Category Archives: Guide

Identification Chart | Leaves of Trees and Shrubs

Identification chart, ID, field guide, display board, infographic or learning poster for identifying leaves or leaf shapes of trees and shrubs such as apple, sycamore, birch, blackberry, beech, sweet chestnut, mountain ash, rowan, alder, ash, aspen, field maple, buckthorn, lilac, rosehip, hornbeam, dogwood, hazel, elderberry, cherry, cherry laurel, lime, poplar, plane tree, robinia, horse chestnut, rhododendron, red oak, blackthorn, holly, Norway maple, English oak, sessile oak, elm, walnut, willow, hawthorn in the forest, woods, woodlands, field, park or garden, for botanists and tree huggers, by Iris Luckhau

This summer, we’ve been out and about in forests, fields, parks and gardens a lot, and enjoyed identifying trees! We noticed that the distinction between tree and shrub is quite impractical for identifying leaves on the go!, and therefore, I decided to extend my 25 Tree Leaves identification chart to 36 Tree and Shrub Leaves, to cover the most common large, woody plants! The infographics is now available at Posterlounge (also via eBay!), Redbubble and Søciety6.

Infographics | Series of Alphabets and Codes

Poster oder Kunstdruck mit Alphabeten, Codes oder Zeichensprachen wie Handalphabet oder Taubstummensprache, Winkeralphabet, Flaggenalphabet oder Semaphor, Blindenschrift oder Braille und Morsecode oder Morseschrift, von Iris Luckhaus

Finally, the series is complete! I revised my Two-Handed Finger Alphabet and Flag Semaphore and also edited the two alphabets that were still missing, Morse Code and Braille Alphabet, to fit in a poster format. The entire series is now available as posters or art prints at Posterlounge (also via eBay!) and as printed on lovely cards, mugs, bags, shirts, pillows, towels, blankets, cases, stickers and a whole lot of other beautiful products at Redbubble and Søciety6!

Art Prints | Identification Chart for Garden Birds

Identification chart, infographic or learning poster to identify European Songbirds or Garden Birds such as Blackbird / Merle, Blackcap / Blackjack, Blackstart, Blue Tit / Nun, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, City / Street Dove, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Crested Tit, Cuckoo, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Firecrest, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Golden Oriole, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grosbeak / Hawfinch, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kingfisher, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet / Flax Finch, Long-Tailed Tit, Magpie, Marsh Tit, Marsh Warbler, Nightingale, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, Redstart, Reed Bunting, Robin, Serin Finch, Skylark, Song Thrush / Mavis, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Swallow, Swift / Martlet, Tree Creeper, Tree Sparrow / Field Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Willow Warbler and Yellowhammer / Yellow Bunting, from the families of Sparrows, Tits, Woodpeckers, Finches, Jays, Buntings, Warblers, Thrushes, Treecreepers, Larks, Flycatchers, Redstarts and Pigeons, by iris Luckhaus

After publishing my Songbirds last year, I now lovingly revised all birds to make them even more distinctive! The new version is now available as a poster in German and English from Posterlounge (also eBay!) and printed on cards, mugs, bags, shirts, pillows, towels, blankets, cases, stickers and other products from Redbubble and Søciety6.

Art Prints | Identification Charts with Foliage Trees

Identification chart, infographic, field guide or learning poster for identifying the shape or silhouette, the leaves or leaf shapes, the fruit, nut, acorn or seed, as well as the buds and shoots of European foliage, broadleaf or deciduous trees such as Alder, Ash, Beech, Birch, Buckeye, Hazel, Hornbeam, Lime, Maple, Oak, Poplar and Willow, by Iris Luckhaus

After drawing Tree Shapes, Leaves, Fruits and Shoots, I have put all these characteristics of the most common foliage trees into a single identification chart, which is helpful to get to know the tree species and identify them over all the seasons. The identification chart is available at Posterlounge (also via eBay!), Redbubble und Søciety6!

Art Print | Identification Chart with Urban Wildlife

Educational poster, display board, identification chart or infographic for identification of wild animals or urban or suburban wildlife in or close to the city such as marten, beech marten, ermine, weasel, least weasel, polecat, forest polecat, river otter, otter, badger, fox, red fox, raccoon, roe deer, deer, fawn, wild boar, piglet, muskrat, Norway rat, brown rat, mole, hedgehog, rabbit, beaver, hare, field hare, bat, field mouse, wood mouse, dormouse and squirrel by Iris Luckhaus

After illustrating the Wildlife of New England last year, planning a color version of my black-and-white forest animals for a long time and recently working more often with and about urban wildlife, at some point it made sense to create an identification chart with wildlife close to settlements, i.e. wild animals that can actually be seen in the city and on walks! The illustration is finally finished and already available now at the Posterlounge (also via eBay!).

Art Prints | Identification Chart with Culinary Herbs

Educational poster, display board, identification chart or infographic for identification of the leaves, branches and stems of the most popular kitchen herbs, garden herbs or wild herbs such as basil, wild garlic, savory, borage, watercress, cress, dill, tarragon, fennel, chervil, coriander, spearmint, mint, lovage, laurel, marjoram, oregano, parsley, burnet, pimpinella, rocket, arugula, rosemary, sage, sorrel, chives, thyme, woodruff, lemon balm or balm by Iris Luckhaus

In the meantime, I’ve finished my identification chart on kitchen herbs that I started years ago (but never found time to edit), mainly because I wanted to know for myself what is what and because it’s so exciting to try and understand and draw the blueprint of plants! The chart is now available via Posterlounge [eBay], Redbubble and Søciety6.

