Some upcycled examples I brought from Berlin
Berta and Laia helping to set up the space
Hands on: fusing the plastic bags
Cleaning the iron machine
The concept store of La comanda a granel
Happy with their new upcycled smartphone cases
My friends form la Comanda a granel in Valencia asked me to give an informative and creative workshop with and about plastics bags. La Comanda is a concept store that tries to sell their groceries with the least pakaging possible. They encourage their customers to bring their own empty container and refill them there.
We had two really cosy evenings and discussed about the advantages and problems of plastics. Afterwards we had two hours to be creative, experimenting and designing of our own products made out of plastic bags.
It was interesting to see the huge amount of plastic bags La Comanda collected for the workshops in just two days! Friends and customers had been passing by and giving away their old plastic bags. We had way too many for our workshop, even though each participant used only an average of 3 to 5 plastic bags. This shows how people like to hold on to their old plastic bags and collect them and reuse them in their kitchens, but also how we still have to work more intensively in the reduction of the amount of plastic bags we take in the first place from supermarkets and stores (as we can’t upcycle all the trash we produce 😉 )
Auch am Repair Café in Kreuzberg wird während der Tour im Rahmen der Wandelwoche ein Stop eingelegt.
Datum: Donnerstag, 15. September 2016, ab 16 Uhr.
Ort: Startpunkt: Do. 14.9.2016 Uhrzeit: 16:00 Uhr, Supermarkt, Mehringplatz 9, 10969 Berlin // U6 Haltestelle Hallesches Tor
Zielpunkt: gegen 19:30h Regenbogenfabrik, Lausitzer Str. 22, 10999 Berlin (anschließend gemeinsamer Biergarten-/Kneipenbesuch möglich)
Dauer: ca. 3,5 Stunden
Weitere infos: http://bbb.wandelwoche.org/touren/solidarische-kreislaufwirtschaft-ein-metropolengerechtes-konzept-fuer-das-berlin-der-zukunft/
Thanks to all who came to the Feminist Repair Cafe on Saturday, 21. May, and big thanks to the No play – feminist training camp group for making it possible! (check the Facebook event)
On Saturday, 21. May I organized the first feminist Repair Café in the exhibition space of the NGBK
, Berlin. With experts Elektra & Flora Könemann.
Together we tried to repair small appliances like broken radios, lamps, headphones, tea kettles, CD players, hand blenders, mobile phones, etc (no printers / TVs / amplifiers – because there is not enough time and we don’t have the appropriate tools). Every participant could bring 1 to 2 broken things.
This is a broken TV I found in the street. I connected the old, but still functioning, speakers to a new amplifier so that we could use the hole object as an Audio Installation for the No-PLAY Feminist training Camp exhibition in the NGBK. This will be use to play the Podcasts that will be produced during the feminist training camp, from 21. Mai to 24. Juni 2016.
Repairing electrical appliances, figuring it out together (dt/eng).
Helpers: Elektra, Flora Könemann & Birte Gerstenkorn (Flirtefunk) & me.
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For the tenth Kunst-Stoffe Anniversary I helped out with the event coordination, designed the flyer and prepared and Upcycling Workshop.
I am very happy to be a contributor in this crowdfunded book. The book explores the visions, actions, tools and impacts of change makers, thinkers and ‘happeners’ (those who make things happen).
In December 2015 I was invited to represent Kunst-Stoffe and give a seminar in the context of the Freiwilliges Ökologisches Jahr, a program where teenagers do a one year internship in a chosen ecological-organization.
After a presentation about plastics and the solutions to its environmental impact, the group was split into two. One group upcycled plastic bags while the other used old newspapers to braid paper-baskets and boxes.
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