Category Archives: Science

Blog Archive with Illustrations, Drawings, Graphic, Design, Infographics, Instructions and Identification Sheets for the Subject of Knowledge, Science, Know-How, Expertise, School, Education, Learning, Know-It-All, Illumination, Visualization, Enlightenment and Overview by Iris Luckhaus, freelance Illustrator and Designer residing in Wuppertal and Berlin, Germany.

Mask Science | We need to talk about Gaps

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske als Übermaske, Cover oder Überzug für eine FFP2-Maske oder N95-Maske, Alltagsmaske, Mundmaske, 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 Germany, the wearing of medical masks, i.e. N95 or surgical masks, became mandatory yesterday. Since I don’t think anyone will check certifications as a medical products, this means that everything except cloth masks is allowed. I’d like to explain why, after everything I know about masks, I find this problematic, and also point out solutions for a more responsible, safe and sustainable use of medical masks. One of these solutions are cloth mask covers.

Available | Seasonal Hybrid Masks

Hybrid Luckhaus Masks for the winter season by NagaKiri

I absolutely 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!

Art Prints | 20% Discount at Posterlounge in November

Poster mit Illustrationen und Lernposter, Infografiken und Schautafeln zu Fingeralphabet, Knoten, Wasserkreislauf sowie zum Bestimmen von Bäumen, Blättern, Knospen, Trieben, Früchten, Nüssen, Tierspuren, Trittsiegeln und Vögeln von Iris Luckhaus bei der Posterlounge mit 20% Rabatt im November

For those who want to redecorate their walls in November or to buy their Christmas gifts early, I’m having a nice surprise: My Posterlounge shop has a discount code, »LUCKHAUS2020«, with amazing 20% savings available for the whole month, on all articels, such as posters, prints, wall stickers, canvas, wood, foam, aluminum or acrylic prints in formats from 13 x 18 cm (from € 6.95 5.56) over 30 x 40 cm (from 9.95 7.96) to 60 x 80 cm (from € 22.95 18.36)!

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.

Worksheet for Trackreading Classes

Arbeitsbogen Trittsiegelkunde mit Grafiken zu den Spuren von Fuchs, Katze, Dachs, Marder, Hase, Waschbär, Eichhörnchen, Igel, Reh und Wildschwein in Zusammenarbeit mit Stefanie Argow von Hidden Tracks

I have created a new work sheet for the classes of tracker Stefanie Argow, with whom I am continuously working on a detailed version of my animal tracks! They are already used by WWF, IZW and Posterlounge, and will soon be part of a book too! This year’s sheet shows wolf, fox, lynx, badger, marten, bear, rabbit, squirrel, deer and wild boar.

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, Mundmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum Selbstnähen mit Rückwärtsfalte oder Nasenfalte für Brillenträger mit Anleitung, Schnittmuster, Schablone und Anpassungen für Stoffe wie Baumwolle, Polyester, Seide oder Filter mit Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrhalter oder Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published pattern and instructions for self-sewing the Optimized Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits very snug and gapless even without a nose piece, I have been asked repeatedly about adjustments for certain face shapes and special needs. In this post, I have collected a selection of these customized hybrid mask patterns and templates!

Infographic | Mask Tying Techniques for Face Masks

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 tried out all available patterns for cloth masks and finally making my own – the optimized hybrid cloth mask, which fits so very snug that the nose piece is not even necessary –, it seemed to make sense to combine 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 optimized hybrid mask.