Infographics | Braille Alphabet for the Blind

Grafische Anleitung oder Schautafel für das Blindenalphabet, Braillealphabet, Blindenschrift oder Brailleschrift, die als Punktmuster geprägt und von Blinden oder Sehbehinderten ertastet wird, nach Louis Braille, als Infografik von Iris Luckhaus

After Finger Alphabet, Flag Semaphore, and Morse Code, I now finally revised the Braille Alphabet for posters! The infographics is now available as a poster at Posterlounge (also via eBay!) and printed on beautiful cards, mugs, bags, shirts, pillows, towels, blankets, cases, stickers and lots of other awesome products at Redbubble und Søciety6.

Art Prints | Identification Chart with Tree Leaves

Educational poster, display board, identification chart or infographic for identifying the leaves or leaf shapes of European trees such as apple, crab apple, maple, sycamore, birch, silver birch, beech, common beech, alder, black alder, ash, aspen, field maple , hornbeam, hazel, hazelnut, cherry, wild cherry, linden, small-leaf linden, bora-leaf linden, poplar, black poplar, plane tree, black locust, horse chestnut, buckeye, red oak, oak, Norway maple, holly, ilex, English oak, German oak, sessile oak, elm, field elm, rowan, mountain ash, willow or white willow by Iris Luckhaus

After a couple of years, in which I learned a great deal about trees – partly thanks to my client, the Niedersächsische Landesforsten – I recently completely revised and lovingly corrected the details of my tree leaves, so that every tiny line is finally right (I hope :))! The revised identification chart is now available at Posterlounge (also via eBay!).

Tipps & Tricks | Upgrading our Masks for new Challenges

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

As new variants and increasing incidences appear, while at the same time mask mandates for public indoor spaces are lifted (…), mask upgrades and mask optimisation are once more discussed widely – and more often than not, the topic is oversimplified. Therefore, I would like to summarize our various DIY approaches to making masks safer and more efficient for the new challenges we’re all facing these days! For further information, you’ll find links in the text.

Infographics | Morse Code Alphabet

Grafische Anleitung oder Schautafel für das Morsealphabet, Morsezeichen, Morseschrift, Morsecode zum Morsen per Tonsignal, Funksignal, Puls, Morsetaste, Telefonleitung, Telegraph, Blinken, Ton, Funk oder Strom, zum Codieren, Decodieren und Telegrafieren, nach Samuel Morse, als Infografik von Iris Luckhaus

After the Finger Alphabet and Flag Semaphore, I have now also revised the Morse Code for posters! The infographics is available as a poster at Posterlounge (also via eBay!) as well as printed on beautiful cards, mugs, bags, shirts, cushions, towels, blankets, cases, stickers and many other products at Redbubble and Søciety6.

DIY Instructions | Hybrid Mask Frame for Sewing or Stapling

Hybrid cloth frame, brace or fitter for respirators such as FFP2, FFP3, N95, KN95, medical, surgical or procedure masks, with reverse nose pleat for glasses wearers, channels with ear loops and head ties for a a gapless, fogfree and slipfree fit by Iris Luckhaus, to no-sew make or staple yourself with instructions, pattern and template

After the Hybrid Pleated Mask, Hybrid Custom Masks and the Hybrid Boxy Mask, I created a Hybrid Mask Frame – as an alternative for all those who cannot breathe well with Double Masks, yet don’t find a gaplessly fitting, slip-free respirator or surgical mask. Due to a reverse pleat, this Mask Frame fits perfectly – even without nose wire!

DIY Tutorial | Hybrid Boxy Mask Pictorial

Optimized, best, gapless, fog free and stay in place Luckhaus Hybrid Boxy Space Mask like 3D, Origami, Japanese or Octagon, cloth mask, face mask or face covering to sew or make with instructions, cutting pattern and templates, gapless and no fog for glasses wearers, non-slip and breathable thanks to a reverse fold or nose pleat, with nose piece or nose wire, pleats, filter opening and side channels or casings for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

In addition to the illustrated instructions for sewing my brand new, not only gaplessly and slip-free fitting, but also very spacious Hybrid Boxy Mask, I have now created a highly detailed step-by-step picture tutorial for beginners!

DIY Instructions | Sewing a Hybrid Boxy Mask

Optimized, best, gapless, fog free and stay in place Luckhaus Hybrid Boxy Space Mask like 3D, Origami, Japanese or Octagon, cloth mask, face mask or face covering to sew or make with instructions, cutting pattern and templates, gapless and no fog for glasses wearers, non-slip and breathable thanks to a reverse fold or nose pleat, with nose piece or nose wire, pleats, filter opening and side channels or casings for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

Now that I’ve gone through all the possibilities to customize my original Hybrid Mask for a wide range of face shapes, needs and preferences, I finally created a new cloth mask pattern with an open chin dart (or twisted pleat). Similar to 3D, Boxy, Origami, Japanese or Octagon shapes, which form a square box, the Hybrid Boxy Mask forms a triangular box which does not touch the mouth or nosetip and offers plenty of space for breathing, speaking or singing.

