TRASH IS TREASURE
This 300 pages book is about seeing beauty in waste, experimenting with global nomadism, thriving for greater awareness via meditation, maintaining courage, passion and uncompromising determination. When you finish reading the book , you will see the world differently. It will change the way you see trash , and the way you can change the world You will see trash as the “gold of tomorrow” and you will be inspired to change many of your small habits to make your life more “conscious.”. Bringing awareness though playful meditation, go vegetarian, re-use your waste , give things a second life. Maybe you will be inspired to become modern nomad, and not be materially attached to things; to live simply only that which is essential. Through the book, you will travel so many countries that maybe you will be curious to discover for yourself another humanity; where it seems as if there is “depravation” but there is “so much”. Maybe you will understand that by changing oneself, by being a living example, one can change the world.
Now I need you to be part of this adventure, to help me spread inspiration and awareness by making this book real. Go to :
and be part of the solution ,
be part of a conscious living community,
be part of this silent revolution
One week workshop held with 6th grade students at paris International School
As a science, we learn the transformation of Tetrapack into wallets and place mats, mouse pads, of plastic bags into skirts and accessories for carnival, and food packaging (cardboard) into baskets and placemats. Students also learnt one craft : weaving. It brought awareness about re using and it is potential
And showed how a a vulgar waste from the kitchen can be turned into beauty and something usefull…
Invited to join the team of the Dessau Architecture School (Bauhaus,Germany) visiting Bardia to plan the construction of a sustainable school, I was asked to run ecodesign workshops at the ecoclub and at the school art classes..
The problem is that rural Nepal is so poor that there is no waste to recycle ! (Ourah! Therefor, there is NO problem ). The children made paper beads with old magazines and poach out of used rice bags.
"Katell Gélébart Die Recyclerin Sie hat nichts gegen Müll – im Gegenteil: Sie macht die schönsten Sachen daraus. Heute lebt die Bretonin in Italien, doch zieht auch weiter durch die Welt.
"Katell Gélébart The Recycler She has nothing against waste - on the contrary: she makes the most beautiful things from it. Today the Breton woman lives in Italy, but she also goes all around the world.
ARTE TV, a 6 mn feature. "Italy : a suistainable fashion ... in Plastic
EUROPEANS AND PLASTIC WASTE Each average European uses 198 plastic bags per year , a significant source of pollution , especially since several decades are necessary for their complete degradation .......
Les sacs plastiques sont indissociables de notre société de consommation – avec son cortège de gaspillages en tous genres – et il est extrêmement difficile de s’en passer. Face à ce constat, nous pouvons toutefois adapter notre comportement et adopter une attitude plus écologique, par exemple en faisant un usage plus durable de nos sachets. On peut ainsi les réutiliser, sans les jeter après un usage unique. Ou en faire une matière première pour élaborer d’autres produits. On parle alors de recyclage ou d’« up-cycling », une revalorisation de la matière plastique. C’est précisément ce que fait la Française Katell Gélébart. Si elle évite de consommer des sachets plastiques en privé, elle les utilise pour ses créations qui s’exportent dans le monde entier.
French version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuWdTC-pFyA
German : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBYS-
Bringing awareness into the creativity of tomorrow's architects.... this was the aim of the workshop. Buildings, construction are one of the activities generating a huge amount of waste and should be addressed. During these 3 days, the students looked for waste and unwanted materials in their surroundings. books, food packaging etc.... but a eventually a green leather coach abandonned in the street was the source of inspiration for many students. They developped "maroquinerie" articles all hand stitched. Bicycle inners tubes were turned into costers or a hammoc, tetra pack woven into placemats, and old books wear embroidered...
view photos of workshop on photo album : left column.
"The simple art of suistainability : no big upheavals but the sum of so many small changes, and habits..." article published in the Italian OSHO times, Nov. 2013 . written by me.
Disposable & ecofriendly Wedding Dress
During my work as an ecodesigner in India, I once had to up cycle some used fabric. I invented a new material call”paper/fabric” . It is resistant and “sew-able” . For me, a wedding dress is the summon of the disposable/ buy-and-throw consumption society because it is worn only once.
So for the “one-time-use-dress” I have used paper /fabric. It was specially made with left overs cotton fabric and old lace I removed from old clothes of mine. The paper pulp is also made of textile rags, rejects of production. This is the first disposable , ecofriendly wedding dress in 100% re-used material.
