Along with ReFashionReFood, Runa also operates Bybaba, a sub-couture laboratory for investigating design and home of an experimental fiber circus for upcycled refashion and fashion activism. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Environmental artist and water activist Jeanette Schäring works in the borderland between art, science and philosophy. Through poetic installations she puts in motion biochemical colour processes in water, visualizing questions about the impact we have on the environment we live in and are a vital part of.
"Mine is a creative practice, that recognises that my responsibility and passion as an artist is to help serve a more compassionate, empathic, collaborative and beautiful, life-sustaining world. I strive to spread knowledge about sustainability, both its social and cultural aspects, placing people and nature at the core of any activity or public engagement."
"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."
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.
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.
Coordinating Force Folkuniversitetet Borås, key partner
Folkuniversitetet (People's University) offers popular and adult education across Sweden. Their idea is to give people the requirements to live a fullfilling life through knowledge. Knowledge leads to change. Folkuniversitetet is open to everyone and the idea of popular education - the lifelong right of all people to freely pursue knowledge - permeates their pedagogy, organisation and values. Folkuniversitetet is an independent adult educational association, with an international perspective and scientific approach.
"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!
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.
"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."
"We are consumers of meaning not matter.” — Jonathan Chapman
Positive change comes through being aware. In projects like Counting the Closet and Resources Pattern I worked on bringing awareness to our material possessions and visually communicating the challenges of sustainability in the textile industry.
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!