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux DIY Adventskalender Bastelvorlage zum Selberbasteln

The simple, two-dimensional DIY advent calendar we made for Lily Lux a couple of years ago (including a detailed instruction how to use it with your own images) is available as a PDF for download! Above, you can see what the calendar looks like when it’s filled, and below we’re showing some other suggestions. We hope you enjoy crafting!

Closing soon | Goodbye, Reusable Mask Co Australia!

Due to personal reasons, my sewing partner Reusable Mask Co Australia is closing their business on October 31st, so if you’d like to own one (or more) of their beautiful masks (recommended by Vogue!), you better order right away! I’m so thankful to Sarah for this amazing collaboration half around the globe, I still adore her masks and truly enjoyed seeing all her adventures and successes in mask making, and I wholeheartedly wish her all the best for the future!

Art Prints | Wall Chart with Wildlife of New England

Infographic Wall Chart featuring the wildlife of new England, such as Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Black-capped Chickadee, Robin, Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Bluebird, Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole, White-breasted Nuthatch, Mallard Duck, Duckling, White-footed Deer-mouse, Flying Squirrel, Garden Snail, Northern Green Frog, Spotted Salamander, Painted Turtle, Virginia Opossum, Hedgehog, Groundhog, Woodchuck, Chipmunk, Red Squirrel, Striped Skunk, Cottontail Rabbit, Red Admiral, Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Monarch Butterfly, Least Weasel, American Pine Marten, River Otter, Fly Amanita, Gray Fox, Red Fox and Common Raccoon.

As part of my “Foxy goes Hiking” project, I’ve researched and illustrated a whole lot of the smaller animals of New England. When the abundance became confusing, I’ve turned them into another identification chart, and now the infographics is available at Redbubble and Søciety6, printed on posters, art prints, notebooks, postcards and mugs as pictured below, as well as bags, shirts, pillows, scarves, blankets, covers, stickers and plenty of other products!

DIY Tutorial | Filter Frames for Cloth Masks

Tutorial for the Luckhaus Hybrid Pleated Mask with Filter Frames

Some maskers insert disposable filter materials (e.g. Filti) between the inner and outer layers of reusable cloth masks. For this reason, my Hybrid Mask has a filter opening! This offers the advantage of combining decent fit (through mask pattern) and filter efficiency (through disposable filters), but the disadvantage that filters are often complicated to insert, rarely cover the whole surface and easily slip. For me and my family, double masking, i.e. wearing FFP2 / KN95, surgical or self-stapled, same-pattern filter masks underneath, seems like a better option. Lately though, a lovely mask maker mentioned how complicated double masking is for kids, and I finally had an idea: Filter frames!

Tips & Tricks | Double Masking, or Hybrid Top 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

Last 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 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 new variants, 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 | Identification Chart with Songbirds

Identification chart, infographic or learning poster to identify European Songbirds or Garden Birds such as Blackbird / Merle, Blackcap / Blackjack, Blackstart, Blue Tit / Nun, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, City / Street Dove, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Crested Tit, Cuckoo, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Firecrest, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Golden Oriole, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grosbeak / Hawfinch, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kingfisher, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet / Flax Finch, Long-Tailed Tit, Magpie, Marsh Tit, Marsh Warbler, Nightingale, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, Redstart, Reed Bunting, Robin, Serin Finch, Skylark, Song Thrush / Mavis, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Swallow, Swift / Martlet, Tree Creeper, Tree Sparrow / Field Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Willow Warbler and Yellowhammer / Yellow Bunting, from the families of Sparrows, Tits, Woodpeckers, Finches, Jays, Buntings, Warblers, Thrushes, Treecreepers, Larks, Flycatchers, Redstarts and Pigeons, by iris Luckhaus

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 on Redbubble and Søciety6 now.

Published | Animal Tracks in Welt der Wunder

Trittsiegel bzw- Tierspuren von Hiddentracks und Iris Luckhaus in Welt der Wunder Magazin

In the current  “Welt der Wunder” magazine (6/21), there is an exciting interview with the tracker Stefanie Argow of Hidden Tracks, and they’re showing eight of the animal tracks Stefanie and I created together!

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 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 more amazing products!

Hybrid Mask Anniversary and Survey around the World

Optimized hybrid mask, makeshift mask, everyday mask, fabric mask, cloth mask, face mask or covering to sew yourself according to instructions, pattern and template, fits gaplessly and does not slip thanks to a reverse pleat for glasses wearer, nose wire, filter opening and side channels with drawstrings for ear loops or headties, by Iris Luckhaus

One year ago, I got really fed up with testing one poorly fitting mask pattern after the other, and decided to use what I’ve learnt to invent my own Hybrid Mask pattern. And my very first attempt fitted perfectly! In order to help others with similar problems, I published pattern and instructions in German on April 14th and in English on April 21st.

(Deutsch) Website | Hidden Tracks Hub Page

Trittsiegel Projekte von iris Luckhaus mit Stefanie Argow von Hidden Tracks Verteilerseite

Nachdem ich schon seit einigen Jahren immer mal wieder mit der Fährtenleserin Stefanie Argow an bis ins kleinste Detail korrekten Trittsiegel-Grafiken arbeite und wir die mittlerweile auch für gemeinsame Kunden und Projekte nutzen, habe ich zuletzt unter www.irisluckhaus.de/hiddentracks eine ganz übersichtliche Verteilerseite angelegt!

