Sunday in Berlin

July 2nd, 2012

Flea markets in Berlin are open on Sundays so we made that our destination for the day. Ideally I like to get there early, around 8 or 9, but spoke with the girls at about 10:30 and jokingly said “please let’s not end up going there at 2”. Well of course we ended up going there at 2. Soon flea market entrepreneur Virginie and I left off to explore on our own. The market was Mauerpark, it was really big but there was too much new age crap mixed in with with the vintage goods. There was this guy with a “menstrual art” stall, with cookies shaped like pads with fake blood on them. EEEEERGH.

I found some nice enamel kitchenware and old apothecary jars but I was surprised to find the prices pretty similar to London, really unexpected considering how incredibly cheap Berlin is! So in the end I only bought a waffle pan which I’m very excited about.

Then we wanted to go to another market but the girls had achy feet (after one hour) because of course they’d come in heels, as girls do. So arriving to the other market at 4 after a coffee break, we found the sellers packing, and that concluded our exciting flea market adventure.

Oh forgot to say there was a really wonderful flower market at Mauerpark also.

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This is me and my beard under the tv tower, a customary tourist shot.

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Later on I met my friend Patrick and spent the afternoon sat by a canal, watching creepy river crabs crawling up the sides towards us. This was the view, look at those beautiful houses!

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Rents in Berlin are incredibly cheap. For what I pay for my room in London I could get my own 2 bed flat in Berlin, with high ceilings, beautiful big windows, wood floor… I loathe London.

I got to try this Swiss drink made of whey!!! This is the liquid that’s left over from cheese production, you can see why the Swiss needed to find a way to use it somehow. I didn’t really like it though, it tasted like an energy drink.

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Not sure what I’m doing today, I need to call my friends. Later!

Blythecon EU

July 1st, 2012

Hello from Berlin! I’m here for Blythecon EU which took place today. It was a wonderfully organised event, by far the best yet! The venue was gorgeous, spacious and airy with skylights that let plenty of natural light in! I was a bit of a ghost of myself as I hadn’t slept for three consecutive nights but I had a nice selection of outfits to offer. As always it was wonderful to meet dolly people I’ve known online, especially long time customers! Thank you to everyone that came to say hi!

Unfortunately I did a major FAIL and brought my little compact camera without a memory card in it haha. So I took this not so great photo with my iPod.

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And some better ones with Linda’s iPhone.

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Finally these photos describe my state perfectly haha!

At the airport with Linda.

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With the lovely Mary/MforMonkey at the event.
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I haven’t been in Berlin in over 6 years, so I’m staying a few more days to rediscover the city and rest a little.

I hurt my right arm pretty badly about a month ago. Repeated strain caused the muscles to give in, practically paralysing it for a few days and from then on recovery has been worryingly slow. This affected my sewing productivity ( never the quality! :D ) and because I could’t use my hand very well I got a million cuts and burns while cooking! So really, I think a few days away from the sewing machine might do it good.

More of my Berlin adventures soon! I’d better get some sleep now and hit the flea markets tomorrow – thought I think I hear an approaching thunderstorm!!!

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May 5th, 2012

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「スコティッシュ帽」
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※ミシンを使用しますが、先生が分かりやすく教えていただけるので、ぜひ初心者の方もお越し下さい!
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「真夜中のサーカス」パーティー

May 5th, 2012

来週の金曜日に Junie Moon 代官山で5:00時ぐらいから、「真夜中のサーカス」のオップニングパーティーをします。東京に居たら、遊びにきて下さい!^^

We are throwing a little party for the opening of our exhibition “Midnight circus” with Momolita-san this Friday May 11th in Junie Moon Daikanyama from around 5:00pm onwards. If you are in Tokyo please come along!

真夜中のサーカス / Midnight circus

May 3rd, 2012

Momolita × Leo 「真夜中のサーカス」展
期間 2012.05.08(火)~2012.06.03(日)
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おひさしぶり〜!
本当にしばらくですね。実は今年はすこし大変で時間がぜんぜnありませんでした。でもいいニュースです!来週からモモリータさんとサーカスのテーマの展覧会があります。東京にいたら、ぜひ来てみて下さい。それから5月12日と5月13日にJunie Moonで僕のワークショップがあります。かわいい帽子とドレスを作りましょう。後でデータを教えます。

Long time no see! It’s been a tough year. But some great news is from next week Momolita and I have a circus themed exhibition at Junie Moon Daikanyama. We named it “Midnight circus”. It will run for about a month so if you are in Tokyo, please check it out! We have brought beautiful antique toys from London to accompany the exhibition and sell. I will also be having two workshops on the 12th and 13th of the month at the gallery. We will be making a hat and a dress. I’ll be posting the info later!

