Embroidery – make your clothes great again!

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One of the reasons for the textile through-away culture is that we don't value our clothes and textiles as much as in previous times. And why should we? When our garments didn't cost us much money or effort and they are not unique or especially meaningful for us – but just another piece in a million that looks exactly the same. On top of this- as soon as our clothes get a stain or a whole, they're considered no longer suitable for most occasions.

 

Embroidery offers a good answer to all of these issues: we put care and time into a piece of clothing and make it one of a kind. Our own. We might use the technique to cover a hole or a stain. And we will never look at that garment as worthless again. It's a beautiful way to make a statement that we see the value of our clothes.

 

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Mach Mal: Tauschladen at night

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Wir haben regelmäßig Leute, die uns sagen, dass die normalen Öffnungszeiten unseres Tauschladen ihnen nicht passen. Deswegen haben wir beschlossen, die Gelegenheit zu nutzen, den ganzen Abend lang zu tauschen: den Austausch zu feiern und allen zugänglich zu machen.

 

Es war ein schöner Abend! Unser Bar-Team hat wunderbare Arbeit geleistet, um alle mit köstlichen, hausgemachten Kombucha- und Wasserkefir-Cocktails zu versorgen (Jule und Vlad, ihr seid großartig!). Wir hatten einen kreativen Tisch, an dem die Gäste Kleidung und Schmuck aus Müll herstellten (Danke Lo für die Spende von Kaffeetüten!), eine Make-up-Ecke, Modefotograf Tau Pibernat, leckere Kuchen (Danke Krittika und Jennie <3) und sogar eine heiße Diskussion über den ökologischen Fußabdruck mit Anke von Climate-Couching.

 

Und vor allem haben wir viele neue Menschen erreicht und viele Kleider haben ein neues, liebevolles Zuhause gefunden.

 

 Es bedeutet uns sehr viel, dass mehr Menschen es sich zur Gewohnheit machen, mehr zu tauschen und weniger zu kaufen. Und es bedeutet auch viel für die Erde: erstens, die tatsächlichen Produktionskosten zu senken (dazu gehören Land- und Wasserverschmutzung, Gesundheits- und Sozialrisiken für die Arbeiter der Modeindustrie) und zweitens, den massiven Zufluss unerwünschter Kleidung auf die Mülldeponien zu reduzieren. Es liegt in unserer Macht, und wie gezeigt, kann es jede Menge Spaß machen :) Wir können den Wandel gemeinsam gestalten, Solidarität und Nachhaltigkeit gehen Hand in Hand! 

 

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Menstruation pads DIY

[Versión en español debajo]

 

Welcome to our weekly blog about the Klimaschutz Monday’s workshops for climate protection.

This week we did a workshop on how to make menstruation pads.

 

The waste generated through feminine hygiene products is very huge.

Throughout the life of a woman it’s estimated that around 12,000 tampons and / or compresses can be used. 6 compresses / tampons per day (depending on each woman) is calculated, for 5 days every 28 days, thirteen times a year from 14 to 45 years (approximately).

 

Conventional compresses are composed of 90% plastic and tampons use bleaches, perfumes, and other toxic chemicals that can be absorbed by the body and, after being used, they are going to our waters. In addition, by absorbing menstruation can cause irritation and dryness, especially the last days of the period. Tampons and compresses also absorb the vaginal discharge modifying the vaginal flora so that women are left unprotected against infections, candidiasis, etc.

 

 

 

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Recycled Meditation Cushion DIY

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Herzlich Willkommen liebe Leute zu unserem nächsten Blogpost aus unserem neuen Klimaschutzprojekt “Mach mal”.

 

Am Montag haben wir uns mit 14(!) Leuten getroffen, um Meditationskissen aus ugecycelten Materialien herzustellen.

 

Nach einer kurzen EInführung in “Wer und was ist eigentlich Trial &Error?” und das Projekt als solches haben wir angefangen zu arbeiten. Wir listen jetzt hier die Schritte auf, die ihr gehen müsst, um Euch selbst ein Meditationskissen zu erschaffen. Also:

 

 

 

 

 

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RepairCafé: Kleidung

[English and Spanish version below]

 

[Versión en inglés y español debajo]

 

 

 

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Hallo! Herzlich willkommen zu unserem wöchentlichen Blog!

