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.
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM has started, with the support of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the first Innovation Hub in Ramallah, Palestine. Read More
In September 2015 me and my colleague Joaquina were invited to the Potsdamer Umweltfest to do an upcycling workshop with plastic bags. A lot of kids and parents participated and made all kinds of colorful products out of the plastic bags.
Our stand with examples
Plastic bag from 1987!
A bag for pencils
The ökotwins 😉
In August 2015 Kunst-Stoffe was invited to give an upcycling workshop for the “Tag der offenen Tür” in the Bundeskanzleramt. In the workshop we built musical instruments out of waste material brought from the Kunst-Stoffe Lager.
We also built a smaller stage with a microphone, two loudspeakers and D.I.Y amplifiers, where the kids could play with their new, self-made instruments.
Article in the Tagesspiegel with Carsten Hokema and Frank Becker.
Interview about my work in the Repair Cafés with the Trenntmagazin. Nr. 9 [Spring 2015]. Here.
Interview about the Repair Cafés with Inga Raspe for Greenality: Repair Café Berlin: Reparier’s doch mal!
In August 2014 Julia Otten from Germanwatch e.V. organized a two day event about throw away society and about local initiatives fighting it. They made a visit to my atelier where I talked about the Repair Café as a strategy against planned obsolescence and the growing amount of electrical waste.
Here you can find the more details.
The Repair Café Kreuzberg was invited to take part in the exhibition We Traders on the 07.07.14 and 04.08.14 in Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien.
More about the exhibition: We-Traders, tausche Krise gegen Stadt.
Organized by the Goethe Institut.
In May 2014 the Handwerkskammer Berlin held a symposium on the topic “Robust.Haltbar.Wertvoll.” (Resilient. Durable. Valuable). I was invited along with my colleague Peregrina Walter to hold a speech about the Repair Café and about strategies to make products more durable. Read more about the symposium here.