DIY Tutorial | Hybrid Cloth Mask Pictorial

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske, Behelfsmaske, Alltagsmaske, Mundmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum Selbstnähen mit Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone auf Stoff mit Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrhaöter und Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published pattern and instructions for my Hybrid Cloth Mask (a mask that actually fits!), I’ve been asked about making a detail tutorial for beginners and visual learners, but as a video needs some proper planning plus a quiet day or three 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

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske, Behelfsmaske, Alltagsmaske, Mundmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum Selbstnähen mit Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone auf Stoff mit Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrhaöter und Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

For my own production, I tried to optimize the pattern and manufacture of the cloth mask, so there’s no need to touch and straighten it out while wearing. To achieve this, the mask is supposed to fit snug and gapless around nose, cheeks and chin and stay in place, so it doesn’t slide up the eyes or down the nose. Other points I found important were easy replacement of parts such as wire, filter and ties, plus quick and simple sewing and washing without much ado.

DIY Instructions | No-Sew Emergency Mask

DIY Instructions for an Emergency Maskeshift Mask

I designed an emergency maskeshift mask which can be made quickly and easily by anyone without sewing, simply with home and office supplies. If handled with care, it can protect others from your droplets, but its use for your own protection is very limited. If available, please wear a certified mask! If you decide to use this one, please understand that you’re doing so at your own risk: Keep your distance and wash your hands as if you’re not wearing it!

Published | Posters for Forest Education Centers

Heimische Waldtiere und wie Du sie erkennst mit Form, Zeichnung und Habitus von Eichhörnchen, Hase, Igel, Kaninchen, Siebenschläfer, Waldmaus, Damhirsch, Wildschwein, Rehbock, Rothirsch, Dachs, Fischotter, Fuchs, Marder, Marderhund und Waschbär für die Waldpädagogik der Niedersächsischen Landesforste

The Niedersächsischen Landesforsten, for whose »Waldstück« magazine I’ve drawn several identification sheets, decided to publish not only our first four posters with tree leaves, animal tracks, bird flights and tree silhouettes for usage in their forest centers, but our two new posters with forest animals and forester tools will also be used for forest education! Christian Talla, who edits the posters so lovingly, brought them to Din A2 format.

Tracker Quiz at Naturkundemuseum Berlin

Das Tierspuren-Quiz, das ich zusammen mit der Fährtenleserin Stefanie Argow für Stadtwildtiere.de, das Citizen Science Projekt des Leibniz-Instituts für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung, entwickelt habe, war am 24. Oktober beim Citizen Science Tag im Berliner Museum für Naturkunde zu Gast, und es wurde eifrig geraten und gespielt!

Art Prints | 20% Discount at Posterlounge in November

20% Rabatt im November auf Poster mit Illustrationen und Zeichnungen von Mädchen, Frauen, Mode, Winter, Weihnachten, Sommer und Urlaub, Schautafeln zu Naturkunde, Blattformen, Baumformen, Baumfrüchte, Baumknospen, Tierspuren, Vogelsilhouetten, Waldtiere, Wassertiere und sowie Infografiken mit nützlichen Knoten und Wasserkreislauf von Iris Luckhaus bei der Posterlounge!

For those who want to redecorate their walls in November or to buy their Christmas gifts early, I’m having a nice surprise: My Posterlounge shop has a discount code, »LUCKHAUS2019«, with amazing 20% savings available for the whole month, on all articels, such as posters, prints, wall stickers, canvas, wood, foam, aluminum or acrylic prints in formats from 13 x 18 cm (from € 6.95 5.56) over 30 x 40 cm (from 9.95 7.96) to 60 x 80 cm (from € 22.95 18.36)!

Tracker Quiz for Stadtwildtiere at FEZ Berlin

Das Tierspuren-Quiz, das ich zusammen mit der Fährtenleserin Stefanie Argow für Stadtwildtiere.de, das Citizen Science Projekt des Leibniz-Instituts für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung, entwickelt habe, war am 28./29. September bei »Wissenschecker – Weltentdecker« im FEZ Berlin zu Gast, und es wurde eifrig geraten und gespielt!

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. 

Art Prints | Identification Sheets with Water Animals

A practical infographic sheet that helps you to identify, learn and remember the typical looks, marking and habit of animals that live in and by the water (fishes, reptilia and amphibia), such as fire salamander, grass frog, tree frog, yellow-bellied toad, pike, warty newt, river trout, mirror carp, common roach, wels catfish, crayfish, terrapin, ring snake and eel.

