Kunst und Mode

The collection of prints by Ludwig Kainer published by Axel Junker

A while ago I posted a selection of these prints here with as much information on the artist and prints as I could find. I have noticed a number of searches and hits against it so I thought I would now post the entire collection for your delight. Enjoy 🙂

Please click on the thumbnails to view the slide show.

Girl with the Ivy Tattoo

An appropriate 19th birthday present for my daughter?

Ivy Tattoo


For her 19th birthday my daughter has asked for a tattoo.  This is the design she came up with. I think it’s pretty cool but I’m not sure many would think it an appropriate present for parents to buy their offspring.  However the tattooist, an old friend of mine, kindly reworked it and made the above transfer.  She is very excited and I think it sits well on her shoulder.  She’s going for the real thing next month, the day after her birthday.  Hopefully she will not find the process too painful and remain pleased with it for many years to come.  One thing for sure, I don’t mind paying for the tattoo but I’m not forking out for laser treatment should she change her mind.

Down at the Polling Station

I snapped this the other night when we went to vote.  My wife asked me to as she was unable to go at that time.  From left to right, mother-in-law, daughter (first time voter) and Miss Joan Williams (age 94). So this photo possibly includes the youngest and eldest voters in the village.  I’ve only decided to post it here now because my wife sent it to the Hereford Times and they are going to publish it this Thursday.  Surprisingly they are not primarily interested in the youngest/oldest angle but rather the Grandmother/Granddaughter take.  No disrespect Beryl!

Ludwig Kainer – Art and Fashion

A collection of drawings published by Axel Juncker

Kunst und Mode Zeichnung en von Ludwig KainerMy daughter is currently working on an art project for A Level dealing with memories.  We were looking around the house for various old things that she could draw and photograph and I remembered this.  It is a collection of drawings by Ludwig Kainer and was given to me by my grandmother, Rose Bachmann (née Friedmann), a holocaust survivor, who dated it at October 1919. As far as I can remember was given to her by the artist at a fashion show.  My memory of the exact facts is rather sketchy but I do know she ‘hung out’ with various artists and poets and delighted in my being a punk in the 70’s.  She likened it to the existentialist movement which was regarded in her day as a way to reassert the importance of human individuality and freedom.

Ludwig Kainer  was  a painter, illustrator and set designer who worked for the Ballet Russes and the Berlin opera and was briefly married  to the artist Lene Schneider-Kainer.  Apart from that and a few examples of his work I cannot find a great deal of information on him. Below are a few of my favourites from the twenty-four in the collection.  If you know of any additional information please comment below.

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Houses of the Holy

I have just listened to Stefan Gates’ Cover Story, Radio 4, on the BBC iPlayer (http://bit.ly/9GpSwG) , who was one of the children photographed for the Led Zeppelin album Houses of the Holy. In it he talks about the experience and the way it has, in no small way, affected his life.  Strangely enough he had never listened to the album until he did this piece and I’m glad to say that revisting the location of the shoot and finally hearing the album was a cleansing experience for him.

This was my first Led Zeppelin album. My mother, who worked in a department store (Chadds of Hereford) brought it home for me after one of the guys from the record department suggested that I might like it. I was about 13 at the time and have been an ardent Led Zeppelin fan ever since (thanks Mum).