Backstage | A Year of Masks, and Moments of Joy

Luckhaus Hybrid Mask by Jenn Maia

It’s been a year since I first started testing mask patterns, having no idea that this would lead to making my own and helping the helpers! It’s been quite a ride since, and I am so thankful for how mask makers make this dark time feel so much brighter. Yet, there are days when everyday life feels so far away… and then, there’s a new pattern challenge, a license enquiry, a kind donation, or someone who thanks me in a way that’s so touching – and all of a sudden, I’m sure we’re gonna be fine. Thank you so much, Jenn, for brightening my day with your beautiful mask! <3  

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.

Feature | Mask Tying Techniques at OSMS

I am so proud that Open Source Medical Supplies is showing my Mask Tying Techniques in a beautiful pictorial pictorial cloth mask guide! Thanks to Devon for connecting and to Sophia for the great design <3 

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux DIY Adventskalender Bastelvorlage zum Selberbasteln

The simple, two-dimensional DIY advent calendar we made for Lily Lux a couple of years ago (including a detailed instruction how to use it with your own images) is available as a PDF for download! Above, you can see what the calendar looks like when it’s filled, and below we’re showing some other suggestions. We hope you enjoy crafting!

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 | Recommendations for the Hybrid Mask, Part 2

Luckhaus Hybrid Mask by Lara Thornberry and Erin Lewis Fitzgerald

My hybrid cloth mask is still getting around! It’s sewn by volunteers and partners near and far, and recommended all over the world. After my first recommendation and review collection in June, I’ve now gathered some more! 

Tips & Tricks | Mask Hub Page with all the Links

I have created a mask hub for all mask links, so if you’d like to share one of my masks, you can just type the link www.irisluckhaus.de/masks instead of jumping to your browser and looking for the bookmark :)

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

ptimierte 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 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.

Press | Recommendations for the Hybrid 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

I think it’s incredibly exciting and really great how my hybrid cloth mask gets around, how it is recommended, sewn and donated all over the world! In this post, I wanted to collect some of the recommendations and reviews.

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!

Feature | Hybrid Mask Test at MaskeZeigen.de

Hybrid-Maske Mundmaske Behelfsmaske Alltagsmaske von Iris Luckhaus bei MaskeZeigen.de

I felt honoured when I discovered my hybrid mask had been tested by the fabulously useful portal MaskeZeigen.de, an initiative started at the German government’s hackathon #wirvsvirus, which I’ve been following from the start! This is what tester Birgit S. says (direct translation :)), who has both sewn the mask and taken those lovely pictures above:

»The author of the instructions is a professional. And you can tell. (…) The highlight of this mask is the seperate, backwards folded nose pleat, which also contains the nose wire (…). I was pleasantly surprised at how well the mask fits. In my opinion, the author’s plan to design a mask that “fits as tightly and seamlessly as possible on the nose, cheek and chin and does not slide up into the eyes or down the tip of the nose” worked out perfectly.

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.

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!

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!

(Deutsch) Lily Lux Notizbuch | Wie alles besser wird

Doppelseite mit einem Sammelalbum zum Wohlfühlen bzw. Wie alles besser wird, mit Listen von kleinen Zufluchten, Aufklebern mit Lieblingsstrickjacke, Wellnesshotel, Telefon, Keksmurmel, Kassettenrecorder, Rosaroter Brille und Alles-wird-gut-Wärmherz, Kosmetiketiketten, liebevollen kleinen Zettelchen, Verpackungen von Teebeuteln und Marzipan und Zuckertütchen im Lily Lux Notizbuch

Angesichts dessen, dass dieses Jahr irgendwie nichts so ist wie sonst, kommt uns unser #Frühlingsglück grade äußerst seltsam vor, und deshalb teilen wir jetzt lieber täglich einen kleinen #Lichtblick aus unserer Welt, um Euch – und uns alle! – vielleicht ein bisschen besser durch diese Zeit zu bringen. Wir haben übrigens grade unser Lily Lux Notizbuch wiederentdeckt und staunen selbst darüber, wieviele Ideen, die man auch ganz alleine und daheim verwirklichen kann, da drin versammelt sind! Nebst ganz viel guter Laune, und die ist ja grade ganz besonders wichtig.

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.

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux DIY Adventskalender Bastelvorlage zum Selberbasteln

The simple, two-dimensional DIY advent calendar we made for Lily Lux a couple of years ago (including a detailed instruction how to use it with your own images) is available as a PDF for download! Above, you can see what the calendar looks like when it’s filled, and below we’re showing some other suggestions. Have fun!

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!

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 Chart 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 have now set them up in my own retro school identification chart layout, and they’re already available at the Posterlounge (also via 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 have now set them up in my identification chart layout, and they’re already available at the Posterlounge (also via eBay!).

Published | Bird Silhouettes for Lecker Unterwegs

Vogelsilhouetten im Lecker Unterwegs Magazin

I am very pleased about my specimens of the special »Unterwegs« (issue 03/19) of LECKER magazine by Bauer Media Verlag, which next to delicious recipes for summer, picnic and travels shows my bird silhouettes on a full page! 

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. 

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 now set them up in my own school chart layout, and they’re available at the Posterlounge (also via 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.

