Founder and Strategic Coordinator / Justice Activist & Earth Mother
Along with ReFashionReFood, Runa operates Bybaba, a sub-couture laboratory for investigating design and home for an experimental fiber circus of upcycled refashion, creative activism, human development and war on waste. She is also active in Greenpeace and Aktionsgruppe Berlin Clean Clothes Campaign.
Runa has a background on the inter-national art scene as a gallerist and performance artist and is trained in Textile Design, Method Acting, Political Science and International Marketing/Financing.
She is based in Berlin, Germany and Borås, Sweden.
"Fast ideas, slow creations. Making textiles and fashion, taking pictures. Visual addict. Prefers organic/ sustainable/eco solutions. Creating unique, handmade fashion using natural dyeing (plant-based) in slow, dynamic unpredictable processes, with serenidipity as a key word for sustainable fashion solutions and art."
Imagination isn’t the place to hide when reality turns nasty. Imagination is the key to change our journeys. Why not putting values that are considered holistic into one project, properly stir them up and see what happens? In her case it became a world of bunnies, where ethnicity or countries are of no importance. Dismissed things of the northern throw-away society support the sustainable education of youngsters in Central America. She proves that even an old worn out sock can have a global impact – so get active! She was a research associate and holds a master's degree in health economics, however, she turned back to what she is: a traveler, a dreamer, a photographer, a witch, a surfer, a dancer, a musician. Ela does craft sessions and workshops in schools, at festivals, at creative events and kindergartens. Based in Berlin she lost her heart to the Central American jungle and the woods of the U.S. American North West Pacific.
I am my mother’s son and her assistant. I share her passion for nature and thirst for justice. Every little thing and choice make a difference.
Creative Board / ReThink Festival Team Member
"What if we dare to dream? What if we dare to dream a world where everything and everybody works together in reciprocity, where nothing comes at the expense of something else, where we create from inner freedom instead of out of lacking, fear or mistrust, where we can see ourselves as well as the other, where differences help us grow instead of fight?
We are the change - each and everyone of us - it starts with the smallest decisions and bringing awareness into every little moment! "
Hannah founded erie Berlin in order to implement and bring her vision into matter and works with high values of sustainability. With a background in the ready-to-wear fashion industry, she now develops new, circular and responsible ways of design, consumption, production, and manufacturing that are in harmony with the environment and society.
erie is an array that creates sustainablilty through a cradle to cradle inspired design of clothing and steps away from the linear system of TAKE-MAKE-WASTE, but instead turns towards a circular way of creating as MAKE-USE-RETURN - all parts of each product are completely compostable after the user’s and re-user’s phase. erie seeks to make all processes as transparent and accessible as possible in order to support the flow of information, communication, exchange, and connection.
"We are everything and everything is us."
With this value all products by erie are created. A piece of clothing is a collection of stories and energy that are transmitted to the holder - the story starts with the land and the seed of the future fiber. Everything that is disharmonic on the way will become a part - chemicals, exploitations, unequal trades, etc. erie explores and pursues to keep harmony in all steps of the process. The person wearing the garment is asked to become part of the process as well by treating it in a sustainable way in order to extend the garment’s life-span, meaning washing procedures, recycling or bringing it back to erie to be recycled into something new!
"I consider myself an artist or at least I try to be one. I'm a screenprinter, oil-painting guy, airbrusher, cook, gardener and I want to learn sewing. I print on fabric and clothing with colours; blacklight-active, phosphorizing, reflective, colour changing. Good club-wear. Mostly the clothes that I print on are deslaved, which means they are thrown away by the consume-system and then brought back with colour on them."
Brian's focus is to connect people and ideas. He created a group, "Lush Works", which is a media production company that also is an art gallery in the mountains of North Carolina.
Brian currently lives in Marcala, Honduras. Here, he works with COMSA - "Cafe Organico Marcala" in the areas of coffee, education, and media. The project is called, "La Finca Humana." The purpose is to create a new system. To break the barriers that constrain our development as people. To evolve and generate new ideas with education, agriculture and the relationships between us.
"La Finca Humana" is a documentary but also an ongoing development and education program where he is using coffee to connect the dots.
