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Recently we have been giving so many upcycling workshops! and it is so much fun :)
Every first saturday of the month we were at Prinzessinnengarten for their summer event Re-Use days. Sitting in this sunny and green location, we were binding notebooks, making stamps, creating postcards and envelopes, designing jewellery from pretty much anything, screen printing on T-shirts and more! So nice to take part in this cool project. Two more saturdays are left for this season, in the upcoming one we will be experimenting with bike tubes and making all kinds of accessories from it, join!
We were also giving children workshops in the FEZ center, upcycling trash into fashion, its never to early to start! One more event like tins happens there on the 13th and 14th of september.
Other host for our workshop is the Popup Village lounge at Boulevard Berlin shopping center. The workshops are held in the shopping mall, allowing us to reach shoppers and turn them from passive consumers to active producers! Workshops happen mostly on saturday, till december, and are free of charge. So don’t miss out! More updated info when you sign in to our newsletter or like our page on Facebook.
This year too we took part in the yearly demo-parade against fashion-terror, arranged by the Findus Geburtstag group. It all started with three days in a fancy estate deep in the countryside of Brandenburg. There were all kinds of talented people, that came together to plan and prepare for this huge event. You can see what we did there here. After a lecture about fashion industry from the very great ladies of Clean Clothes Campaign we moved strait into making: Music and a film were quickly created, costumes and flags, a 4 meter inflatable needle and stencills to promote the event. This year the slogan was Your Butt is Better, and there were also two Super heroes to lead the campaign - Captain Trash and Mirror Bitch.
Our team was in charge of organizing two days camp, where everyone makes their own trash costumes for the parade. This event, planned for a week before the actual parade, happened at the UrbanSpree. Out in the sun with our sewing machines and dumpstered materials we created really cool Trashion.
At sunset we had one last beautiful photo taken by talented Gerben, of us modelling our artworks.
The parade, through Friedrichstraße, one of Berlin’s big shopping streets, was really fun! time DOES pass by quickly when you enjoy! But more importantly it raised awareness and got lots of attention, as the public discussion about garment industry workers rights was heating up anyway, due to the opening of a Primark brunch in Alexanderplatz a week before.
Photos: Gerben Grotenhuis
Its been long but its never to late to talk about our 4th BIRTHADAY!
It was super nice! We had two events: one open to public, during the swap-shop opening hours and on. We ate a cake, did some chin-chin with our glasses, wrote birthday wishes on flags and enjoyed being surrounded with the people we love and the dear people that help us along the way.
Second birthday event was for us members and volunteers. We went on a carefully planed adventure around the neighbourhood- looking for clues to get to a secrete destination. There we had a picnic, shared memories and had a funny fight about where to plant a young but heroic apple tree. Our photographer and EVS volunteer Gerben took this great picture when it got dark.
Gerben is leaving us this week, and we are going to miss him so!
To next year, at the tree :)
A big plan to create a Practical Guide on Creative Activism - the Masta Handbook - is on its new wave!
There is no end in making it better. Therefore our international Masta team gathered in the beginning of April in mountainous area of Asturias, Spain, to spend a whole week working on a pile of important issues for making it even more meaningful and integrative for you.
This time we took in our focus a new chapter - methods and technics for learning more about Creative Activism. It’s going to be that very practical part of the Handbook using which you can make your specific workshops, tested by us! As well we spend quite some time planning navigation convenience of the handbook on-line and future of the networking with interested all around the Globe. Follow the updates sooner and later at http://www.mastazine.net/handbook!
Whether you are already a creative activist, educator, social worker, politically concerned artist or a curious citizen (with a lot of potential), we want to make the platform being useful for you! Do not hesitate to communicate us your feedback or submit contributions!
This project is supported by the Youth in Action Programme, Erasmus +.
In the past month we started cooperating with “food-sharing - Lebensmittelretten”. That means we are now an active “Fair-teiler” picking up excess food from stores and bakeries and distributing it to friends, neighbours and random passers.
The project has enormous scale. It is spread all over Germany and is organized as well as maintained by motivated volunteers. After enrolling we were introduced to an impressive website that maps all businesses that cooperate with the project. We are proud and excited to be a part of this inspiring project that strives to reduce trash and save food. You can read about the project here and of course become active yourself.
Distribution happens at Mareschstraße 10, for the moment on tuesdays 20:30-22:00 and wednesdays between 12:00-14:00. So far, it was mostly bread and baked goods we were sharing, but in the nearby future we hope to have more variety to offer. We were not making much public relation so far, and wonder what is the best way to inform our surrounding about it. If you have any creative ideas of how to do that, we invite you to share!
Four meetings of our textile upcycling already happened and its a great opportunity to update. So far we made pincushions, pillows and soft toys, all made from fabrics and sewing supply found or given to us. This is a nice way to use the clothing that are no longer wanted because of holes or stains. Most of those arrive to the swap-shop, and if they can’t be fixed they are to be upcycled! Our stuffing material is collected from wet and/or broken apart sofas thrown away around the neighbourhood. It feels really good to reclaim it, and make beautiful things out of it. However, talented helper Zahara chose to stuff her quilted pillow with pieces of left over fabric, and the result is proudly decorating our sofa.
The atmosphere in the course is relaxed and cosy, and we share ideas and learn from each other. Each meeting has a general topic (next week- kitchen aprons and pot-holders). In the beginning we look at inspiration and ideas how to do it, then we start working, trying to create each persons vision. Not always we manage to finish our projects, due to time limitations, so todays meeting was about completing unfinished works.
Our sewing machines are happy and pleased being used at least ones a week. Here are some more pictures from the meetings and some of the objects we made.
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