The Niedersächsische Landesforsten (forest administration of Lower Saxony), for whose »Waldstück« magazine I’ve drawn silhouette, marking and habit of 15 typical water animals, allowed me to use my graphics freely – so I’ve set them up in my wall chart layout, and now they’re available at the Posterlounge (also via Amazon and eBay!).

Published | Water Animals in Waldstück Magazine

Heimische Wassertiere und wie Du sie erkennst mit Form, Zeichnung und Habitus von Salamander, Grasfrosch, Laubfrosch, Gelbbauchunke, Hecht, Kammmolch, Bachforelle, Spiegelkarpfen, Rotauge, Wels, Flusskrebs, Sumpfschildkröte, Ringelnatter und Aal; Fische, Reptilien und Amphibien, an und im Wasser im Waldstück-Magazin der Niedersächsischen Landesforste

Today, I was very happy to receive my fresh specimens of the summer issue of »Waldstück«, the free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforsten! For a kid’s poster inside that magazine, I illustrated 16 well-known animals living in and by the water. On the poster, my graphics are accompanied by some really interesting information. 

(Deutsch) Feature | Tree Leaves Poster at Sanvie Mini

Posterlounge Blattformen Poster bei Sanvie Mini

Ich finde es ganz großartig, mein Blattformen-Poster (via Posterlounge) mal wieder in einem richtig schönen Lifestyle-Blog zu entdecken – diesmal bei Kerstin von Sanvie Mini, die die wirklich fabelhafte Idee hatte, den Holzdruck mit an die frische Luft zu nehmen, um dort mit ihren Kindern tatsächlich Blätter zu bestimmen!

Published | Bird Silhouettes for Friedrich Verlag

Vogelsilhouetten auf einem Arbeitsblatt zum Vogelflug in den Unterrichtsmaterialien Naturwissenschaften zum Thema Fliegen – Bewegung in der Luft vom Friedrich Verlag

I am very delighted to receive my specimen copies of the teaching materials for natural sciences (5th to 10th grade) by Friedrich Verlag about the exciting topic »Fliegen – Bewegung in der Luft« (Flying – Movement in the Air; Issue 2/19), which is featuring my bird silhouettes poster as part of a very interesting work sheet about bird flight! 

Worksheet for Trackreading Classes

Arbeitsbogen Trittsiegelkunde mit Grafiken zu den Spuren von Fuchs, Katze, Dachs, Marder, Hase, Waschbär, Eichhörnchen, Igel, Reh und Wildschwein in Zusammenarbeit mit Stefanie Argow von Hidden Tracks

For almost a year, I’m working with track reader Stefanie Argow, on an extended version of my animal tracks, which is already being used by WWF and IZW. For Steffis classes, I created a work sheet for Trittsiegelkunde (track science), featuring 10 species such as fox, cat, bagder, marten, rabbit, racoon, squirrel, hedgehog, deer and wild boar.

Published | Forester Tools in Waldstück Magazine

Werkzeuge des Forstwirts und wie Du sie erkennst mit Form, Zeichnung und Habitus von Axt, Fällheber, Farbband, Freischneider, Heppe, Hohlspaten, Keil, Kluppe, Kombischlüssel, Maßband, Motorsäge, Rundfeile, Spalthammer, Sprühdose und Tablet PC im Waldstück-Magazin der Niedersächsischen Landesforste

Today, I was very happy to receive my fresh specimens of the spring issue of »Waldstück«, the awesome free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforsten! For another kid’s poster inside the magazine, I illustrated the 15 most important forester tools. My graphics are accompanied by small photos of usage and some very interesting information.