 

Vielleicht habt ihr schon gehört, dass wir im Oktober das neue Projekt “Mach mal Klimaschutz” gestartet haben, um Nachbarinnen und Freundinnen klimafreundliches Handeln im alltag zu ermöglichen.

 

In diesem Projekt machen wir Workshops (Montags, 19 Uhr), Tauschevents und Netzwerktreffen. Über alle Events werden wir in Blog berichten, so dass upgedated bleibt auch wenn ihr kein Zeit habt um teilzunehmen.

 

Am Montag haben wir ein Repaircafe für Klamotten veranstaltet. Im Repaircafe treffen wir uns und reparieren unsere Kleidung, teilen unser Wissen und vermeiden damit neue Kleidung zu kaufen. Generell kann ein Repaircafe für viele Dinge sein: Möbel, Fahrräder, Spielzeug, Elektrogeräte. Wenn du selbst ein Repaircafe veranstalten willst, dann melde dich bei uns.

 

Für das Repaircafe: Kleidung hatten wir viele Materiale die die Leute zum reparieren verwenden konnten (Garn, Nadeln, Wolle, Nähmaschinen...), Sarahs Wissen und Repair Skills. Mit ihre Unterstützung, leckerem Tee und Kaffee hatten wir uns einen gemütlichen Abend gemacht.

 

Teilnehmer brachten ihre kaputten Hosen, löchrigen Socken, T-Shirts und Pullis. Und wir haben alles miteinander repariert.

 

Und das alles machen wir als Beitrag zum Klimaschutz, denn viele haben vergessen, dass wir Kleidung mit unseren eigenen Händen reparieren können und wie. Wir werfen unsere Klamotten einfach weg wenn sie beschädigt sind. Das praktische Wissen Kleidung zu reparieren ist nützlich um sie länger tragen zu können und dadurch Energie einzusparen, die bei der Produktion von Textilien anfällt.

 

Sowohl Produktion als auch Recycling von Textilien stößt CO2 in die Atmosphäre aus.

 

Wir hatten eine großartige Zeit im Workshop.

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Josefine in Kulturlabor: from Sweden to Trial&Error

On 10th of December our team got +1 member for a couple of weeks. Her name is Josefine and she is a lovely girl who came from Sweden to get some practical experience related to her studies. Josefine studies ”Intercultural Entrepreneurship” which mainly is focusing on intercultural communication as well as social entrepreneurship (social change/innovations and sustainable development).

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Reclaim the crafts: media stories

German - Ukrainian artists and creators exchange was here again. Berlin, September 2018.

The first part of the second version of Reclaim The Crafts is over and we've collected all the memories and results: photos, videos and even some poetry! Day by day on the webpage: http://reclaimthecrafts.tilda.ws

Check it out!

OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS! TRAINING COURSE MADE BY US HERE IN THE LOVELY BERLIN ABOUT SWAPSHOPS!

Training course in Berlin about swapshops? Yup it's true and yes you can participate!

Within this project we wish to explore and implement broad range of possibilities that swapping culture, especially swapshops, have to offer in the field of youth engagement and awareness building.

 

Therefore we are looking for participants who are: 

- youth workers;

- with diversity of experience levels;

- with experience and/or high motivation to learn about and try out the swapshop as a tool;

- with different cultural backgrounds;

- ability to understand and work in English is a must. Russian and/or Arabic knowledge is a plus,

- currently residents of for people who are currently residents of Germany, Latvia, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Palestine, or Egypt.

 

More info HERE

 

Please fill in the form found HERE by 25/8/2018 and send it to swapping.culture@gmail.com 

 

DEADLINE 25.07.2018. reclaim the CRAFTS: call for participants

Aim of the project “Reclaim the crafts: in search for shared values through creative activism” is to empower young people to take active and responsible role in their local communities.

Our main mission is to start a creative dialogue between generations and cultures, that will lead to developing hybrid-crafts and reclaiming public, common spaces, through mixing traditional crafts, that are losing actuality within younger generation, and street art as well as other "public space" art forms. Street artists and traditional craftsmen/ women are to mix their knowledge and possibilities in developing new ways of preserving and updating traditional crafts so that they become interesting for the newer generation and is seen as part of creative activism and active citizenship practices.

We are looking for 25-35 years old “agents of change” with civil engagement experience and access to the local community from Germany and Ukraine.