Christmas break / 冬休み

December 17th, 2011

Christmas break is finally upon us! Though we only get 3 weeks, as opposed to every other course in the UK that gets a whole month. Meh. But I can finally sleep and do stuff without this feeling of dread or guilt. I slept for 12 hours last night. I want to bake lots of bread and caked and have dinner parties and watch a million films and catch up with anime and get back to doll work. I hate not having time to do anything creative, it IS all I live for and when it’s taken away from me everything feels so wrong.

今日から、冬休みが始まります。^^やっと、よく寝ることや楽しいことができます。色々なパンを作ったり、アニメを見たり、友達に会ったり、人形の洋服を作ったりしたいです。勉強してばかりいるのは本当につまらないです。T_T でも、冬休み中、一所懸命がんばって、今まで習った漢字をよく覚えるようになるつもりです。留学試験は2月の予定です!こわいな〜。

Something new is in the works…

December 10th, 2011

Pain mon amour

December 10th, 2011

My new favourite thing in life is baking bread. I absolutely LOVE bread and eat ridiculous amounts of it and ever since I moved to the UK I’ve been thoroughly disappointed with its quality over here.

A while ago I bought myself a bread machine and was baking a loaf every other day. Eventually, I started taking the dough out to shape and bake in the oven so that it looked prettier, and soon I ditched the machine all together. For a few weeks now I’ve been perusing a bunch of blogs of incredibly talented bakers around the world and picking up techniques and recipes.

My attempts, for a complete novice, have been pretty encouraging! I use flour from various grains, so far apart from wheat I’ve tried spelt, rye, barley and kamut and I like to put seeds in like chia, sunflower, pumpkin or linseed resulting in very nice, very healthy loaves. I even found an incredible oak smoked malted flour at Waitrose, you can just imagine from the name what it tastes like.

But the queen of all bread is no other than PAIN AU LEVAIN of course, aka sourdough. This bread does not use commercial yeast, it’s made taking advantage of the yeasts that reside naturally on the grain. But these yeasts have to first be cultivated. I had been thoroughly horrified with how complicated the instructions were for the thing, and I set off to make one without really fully understanding what I was getting myself into. To my surprise however, it worked out perfectly and now I can proudly present to you Blobby-chan, my 100% hydration starter!

Making pain au levain is no easy business and certainly not a quick one. Normally you will feed your starter with flour and leave it for 12 hours, then feed it again and leave it for 12-24 hours, then make the dough, knead, ferment, knead, ferment, shape, let rise, bake. This can take up to even 4 days if you’re feeling adventurous. My first loaf was a bit ugly but tasted so good I couldn’t be happier.

The next one was prettier, with a better, more open crumb. What every sourdough baker is after is huge, evenly distributed holes in their loaves. I’ll get there eventually!

My prettiest loaf yet was this soda bread.

I haven’t been baking only bread though. Here’s a banana cake.

And some cinnamon rolls, proved and ready for baking.

Baking has become some sort of therapy for me now, I can’t describe the sheer JOY I feel every time I take a new loaf out of the oven. Blobby-chan is like my pet now, she lives in the fridge and I feed her every other day. I always have some dough fermenting that will need a fold from time to time, and it’s always (ALWAYS) amazingly fun to watch it double in size. I could go on and on. I wish I had some baking friends!

Biophilia

September 24th, 2011

Bjork’s Biophilia has been postponed until next month because, as she explained in a recent press release, some of the songs grew in the period she played it live in Manchester and she felt she had to rework it. I love that she takes decisions like this. The original version has of course already leaked. It’s very beautiful, very very minimal, some songs just have one instrument, but it feels very heavy. I think it’s a piece of work that is best enjoyed live as it was originally conceived, you need to watch the instruments they invented for it, watch the visuals, and even Bjork in that insane wig – the whole thing is a performance piece, not just an album. It’s good to have Bjork back because Volta was a truly dreadful album that I want to erase from my memory.

For the new version of the album she worked with Leila, that is one of my favourite Bjork collaborators. The original version of Where is the line that they did together and was never released is one of m y most favourite Bjork songs ever. So I hope to have a bit of that dirtier sound in Biophilia too.

björk: moon from Björk on Vimeo.

Lanvin AW11

September 17th, 2011

Throw in together some gorgeous models, deliberately bad dancing and a hideous rap song and you have this little masterpiece.