Art Prints | Identification Sheets with Forest Animals

A practical infographic sheet that helps you to easily identify, learn and remember typical looks, marking and habit of forest animals such as red fox, badger, stone marten, fish otter, raccoon, raccoon dog, fallow deer, roe deer, red deer, squirrel, dormouse, wood mouse, rabbit, hare, hedgehog and wild boar.

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

Published | Forest Animals in Waldstück Magazine

Heimische Waldtiere und wie Du sie erkennst mit Form, Zeichnung und Habitus von red fox, badger, stone marten, fish otter, raccoon, raccoon dog, fallow deer, roe deer, red deer, squirrel, dormouse, wood mouse, rabbit, hare, hedgehog and wild boar im Waldstück-Magazin der Niedersächsischen Landesforste

Today, I was very happy to receive my fresh specimens of the winter issue of »Waldstück«, the free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforsten! For a kid’s poster inside that magazine, I illustrated the 16 most common native forest animals species. My graphics are accompanied by photos and some really interesting information.

Published | Cat Tracks on WWF Junior

Trittsiegel Luchs bzw Katze auf WWF Junior in Zusammenarbeit mit Stefanie Argow von Iris Luckhaus

WWF Junior just published the article “War das eine Katze? Geh doch mal auf Spurensuche!” (“Was that a cat? Go out to read tracks!”) by professional trackreader Stefanie Argow – with one of the track illustrations she and I are creating in cooperation right now! Here, it’s the lynx, which can be mistaken for a cat or a lion, depending on its size.

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!).

Published | Posters for Forest Education Centers

Lernposter mit Baumarten, Tierspuren, Flugvögeln und Baumformen für die Waldpädagogik der Niedersächsischen Landesforsten

The Niedersächsischen Landesforsten, for whose »Waldstück« magazine I’ve drawn several identification sheets, decided to publish four posters with tree leaves, animal tracks, bird flights and tree silhouettes for usage in their forest centres! Christian Talla, who edits the posters so lovingly, brought them to Din A2 format.

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!).

Finger Alphabet for Eltern Family in DB Mobil

My very simple two-handed Finger Alphabet has been part of the last April issue of the »Eltern Family« magazine – and now I am happy to announce that, thanks to a cooperation, it will also be presented on the online family pages of Deutsche Bahn, under the title »Geheimsprache als Zeitvertreib« (»Cipher Language as a Pastime«). Now I wonder if on my next train journey, I will see children using my grandmother’s very own hand alphabet?! 

Published | Animal Tracks in Waldstück Magazine

Poster mit den Spuren heimischer Tiere aus dem Wald wie Adler, Biber, Braunbär, Dachs, Eichhörnchen, Elch, Ente, Eule, Frettchen, Fuchs, Hase, Igel, Luchs, Marder, Maus, Otter, Ratte, Rebhuhn, Reh, Reiher, Rotwild, Schwein, Waschbär, Wiesel oder Wolf im Waldstück Magazin der Niedersächischen Landesforste, zum Erkennen und Bestimmen für Kinder und Erwachsene

I am very happy about my specimens of the winter issue of »Waldstück«, the great free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforste! I reworked the 25 living-the-wild ones of my 36 Animal Tracks for a children’s poster, which contains not only the tracks, but also lots of interesting information and stories about each of them.

Feature | Wortschätzchen im VAG Facetten Magazin

Wortschätzchen im VAG Facetten Magazin

»Warum fahren wir eigentlich gerne „ins Blaue“? Wieso hat unser Chef gelegentlich „eine Meise“? Und weshalb feiern wir auch mal „bis in die Puppen“? (…) Illustriert wurde das Buch von Iris Luckhaus mit liebevollen Grafiken im Sixties-Stil. Ein Grund mehr, sich nicht nur in die deutsche Sprache zu verlieben, sondern auch in dieses Buch.«

Category Archives: Science

Blog Archive with Illustrations, Drawings, Graphic, Design, Infographics, Instructions and Identification Sheets for the Subject of Knowledge, Science, Know-How, Expertise, School, Education, Learning, Know-It-All, Illumination, Visualization, Enlightenment and Overview by Iris Luckhaus, freelance Illustrator and Designer residing in Wuppertal and Berlin, Germany.

