BOARDING PASS – Sibylle Roessler of Funkytime
Last May in Berlin I met a wonderful bunch of talented folks at The Hive Conference. One of the most colorful was graphic designer and stylist, Sibylle Roessler of Funkytime. Despite being from Berlin, she actually was coming from Madrid (her latest home) having just moved from Canada. Just the way she lives there’s travel built in! (And she keeps moving because they are still looking for the perfect place). Funkytime is filled with clever ideas, DIYS + downloads. I hope you enjoy a voyage through Sibylle’s travels and then go check out the influences in her work. Thanks, Sibylle! –Anne
Berlin, though I haven’t lived there in a very long time. If I had to live in Germany again, this would definitely be the only city I would go to!
where you live now:
I am living ‘la vida loca’ in Madrid! Before that we lived in Canada, and before that in L.A. and before that……
When we moved here I had that dream of a typical Spanish apartment, with big windows, high ceilings, moldings and a little balcony in front of the windows. I got exactly that right in the center.
last trip taken:
Teneriffe. They have black beaches there, and the sand is sparkling! We visited a hidden cove that was only accessible by going through banana plantations, they had a little blue cafe build into the rock, awesome!
next trip on deck:
Berlin for sure. And before that Valencia and Barcelona for a weekend.
one place you would go back to again and again:
Los Angeles. I love L.A., everything about it. Despite some shortcomings (like crazy traffic), there is something that practically no other place in the world can claim. Something so wonderful that makes us coming again and again that makes up for any traffic the 405 can dish out. And the odd thing about it is that in this land of riches where money does indeed buy many people’s happiness, it is free: it’s sunshine!
LA has, without question, the world’s best weather. It’s sunny something like 325 days a year. Temperatures are consistently in the 30s [celsius] with never a hint of humidity. It’s Bliss with a capital “B.” And in winter… well there is not really a winter. So, while the rest of the country is getting blasted with all those winter storms, freezing temperatures, icy roads, airport closings and high heating bills, we were at the beach, an outdoor cafe or a patio bar with a cold drink in hand, unable to relate to the weather world around us.
place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:
Berlin and Malibu, Berlin for the city, Malibu for the beach.
preferred method of transportation:
Car. I like to see things while going on a trip. I hate planes, they just creep the hell out of me…
place you’ve never been but dying to go:
Marrakesh. I want to see another desert and I want to experience the colorful markets.
place you’d never go back:
Quebec City. I can say I have a deep hatred for the city. It is freezing, like -30 degrees, it is boring, you can see it in half a day, despite it being in Canada, nobody speaks English. They look at you like you come from another planet if you want to communicate in English. The people are very close minded, not motivated at all and there is basically no summer. The ‘summer’ starts in June and ends in September. I don’t even want to think about it, I am shivering.
most memorable trip in 2 sentences or less:
Portugal. More specifically the Algarve. The most beautiful beaches in the world! Just make sure you stay away from the touristic areas.
how do you prepare for a trip?
I read the Wiki on the place, and I will go and gather all important documents in a folder (Boarding Pass, Hotel reservation, copy of passport, etc.). Packing the suitcase is always an ordeal, I just cant make up my mind of what to bring, so I usually pack half of my closet!
how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
I take a gazillion of pictures!
what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
The life in the streets.
on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
Well, at least hundreds!
what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
I never go without Oskar (Nikon D200), iPad and a red lipstick (deep tango red, Artdeco No.5).
what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
I edit my photos in Lightroom and instagram some of them. I make picture books out of them and I also blog about it occasionally.
favorite souvenir/thing to bring back?
Something local. From Portugal, I brought bag figs and pomegranates, which I picked from the trees there.
- blog: fun.kyti.me
- portfolio: sandtdesigns.com
- twitter: @Funkytime2010
- facebook: facebook.com/pages/Funkytime
- pinterest: pinterest.com/funkytime
BOARDING PASS is a regular column exploring the creatives ways people see the world and record their travels.
February 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm //
Thank you for this interview!! I think Sibylle is crazy talented and I adore her blog! xx
February 5, 2013 at 8:31 pm //
She’s a ball of fun and energy. Glad you enjoyed, Lauren :)
February 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm //
came across your blog and really enjoyed the photos. Did you take them using Instagram?
February 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm //
most of my images are instagram, but this is a guest post from Sibylle, so not sure.
February 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm //
they are almost all taken with the iphone/edited in instagram. thanks guys!
February 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm //
Oh wow! I love the first picture of her with the waves crashing! I am so happy to have found your blog via designlovefest’s post today on v-day date spots! as “creepy” as it is to go to a cemetery, there’s something awfully romantic about it! will stay tuned to your future posts. thanks!
February 7, 2013 at 5:17 pm //
Ha. Welcome, Joody! And don’t worry, before I moved to Paris I totally thought cemeteries were creepy. Now I see them more like beautiful parks full of the work of artisans who were masters of their trade.