The young participants will engage themselves as “multiplicators” that will spread the knowledge, skills and ideas developed during the project in their local communities. Furthermore participants are required to participate to the master-classes with handcrafters and prepare and take an active role in the swap markets of knowledge and skills. The participants will be invited to adapt creatively the knowledge acquired during the master classes with handcrafters and present it during the public events in Berlin and Kharkiv.  More information in the Call For Participants!

 

Sounds like you? Please, fill the Participant application form and send it to us until 25th of June 2018 to Email address reclaimcity@gmail.com!

sustainABILITY: hands on

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CALL FOR GERMAN PARTICIPANTS

GERMANY based participant wanted!!! Erasmus+ KA1 training course "sustainABILITY.3 Hands on improvement of self-organisation in youth collectives" in Brandenburg, 21.-28. october! apply asap, deadline - till Friday, 6th of October!
More information - please check call for participants!
Interested - download the Participant Application Form and lets go! Please fill the Participant Application Form and Send us (ruuta.vimba@trial-error.org) ASAP or until Friday, 6th of October 2017!
 

Baikal Cleanup 2017, or Kulturlabor goes off-roads

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Kulturlabor @ MakerFaire

Letzte Wochenende hat der Upcyclers-team auc Kulturlabor an Maker faire Berlin 2017 Berlin mit DIY Visitenkarten Workshop teil genommen! Es war eiin hackiges weekend auf dem Maker Faire Berlin mit Kulturlabor crew&Freunden aus StartUpcycling und ReThink Festival #3 als auch virtuell Verbund Offener Werkstätten:
wir haben Müll gerettet, Papier geschöpft, Stempeln begastelt, mit eine menge von Leuten geredet, uns besser kennengelernt, rieesige mengen von Sachen mit unseren lastenrad Maureen transportiert ... also, schön! Danke euch allen für gutes Zeit, Unterstutzung und tolle Ideen für zukünftiges Zusammenarbeit!

Mehr um Maker Faire - https://maker-faire.de/berlin/

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Calls for participants: Summer with Kulturlabor

Hello, dear! Summer is here, with its sunshine, flowers, storms and ice cream. Inable to sit still, Kulturlabor Trial&Errror curious minds has prepared a wonderful program, filled with opportunities to join international projects, where we will be working on topics of upcycling, technology and analogue, environmental protection, waste problematics, reclaiming the public spaces and dealing with social inclusion and arts. We are searching for participants that are currently residents of Germany for the following projects:


1. Baikal cleanup 2017 (Burjatian Republic, Russian Federation) - international youth exchange on upcycling and eivornment

2. Reclaim the Hometown (Germany, Ukraine) - German-(east)Ukrainian exchange about public spaces, creative activism&civil society

3. Technological Upcycling (Italy, France) - youth work, technology & upcycling

4. Art2link (Serbia) - community art, Roma community, social inclusion, youth work

5. start UPCYCLING (Germany) - social enterpreneurship, upcycling, nonformal education

 

NB! Please check the target group of each activity as well as deadline for application. The deadlines and contacts, where to send the applications are different for every project! Note that some projects have more than 1 activity.

 

 

 

Join us in the adventures!

 

 

 

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1. Baikal cleanup 2017 - international youth exchange on upcycling and eivironment

 

 

 

Type: ERASMUS+ youth exchange

 

Participant profile: 18-25 yrs, residents of Germany, able to communicate in English, passionate about environmental protection, have ideas and experience, good in social media and/or photography

 

Time&place: 11.-20 August 2017, Russia, Buryatian Republic

 

Topics: experiencing worlds most unique natural resorts - Baikal lake,cleaning up the sites from garbage, developing ideas for wastefree future, working in international group with young people from Germany, Poland, Georgiya and Russia

 

Deadline: 9th of June

 

Contact: ruuta.vimba@trial-error.org

 

Documents:

 

- Call for Participants - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LNRkQVsYRo8F2g7NBpmu0PGUz3xrJN9RsDwgSV5JDNo/edit?usp=sharing

 

- Application Form - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1T6JGXA5mNXKwBUkOJML5l1cr4F-xTPR2nPxaZmbC-vU/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

 

2. Reclaim the Hometown - German-(east)Ukrainian exchange about public spaces, creative activism&civil society

 

 

 

Type: Meet Up! Deutsch-ukrainische Jugendbegegnungen, Stiftung EVZ

 

Participant profile: 25-35 yrs, residents of Germany, able to communicate in English, able to participate in BOTH encounters, community activists, NGO workers, good in social media

 

Time&place: 21.-30.july 2017 in Berlin, Germany and 31.august-9.september 2017 in Ukraine

 

Topics: exchange, explore and bring in action their ideas, ask questions in public, engage the local communities in social issues. Learn about and try out urban gardening, reclaim the space, creative activism and other concepts. Document them and share in the social media.

