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Social Sewing,Workshop/Participatory Making, 2019

On a weekly basis, the entrance of a former hotel that was converted into temporary refugee housing transformed into a pop-up open sewing lab.
It was set up for use by inhabitants of the building and people from all ages participated. Children learned sewing basics and made small gifts for friends and classmates, while adults used the lab to alter old and donated garments for a better fit.
Some participants with advanced sewing skills used it to create new garments from scratch: evening gowns to attend folk dances or traditional garments from their home country. In the process, they taught others and the building's neighbours became more aware of each other's skills as well as more open to DIY solutions.
The lab was also an opportunity for social exchange in the communal area of the building, overcoming age and language barriers. Participants were made aware of other communal activities and open workshops in the neighbourhood, to promote more exchange between longterm and shortterm inhabitants of Moabit.

Open sewing workshops for inhabitants of refugee housing, Berlin-Moabit. Supported by Projekt Lebendige Nachbarschaft (LeNa).


2019 – Deep Fashion State of Mind book release,The Publisher, Berlin (DE)

2018 – Where are we now? Authorship in Design #2, Designtransfer, Berlin (DE) MA Graduate Exhibition

2018 – Searching for the New Luxury, Musis, Arnhem (NL) Conference & Exhibition

2013-2018 –Rundgang, University of the Arts Berlin (DE) Annual Open House

2017 – At the limits of perception and cognition, Schillerpalais, Berlin (DE) Group Exhibition

2013-2017 – Annual fashion show of the University of the Arts Berlin, various locations

2016 – The End of Fashion, Massey University, Wellington (NZ) Conference & Exhibition

2015 — KANAAN Food x Fashion x Music Fusion, Willner Brauerei, Berlin (DE) Intercultural/Interdisciplinary Event

2018 – MA Design (Interdisciplinary), University of the Arts Berlin

2016 – BA Design (Fashion), University of the Arts Berlin