Category Archives: Product

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.

Featured | Animal Tracks on the Landing Page of Pinterest

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Spuren verschiedener mitteleuropäischer Tiere wie Adler, Biber, Braunbär, Dachs, Eichhörnchen, Elch, Ente, Eule, Frettchen, Frosch, Fuchs, Hase, Hund, Igel, Katze, Krähe, Kuh, Luchs, Marder, Maus, Otter, Pferd, Ratte, Rebhuhn, Reh, Reiher, Rennmaus, Rothirsch, Schaf, Schwein, Sperling, Taube, Waschbär, Wiesel, Wolf und Ziege.

I’m so happy that my Animal Tracks Pin was featured on the Pinterest “Today” page on February 24th! Unfortunately, I missed it, but I think it’s all the more great that these lovely people of Pinterest told me about it. Thank you!

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!

Available | Discounts at Redbubble and Søciety6

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

My shops at Søciety6 [US] and RedBubble [EU/US], which I recently updated with new illustrations and infographics and which in addition to art prints, posters and cards also sell printed products like curtains, pillows, blankets, carpets, bed linen, mugs, trays, boards, wrapping paper, notebooks, stickers, jigsaw puzzles, magnets, cases, bags, shirts and a whole lot of other things, offer fabulous discounts again! On Redbubble, it is 20% to 60% with the code »WHYWAIT« until November 11th, and Søciety6 also offers 35% to 50% (without code) on a wide range of articles this week.

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!

Art Print (Special Birth Gift) | Foxy goes Hiking

Illustration of a hiking little fox cub with a backpack in the autumnal New England mountains with purple skies, accompanied by a pair of Northern Cardinala, a Black-capped Chickadee, an American Robin, a Sparrow, a Downy Woodpecker, a pair of Tufted Titmousea, an Eastern Bluebird, a Goldfinch, a Baltimore Oriole, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a family of Mallard Ducks and four Ducklings, a White-footed Deer-mouse, a Flying Squirrel, a Garden Snail, a Northern Green Frog, a Spotted Salamander, a Painted Turtle, a Virginia Opossum, a Hedgehog (as the project started with the "hedgehog hike", the hedgehog became sort of our unicorn :)), two Groundhogs or Woodchucks, a Chipmunk, a Red Squirrel, a Striped Skunk, two Cottontail Rabbits, two Red Admirals, a Tailed Blue, a Clouded Sulphur, a Monarch Butterfly, a Least Weasel, an American Pine Marten, a River Otter, two Fly Amanitas, and a Common Raccoon, by Iris Luckhaus.

Little Foxy was one of my favorite projects this year! It all started with a friend enquiring me to draw a special art print for the birth of a friends’ daughter, and it involved extensive research (like, snooping the new mother’s blog for likes and interests :)), finding a new style (I’ve never drawn anthropomorphic animals before, and it was more fun than expected!), figuring out that New England’s wildlife is surprisingly different from European wildlife (American robins are actually thrushs!) and, somehow, drawing so many of these animals that they got their own wall chart!

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.

Art Prints | Wall Chart with European Songbirds

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

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

Available | Field Guide Products in German!

Bedruckte Produkte mit Schautafeln und Infografiken zur Naturkunde von Iris Luckhaus

Since my field guides for nature have been printed on products on RedBubble, I’ve been asked to offer 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!

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.

Available | Seasonal Hybrid Masks

Hybrid Luckhaus Masks for the winter season by NagaKiri

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

Available | Products via Søciety6 and Redbubble

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

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

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!

Available | Introducing my Hybrid Mask Sewing Partners

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

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

Tips & Tricks | Mask 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!

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 Tutorial | Hybrid Cloth Mask Pictorial

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

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

DIY Instructions | Sewing a Hybrid Cloth Mask

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

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

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!

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!

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Variationen vom Adventskalender zum Selberbasteln nach Lily Lux Bastelvorlage

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!