 

Deadline: 9th of June

 

Contact: reclaimcity@gmail.com

 

Documents:

 

- Call For Participants - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B82GNtGKGZ-zMTRNWVhFQ2hRTVE/view?usp=sharing

 

-Participant application form - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZKdvjlbbJKqY7vOAvc8FZQ0tABlTPUy5L2GEbdN6LUs/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

 

3. Technological Upcycling - youth work, technology & upcycling

 

 

 

Type: Erasmus+ youth workers mobility

 

Participant profile: from 18 yrs, no upper limit, youth worker, experience with upcycling, knowledge of recycled materials, interest in transdisciplinary work with technologies, education & crafts, able to participate in BOTH encounters, community activists, NGO workers

 

Time&place: Activity 1, Pompei: 01-08 September 2017, Activity 2, Toulouse: 04-08 October 2017

 

Topics: innovate in youth work by introducing new practices based on the combination of environmental education and technology-based activities,

 

exchanging on the emergence of digital youth work, sensitizing youth workers to initiatives around DIY and digital culture

 

Deadline: asap, until all participants found, or latest 30th of June

 

Contact:

 

info@digijeunes.com

 

Documents:

 

- Technological - Upcycling - participant - form - https://www.dropbox.com/s/iny18yz6qs3jtp1/technological%20upcycling%20participants%20application%20form.odt?dl=0

 

- briefly about the project - https://www.salto-youth.net/tools/otlas-partner-finding/project/technological-upcycling.7317/

 

 

 

4. Art2link - community art, Roma community, social inclusion, youth work

 

 

 

Type: Erasmus+ Youth workers mobility

 

Participant profile: from 18 yrs. youth work experience, social worker/artist/activist/political actor background, experience working with or within a local Roma community

 

Time&place: Vranje, Serbia, 26.06.-07.07.2017.

 

Topics: art, visual language, activism, youth work, community work, social inclusion

 

Deadline: ASAP

 

Contact: email@trial-error.org

 

Documents:

 

-art2link-info-sheet - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B82GNtGKGZ-zSENEcTBEbnRZNzFobGlKRDVaRnZDbEpibHNN

 

 

 

5. start UPCYCLING - social enterpreneurship, upcycling, nonformal education

 

 

Type: local Berlin based educational activities & public actions, online course, international online networking in framework ERASMUS+ Capacity Building

Participant profile: 15-25 years, interest and commitment to participate in regular meetings and activities, experience in one of the following - social entrepreneurship, crafts, upcycling, environmental activism, social media

Time&place: Berlin, Juli 2017 - February 2018

Topics: social entrepreneurship, networking, upcycling, environmental awareness, participation in public activities

Deadline: 1st of July 2017

Contact: t.wald@starkmacher.org

Project website - http://startupcycling.starkmacher.eu/

Seven, Sieben, Siete - Kulturlabor’s Birthday Party!

On Friday our collective celebrated its 7th birthday!

 

We had a beautiful party with old and new friends, a concert from the wonderful Portuguese band Lavoisier, a gorgeous bar, an amazing buffet, and even a surprise pizza-stand outside. Then a basement dancing flour with music from DJ's Kathrin, Arne Herda, Rafi Gazani and Mezkalito. The Trial&Error spirit did it again! 

 

We are grateful for the presents that this spirit brings into our lives and our surrounding! Thankful for our lovely volunteers, friends and helpers. Those that came long ago and those who joined recently. Appreciating our lovely home here in the Braunschweiger street and our little garden made beautiful due to the loving care of so many hands. Thank you community!

 

Here for another year of kicking and making, swapping, sharing, teaching&learning, playing, gardening, traveling, meditating, lock-picking, bee-keeping, repairing, dreaming, hosting, partying and creating the world we want to live in!

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