Mask Science | We need to talk about Gaps

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske als Übermaske, Cover oder Überzug für eine FFP2-Maske oder N95-Maske, Alltagsmaske, Mundmaske, 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 Germany, the wearing of medical masks, i.e. N95 or surgical masks, became mandatory yesterday. Since I don’t think anyone will check certifications as a medical products, this means that everything except cloth masks is allowed. I’d like to explain why, after everything I know about masks, I find this problematic, and also point out solutions for a more responsible, safe and sustainable use of medical masks. One of these solutions are cloth mask covers.

Available | Seasonal Hybrid Masks

Hybrid Luckhaus Masks for the winter season by NagaKiri

I absolutely 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!

Art Prints | 20% Discount at Posterlounge in November

Poster mit Illustrationen und Lernposter, Infografiken und Schautafeln zu Fingeralphabet, Knoten, Wasserkreislauf sowie zum Bestimmen von Bäumen, Blättern, Knospen, Trieben, Früchten, Nüssen, Tierspuren, Trittsiegeln und Vögeln von Iris Luckhaus bei der Posterlounge mit 20% Rabatt im November

For those who want to redecorate their walls in November or to buy their Christmas gifts early, I’m having a nice surprise: My Posterlounge shop has a discount code, »LUCKHAUS2020«, with amazing 20% savings available for the whole month, on all articels, such as posters, prints, wall stickers, canvas, wood, foam, aluminum or acrylic prints in formats from 13 x 18 cm (from € 6.95 5.56) over 30 x 40 cm (from 9.95 7.96) to 60 x 80 cm (from € 22.95 18.36)!

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.

Worksheet for Trackreading Classes

Arbeitsbogen Trittsiegelkunde mit Grafiken zu den Spuren von Fuchs, Katze, Dachs, Marder, Hase, Waschbär, Eichhörnchen, Igel, Reh und Wildschwein in Zusammenarbeit mit Stefanie Argow von Hidden Tracks

I have created a new work sheet for the classes of tracker Stefanie Argow, with whom I am continuously working on a detailed version of my animal tracks! They are already used by WWF, IZW and Posterlounge, and will soon be part of a book too! This year’s sheet shows wolf, fox, lynx, badger, marten, bear, rabbit, squirrel, deer and wild boar.

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, Mundmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum Selbstnähen mit Rückwärtsfalte oder Nasenfalte für Brillenträger mit Anleitung, Schnittmuster, Schablone und Anpassungen für Stoffe wie Baumwolle, Polyester, Seide oder Filter mit Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrhalter oder Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published pattern and instructions for self-sewing the Optimized Hybrid Cloth Mask, which fits very snug and gapless even without a nose piece, I have been asked repeatedly about adjustments for certain face shapes and special needs. In this post, I have collected a selection of these customized hybrid mask patterns and templates!

Infographic | Mask Tying Techniques for Face Masks

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 tried out all available patterns for cloth masks and finally making my own – the optimized hybrid cloth mask, which fits so very snug that the nose piece is not even necessary –, it seemed to make sense to combine 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 optimized hybrid mask.

