Monthly Archives: April 2014

spitzenbesuch

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I invited for a “Spitzen Besuch”. Spitze can be lace, but it is also a peak. A Spitzen Besuch is normally a visit by a world leader. The invitation to the Höfer Women was to go to a small loom in Rattelsdorf (0.8km away) and to see the lace production that’s still going on and viable there. Ernst and Conny Hofer kindly opened the doors to their factory where they are still running small scale lace production on a 1924 model loom.
I hadn’t had any feedback, and expected no more than five women. 16 came – fully enthusiastic and into all sorts of technical details. We are going to make some Höfener Lace next.

you are going grey

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It has at least been the last three times I visted Höfen, bumped into Paulina, and the first thing she would say, or better shout, is “oh my god, you are going grey!”. Never mind if it’s just me and her meeting in the street or a whole group standing nearby. Anyhow. Most women in the village my age and older have grey hair but dye it. So I either point the obvious, or insist that it is a VERY expensive new London fashion for white single hair highlights!

kitsch reduction

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A few years ago it seemed that the Germans had gone Easter knick knack mad. Easterish thingies everywhere! Bunny rabbits aka flower pots, easter eggs in every single bush outdoors, colourfull spring celebrations everywhere.
This year it seems a bit less Disney and more timid. Maybe global climate change has hit the collective psyche, maybe no one can be bothered to carry down all those boxes from the attic. Maybe there is a new thing in the waiting which I haven’t even heard of!

white van

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This time I drove from Hackney to Höfen – in a proper white van. Lawrence is kindly accompanying me and travelling with an eight year old is a good reminder of how much has changed in the past ten years. “Yes, we need a passport when we travel from the UK. No, we don t need a passport travelling from France into Belgium into The Netherlands into Germany.”
Some assume I’m here in a van to pick up lots of furniture from my grandma’s house, who died recently. I’m here in a van because we brought lots of Myvillages’ stuff to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig, where we’ll be running the International Village Show from June 2014 until November 2016. On the way home I can fill the van with nice and very reasonably priced Frankonian Wine, metal studs which juts seemed so much easier to get in Germany, some white asparagus and immaculate linen bedcovers from my grandmother.