Category Archives: Guide

Identification Chart | Leaves of Trees and Shrubs

Identification chart, ID, field guide, display board, infographic or learning poster for identifying leaves or leaf shapes of trees and shrubs such as apple, sycamore, birch, blackberry, beech, sweet chestnut, mountain ash, rowan, alder, ash, aspen, field maple, buckthorn, lilac, rosehip, hornbeam, dogwood, hazel, elderberry, cherry, cherry laurel, lime, poplar, plane tree, robinia, horse chestnut, rhododendron, red oak, blackthorn, holly, Norway maple, English oak, sessile oak, elm, walnut, willow, hawthorn in the forest, woods, woodlands, field, park or garden, for botanists and tree huggers, by Iris Luckhau

This summer, we’ve been out and about in forests, fields, parks and gardens a lot, and enjoyed identifying trees! We noticed that the distinction between tree and shrub is quite impractical for identifying leaves on the go!, and therefore, I decided to extend my 25 Tree Leaves identification chart to 36 Tree and Shrub Leaves, to cover the most common large, woody plants! The infographics is now available at Posterlounge (also via eBay!), Redbubble and Søciety6.

Infographics | Series of Alphabets and Codes

Poster oder Kunstdruck mit Alphabeten, Codes oder Zeichensprachen wie Handalphabet oder Taubstummensprache, Winkeralphabet, Flaggenalphabet oder Semaphor, Blindenschrift oder Braille und Morsecode oder Morseschrift, von Iris Luckhaus

Finally, the series is complete! I revised my Two-Handed Finger Alphabet and Flag Semaphore and also edited the two alphabets that were still missing, Morse Code and Braille Alphabet, to fit in a poster format. The entire series is now available as posters or art prints at Posterlounge (also via eBay!) and as printed on lovely cards, mugs, bags, shirts, pillows, towels, blankets, cases, stickers and a whole lot of other beautiful products at Redbubble and Søciety6!

Art Prints | Identification Chart for Garden Birds

Identification chart, infographic or learning poster to identify European Songbirds or Garden Birds such as Blackbird / Merle, Blackcap / Blackjack, Blackstart, Blue Tit / Nun, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, City / Street Dove, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Crested Tit, Cuckoo, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Firecrest, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Golden Oriole, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grosbeak / Hawfinch, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kingfisher, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet / Flax Finch, Long-Tailed Tit, Magpie, Marsh Tit, Marsh Warbler, Nightingale, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, Redstart, Reed Bunting, Robin, Serin Finch, Skylark, Song Thrush / Mavis, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Swallow, Swift / Martlet, Tree Creeper, Tree Sparrow / Field Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Willow Warbler and Yellowhammer / Yellow Bunting, from the families of Sparrows, Tits, Woodpeckers, Finches, Jays, Buntings, Warblers, Thrushes, Treecreepers, Larks, Flycatchers, Redstarts and Pigeons, by iris Luckhaus

After publishing my Songbirds last year, I now lovingly revised all birds to make them even more distinctive! The new version is now available as a poster in German and English from Posterlounge (also eBay!) and printed on cards, mugs, bags, shirts, pillows, towels, blankets, cases, stickers and other products from Redbubble and Søciety6.

Art Prints | Identification Charts with Foliage Trees

Identification chart, infographic, field guide or learning poster for identifying the shape or silhouette, the leaves or leaf shapes, the fruit, nut, acorn or seed, as well as the buds and shoots of European foliage, broadleaf or deciduous trees such as Alder, Ash, Beech, Birch, Buckeye, Hazel, Hornbeam, Lime, Maple, Oak, Poplar and Willow, by Iris Luckhaus

After drawing Tree Shapes, Leaves, Fruits and Shoots, I have put all these characteristics of the most common foliage trees into a single identification chart, which is helpful to get to know the tree species and identify them over all the seasons. The identification chart is available at Posterlounge (also via eBay!), Redbubble und Søciety6!

Art Print | Identification Chart with Urban Wildlife

Educational poster, display board, identification chart or infographic for identification of wild animals or urban or suburban wildlife in or close to the city such as marten, beech marten, ermine, weasel, least weasel, polecat, forest polecat, river otter, otter, badger, fox, red fox, raccoon, roe deer, deer, fawn, wild boar, piglet, muskrat, Norway rat, brown rat, mole, hedgehog, rabbit, beaver, hare, field hare, bat, field mouse, wood mouse, dormouse and squirrel by Iris Luckhaus

After illustrating the Wildlife of New England last year, planning a color version of my black-and-white forest animals for a long time and recently working more often with and about urban wildlife, at some point it made sense to create an identification chart with wildlife close to settlements, i.e. wild animals that can actually be seen in the city and on walks! The illustration is finally finished and already available now at the Posterlounge (also via eBay!).

Art Prints | Identification Chart with Culinary Herbs

Educational poster, display board, identification chart or infographic for identification of the leaves, branches and stems of the most popular kitchen herbs, garden herbs or wild herbs such as basil, wild garlic, savory, borage, watercress, cress, dill, tarragon, fennel, chervil, coriander, spearmint, mint, lovage, laurel, marjoram, oregano, parsley, burnet, pimpinella, rocket, arugula, rosemary, sage, sorrel, chives, thyme, woodruff, lemon balm or balm by Iris Luckhaus

In the meantime, I’ve finished my identification chart on kitchen herbs that I started years ago (but never found time to edit), mainly because I wanted to know for myself what is what and because it’s so exciting to try and understand and draw the blueprint of plants! The chart is now available via Posterlounge [eBay], Redbubble and Søciety6.