DIY Tutorial | Hybrid Cloth Mask Pictorial

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske, Behelfsmaske, Alltagsmaske, Mundmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum Selbstnähen mit Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone auf Stoff mit Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrhaöter und Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

Since I first published pattern and instructions for my Hybrid Cloth Mask (a mask that actually fits!), I’ve been asked about making a detail tutorial for beginners and visual learners, but as a video needs some proper planning plus a quiet day or three 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

Optimierte Hybrid-Maske, Behelfsmaske, Alltagsmaske, Mundmaske, Mund-Nase-Maske oder Mund-Nase-Bedeckung zum Selbstnähen mit Anleitung, Schnittmuster und Schablone auf Stoff mit Nasenbügel, Filteröffnung und Tunnelzug für Ohrhaöter und Kopfbändel von Iris Luckhaus

For my own production, I tried to optimize the pattern and manufacture of the cloth mask, so there’s no need to touch and straighten it out while wearing. To achieve this, the mask is supposed to fit snug and gapless around nose, cheeks and chin and stay in place, so it doesn’t slide up the eyes or down the nose. Other points I found important were easy replacement of parts such as wire, filter and ties, plus quick and simple sewing and washing without much ado.

DIY Instructions | No-Sew Emergency Mask

DIY Instructions for an Emergency Maskeshift Mask

I designed an emergency maskeshift mask which can be made quickly and easily by anyone without sewing, simply with home and office supplies. If handled with care, it can protect others from your droplets, but its use for your own protection is very limited. If available, please wear a certified mask! If you decide to use this one, please understand that you’re doing so at your own risk: Keep your distance and wash your hands as if you’re not wearing it!

Published | Posters for Forest Education Centers

Heimische Waldtiere und wie Du sie erkennst mit Form, Zeichnung und Habitus von Eichhörnchen, Hase, Igel, Kaninchen, Siebenschläfer, Waldmaus, Damhirsch, Wildschwein, Rehbock, Rothirsch, Dachs, Fischotter, Fuchs, Marder, Marderhund und Waschbär für die Waldpädagogik der Niedersächsischen Landesforste

The Niedersächsischen Landesforsten, for whose »Waldstück« magazine I’ve drawn several identification sheets, decided to publish not only our first four posters with tree leaves, animal tracks, bird flights and tree silhouettes for usage in their forest centers, but our two new posters with forest animals and forester tools will also be used for forest education! Christian Talla, who edits the posters so lovingly, brought them to Din A2 format.

Tracker Quiz at Naturkundemuseum Berlin

Das Tierspuren-Quiz, das ich zusammen mit der Fährtenleserin Stefanie Argow für Stadtwildtiere.de, das Citizen Science Projekt des Leibniz-Instituts für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung, entwickelt habe, war am 24. Oktober beim Citizen Science Tag im Berliner Museum für Naturkunde zu Gast, und es wurde eifrig geraten und gespielt!

Art Prints | 20% Discount at Posterlounge in November

20% Rabatt im November auf Poster mit Illustrationen und Zeichnungen von Mädchen, Frauen, Mode, Winter, Weihnachten, Sommer und Urlaub, Schautafeln zu Naturkunde, Blattformen, Baumformen, Baumfrüchte, Baumknospen, Tierspuren, Vogelsilhouetten, Waldtiere, Wassertiere und sowie Infografiken mit nützlichen Knoten und Wasserkreislauf von Iris Luckhaus bei der Posterlounge!

For those who want to redecorate their walls in November or to buy their Christmas gifts early, I’m having a nice surprise: My Posterlounge shop has a discount code, »LUCKHAUS2019«, with amazing 20% savings available for the whole month, on all articels, such as posters, prints, wall stickers, canvas, wood, foam, aluminum or acrylic prints in formats from 13 x 18 cm (from € 6.95 5.56) over 30 x 40 cm (from 9.95 7.96) to 60 x 80 cm (from € 22.95 18.36)!

Tracker Quiz for Stadtwildtiere at FEZ Berlin

Das Tierspuren-Quiz, das ich zusammen mit der Fährtenleserin Stefanie Argow für Stadtwildtiere.de, das Citizen Science Projekt des Leibniz-Instituts für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung, entwickelt habe, war am 28./29. September bei »Wissenschecker – Weltentdecker« im FEZ Berlin zu Gast, und es wurde eifrig geraten und gespielt!

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. 

