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Adenauerplatz portrait series continues with New Berliner Lani!

Lani at Adenauerplatz by Suzanne Forbes April 29 2022 smLani is a New Berliner, but an old friend!

Lani and their spouse Rob have visited Berlin before, and stayed with us, years ago. I immediately connected with Lani over our shared interest in comics, goth fashion and many other things.

I was so excited to resume my Adenauerplatz portrait series on a just-warm-enough April day with Lani. And so happy to make Lani’s portrait, which I’ve wanted to do forever!

Lani at Adenauerplatz by Suzanne Forbes April 29 2022 sm detailWe have been hoping for years that Lani and Rob would move here, and now they have!

And, Lani kicked so much ass at the flat-search that they actually FOUND a super-sweet flat in a super-convenient area right by the party tram. So our friends have a home in Berlin!

Lani is going to be my support person/carer at the Big Gay Wedding this month. We will be fabulously dressed.

Happy news for hard times. You can follow Lani on Insta for hot goth club looks, Berlin snacks, and the cutest art!

So grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to continue making art as a vaccinated but Covid-vulnerable disabled person.

With your support, I can work from home or safely outside and keep telling the stories of Berlin.


Drawing SFxBerlin artist Rachael Jablo working on The Hysteria Project!

Rachael Jablo working on art for The Hysteria Project drawn by Suzanne Forbes Feb 17 2022Such a treat to have a zoom visit with my friend Rachael Jablo, a fellow former Bay Arean!

I met Rachael here in Berlin, at Sadie Lune’s birthday party years ago. Even though we were in the Bay at the same time, and both knew Sadie among other folks, we never met there!

Thank goodness we connected here. I can’t imagine not knowing Rachael! Sick person baker artists rule! Due to both of us being chronically ill, we don’t visit IRL that often, yet our spiritual connection is amazing. And our techie husbands get along great too.

Rachael is creating an incredible collaborative storytelling project called The Hysteria Project.

“The Hysteria Project is a one-on-one storytelling project dealing with menstruation, reproductive, and pelvic disorders, illustrated by individual ‘portraits’ of their reproductive organs based on their stories. These life-size, intimate works start in a traditional darkroom where I use lace instead of negatives to make color prints that I cut up and collage onto a gold leaf background.” – Rachael Jablo

Uterus portrait by Rachael Jablo for the Hysteria Project of Suzanne Forbes with fibroids

Portrait by Rachael Jablo for the Hysteria Project of Suzanne Forbes’ menstrual system with fibroids

I told my fibroids story for the project and Rachael made a portrait of my uterus!

Isn’t it beautiful? You can read my story here, it has lots of swearing and so. much. blood. Other folks I know have also told their stories and had portraits made. Being listened to and witnessed by Rachael’s compassionate spirit is such a healing experience. Rachael describes how the project started here.

Rachael’s website, Rachael’s insta, The Hysteria Project website, insta and twitter.

The Hysteria Project is Funded by Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.

I of course am funded by my  Patreon Patrons, who have my eternal gratitude and love for keeping me working, making art and documenting Berlin creators as a vaccinated but Covid-vulnerable disabled person.Rachael Jablo working on art for The Hysteria Project drawn by Suzanne Forbes Feb 17 2022 detail