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 :)

Summer cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

DIY-Anziehpuppe "Gerti geht baden" für den Sommer

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti geht baden” (Gerti goes swimming) by Charlie & Paulchen – and some of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking, so I thought it would be nice to show them here and recommend those bloggers!

Summer for Dressup Doll »Gerti geht baden«

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

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

Cards and Tags with our Santa Stamps and Dies

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

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

Santa Card Crafting Set of Dies and Stamps

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

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

Winter cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

Gerti feiert Weihnachten

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

Winter for Dressup Doll “Gerti feiert Weihnachten”

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

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

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender zum Selberbasteln mit kleinen Bildchen aus der wunderbaren Welt

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!

Fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

The most amazing fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

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

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

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti geht Gassi im Herbst

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

Fresh Feature on The Creative Finder

Zeichnung von Mädchen und Giraffe als Freundinnen in der Savanne für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

“Feminine illustrations by Iris Luckhaus on The Creative Finder [TCF on Twitter, 11.9.2017] – Thank you!

Packaging | Drafts for Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus

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

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

Character Design | Lutki for Spreewälder Naschgarten

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

Part of the packaging design for Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus and Fährmanns-Snack, which I drafted for organic trademark Spreenat (Naschgarten) in March, was the character design for Lutki, a friendly (but usually invisible) dwarfish legendary figure from Spreewald. The Lutki-Schmaus is composed of local pumpkin seeds and beet sugar.

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender mit 24 Bildchen zum Selberbasteln nach Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender

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!

Art Prints | Field Guide for Birding Wall Chart Poster

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Silhouetten von Vögeln im Fluge wie Adler, Albatros, Bussard, Drossel, Elster, Ente, Fink, Habicht, Kranich, Mauersegler, Meise, Milan, Möwe, Rabe, Reiher, Schwalbe, Sperber, Sperling, Star, Storch, Taube, Turmfalke, Wanderfalke oder Wildgans.

After being asked time and again when my nature infographics would become available as posters, I finally revised and uploaded my identification sheets for Birds at Flight / Birding – for large formats, to Posterlounge (e.g. via Amazon and eBay!), for small formats, to Artflakes, and for all sorts of products, to Søciety 6 and RedBubble.

Art Prints | Animal Tracks Wall Chart Poster

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Spuren verschiedener mitteleuropäischer Tiere wie Adler, Biber, Braunbär, Dachs, Eichhörnchen, Elch, Ente, Eule, Frettchen, Frosch, Fuchs, Hase, Hund, Igel, Katze, Krähe, Kuh, Luchs, Marder, Maus, Otter, Pferd, Ratte, Rebhuhn, Reh, Reiher, Rennmaus, Rothirsch, Schaf, Schwein, Sperling, Taube, Waschbär, Wiesel, Wolf und Ziege.

After being asked time and again when my nature infographics would become available as posters, I finally revised and uploaded my identification sheets for Common Animal Tracks / Trails – for large formats, to Posterlounge (e.g. via Amazon and eBay!), for small formats, to Artflakes, and for all sorts of products, to Søciety 6 and RedBubble.

Art Prints | Tree Leaves Wall Chart Poster

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Blattformen und Blätter von Bäumen wie Apfelbaum, Bergahorn, Birke, Birnbaum, Buche, Buchs, Eberesche, Eiche, Erle, Esche, Feldahorn, Hainbuche, Hasel, Linde, Pappel, Platane, Robinie, Kastanie, Schlehe, Spitzahorn, Stechpalme, Ulme, Weide oder Weißdorn

After being asked time and again when my nature infographics would become available as posters, I finally revised and uploaded my identification sheets for common European Tree Leaves – for large formats, to Posterlounge (e.g. via Amazon and eBay!), for small formats, to Artflakes, and for all sorts of products, to Søciety 6 and RedBubble.

Emmy & Patty Postcards for EmpaTrain

Zeichnung von Mädchen und Giraffe als Freundinnen in der Savanne für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

Emmy und Patty, which I drew a couple of years ago for a breakfast board for EmpaTrain, are now – slightly reformatted – available as postcards as well! The giraffe, in its role as a symbolic animal for empathy, twas supposed to be a central element in this illustration, and how “Empathy means understanding each other without words”.