Art Prints | Identification Sheets with Water Animals

A practical infographic sheet that helps you to identify, learn and remember the typical looks, marking and habit of animals that live in and by the water (fishes, reptilia and amphibia), such as fire salamander, grass frog, tree frog, yellow-bellied toad, pike, warty newt, river trout, mirror carp, common roach, wels catfish, crayfish, terrapin, ring snake and eel.

The Niedersächsische Landesforsten (forest administration of Lower Saxony), for whose »Waldstück« magazine I’ve drawn silhouette, marking and habit of 15 typical water animals, allowed me to use my graphics freely – so I’ve set them up in my wall chart layout, and now they’re available at the Posterlounge (also via Amazon and eBay!).

Published | Water Animals in Waldstück Magazine

Heimische Wassertiere und wie Du sie erkennst mit Form, Zeichnung und Habitus von Salamander, Grasfrosch, Laubfrosch, Gelbbauchunke, Hecht, Kammmolch, Bachforelle, Spiegelkarpfen, Rotauge, Wels, Flusskrebs, Sumpfschildkröte, Ringelnatter und Aal; Fische, Reptilien und Amphibien, an und im Wasser im Waldstück-Magazin der Niedersächsischen Landesforste

Today, I was very happy to receive my fresh specimens of the summer issue of »Waldstück«, the free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforsten! For a kid’s poster inside that magazine, I illustrated 16 well-known animals living in and by the water. On the poster, my graphics are accompanied by some really interesting information. 

(Deutsch) Feature | Tree Leaves Poster at Sanvie Mini

Posterlounge Blattformen Poster bei Sanvie Mini

Ich finde es ganz großartig, mein Blattformen-Poster (via Posterlounge) mal wieder in einem richtig schönen Lifestyle-Blog zu entdecken – diesmal bei Kerstin von Sanvie Mini, die die wirklich fabelhafte Idee hatte, den Holzdruck mit an die frische Luft zu nehmen, um dort mit ihren Kindern tatsächlich Blätter zu bestimmen!

Published | Bird Silhouettes for Friedrich Verlag

Vogelsilhouetten auf einem Arbeitsblatt zum Vogelflug in den Unterrichtsmaterialien Naturwissenschaften zum Thema Fliegen – Bewegung in der Luft vom Friedrich Verlag

I am very delighted to receive my specimen copies of the teaching materials for natural sciences (5th to 10th grade) by Friedrich Verlag about the exciting topic »Fliegen – Bewegung in der Luft« (Flying – Movement in the Air; Issue 2/19), which is featuring my bird silhouettes poster as part of a very interesting work sheet about bird flight! 

Worksheet for Trackreading Classes

Arbeitsbogen Trittsiegelkunde mit Grafiken zu den Spuren von Fuchs, Katze, Dachs, Marder, Hase, Waschbär, Eichhörnchen, Igel, Reh und Wildschwein in Zusammenarbeit mit Stefanie Argow von Hidden Tracks

For almost a year, I’m working with track reader Stefanie Argow, on an extended version of my animal tracks, which is already being used by WWF and IZW. For Steffis classes, I created a work sheet for Trittsiegelkunde (track science), featuring 10 species such as fox, cat, bagder, marten, rabbit, racoon, squirrel, hedgehog, deer and wild boar.

Published | Forester Tools in Waldstück Magazine

Werkzeuge des Forstwirts und wie Du sie erkennst mit Form, Zeichnung und Habitus von Axt, Fällheber, Farbband, Freischneider, Heppe, Hohlspaten, Keil, Kluppe, Kombischlüssel, Maßband, Motorsäge, Rundfeile, Spalthammer, Sprühdose und Tablet PC im Waldstück-Magazin der Niedersächsischen Landesforste

Today, I was very happy to receive my fresh specimens of the spring issue of »Waldstück«, the awesome free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforsten! For another kid’s poster inside the magazine, I illustrated the 15 most important forester tools. My graphics are accompanied by small photos of usage and some very interesting information.

