus

For a client who doesn’t want to be mentioned, I’ve made some drafts to illustrate the Bulgarian fairy tale “The little Girl and the Winter Whirlwinds”. The project evolved in a different direction, but those drafts have led me to a new style – so I’d like to show them, even though they are unfinished and I most likely won’t finish them properly.

Art Prints | Identification Sheets with Tree Fruits

Graphic guide oder information graphic chart to identify and determine the fruits, nuts, cones and seeds of trees and shrubs like alder, apple, ash, beech (nuts), birch, buckeye, buckthorn, cherry, chestnut, dogrose (rose-hips), elder (berries), elm, fir, hazel, holly, hornbeam, larch, linden (lime), locust, maple, oak (acorns), pine, plane, poplar, rowan, sloe, spruce, sycamore, walnut, willow or yew.

The Niedersächsischen Landesforsten (forest administration of Lower Saxony), with whom I recently have developed 30 graphics for tree fruits, nuts, cones and seeds, allowed me to use my illustrations freely – so I have now set them up in my own layout, and they’re already available at the Posterlounge (soon also via Amazon and eBay!).

Art Prints | Happy Birthday, Posterlounge!

Poster mit Illustrationen von glücklichen, selbstbewussten Mädchen und Frauen sowie Infografiken zu Blattformen, Tierspuren und Vogelsilhouetten von Iris Luckhaus bei der Posterlounge

In August, the amazing Posterlounge is celebrating its 15th birthday! I’d like to wholeheartedly congratulate them, and I’m also happy to announce that all month long, there’s a 15% discount on everything (amongst many other posters, my own illustrations, infographics und life drawings!) with the code “HAPPY15”. Btw, I’m on board for 12 years :)

Art Prints | Identification Sheets with Tree Shapes

A practical infographic wal chart sheet that helps you to easily identify, learn and remember the typical shapes of 16 common European tree species, such as alder, apple, ash, beech, birch, chestnut, fir, juniper, larch, linde, maple, oak, pine, poplar, spruce, sycamore and willow

The Niedersächsischen Landesforsten (forest administration of Lower Saxony), with whom I recently have developed 16 graphics for the typical silhouettes of different trees, allowed me to use my illustrations freely – so I have now set them up in my own layout, and they’re already available at the Posterlounge (soon also via Amazon and eBay!).

Summer for Dressup Doll »Gerti geht baden«

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti geht baden im Sommer mit Badeanzug, Badetasche, Bikini, Sonnenbrille und Peeptoes

Gerti, the DIY dressup doll I designed, styled and illustrated as stamps and dies for the online shop Charlie & Paulchen, just got her third set of clothes and accessories for the summer! The fresh set is called »Gerti geht baden« (Gerti takes a bath), and it contains everything you need for a lovely day full of fun by the sea or by the lake!

Cards and Tags with our Santa Stamps and Dies

DIY Stempel und Stanzen zum Basteln von Karten und Geschenkanhängern mit Nikolaus, Weihnachtsmann und Santa

Via Instagram, I discovered cards and gift tags which bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Nikolausbande” by Charlie & Paulchen – and those are so amazing and full of stunning ideas that I really have to show them here!

Santa Card Crafting Set of Dies and Stamps

DIY Stempel und Stanzen zum Basteln von Karten und Geschenkanhängern mit Nikolaus, Weihnachtsmann und Santa

For Charlie & Paulchen, I already designed, styled and illustrated Gerti, the craftable dressup doll, and some seasonal outfits for her – and now, there are three cute little Santas for christmas cards and gift tags following! This gang of Santas is also produced as stamps and dies, which can be used on their own or in combination with each other.

Winter cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

Gerti feiert Weihnachten

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti feiert Weihnachten” (Gerti celebrates Christmas) by Charlie & Paulchen – and many of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking at them, and that I really have to show them here!

Winter for Dressup Doll “Gerti feiert Weihnachten”

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti im Winter mit Schlitten, Schlittschuhen und Eichhörnchen, Engel, Flügeln und Geschenken zur Weihnacht

Gerti, the DIY dressup doll I designed, styled and illustrated as stamps and dies for the online shop Charlie & Paulchen, just got new clothes and accessories for the winter! The fresh set is called “Gerti feiert Weihnachten” (Gerti celebrates Christmas) and contains elements of winter, snow sports and christmas, so Gerti is ready for many winter joys!

Fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

The most amazing fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti geht Gassi” (Gerti walks the dog) by Charlie & Paulchen – and many of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking at them, and that I really have to show them here!

Now Available | DIY-Dressup Doll “Gerti geht Gassi”

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti geht Gassi im Herbst

For Charlie & Paulchen, an online shop for finest German stamps and dies, I designed the DIY dressup doll Gerti, as well as some seasonal outfits for her! With stamps, dies and various materials, Gerti can be crafted onto cards. 

Packaging | Drafts for Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus

Illustrationen von Lutki und Fährmann für Verpackungen von Bio-Snacks aus Kürbiskernen von Spreenat Naschgarten aus dem Spreewald

In March, I made some drafts for the packagings of Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus and Spreewälder Fährmanns-Snack, which are being produced by the organic trademark Spreenat (Naschgarten) from local pumpkin seeds, nettle salt (Fährmanns-Snack) and beet sugar (Lutki-Schmaus), and traded locally, with a small booklet about Spreewald.

Just Published | »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!«

Umschlagmotiv für Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache im Duden Verlag von Rita Mielke mit Illustrationen im Sixties-Stil von Iris Luckhaus

I’m happy to announce that Rita Mielke’s book »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!« (»You have the word, darling!«) with 100 stories around the German language, which I recently illustrated for Duden Verlag, is finally available in bookstores!! Also, my specimens have arrived, and they look – and smell! – absolutely awesome!

Fresh Feature | Tree Leaf Poster at Anjiko

Blattformen Poster bei Anjiko

I was very happy to see my tree leaf shape poster (available via Posterlounge) once more in the wild, this time on the chic dark walls of charming lifestyle blogger Anjiko, decorated with the first signs of spring! There’s even a contest where you can win a coupon for your own posters. – Thank you very much, dear Maria, for sending me the link!

First Preview | »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!«

Illustration für Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen! 100 charmante Geschichten rund um die Sprache im Duden Verlag von Iris Luckhaus

I am pleased to finally anounce a book I illustrated for Duden Verlag, a publisher which is famous for its dictionary of the German language, the »Duden«, as the predominant resource for German orthography, but also publishes other books with language-related topics. For Rita Mielke’s »Du hast das Wort, Schätzchen!« (»You have the word, darling!«), which tells 100 exciting and often surprising stories around the German language in a smart, warm and humorous way, I worked in a new, bichrome and simplified style, to resemble book illustrations of the Sixties.

Mimi Fiedler’s “Balkantherapie” | Character & Styling

Character Design und Styling für Mimi Fiedler im Buch Balkantherapie von Iris Luckhaus

Those were my first designs for character, clothes and styling for the book “Brauchstu ma keine Doktor, brauchstu nur diese Buch! – Die Balkantherapie für Liebe, Leib und Leben” by the wonderful Mimi Fiedler, which I illustrated almost a year ago for MVG Verlag. In the book and on the cover, Mimi wears mostly the fourth outfit (striped shirt, hotpants and suspenders), and in one of the small vignettes, the blouse from the third outfit.