Infographics | Braille Alphabet for the Blind

Grafische Anleitung oder Schautafel für das Blindenalphabet, Braillealphabet, Blindenschrift oder Brailleschrift, die als Punktmuster geprägt und von Blinden oder Sehbehinderten ertastet wird, nach Louis Braille, als Infografik von Iris Luckhaus

After Finger Alphabet, Flag Semaphore, and Morse Code, I now finally revised the Braille Alphabet for posters! The infographics is now available as a poster at Posterlounge (also via eBay!) and printed on beautiful cards, mugs, bags, shirts, pillows, towels, blankets, cases, stickers and lots of other awesome products at Redbubble und Søciety6.

Art Prints | Identification Chart with Tree Leaves

Educational poster, display board, identification chart or infographic for identifying the leaves or leaf shapes of European trees such as apple, crab apple, maple, sycamore, birch, silver birch, beech, common beech, alder, black alder, ash, aspen, field maple , hornbeam, hazel, hazelnut, cherry, wild cherry, linden, small-leaf linden, bora-leaf linden, poplar, black poplar, plane tree, black locust, horse chestnut, buckeye, red oak, oak, Norway maple, holly, ilex, English oak, German oak, sessile oak, elm, field elm, rowan, mountain ash, willow or white willow by Iris Luckhaus

After a couple of years, in which I learned a great deal about trees – partly thanks to my client, the Niedersächsische Landesforsten – I recently completely revised and lovingly corrected the details of my tree leaves, so that every tiny line is finally right (I hope :))! The revised identification chart is now available at Posterlounge (also via eBay!).

Tipps & Tricks | Upgrading our Masks for new Challenges

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

As new variants and increasing incidences appear, while at the same time mask mandates for public indoor spaces are lifted (…), mask upgrades and mask optimisation are once more discussed widely – and more often than not, the topic is oversimplified. Therefore, I would like to summarize our various DIY approaches to making masks safer and more efficient for the new challenges we’re all facing these days! For further information, you’ll find links in the text.

Infographics | Morse Code Alphabet

Grafische Anleitung oder Schautafel für das Morsealphabet, Morsezeichen, Morseschrift, Morsecode zum Morsen per Tonsignal, Funksignal, Puls, Morsetaste, Telefonleitung, Telegraph, Blinken, Ton, Funk oder Strom, zum Codieren, Decodieren und Telegrafieren, nach Samuel Morse, als Infografik von Iris Luckhaus

After the Finger Alphabet and Flag Semaphore, I have now also revised the Morse Code for posters! The infographics is available as a poster at Posterlounge (also via eBay!) as well as printed on beautiful cards, mugs, bags, shirts, cushions, towels, blankets, cases, stickers and many other products at Redbubble and Søciety6.

DIY Instructions | Hybrid Mask Frame for Sewing or Stapling

Hybrid cloth frame, brace or fitter for respirators such as FFP2, FFP3, N95, KN95, medical, surgical or procedure masks, with reverse nose pleat for glasses wearers, channels with ear loops and head ties for a a gapless, fogfree and slipfree fit by Iris Luckhaus, to no-sew make or staple yourself with instructions, pattern and template

After the Hybrid Pleated Mask, Hybrid Custom Masks and the Hybrid Boxy Mask, I created a Hybrid Mask Frame – as an alternative for all those who cannot breathe well with Double Masks, yet don’t find a gaplessly fitting, slip-free respirator or surgical mask. Due to a reverse pleat, this Mask Frame fits perfectly – even without nose wire!

DIY Tutorial | Hybrid Boxy Mask Pictorial

Optimized, best, gapless, fog free and stay in place Luckhaus Hybrid Boxy Space Mask like 3D, Origami, Japanese or Octagon, cloth mask, face mask or face covering to sew or make with instructions, cutting pattern and templates, gapless and no fog for glasses wearers, non-slip and breathable thanks to a reverse fold or nose pleat, with nose piece or nose wire, pleats, filter opening and side channels or casings for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

In addition to the illustrated instructions for sewing my brand new, not only gaplessly and slip-free fitting, but also very spacious Hybrid Boxy Mask, I have now created a highly detailed step-by-step picture tutorial for beginners!

DIY Instructions | Sewing a Hybrid Boxy Mask

Optimized, best, gapless, fog free and stay in place Luckhaus Hybrid Boxy Space Mask like 3D, Origami, Japanese or Octagon, cloth mask, face mask or face covering to sew or make with instructions, cutting pattern and templates, gapless and no fog for glasses wearers, non-slip and breathable thanks to a reverse fold or nose pleat, with nose piece or nose wire, pleats, filter opening and side channels or casings for ear loops or head ties by Iris Luckhaus

Now that I’ve gone through all the possibilities to customize my original Hybrid Mask for a wide range of face shapes, needs and preferences, I finally created a new cloth mask pattern with an open chin dart (or twisted pleat). Similar to 3D, Boxy, Origami, Japanese or Octagon shapes, which form a square box, the Hybrid Boxy Mask forms a triangular box which does not touch the mouth or nosetip and offers plenty of space for breathing, speaking or singing.