Art Prints | Identification Sheets with Forest Animals

A practical infographic sheet that helps you to easily identify, learn and remember typical looks, marking and habit of forest animals such as red fox, badger, stone marten, fish otter, raccoon, raccoon dog, fallow deer, roe deer, red deer, squirrel, dormouse, wood mouse, rabbit, hare, hedgehog and wild boar.

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

Published | Forest Animals in Waldstück Magazine

Heimische Waldtiere und wie Du sie erkennst mit Form, Zeichnung und Habitus von red fox, badger, stone marten, fish otter, raccoon, raccoon dog, fallow deer, roe deer, red deer, squirrel, dormouse, wood mouse, rabbit, hare, hedgehog and wild boar im Waldstück-Magazin der Niedersächsischen Landesforste

Today, I was very happy to receive my fresh specimens of the winter issue of »Waldstück«, the free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforsten! For a kid’s poster inside that magazine, I illustrated the 16 most common native forest animals species. My graphics are accompanied by photos and some really interesting information.

Published | Cat Tracks on WWF Junior

Trittsiegel Luchs bzw Katze auf WWF Junior in Zusammenarbeit mit Stefanie Argow von Iris Luckhaus

WWF Junior just published the article “War das eine Katze? Geh doch mal auf Spurensuche!” (“Was that a cat? Go out to read tracks!”) by professional trackreader Stefanie Argow – with one of the track illustrations she and I are creating in cooperation right now! Here, it’s the lynx, which can be mistaken for a cat or a lion, depending on its size.

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!).

Published | Posters for Forest Education Centers

Lernposter mit Baumarten, Tierspuren, Flugvögeln und Baumformen für die Waldpädagogik der Niedersächsischen Landesforsten

The Niedersächsischen Landesforsten, for whose »Waldstück« magazine I’ve drawn several identification sheets, decided to publish four posters with tree leaves, animal tracks, bird flights and tree silhouettes for usage in their forest centres! Christian Talla, who edits the posters so lovingly, brought them to Din A2 format.

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!).

Finger Alphabet for Eltern Family in DB Mobil

My very simple two-handed Finger Alphabet has been part of the last April issue of the »Eltern Family« magazine – and now I am happy to announce that, thanks to a cooperation, it will also be presented on the online family pages of Deutsche Bahn, under the title »Geheimsprache als Zeitvertreib« (»Cipher Language as a Pastime«). Now I wonder if on my next train journey, I will see children using my grandmother’s very own hand alphabet?! 

Published | Animal Tracks in Waldstück Magazine

Poster mit den Spuren heimischer Tiere aus dem Wald wie Adler, Biber, Braunbär, Dachs, Eichhörnchen, Elch, Ente, Eule, Frettchen, Fuchs, Hase, Igel, Luchs, Marder, Maus, Otter, Ratte, Rebhuhn, Reh, Reiher, Rotwild, Schwein, Waschbär, Wiesel oder Wolf im Waldstück Magazin der Niedersächischen Landesforste, zum Erkennen und Bestimmen für Kinder und Erwachsene

I am very happy about my specimens of the winter issue of »Waldstück«, the great free magazine by Niedersächsische Landesforste! I reworked the 25 living-the-wild ones of my 36 Animal Tracks for a children’s poster, which contains not only the tracks, but also lots of interesting information and stories about each of them.

Feature | Wortschätzchen im VAG Facetten Magazin

Wortschätzchen im VAG Facetten Magazin

»Warum fahren wir eigentlich gerne „ins Blaue“? Wieso hat unser Chef gelegentlich „eine Meise“? Und weshalb feiern wir auch mal „bis in die Puppen“? (…) Illustriert wurde das Buch von Iris Luckhaus mit liebevollen Grafiken im Sixties-Stil. Ein Grund mehr, sich nicht nur in die deutsche Sprache zu verlieben, sondern auch in dieses Buch.«