Über uns / about T&E


Mehr als nur ein Tauschladen für Kleidung und Bücher: Wir tauschen und teilen Skills und Kenntnisse, Zeit, Kreativität und die Bereitschaft immer weiter zu lernen. Wir bieten eine Vielfalt an Workshops an und nutzen dabei eine noch größere Vielfalt an Materialien - alle gefunden, containert und/oder von einem traurigen Ende gerettet - und ihnen so ein aufregendes, neuen Leben ermöglicht. Folgt uns und unsere Arbeit in der ganzen Stadt, auf verschiedenen Events und Festivals, oder organisiert eure eigenen Workshops bei uns!




Not just a place to swap clothes and books etc, Trial&Error also swaps skills, knowledge and space in exchange for people’s time, willingness to learn and creativity. We offer an array of workshops using a diverse range of materials- all found, dumpster-dived and rescued from a sad ending – and then transformed into a new funky life. Follow us around the city at various events and festivals, or simply get a group together and have a private DIY workshop in our space.




Kulturlabor T&E team


Ruta Vimba


Ruta is holding the hand on the pulse of Trial&Error e.V. since its birth. Bringing experience and knowledge on media work, non-formal education, project management, crafts and cultural heritage, she is currently engaged with coordinating the volunteers and interns, working as a trainer for training courses and workshop sessions on community building and creative activism, coordinating the Recyclingbotschaft Richardkiez project, urban bee keeping, working on social inclusion with newcommers or gardening. Find her at swap shop, making a publication or networking or in the garden!


Sandra Wiesthal

Chairwoman aka. Big Boss, Social Responsible Trash&Graphic Designer.


Sandra is freelancing in trash, arts and diverse design projects and involved in various creative, social and environmental projects. Also working with youth, non-formal education and strives to realize social and economic responsibility by using her creative skills to make the world a better, more sustainable place. Sandra loves paper, teabags, building furniture from random wood, turquise, birdcages, stamping, hanging garden, compost boxes, her pink motorbike and raw cakes. 

http://sandrawiesthal.jimdo.com/ or sandra [[ @ ]] trial-error.org



I love upcycling! Creativity comes out of me best when I use materials and objects that already have their own story. We live in a world full of things and wisdom, enough for us all to share and enjoy. That's my motivation to share food, clothes and craft knowledge.



A scavenger, gleaner, upcycler and printmaker, she is most commonly known as the 'Bacteria Barista'. Alexis is the co-founder of Edible Alchemy CoLaboratory, in which she gives DIY workshops on fermentation, bacteria, yeast and probiotics - often using saved vegetables, fruits, foods and recycled vessels. Be sure not to miss her fermentation workshops!





Masha takes care of the swapshop, upcycling workshops, designing printed materials for T&E, as well as giving hugs and massages! Project writing, fundraising and implentations keep her up all night, as well as helping with in- and outgoing EVS. She started as an EVS volunteer from October, 2014 to September, 2015.




Jenny loves swap shop, gardening and decorating. Playing with money from time to time, she keeps big jars of coins under her mattress as a perfect bookkeeping board member. Interested in social equality, she think that taking care of people, environment and fair economy are necessary to create a better world. She studied yoga and sociology and has founded her own upcycling fashion label in 2012. Collecting every kind of stuff, she can improvise out of everything, loves to be creative and never forgetting color in it. She has one artistic seed inside which only wait to grow! 



Tau Pibernat


Together with T-errorist team since the early prehisoric times, where we used to make trasc parties, mad actions in public spaces. Created the visual identity of Kulturlabor with her creative and vivid pictures. With time became board member, taking her hand on the pulse of the organisational development. Studying material and surface design. Nowadays find her coordinating swap shop, or mixing some natural substances to create magic!



Jule is mainly involved in our activities with kids...


She takes care of the Eltern-Kind cafe. By side that she is offering every week with our amazing EVSpeople a GardenWorkshop  in the löwnezahngrundschule, around the corner.
Sometimes you can met her as well in the swap shop on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Wall of fame - Exerrorists



Nature lover, she went out of the woods to do her EVS in Trial&Error. Waiting for sunbeams to ride again around the european cycle (or not) paths. Meanwhile, bikes are never out of her mind and she build the new Trial&Error cargobike in order to go around the city picking up trash, spreading material and ideas.





Not your normal EVSr-Artist, Trainer and Facilitator! Specialized in enviromental and participatory art, expressive art therapy, DIY and a permaculture activist, co-funder of NEW LOOPS, transdisciplinary association. Joana has been involved in multiple projects visioning sustainability and environmental awareness, active citizenship, minorities integration and empowerment.

Louis-Marie Degez


Our woodworker. Louis is such a big fan of wood work, that he simply set up the T&E basement as a wood workshop (one must not mention how much cleaning had to happen before being able to do so :) )  and is our number one when it comes to working with building and fixing!



Julia Vernersson

Co-founder, Member of the Board. Is passionate about facilitating creative processes, open source ideas, collaborative working methods and new media. Has been busy with international projects related to youth, freedom of speech, media and do-it-yourself culture since 2006. Now Julia is juggling work and parenthood and still doing hear projects whenever there is a slot in her life.



Seema aka MamaTrashBags

stayed with us for over 1 year, kicking asses, doing crazy workshops and upcycling all around, but will stay with us in our hearts for her kind, loving and smiling soul
Seema came to us, begging to be rescued from Hausfrau duties, a Jill of all trades, mistress of none, limited choice works for her - swapping and sharing are her skills - she’s adept at making the best of what she lands with/gets/finds, from food to clothes to transforming junk/trash into useful or just spunky things. She hangs out with textiles, words and stories (tall tales and short ones), colours, people (big and small) and papery bits, she’s a patron of contemplation and contradiction, when she finds a new-to-her outfit that fits just right, it makes her day.



One of our first EVSer, stayed for one year and is occasionally still giving workshops with us or supporting the RC Festival.

I put my hands on what I consider a "useful art", be that bookbinding, lino- or screen printing. Motto "DIY-not-buy" moves through many activities of my life and enthusiastically occupies more and more space there, hoping for better self-sustainability in communities we create with others alike.

Zita Nikolett Balogh-Auer


Worked together with Kulturlabor Trial&Error team via ERASMUS+ European Voluntary Service from October 2014 until September 2015.

PR, internal communication, social media, DIY workshops, networking activities, volunteer management. Set up this awesome website on jimdo! Find the precious hand-embrouded postcards from Zita in Kulturlabor T&E treasure box!