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux DIY Adventskalender Bastelvorlage zum Selberbasteln

The simple, two-dimensional DIY advent calendar we made for Lily Lux a couple of years ago (including a detailed instruction how to use it with your own images) is available as a PDF for download! Above, you can see what the calendar looks like when it’s filled, and below we’re showing some other suggestions. We hope you enjoy crafting!

Closing soon | Goodbye, Reusable Mask Co Australia!

Due to personal reasons, my sewing partner Reusable Mask Co Australia is closing their business on October 31st, so if you’d like to own one (or more) of their beautiful masks (recommended by Vogue!), you better order right away! I’m so thankful to Sarah for this amazing collaboration half around the globe, I still adore her masks and truly enjoyed seeing all her adventures and successes in mask making, and I wholeheartedly wish her all the best for the future!

Art Prints | Wall Chart with Wildlife of New England

Infographic Wall Chart featuring the wildlife of new England, such as Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Black-capped Chickadee, Robin, Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Bluebird, Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole, White-breasted Nuthatch, Mallard Duck, Duckling, White-footed Deer-mouse, Flying Squirrel, Garden Snail, Northern Green Frog, Spotted Salamander, Painted Turtle, Virginia Opossum, Hedgehog, Groundhog, Woodchuck, Chipmunk, Red Squirrel, Striped Skunk, Cottontail Rabbit, Red Admiral, Tailed Blue, Clouded Sulphur, Monarch Butterfly, Least Weasel, American Pine Marten, River Otter, Fly Amanita, Gray Fox, Red Fox and Common Raccoon.

As part of my “Foxy goes Hiking” project, I’ve researched and illustrated a whole lot of the smaller animals of New England. When the abundance became confusing, I’ve turned them into another identification chart, and now the infographics is available at Redbubble and Søciety6, printed on posters, art prints, notebooks, postcards and mugs as pictured below, as well as bags, shirts, pillows, scarves, blankets, covers, stickers and plenty of other products!

DIY Tutorial | Filter Frames for Cloth Masks

Tutorial for the Luckhaus Hybrid Pleated Mask with Filter Frames

Some maskers insert disposable filter materials (e.g. Filti) between the inner and outer layers of reusable cloth masks. For this reason, my Hybrid Mask has a filter opening! This offers the advantage of combining decent fit (through mask pattern) and filter efficiency (through disposable filters), but the disadvantage that filters are often complicated to insert, rarely cover the whole surface and easily slip. For me and my family, double masking, i.e. wearing FFP2 / KN95, surgical or self-stapled, same-pattern filter masks underneath, seems like a better option. Lately though, a lovely mask maker mentioned how complicated double masking is for kids, and I finally had an idea: Filter frames!

Tips & Tricks | Double Masking, or Hybrid Top 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

Last 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 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 new variants, 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 | Identification Chart with Songbirds

Identification chart, infographic or learning poster to identify European Songbirds or Garden Birds such as Blackbird / Merle, Blackcap / Blackjack, Blackstart, Blue Tit / Nun, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, City / Street Dove, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Crested Tit, Cuckoo, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Firecrest, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Golden Oriole, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, Grosbeak / Hawfinch, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kingfisher, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet / Flax Finch, Long-Tailed Tit, Magpie, Marsh Tit, Marsh Warbler, Nightingale, Nuthatch, Pied Flycatcher, Pied Wagtail, Redstart, Reed Bunting, Robin, Serin Finch, Skylark, Song Thrush / Mavis, Spotted Flycatcher, Starling, Swallow, Swift / Martlet, Tree Creeper, Tree Sparrow / Field Sparrow, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Willow Warbler and Yellowhammer / Yellow Bunting, from the families of Sparrows, Tits, Woodpeckers, Finches, Jays, Buntings, Warblers, Thrushes, Treecreepers, Larks, Flycatchers, Redstarts and Pigeons, by iris Luckhaus

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 on Redbubble and Søciety6 now.

Published | Animal Tracks in Welt der Wunder

Trittsiegel bzw- Tierspuren von Hiddentracks und Iris Luckhaus in Welt der Wunder Magazin

In the current  “Welt der Wunder” magazine (6/21), there is an exciting interview with the tracker Stefanie Argow of Hidden Tracks, and they’re showing eight of the animal tracks Stefanie and I created together!

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 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 more amazing products!

Hybrid Mask Anniversary and Survey around the World

Optimized hybrid mask, makeshift mask, everyday mask, fabric mask, cloth mask, face mask or covering to sew yourself according to instructions, pattern and template, fits gaplessly and does not slip thanks to a reverse pleat for glasses wearer, nose wire, filter opening and side channels with drawstrings for ear loops or headties, by Iris Luckhaus

One year ago, I got really fed up with testing one poorly fitting mask pattern after the other, and decided to use what I’ve learnt to invent my own Hybrid Mask pattern. And my very first attempt fitted perfectly! In order to help others with similar problems, I published pattern and instructions in German on April 14th and in English on April 21st.

(Deutsch) Website | Hidden Tracks Hub Page

Trittsiegel Projekte von iris Luckhaus mit Stefanie Argow von Hidden Tracks Verteilerseite

Nachdem ich schon seit einigen Jahren immer mal wieder mit der Fährtenleserin Stefanie Argow an bis ins kleinste Detail korrekten Trittsiegel-Grafiken arbeite und wir die mittlerweile auch für gemeinsame Kunden und Projekte nutzen, habe ich zuletzt unter www.irisluckhaus.de/hiddentracks eine ganz übersichtliche Verteilerseite angelegt!