EmpaTrain | Details from the Empathy Lab

Postkarte mit Retro Infografik Die einfühlsame Giraffe für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

EmpaTrain was so fond of the information graphics in the background of my Empathy Lab that they wanted to have extra postcards from the retro wall chart “The Empathic Giraffe” and the poster “Dance on the Volcano”.

EmpaTrain | Welcome to the Empathy Lab

Illustration von einem Empathie-Labor, wo Chemikerin und Chemiker in einem Labor mit Reagenzgläsern und Laborkolben, einem Wolfsskelett und Infografik zu Mimikresonanz, Vulkan und Giraffe die Formel für Empathie finden, für EmpaTrain

After drawing the Emmy und Patty breakfast board for EmpaTrain (specialist for non-violent communication and mediation), I now illustrated the second board for them, which shows an empathy lab – with lab scientists as well as the multitude of substances, facilities and materials you might need to brew empathy on a laboratory bench. This time, my illustration will not only become a breakfast board, but also be printed on postcards and posters, and it will not only be used for advertising their services, but also as a descriptive educational material in seminars!

Art Prints | Identification Charts at Posterlounge

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Blattformen und Blätter von Bäumen wie Apfelbaum, Bergahorn, Birke, Birnbaum, Buche, Buchs, Eberesche, Eiche, Erle, Esche, Feldahorn, Hainbuche, Hasel, Linde, Pappel, Platane, Robinie, Kastanie, Schlehe, Spitzahorn, Stechpalme, Ulme, Weide oder Weißdorn

After being asked for years when my information graphics would be out als posters as well, I reworked the identification sheets for leave shapes, animals tracks and bird silhouettes, added three different fonts (styles: school, retro and script) and uploaded them. Large formatted posters and art prints are available via Posterlounge now (soon also on Amazon and eBay!), and smaller formats and postcards are available via Artflakes as well.

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender mit 24 Bildchen zum Selberbasteln nach Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender

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

Fresh Feature | “Portfolio of the Day” on Designtaxi

Zeichnung von Iris Luckhaus mit Mädchen und einer Giraffe als Freundinnen in der afrikanischen Savanne, für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

And how very awesome to discover a few days later that Emmy und Patty (my breakfast board for EmpaTrain) had been featured in the Designtaxi Newsletter as “Portfolio of the Day”!

Available | Printed Products via Søciety6

Produkte von Iris Luckhaus auf Søciety6

I’ve had so much fun with my posters for the Posterlounge earlier this week that I also renewed my shop at Søciety6 right away – besides artprints, you can also buy my girls on greeting cards, coffee mugs, throw pillows, tote bags, sleeves, cases and skins now – and some of them even fitted on duvet covers and shower curtains! 

Book Cover | The Honourable Consultant

Coverillustration mit Kaufmann und Unternehmensberater, die sich auf einer Brücke vor der Hamburger Speicherstadt die Hände schütteln, für die BWL-Masterarbeit Der ehrbare Unternehmensberater von Julia Astrid Riemenschneider

For Julia Astrid Riemenschneider, I recently designed and illustrated the cover of her master thesis “Der Ehrbare Unternehmensberater – Eine kritische Auseinandersetzung zur Kongruenz des Leitbildes des Ehrbaren Kaufmanns mit dem Geschäftsmodell der Unternehmensberatung”.

Infographics | Leaves for Forest Protection

Infografik mit den illustrierten Blattformen von Rosskastanie, Bergahorn, Birke, Weide und Espe für den Waldschutz von Iris Luckhaus

For a folder by forest engineer Svenja Schmidt, who, with her Waldschutzhund Tilda, works in protecting forests, I illustrated five favourite meals of the Asian long-horned beetle (ALB): maple, birch, aspen, buckeye and willow.

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender mit 24 Bildchen zum Selberbasteln nach Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender

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

Stadtsparkasse | Mastercard for Uni Wuppertal

Perspektivische Schwarzweiß Zeichnung der Gebäude der Uni Wuppertal, BUGH, am Grifflenberg, für die MasterCard der Stadtsparkasse für die Mitarbeiter der Uni

This is the mastercard I illustrated, as commissioned by the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal, with the main buildings of the Bergisch University (BUGH) and which will soon be available to students and staff in ten different colour schemes. In the pictures you can see several mock-ups with all colours, imprints, embossings and chip.

Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal | Grifflenberg

Perspektivische Schwarzweiß Zeichnung der Gebäude der Uni Wuppertal, BUGH, am Grifflenberg, für die MasterCard der Stadtsparkasse für die Mitarbeiter der Uni

Once again, I’ve been drawing for the Wuppertaler Stadtsparkasse, this time a black-and-white view of the buildings of the University of Wuppertal (BUGH) on Grifflenberg. My illustration will soon be printed in ten different colour schemes on the front of a special mastercard for students and staff of the university.  For this project, I had to work very different from my usual process – not only without outlines, but also without people, details or colours, but precisely after a photograph, with correct perspectives – and it actually was a challenge, but a lot of fun as well!

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender mit 24 Bildchen zum Selberbasteln nach Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender

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

Cristabelles for Schock Material Brochure

Ausschnitt aus der Illustration von drei Freundinnen im Café, die Cupcakes essen, Kaffee trinken und fröhlich Gossip verbreiten, für eine Materialbroschüre der Firma Schock

Illustrations for a material brochure by Schock, a producer of granite sinks. My briefing was to contrast two different material lines by using the idea and mood behind them. So, this is my design for the younger, more trendy and astonishingly colourful Cristalite series: Three friends take a break from shopping, chat, drink coffee and eat pastel coloured cupackes in a street café.

Category Archives: Product

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.

Featured | Animal Tracks on the Landing Page of Pinterest

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Spuren verschiedener mitteleuropäischer Tiere wie Adler, Biber, Braunbär, Dachs, Eichhörnchen, Elch, Ente, Eule, Frettchen, Frosch, Fuchs, Hase, Hund, Igel, Katze, Krähe, Kuh, Luchs, Marder, Maus, Otter, Pferd, Ratte, Rebhuhn, Reh, Reiher, Rennmaus, Rothirsch, Schaf, Schwein, Sperling, Taube, Waschbär, Wiesel, Wolf und Ziege.

I’m so happy that my Animal Tracks Pin was featured on the Pinterest “Today” page on February 24th! Unfortunately, I missed it, but I think it’s all the more great that these lovely people of Pinterest told me about it. Thank you!

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!

Available | Discounts at Redbubble and Søciety6

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

My shops at Søciety6 [US] and RedBubble [EU/US], which I recently updated with new illustrations and infographics and which in addition to art prints, posters and cards also sell printed products like curtains, pillows, blankets, carpets, bed linen, mugs, trays, boards, wrapping paper, notebooks, stickers, jigsaw puzzles, magnets, cases, bags, shirts and a whole lot of other things, offer fabulous discounts again! On Redbubble, it is 20% to 60% with the code »WHYWAIT« until November 11th, and Søciety6 also offers 35% to 50% (without code) on a wide range of articles this week.

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!

Art Print (Special Birth Gift) | Foxy goes Hiking

Illustration of a hiking little fox cub with a backpack in the autumnal New England mountains with purple skies, accompanied by a pair of Northern Cardinala, a Black-capped Chickadee, an American Robin, a Sparrow, a Downy Woodpecker, a pair of Tufted Titmousea, an Eastern Bluebird, a Goldfinch, a Baltimore Oriole, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a family of Mallard Ducks and four Ducklings, a White-footed Deer-mouse, a Flying Squirrel, a Garden Snail, a Northern Green Frog, a Spotted Salamander, a Painted Turtle, a Virginia Opossum, a Hedgehog (as the project started with the "hedgehog hike", the hedgehog became sort of our unicorn :)), two Groundhogs or Woodchucks, a Chipmunk, a Red Squirrel, a Striped Skunk, two Cottontail Rabbits, two Red Admirals, a Tailed Blue, a Clouded Sulphur, a Monarch Butterfly, a Least Weasel, an American Pine Marten, a River Otter, two Fly Amanitas, and a Common Raccoon, by Iris Luckhaus.

Little Foxy was one of my favorite projects this year! It all started with a friend enquiring me to draw a special art print for the birth of a friends’ daughter, and it involved extensive research (like, snooping the new mother’s blog for likes and interests :)), finding a new style (I’ve never drawn anthropomorphic animals before, and it was more fun than expected!), figuring out that New England’s wildlife is surprisingly different from European wildlife (American robins are actually thrushs!) and, somehow, drawing so many of these animals that they got their own wall chart!

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.

Art Prints | Wall Chart with European Songbirds

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

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

Available | Field Guide Products in German!

Bedruckte Produkte mit Schautafeln und Infografiken zur Naturkunde von Iris Luckhaus

Since my field guides for nature have been printed on products on RedBubble, I’ve been asked to offer 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!

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.

Available | Seasonal Hybrid Masks

Hybrid Luckhaus Masks for the winter season by NagaKiri

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

Available | Products via Søciety6 and Redbubble

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

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

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!

Available | Introducing my Hybrid Mask Sewing Partners

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

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

Tips & Tricks | Mask 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!

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 Tutorial | Hybrid Cloth Mask Pictorial

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

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

DIY Instructions | Sewing a Hybrid Cloth Mask

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

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

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!

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!

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Variationen vom Adventskalender zum Selberbasteln nach Lily Lux Bastelvorlage

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!

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 :)

Summer cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

DIY-Anziehpuppe "Gerti geht baden" für den Sommer

Via Instagram, I discovered lots of cards which DIY bloggers crafted with the stamp and die set “Gerti geht baden” (Gerti goes swimming) by Charlie & Paulchen – and some of them are so amazing, unique and full of stunning ideas that I just can’t stop looking, so I thought it would be nice to show them here and recommend those bloggers!

Summer for Dressup Doll »Gerti geht baden«

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

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

Cards and Tags with our Santa Stamps and Dies

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

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

Santa Card Crafting Set of Dies and Stamps

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

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

Winter cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

Gerti feiert Weihnachten

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

Winter for Dressup Doll “Gerti feiert Weihnachten”

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

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

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender zum Selberbasteln mit kleinen Bildchen aus der wunderbaren Welt

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!

Fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

The most amazing fall cards crafted with dressup doll Gerti

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

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

DIY Stempel und Stanzen für Anziehpuppe Gerti geht Gassi im Herbst

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

Fresh Feature on The Creative Finder

Zeichnung von Mädchen und Giraffe als Freundinnen in der Savanne für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

“Feminine illustrations by Iris Luckhaus on The Creative Finder [TCF on Twitter, 11.9.2017] – Thank you!

Packaging | Drafts for Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus

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

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

Character Design | Lutki for Spreewälder Naschgarten

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

Part of the packaging design for Spreewälder Lutki-Schmaus and Fährmanns-Snack, which I drafted for organic trademark Spreenat (Naschgarten) in March, was the character design for Lutki, a friendly (but usually invisible) dwarfish legendary figure from Spreewald. The Lutki-Schmaus is composed of local pumpkin seeds and beet sugar.

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender mit 24 Bildchen zum Selberbasteln nach Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender

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!

Art Prints | Field Guide for Birding Wall Chart Poster

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Silhouetten von Vögeln im Fluge wie Adler, Albatros, Bussard, Drossel, Elster, Ente, Fink, Habicht, Kranich, Mauersegler, Meise, Milan, Möwe, Rabe, Reiher, Schwalbe, Sperber, Sperling, Star, Storch, Taube, Turmfalke, Wanderfalke oder Wildgans.

After being asked time and again when my nature infographics would become available as posters, I finally revised and uploaded my identification sheets for Birds at Flight / Birding – for large formats, to Posterlounge (e.g. via Amazon and eBay!), for small formats, to Artflakes, and for all sorts of products, to Søciety 6 and RedBubble.