ART D’ECO Gym slipper shortlisted for the Recycling Design Preis 2013 , the National German award for recycling design
Out of 600 entries, the ART D’ECO’s Gym slippers (car inner tube and used t-shirt ) have been selected for the competition.
The winner will be made public on Sept. 8th and all work will be exhibited at the mARTHA’s museum in Herford (Germany) from Sept. 8th to 10th before touring Germany and Austria.
See website for more info in German: www.recyclingboerse.org
In a special edition focused on " technics of the future" the specialised magazine Karrierefuerer ingenieure has featured Katell Gelebart. " What actually an ecodesigner do, Miss Gelebart ?
Here is the direct link: on pages 66 and 67
ART D’ECO / Collective exhibition hochZEITEN !, castle of Belvedere, Postdam, Germany. April 26th /Oct.
ART D’ECO will take part in the exhibition named Marriages at the Belvedere castle in Postdam ,near Berlin , Germany. A wedding dress in paper/fabric will be exhibited.
For the “one-time-use-dress” I have used paper /fabric. It was specially made for the dress with left overs cotton fabric and old lace I removed from old clothes of mine. The paper pulp is also made of textile rags, rejects of production. So this wedding dress is disposable and 100% re-used material.
"Die Muellerdesignerin wie Katell Gelebart mit Kreationen aus Abfall die Welt Veraendert"
is ART D'ECO's founder and ecodesigner, Katell Gelebart's biography writen by Christine Eichel and published by SCORPIO publishing house.
The book launch wil take place at the Dussman book shop on Tuesday , March 5th from 19:00 to 21:00. The launch is organized by the publishing house, Scorpio.
The Facebook page of the book :https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mülldesignerin/285226684942753
For the occasion , the Dussman bookshop has made a window and corner with ARTDECO articles for sale.
Opening of the LAVERA Show Floor during the Berlin Fashion Week , jan. 2013
Cooperation Lavera to make gown dress out of Lavera’s obsolete wrap, modelled by German celebrities : Magdalena Brzeska, Eva Habermann, Christine Neubauer, Annabelle Mandeng und Mariella Ahrens and Bernhard Bettermann.
photo album on : http://artdecodesign.typepad.com/photos/lavera_fashion_show_berli/
video on :
Multiple projects : making a fence out of old burn beds. the "Bubble fence" is pierced with holes that will let a turquoise light come through in the night + ecodesign workshops with the children + presentation at Last School in Auroville, and New year's eve' presentation " new thinking for new times" with 200 guests.
The catering company Bonduelle has bought our dress made of used frozen spinach Bonduelle. To be exhibited during the next Salon du catering internorga in Hambourg In March 2013 . BRAVO Bonduelle ! you have understood that this is communication material ! Who’s next ? we still have Barrilla, friskies, cafe Frelsen ???
Master Class on ecodesign at the Kharkiv State Academy of design and Arts, Ukraine , Oct. 2012
Students in graphics At the design Acamedy in Khakiv have participated in a Master Class held by Katell. here is the result of their creation, a first hand try with designing with re used materials. Bottle corks turned into coster, umbrella strutures or fabric turned into children's mobil or poach , shirt becoming invitation card and pencil box, wall paper turned into a zen notebook, plastic bags becoming poster with the " macrame" technic , leather jacket becoming a mobile phone poach . so much inspiration and creativity. BRAVO to all ! keep re using ! the brochures bellow have been made by the students.
Following the ART D'ECO presentation at the Yermilov Art Center, the press was enthousiastic to report:
der Kairos-Preisträgerin Katell Gélébart
Ausstellung von Katell Gélébart angedockt an:
"Kleiderberg . vom Leben der Textilien”
Projekt im Museum Industriekultur in Kooperation mit der
Universität Osnabrück (3. 6. - 26.8.2012)
Vernissage: Freitag, den 8. Juni um 19.00 Uhr
Große Gildewart 23a
Fon: +49 (0) 170 484 30 60
Einführendes Gespräch: Valérie Schwindt-Kleveman
Dauer: bis zum 30. Juli 2012
Mi. bis Fr. 15.00 bis 18.00 Uhr
jeden Samstag von 11.00 bis 13.00 Uhr
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ART D'ECO has been invited to refurbish and decorate the new headquarter or " hauptstadtresidenz" of the A.Toepfer foundation in Berlin. Instead of renting a fancy office, the foundation together with 2 others has decided to rent a garden to be "closer" to people and nature. See for upcoming events on :
All the furniture and fabrics are second hand. The paintings are the designer's own creations.
Enjoy looking at the photo album: