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A birthday at Lutter & Wegner, with the vintage songs of Sir Henry De Winter!

T and A at party at Lutter & Wegner by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018I met a lovely pair of gentlemen outside a club in Berlin one night.

We strolled and chatted and I showed them my drawings from the night. Not long after, I got an email from one of them, T, who wished to hire me to draw at his husband A’s 60th birthday party.

Sir Henry de Winter at As 60th Birthday by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018The party was held at Lutter & Wegner seit 1811, a beautiful historic restaurant walking distance from our flat.

Lutter & Wegener seit 1811 is so cozy and gorgeous, a charming interior of dark wood and white linen. It was filled with flowers from the couple’s floral design business.

Sir Henry de Winter, seen above and below, performed vintage songs of the Berlin 1920s. Marvelous!!!!!

He is an absolute legend of Berlin! His website is here, instagram is here, you can hire him to sing at your event! (hopefully, soon, when there are events again.)

Sir Henry de Winter performs at As 60th Birthday by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018 The party was 1920s themed and everyone wore fancy dress!

Everyone looked divine.

Party guests at As 60th Birthday by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018

Guest at As 60th Birthday by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018

Guests on As 60th Birthday by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018A on his 60th Birthday by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018The couple brought their “daughter”, a sweet little dog.

You can bring a dog to most restaurants in Germany. Shocking to my US readers!

Folx on As 60th Birthday by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018The pup snuck into several of the pictures!

The restaurant staff were incredibly kind and the food was delicious.Pup at Lutter und Wegner seit 1811 on As 60th Birthday by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018

Lutter und Wegner Seit 1811 staff on As 60th Birthday by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018 Here the staff gather at the end of the night.

As they knew my clients very well, the atmosphere was very friendly and great care was taken with everything.

Dancing on As 60th Birthday by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018

Of course there was much drinking of fancy wine, and dancing!

But far more exciting to me, there was chocolate mousse cake!
Guest in cap at party at Lutter & Wegner by Suzanne Forbes Feb 10 2018

I switched to brown Kraft paper at the end of the night.

this was about a year into my beginning to add color to my drawings!Child at As party by Suzanne Forbes feb 10 2018

I believe this child was wearing his grandfather’s antique silk topper.

Of course in Berlin tweens come to fancy parties and stay up very late having fun!

I had the most wonderful time, documenting this group of dear friends and this loving couple in such a beautiful setting. I believe times like this will come again, of course, though my own health has devolved enough that I may never draw all night like this again.

T at Lutter und Wegner seit 1811 by Suzanne Forbes 2018And so I am so grateful to my wonderful clients, who invited me into this dream of Berlin that night.

*drawings shared with their consent of course, I lost the scans for a while so it took me a long time to post them!

 

Berliner Kinder: zoom-drawing the cutest Skeleton Zombie family in town!

Zombie Skeleton family of Berlin by Suzanne Forbes April 22 2021This was the first time I drew my friend Sadie Lune’s whole brood!

Her second child joined the family two years ago, and is seen here with a cherished Elmo. We had been planning a family portrait painting to begin last winter… but.

Instead, Sadie and Vampirina, the older sib, did a zoom modeling session for me at Halloween.

Zombie Skeleton family of Berlin on couch by Suzanne Forbes April 22 2021Then we organized this zoom posing session for the kids’ winter break in March.

Of course, whether kids can even go to kita, or go back to kita, is constantly in flux. Sadie has been able to take the kids to the country village home of a friend much of this last year, so they have had incredible experiences with nature and animals and wildlife. Her photos and videos of the lilacs blooming, the kids with ponies, and the German countryside have been incredibly sustaining to me as I have spent this year-and-change indoors.

Zombie Skeleton family of Berlin in graveyard by Suzanne Forbes April 22 2021Vampirina requested a graveyard background for one of the drawings.

I did my best! I am so grateful to know and love Sadie Lune and her brood, and her older child’s co-parents. You can see Sadie’s work and social here: website, insta, twitter. Drawing Sadie when she was pregnant with the younger here!

As always, I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting Queer Berlin while I work safely at home.