Backstage | A Year of Masks, and Moments of Joy

Luckhaus Hybrid Mask by Jenn Maia

It’s been a year since I first started testing mask patterns, having no idea that this would lead to making my own and helping the helpers! It’s been quite a ride since, and I am so thankful for how mask makers make this dark time feel so much brighter. Yet, there are days when everyday life feels so far away… and then, there’s a new pattern challenge, a license enquiry, a kind donation, or someone who thanks me in a way that’s so touching – and all of a sudden, I’m sure we’re gonna be fine. Thank you so much, Jenn, for brightening my day with your beautiful mask! <3  

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.

Feature | Mask Tying Techniques at OSMS

I am so proud that Open Source Medical Supplies is showing my Mask Tying Techniques in a beautiful pictorial pictorial cloth mask guide! Thanks to Devon for connecting and to Sophia for the great design <3 

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux DIY Adventskalender Bastelvorlage zum Selberbasteln

The simple, two-dimensional DIY advent calendar we made for Lily Lux a couple of years ago (including a detailed instruction how to use it with your own images) is available as a PDF for download! Above, you can see what the calendar looks like when it’s filled, and below we’re showing some other suggestions. We hope you enjoy crafting!

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 | Recommendations for the Hybrid Mask, Part 2

Luckhaus Hybrid Mask by Lara Thornberry and Erin Lewis Fitzgerald

My hybrid cloth mask is still getting around! It’s sewn by volunteers and partners near and far, and recommended all over the world. After my first recommendation and review collection in June, I’ve now gathered some more! 

Tips & Tricks | Mask Hub Page with all the Links

I have created a mask hub for all mask links, so if you’d like to share one of my masks, you can just type the link www.irisluckhaus.de/masks instead of jumping to your browser and looking for the bookmark :)

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

ptimierte 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 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.

Press | Recommendations for the Hybrid 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

I think it’s incredibly exciting and really great how my hybrid cloth mask gets around, how it is recommended, sewn and donated all over the world! In this post, I wanted to collect some of the recommendations and reviews.

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!

Feature | Hybrid Mask Test at MaskeZeigen.de

Hybrid-Maske Mundmaske Behelfsmaske Alltagsmaske von Iris Luckhaus bei MaskeZeigen.de

I felt honoured when I discovered my hybrid mask had been tested by the fabulously useful portal MaskeZeigen.de, an initiative started at the German government’s hackathon #wirvsvirus, which I’ve been following from the start! This is what tester Birgit S. says (direct translation :)), who has both sewn the mask and taken those lovely pictures above:

»The author of the instructions is a professional. And you can tell. (…) The highlight of this mask is the seperate, backwards folded nose pleat, which also contains the nose wire (…). I was pleasantly surprised at how well the mask fits. In my opinion, the author’s plan to design a mask that “fits as tightly and seamlessly as possible on the nose, cheek and chin and does not slide up into the eyes or down the tip of the nose” worked out perfectly.

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.

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!

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!

(Deutsch) Lily Lux Notizbuch | Wie alles besser wird

Doppelseite mit einem Sammelalbum zum Wohlfühlen bzw. Wie alles besser wird, mit Listen von kleinen Zufluchten, Aufklebern mit Lieblingsstrickjacke, Wellnesshotel, Telefon, Keksmurmel, Kassettenrecorder, Rosaroter Brille und Alles-wird-gut-Wärmherz, Kosmetiketiketten, liebevollen kleinen Zettelchen, Verpackungen von Teebeuteln und Marzipan und Zuckertütchen im Lily Lux Notizbuch

Angesichts dessen, dass dieses Jahr irgendwie nichts so ist wie sonst, kommt uns unser #Frühlingsglück grade äußerst seltsam vor, und deshalb teilen wir jetzt lieber täglich einen kleinen #Lichtblick aus unserer Welt, um Euch – und uns alle! – vielleicht ein bisschen besser durch diese Zeit zu bringen. Wir haben übrigens grade unser Lily Lux Notizbuch wiederentdeckt und staunen selbst darüber, wieviele Ideen, die man auch ganz alleine und daheim verwirklichen kann, da drin versammelt sind! Nebst ganz viel guter Laune, und die ist ja grade ganz besonders wichtig.

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.

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux DIY Adventskalender Bastelvorlage zum Selberbasteln

The simple, two-dimensional DIY advent calendar we made for Lily Lux a couple of years ago (including a detailed instruction how to use it with your own images) is available as a PDF for download! Above, you can see what the calendar looks like when it’s filled, and below we’re showing some other suggestions. Have fun!

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!

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 Chart 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 have now set them up in my own retro school identification chart layout, and they’re already available at the Posterlounge (also via 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 have now set them up in my identification chart layout, and they’re already available at the Posterlounge (also via eBay!).

Published | Bird Silhouettes for Lecker Unterwegs

Vogelsilhouetten im Lecker Unterwegs Magazin

I am very pleased about my specimens of the special »Unterwegs« (issue 03/19) of LECKER magazine by Bauer Media Verlag, which next to delicious recipes for summer, picnic and travels shows my bird silhouettes on a full page! 

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. 

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 now set them up in my own school chart layout, and they’re available at the Posterlounge (also via 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.