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


Maayan Anavim


Trash-lover, crafter and designer that enjoys most working with reclaimed materials.

Worried about resources- how can we as a society make sure we are using the abundance we have in a fair and sustainable way? For this we need creativity, care, solidarity. We are building together the networks and infrastructures that allow and welcome the change we want to see.


Maayan is managing the Foodsharing Fair-teiler, active at the swap-shop, hosting groups, upcycling workshops and different events.

Fell in love at first sight with Kulturlabor T&E in the summer of 2013.





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 is only waiting 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. Beside that she is offering every week with our amazing EVS people a garden workshop in the Löwnezahngrundschule, around the corner. Sometimes you can meet her as well in the swap-shop on Tuesdays or Thursdays.


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! alexis@ediblealchemy.co


July loves trees, mixing natural colors, learning from plants, using her hands to put more love and fantasy in her environment, sharing and caring for other beings. She believes in the power of creating the world we want by transforming ourselves, our relations and the place we live in with love.

She is/was active in Trial & Error in environmental education, upcycling/crafts/D.I.Y. workshops, building up our lovely Swap Shop, nowadays you find her repairing and transforming clothes in Näh-Cafe.

Ricardo Valdivia


Graduated from Law School, Universidad de Lima, Peru, 2009. Registred in the Bar Association of Lima, 2011. Master Degree in Public Management from the University of Potsdam, Germany, 2016. Experience in legal consulting and founder of a Peruvian NGO for the inclusion of children and young people with disadvantages obtaining skills and knowledge in project management. Consultant in social entrepreneurship and currently board member of Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. and working in projects related with urban gardening and youth workers. Also, music producer and DJ based in Berlin. My superpowers are planning, event organizer, music freak, networking, strategic partnerships.

Julie* or Jill of all trades, master of some


Joined in 2017. Curious about how things are done, how people can bend the system to make it sustainable and resilient, how community can be build on a long term basis to change the face of our cities, and how we can make our cities friendlier to live in, she tends to create what she wants avoiding buying it, Does.It.With.Others through workshops, organizes neighbors events or festivals and make her hands dirty with soil on a regular basis. On the side, she will be searching for new political, ecological theories and writing writing writing... or making funny hair cuts in heart's shape... as we say here : trial & error, man : ) More in person!




 „The Kulturlabor Trial & Error community is my family.“

Naomi is a real Berliner and her favourite project is the Tauschladen/Swap Shop – a good place to meet friends, neighbours and new people. Naomi is supporting at the swap shop every tuesday and thursday afternoon, welcoming people and keeping order.

Moreover Naomi regularly helps our foodsharing team.




is part of sewing team, supporting Nähcafé/Sewing Café since its beginning.

She loves upcycling experiments, sharing and exchanging in DIY projects.

For sewing we try to avoid taking new bought fabric. There is lots of material available (out of use but still in good condition) and waiting for to be transformed into new favorite pieces.

Also sometimes you can meet Sarah looking after our Tauschladen - introducing people and looking for to swap some vintage dress.

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 Sanghi aka MamaTrashBags

Seema stayed with us for about 2 years, kicking asses (coordinating events/workshops/PR/Recycled Creativity Festival), doing crazy workshops and presentations (PopUps, SoliKon, QM meetings) and upcycling all around, but will stay with us in our hearts for her kind, loving and smiling soul.

She 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!