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When the 'make do and mend' attitude of post-war divided Germany became 'ending is better than mending' in the Wirtschaftswunder era. Or, how I became a Magpie obsessed with combining the old and the new.  

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Do you know the feeling when it is time for a change of gear and a re-evaluation of priorities? That time has come for me now. It has been in the cards for a long time. While I really did enjoy my day job as a non-fiction translator - and still do to some extent - I really have been creating art my entire life. I was constantly making things, learning new skills and techniques, participated in art fairs and sold some of my work in shops wherever I lived. And yet, I never really did call myself what I really am by nature.  But there comes a time when you really need to get past the impostor syndrome and...

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