Wednesday, 27 April 2011

fontastic friends

Sometimes I meet people on the hunt for friday's fonts:
This is Sehru, and he has an antique/Trödel shop on Barfussstraße 1 (Barefoot St.) The store has a good font, so I stopped.
Also good looking books:
I accepted the coffee invite and the gift of a french "Wörterbuch" that I didn't even know I totally need:

He wanted to talk politics...
But I was distracted...
I'm considering this as a shoe storage solution:

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

fontastic Münster


There is a rule that all the stores in Prinzipalmarkt in Münster, Germany, must have their store signage in gold. Münster is also the only place I know that has a parking garage for bicycles. Hep town.

münster 2011

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

open letter to Babylon Kino re: bill cunningham new york

Sehr Geerte Geschäftsführer Babylons Kinos Berlin, Mitte,

I want to draw your attention to what looks like a great documentary about New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, and suggest (read: beg) that you premiere it here at the best movie theatre in Berlin.*


I used to love watching Bill Cunningham's "On The Street" reports on the New York Times website. It was didactic and pared down to the point of perspicuity. I liked to think the slide show was an hommage to Chris Marker's LA JUTEE, but doubled-up the reports could work as crowd-raising pecha kucha.

Now there's a documentary about his life and process, and from the stills and critics, it sounds like the film is as much a hommage to him as to the city of New York and the daring dressers that make it sing.

His philosophy on trend scouting is an excuse to get out of the office:

"You just don't manufacture in your head that skirts at the knee are the thing, and you go and photograph skirts at the knee, you've got to stay on the street and let the street tell you what it is. There are no short cuts, believe me."


If you don't already love him, you should know that he rides a bike and he has no kitchen.

Here's the trailer...maybe something fun for Berlin Fashion Week (5.- 10. Juli 2011)?

Karina Griffith

Bill Cunningham New York Trailer from Gavin McWait on Vimeo.

photos from

*P.S. I got married at your theatre not so long ago, so I'm not jiving when I say it's my favourite venue.

Timothy Grossman, Tobias Hackel
Geschäftsführer + Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit,

Monday, 18 April 2011

bless the hands

While clicking throught TOPSHOP's online lookbook, this cardigan naturally caught my eye:

I immediately clicked on the "shop this look" button, thinking for sure I couldn't afford something so lovely and hand-crocheted. Then I saw the price and I felt ill. Only 46 pounds? Quick calculation so you can join me in my outrage...that's only 53 euro, or 75 USD!

Since I crochet a lot, I know how much time and effort would go into something like this. I recently made a shawl for a friend of mine with a pattern much less complicated that minute of crocheting that pattern got me about 3 inches of fabric.

the making of casey's amazing cancer curing shawl on the way to stettin from kolberg, poland from Karina Griffith on Vimeo.

The jacket above would take me, an intermediate crocheter about 40 hours. So I ask you, how much is that hand-crocheter getting paid once Topshop takes it's cut?

I don't even what to think about the labour costs to make this coat, originally prices at 110 pounds, marked down to.... 10!:

Saturday, 16 April 2011

fontastic friday: Bridge Over River Quai




Most of these bridges were rebuilt in the 1950s... I think this title deserves a sequel to show the fonts used on the older bridges.

BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER QUAI (1957), dir. David Lean, 161 mins.

Monday, 11 April 2011

blogger conference in Berlin

I'm going to try and make my way over to re:publica 11, which is running from 13.-15.4. at Friedrichstadt Palast here in Berlin (coinciding with Berlin Press Days I see...)

The talk on fashion blogs is a no-brainer, and since I'm still undecided if is the future of blogging, I might have to check this out.

Award for the most alluring workshop title goes to: How Feminist Digital Activism Is Like the Clitoris.

'nuff said.

Friday, 8 April 2011

fontastic friday: juke joint

berlin_kroessel_street _sign



JUKE JOINT (1947), dir. Spencer Williams, 68 min. comedy

"Boy, you so dumb, you probably think Veronica Lake is some sort of summer resort." - Bad News Johnson

"You know how her father is, he's slower than molasses in January." - Barbara 'Honey Dew' Holiday

I don't usually write about the films whose titles I use for the fonts I collect on fridays (they are usually just bad puns that make me giggle), but I'm just so excited to have discovered Spencer Williams.

Williams, who also stars in the film, worked for the white-owned production company, Sack Amusement Enterprises, directing all-African American films for segregated theatres in the forties. I can see how his series foreshadowed the blacksploitation film trend that was to follow two decades later.

I can't wait to track down his other films, if only to practice my southern jive-talk.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Film cream?



Despite lemon ice cream being at the absolute bottom of my favourite flavours list, I just had to pick this up.

With my five years of German, this is a tough one to translate eloquently, but I'll do my best:

"An icy film romance told through snow-white ice cream with mascarpone, lemon ice cream, fine vodka and lemon sauce and tiny chocolate snowflakes."

They also have a GONE WITH THE WIND version which just happens to be my second least favourite flavour combo: rasberry and chocolate. Of course I will buy this too, so the campaign is definitely working!

What's next? SOUND OF MUSIC Edelwiese Eis? BREATHLESS coffee and cream?

Monday, 4 April 2011

Barney's Version: the crochet bride

There is something very sad and romantic about a wedding dress made by hand - it sends a real statement: "I plan on sticking this out for at least as long as it took me to make this".

That's why the images that strike me the most from the Canadian film Barney's Version, are of Clara, the crochet-laden bride played by Rachelle Lefevre. Nicoletta Massone had the awesome task of styling a story that is told over three decades.

I'm so glad it will open in Germany, even if I have to wait until June 9th. Director Richard J. Lewis and epic producer Robert Lantos' adaptation of Mordicai Richler's book swept the Canadian Genie Awards, including a win for Best Costume Design for Massone.

I have quite a few patterns for crochet bridal gowns and frocks - here are a few of my favourites.

Friday, 1 April 2011

fontastic friday: a simpler life





Once again, when it comes to efficiency, I gotta hand it to the Germans: getting us to sort out our local mail right there at the box.


A SIMPLER LIFE (1976), 16 min, documentary, National Film Board of Canada.


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