Upcycling and sharing in the capital

“Berlin’s new re-use center – or: If you ever need a saw. Is it trash or can it still do something? A center for sustainable business and reuse is being built at Alexanderplatz.” Kostümkollektiv is part of it. Full article in the Berliner Zeitung from June 3, 2021: https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/mensch-metropole/berlins-neues-re-use-zentrum-oder-wenn-sie-mal-eine-saege-brauchen-li.162964

In action

Our current scholarship holder, a collective of 3 costume designers (Bergit Faßl, Marei Löllmann and Marie Perglerovà) start their work for the protest opera WEM GEHÖRT LAURATIBOR. Music by Anders Ehlin and libretto by Tina Müller already exist and a lot of action on the streets against the sellout of the city.

Open Call: Stock of Costumes – Grant / 2. half-year 2021

Until April 15, 2021, costume designers can apply for a Stock of Costumes – Grant and use our stock of costume at particularly favorable conditions. Interested parties can apply with productions of all genres within the independent performing arts community in Berlin, which will be developed and realized in the second half of 2021. The decision regarding the awarding of the grant is usually made four weeks after the closing date for submissions. The application for the Stock of Costumes – Grant is made by completing the application form, which can be downloaded from our website under Stock of Costumes.

New stock grant holder / 1st half of 2021

The stock grant for the first half of 2021 goes to cultural scientist and designer Bergit Faßl, who works with her interdisciplinary platform a.ACHAT at the intersection of contemporary art, fashion/costume, music and food. The jury chose her promising costume design plans for the music theater project in public space “Wem gehört Lauratibor – Eine Protestoper”. The premiere is scheduled for May 29, 2021 around the area of Kreuzberg’s Reichenberger Straße, Mariannenplatz and Kottbusser Tor.

“Wem gehört Lauratibor” deals with the sellout of the city. Tenants from threatened projects along Reichenberger Straße have joined forces for this project. Author Tina Müller has written a libretto from their stories, which will be set to music by composer Anders Ehlin. The set is being developed by teams of professional stage and costume designers, most of whom come from the projects involved. In a common visual language that is as committed to agitprop as it is to a citational application of elements from fairy tales, sagas and science fiction, the individual artists are given the freedom to realize their respective visions.

We congratulate Bergit Faßl and thank the jury and all candidates for their applications.

Workshop for costume design in theater and film

Sat + Sun | November 7 + 8, 2020 | 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

A two-day introduction under the direction of Silvia Albarella into the world of theater and film costume design for students, drama teachers, amateur theater teams and for all those who work with costumes and would like to get an insight into this profession.

The various aspects of costume design are analyzed by using different costume designs and styles as examples and illustrated by means of slide shows and the examination of concrete costumes. With the help of warm-ups and playful work with colors and fabrics, you will be tempted to design a costume picture on your own. In addition, the participants are also introduced to other practical work, such as mask design, coloring and patinating.
Finally, the result is documented with photos. If desired, figurines can also be designed, gladly also with the help of collages.

The course takes place in our stock of costumes at Kunstquartier Bethanien. At the moment, the collection contains about 15,000 pieces, which are available for trying out and fitting during the 2 days.

The course takes place in a small group (max. 5 persons), applying the rules of distance and hygiene.
Course number: FK2.778
Information on course registration: www.vhs-fk.de, info@vhs-fk.de
Fee: 55 Euro / reduced 29 Euro

Workshop: Upcycling techniques on your own garmen

Every German adult owns on average 95 pieces of clothing (not counting underwear and socks), 40% of which she and he hardly ever wears. If you consider that just one pair of jeans consumes 7000 l of water to make and covers a distance of several 1000 km, you can already imagine the enormous waste of resources that this entails. But what can each individual do about it?

In our 3-hour workshop, you will learn various techniques to redesign and upgrade your clothes so that they no longer have to lie unworn in the closet. You decide which technique you want to use.

Guidance:
Clara Schmidt is a trained fashion designer from Berlin. For several years she has been supervising and leading sewing workshops with different topics for children and adults. Since this year she also works at a studio that repairs and reuses clothes sustainably.

What you should bring along:

  • You can either bring your own clothes or you can choose from our collection (against donation)
  • No previous knowledge required
  • Warm clothes, as the house is not heated

When: Saturday, October 10, 2020: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. & Saturday, October 17, 2020: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Textile Workshop in the Haus der Materialisierung, Otto-Braun-Straße 70/72, 10178 Berlin: Access via Berolinastrasse / Mollstrasse, behind the “Werkstatt” from the Haus der Statistik (view site plan).

Course fee per day: 30 € / reduced 27 €.

Registration: By mail to projekte(at)kostuemkollektiv.de.

Reservation: By bank transfer of the course fee until Oktober 5, 2020 to: Kostümkollektiv e.V., IBAN: DE38 4306 0967 1213 2481 01 / reason for payment: „Upcycling WS 10“.

Open Call: Stock of Costumes – Grant / 1. half-year 2021

Until November 15, 2020, costume designers can apply for a Stock of Costumes – Grant and use our stock of costume at particularly favorable conditions. Interested parties can apply with productions of all genres within the independent performing arts community in Berlin, which will be developed and realized in the first half of 2021. The decision regarding the awarding of the grant is usually made four weeks after the closing date for submissions. The application for the Stock of Costumes – Grant is made by completing the application form, which can be downloaded from our website under Stock of Costumes.

Upcycling Workshop with designer Thimm Hoth

DESIGN AND SEW YOUR OWN CLOTHING

Every year, fast-fashion companies produce tons of clothing which are disposed of after only one year, once worn or even unused. In the two-day workshop with designer Thimm Hoth, you can design new garments from such used clothing, redesigned according to your wishes. Under professional guidance you can change them and create a completely new one out of two pieces, for example. A jacket or dress can be turned into a skirt or a shirt into a shirt, for example.

  • Choose from a colorful pool of used clothes and redesign them into a new garment of your choice or bring your own materials.
  • No previous knowledge required: cutting, spinning together, sewing: You develop your own design with our help.
  • In the end you will have individual, unique pieces that save resources and don’t end up in the trash.

When: Saturday, September 12, 2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. & Sunday, September 13, 2020: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Textile Workshop in the Haus der Materialisierung, Otto-Braun-Straße 70/72, 10178 Berlin: Access via Berolinastrasse / Mollstrasse, behind the “Werkstatt” from the Haus der Statistik (view site plan).

Course fee: 40 € / reduced 35 €. We ask for donations for any old clothes or materials used on site.

Registration: By mail to projekte(at)kostuemkollektiv.de.

Reservation: By bank transfer of the course fee until September 6, 2020 to: Kostümkollektiv e.V., IBAN: DE38 4306 0967 1213 2481 01 / reason for payment: “Upcycling WS TH”.

Open Workshop

For all interested users who would like to work independently on their own projects, we are offering shared use of the Textile Workshop from July 8, 2020. Every Wednesday afternoon you can get the necessary machine certificates and start your projects.

  • Open Workshop (get to know the machines): Every Wednesday from 4 pm to 8 pm
  • First appointment: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
  • Haus der Materialisierung, Otto-Braun-Straße 70/72, 10178 Berlin: Access via Berolinastrasse / Mollstrasse, behind the “Werkstatt” from the Haus der Statistik (view site plan)
  • Registration, also for workshop usage times: fundus-werkstatt[at]kostuemkollektiv.de