Art Prints | Animal Tracks Wall Chart Poster

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Spuren verschiedener mitteleuropäischer Tiere wie Adler, Biber, Braunbär, Dachs, Eichhörnchen, Elch, Ente, Eule, Frettchen, Frosch, Fuchs, Hase, Hund, Igel, Katze, Krähe, Kuh, Luchs, Marder, Maus, Otter, Pferd, Ratte, Rebhuhn, Reh, Reiher, Rennmaus, Rothirsch, Schaf, Schwein, Sperling, Taube, Waschbär, Wiesel, Wolf und Ziege.

After being asked time and again when my nature infographics would become available as posters, I finally revised and uploaded my identification sheets for Common Animal Tracks / Trails – for large formats, to Posterlounge (e.g. via Amazon and eBay!), for small formats, to Artflakes, and for all sorts of products, to Søciety 6 and RedBubble.

Art Prints | Tree Leaves Wall Chart Poster

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Blattformen und Blätter von Bäumen wie Apfelbaum, Bergahorn, Birke, Birnbaum, Buche, Buchs, Eberesche, Eiche, Erle, Esche, Feldahorn, Hainbuche, Hasel, Linde, Pappel, Platane, Robinie, Kastanie, Schlehe, Spitzahorn, Stechpalme, Ulme, Weide oder Weißdorn

After being asked time and again when my nature infographics would become available as posters, I finally revised and uploaded my identification sheets for common European Tree Leaves – for large formats, to Posterlounge (e.g. via Amazon and eBay!), for small formats, to Artflakes, and for all sorts of products, to Søciety 6 and RedBubble.

Emmy & Patty Postcards for EmpaTrain

Zeichnung von Mädchen und Giraffe als Freundinnen in der Savanne für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

Emmy und Patty, which I drew a couple of years ago for a breakfast board for EmpaTrain, are now – slightly reformatted – available as postcards as well! The giraffe, in its role as a symbolic animal for empathy, twas supposed to be a central element in this illustration, and how “Empathy means understanding each other without words”.

EmpaTrain | Details from the Empathy Lab

Postkarte mit Retro Infografik Die einfühlsame Giraffe für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

EmpaTrain was so fond of the information graphics in the background of my Empathy Lab that they wanted to have extra postcards from the retro wall chart “The Empathic Giraffe” and the poster “Dance on the Volcano”.

EmpaTrain | Welcome to the Empathy Lab

Illustration von einem Empathie-Labor, wo Chemikerin und Chemiker in einem Labor mit Reagenzgläsern und Laborkolben, einem Wolfsskelett und Infografik zu Mimikresonanz, Vulkan und Giraffe die Formel für Empathie finden, für EmpaTrain

After drawing the Emmy und Patty breakfast board for EmpaTrain (specialist for non-violent communication and mediation), I now illustrated the second board for them, which shows an empathy lab – with lab scientists as well as the multitude of substances, facilities and materials you might need to brew empathy on a laboratory bench. This time, my illustration will not only become a breakfast board, but also be printed on postcards and posters, and it will not only be used for advertising their services, but also as a descriptive educational material in seminars!

Art Prints | Identification Charts at Posterlounge

Lernposter, Schautafel oder Infografik zum Bestimmen der Blattformen und Blätter von Bäumen wie Apfelbaum, Bergahorn, Birke, Birnbaum, Buche, Buchs, Eberesche, Eiche, Erle, Esche, Feldahorn, Hainbuche, Hasel, Linde, Pappel, Platane, Robinie, Kastanie, Schlehe, Spitzahorn, Stechpalme, Ulme, Weide oder Weißdorn

After being asked for years when my information graphics would be out als posters as well, I reworked the identification sheets for leave shapes, animals tracks and bird silhouettes, added three different fonts (styles: school, retro and script) and uploaded them. Large formatted posters and art prints are available via Posterlounge now (soon also on Amazon and eBay!), and smaller formats and postcards are available via Artflakes as well.