Svenja is an anthropologist by education and has always nosed around in the fields of food production by working and researching on farms and especially the connection between the community building that arises in meeting around food. In 2011 she stranded in Berlin and since then works and contributes to the Prinzessinnengarten.
Nomadisch Grün (Nomadic Green) launched Prinzessinnengärten (Princess gardens) as a pilot project in the summer of 2009 at Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg, a site which had been a wasteland for over half a century. Along with friends, activists and neighbours, the group cleared away rubbish, built transportable organic vegetable plots and reaped the first fruits of their labour.
Prinzessinnengärten is a new urban place of learning. It is where locals can come together to experiment and discover more about organic food production, biodiversity and climate protection. With this project Nomadisch Grün intends to increase biological, social and cultural diversity in the neighborhood and pioneer a new way of living together in the city.
Alexis is the Bacteria Barista with a penchant for adventure, and experimentation!
Plenty of traveling, farming, and cultural collisions have led to the formation of Edible Alchemy CoLaboratory - events, talks, and DIY workshops where participants are invited to explore the microbial universe through taste, smell, touch and discussion.
Fermentation is quickly becoming a lost art but we are here to reclaim it as an energy efficient food preservation technique rooted in our cultural past.
Worldly linguist and autodidact fiber artist Albena Stateva is born in Bulgaria, and lives and loves since long in Berlin.
Through her artistic work she expresses her for zest for life and freedom. She uses wool, old lace or worn knitwear, that she enhances or destroys with a crochet needle, in order to create something altogehter new.
Lena manages public relations and partnerships for projects that use art, fashion, and technology as tools for social change. As the co-director of A.muse Berlin she advocates creative activism and organizes pop-up art workshops at clubs, community spaces, and refugee centers in Berlin. She is the founder of The Athena Initiative, a creative support network for women. Her poetry and personal work explores gender, identity, power, and intimacy in late capitalism.
Erika likes to call herself a positive product/service designer. She believes that design is a new form of positive activism, that has the potential to become a powerful tool in tackling and possibly overcome environmental and social issues. She is driven by a real, genuine and strong motivation to develop design projects that can highlight existing problems and potentially solve them.
One of her latest projects called Gaia Cabinet, is a piece of furniture that contains earthworms and organic waste, that produces rich, nutrient soil. It is used as an educational tool to teach children how to compost with earthworms, how to prevent and recycle food waste, how to grow food in a healthy soil and keep a balanced diet, the importance of the lifecycle and to connect with nature.
Erika has a background in Fine Arts, Graphics, Textile, Crafts and Product Design. Although she is based in Berlin and London, she has a deep connection with wild places, and therefore you will most likely find her in forests or jungles.
After years of research in developmental toxicology and developmental neuroscience in Sweden and Germany, Dr. Aiello, aka Kiara, a Venezuelan based in Berlin, aims to take scientific facts out of the laboratory and into our daily lives.
Through different science slams and workshops at Kulturlabor Trial & Error and TEDx, Kiara has been learning and spreading "how not to get poisoned by our daily routines". While performing these activities, she is day dreaming about the Caribbean Sea.
Join Kiara and enjoy the ride towards environmentally friendly living… optimizing your habits has never been more charming!
Hello! My name is Régine and I am a professional volunteer and green planet fighter. I love knitting, coffee, music and the giraffes! I am feeling very excited about doing some creative musical volunteering for the ReThink team. Let us spread care and love!
An initiative to empower and promote the economic development of vulnerable women in India and Kenya. By teaching these women how to make accessories out of recycled materials, the project aims to develop the spirit of autonomy and create new economic and social opportunities.
After working as a fashion designer in Brazil, her home country, followed by a period living abroad, Carla decided to invest in female protagonism, a decision which would ultimately change not only her life but those of many other women. She moved to India in November 2015, and has since been teaching women who do not have access to job opportunities how to design and craft accessories. This work allows marginalized women who have limited education and experience to become financially stable, foster positive social networks, care for their children and improve their quality of life.
Currently, Project Três provides job opportunities for more than 30 artisans in India and in Kenya, and has empowered over 80 women since the beginning of the project. The women learn how to produce everything in fair and ethical conditions, making their own collection and developing items for fair trade brands around the world too.