warmed my heart and mind to see true arts and crafts at the German Christmas
Market at the Goethe Institute in Nicosia and not industry products ; arts and
crafts hand-made, as it should be for a pre-Christmas event. The month before Christmas, the time
to get prepared, with the old tradition of Advent…it always meant for me to sit
down and make something with my hands to create a present for loved ones, to
decorate the house with traditional symbols and also to bake Dresdner Stollen,
Lebkuchen and Cinnamon stars, so the house would be penetrated with the smell
of Christmas. It is the process of weaving love and emotions into the hand-made
presents that is the important message.
basic message was present in the garden and exhibition hall of the Goethe
Institute thanks to the organisers, a cooperation of the Goethe Institute and
the Cyprus-German Association. I had the
opportunity to speak to some of the artists and artisans. I was early because of the stupid and
unnecessary time difference between the two parts of the island, which has
heated the minds of our population and caused protest marches in the streets of
met Gabi Böhm with her ‘Sharifa Art’ creations,
hand-dyed creations on silk and wool, dyed with plants she collects and
experiments with. She is well-known in Cyprus, north and south, for her
beautiful collections of dresses, coats, shawls, hand-made felt she works into
hats and shawls. A woman artist who works with nature. Noteworthy are also her international
workshops she organizes in Cyprus. Usually you find her on arts and crafts
exhibitions. Gabi Böhm is on facebook with Sharifa Art if you want to see more
and perhaps contact her.
to her was a stand with naïve fairytale like paintings which gave one ideas of
beautifully these stick horses and unicorns were made, I loved them. What a
work of love. Hand-made dolls of all sizes, small presents , hand-made
Christmas cards, so beautiful. There are the works of one other woman I have to
mention because she had a true passion for knitting as she confessed to me and
sighed heavily: I cannot stop knitting, I have so many shrill ideas and I love
to mix colours and create funny fashion.
I love to work with my hands, I even write my business cards by hand and
all that takes so much of my time, I know, but I cannot help myself. Her name
is Simona Serdiuc, she is also on facebook with Simona.style.by.hand. Fascinating.
Further worth a special mention was a stand full of folded paper stars made by
young girls. I bought some of their colourful stars.
were several stands with home-made beauty products and soaps and hmmm the smell
that surrounded them….. Incredibly prolific a woman with bags of all sizes
decorated with embroidery. A young girl
showed her young and modern jewellery made from modeling clay, fruits and even
fried eggs, it made me smile.
local Cyprus Bird Association was present to advertise the protection of birds
with a new publication….yes, and here the ladies from the German Evangelical
church with their hand-made works and chocolate cookies and hearts to hang onto
the Christmas tree.
most heavily visited stands were the food stands with German traditional
specialities such as Leberkäs, Bratwurst and Bockwurst, Glühwein and German
beers and they were really genuine, no copies.
peaceful event in the buffer zone between two brother communities who still
don’t know whether they can make the necessary compromises to live together. On
the basis of the arts co-existence is possible, why not on a daily basis?