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender mit 24 Bildchen zum Selberbasteln nach Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender

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

Fresh Feature | “Portfolio of the Day” on Designtaxi

Zeichnung von Iris Luckhaus mit Mädchen und einer Giraffe als Freundinnen in der afrikanischen Savanne, für den Empathie-Trainer EmpaTrain

And how very awesome to discover a few days later that Emmy und Patty (my breakfast board for EmpaTrain) had been featured in the Designtaxi Newsletter as “Portfolio of the Day”!

Available | Printed Products via Søciety6

Produkte von Iris Luckhaus auf Søciety6

I’ve had so much fun with my posters for the Posterlounge earlier this week that I also renewed my shop at Søciety6 right away – besides artprints, you can also buy my girls on greeting cards, coffee mugs, throw pillows, tote bags, sleeves, cases and skins now – and some of them even fitted on duvet covers and shower curtains! 

Book Cover | The Honourable Consultant

Coverillustration mit Kaufmann und Unternehmensberater, die sich auf einer Brücke vor der Hamburger Speicherstadt die Hände schütteln, für die BWL-Masterarbeit Der ehrbare Unternehmensberater von Julia Astrid Riemenschneider

For Julia Astrid Riemenschneider, I recently designed and illustrated the cover of her master thesis “Der Ehrbare Unternehmensberater – Eine kritische Auseinandersetzung zur Kongruenz des Leitbildes des Ehrbaren Kaufmanns mit dem Geschäftsmodell der Unternehmensberatung”.

Infographics | Leaves for Forest Protection

Infografik mit den illustrierten Blattformen von Rosskastanie, Bergahorn, Birke, Weide und Espe für den Waldschutz von Iris Luckhaus

For a folder by forest engineer Svenja Schmidt, who, with her Waldschutzhund Tilda, works in protecting forests, I illustrated five favourite meals of the Asian long-horned beetle (ALB): maple, birch, aspen, buckeye and willow.

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender mit 24 Bildchen zum Selberbasteln nach Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender

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

Stadtsparkasse | Mastercard for Uni Wuppertal

Perspektivische Schwarzweiß Zeichnung der Gebäude der Uni Wuppertal, BUGH, am Grifflenberg, für die MasterCard der Stadtsparkasse für die Mitarbeiter der Uni

This is the mastercard I illustrated, as commissioned by the Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal, with the main buildings of the Bergisch University (BUGH) and which will soon be available to students and staff in ten different colour schemes. In the pictures you can see several mock-ups with all colours, imprints, embossings and chip.

Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal | Grifflenberg

Perspektivische Schwarzweiß Zeichnung der Gebäude der Uni Wuppertal, BUGH, am Grifflenberg, für die MasterCard der Stadtsparkasse für die Mitarbeiter der Uni

Once again, I’ve been drawing for the Wuppertaler Stadtsparkasse, this time a black-and-white view of the buildings of the University of Wuppertal (BUGH) on Grifflenberg. My illustration will soon be printed in ten different colour schemes on the front of a special mastercard for students and staff of the university.  For this project, I had to work very different from my usual process – not only without outlines, but also without people, details or colours, but precisely after a photograph, with correct perspectives – and it actually was a challenge, but a lot of fun as well!

Crafting + DIY | Lily Lux’ Advent Calendar

Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender mit 24 Bildchen zum Selberbasteln nach Lily Lux Bastelvorlage für Adventskalender

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

Cristabelles for Schock Material Brochure

Ausschnitt aus der Illustration von drei Freundinnen im Café, die Cupcakes essen, Kaffee trinken und fröhlich Gossip verbreiten, für eine Materialbroschüre der Firma Schock

Illustrations for a material brochure by Schock, a producer of granite sinks. My briefing was to contrast two different material lines by using the idea and mood behind them. So, this is my design for the younger, more trendy and astonishingly colourful Cristalite series: Three friends take a break from shopping, chat, drink coffee and eat pastel coloured cupackes in a street café.