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Shops of Note #3 Die Schrottwichtel

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Spring is upon us, a time for renewal after the long dark winter. All around us evidence of emerging life: Flowers in blooms, trees in bud.

The perfect time, then, for that Spring clean: Out with the old, get rid of the junk.  Or is it?

After a visit to Upcycle shop “die Schrottwichtel”, in Neustädter Strasse I am beginning to change my mind.

Speaking to one of the co-founders, Katja Reincke, I am inspired by her passion for turning junk into treasure.  She specialises in metal, sourcing her material in recycling centres and scrap-yards. She transforms ordinary household objects and scrap metal into ornaments and figurative sculptures.

She delights in showing me around the shop: Bags and belts, which at first don’t seem unusual until a closer look reveals they are crafted from such diverse materials as bicycle tyres, children’s armbands, vinyl records and my favourite, a hardback book.

Katja tells me that the aim of the shop is not to turn over a profit, but to convince people not to throw away so much stuff and to see the potential in the things we assign to the scrapheap.  The only rule in the shop is that 60-80% of the objects created must originate from junk.

An old suitcase lid lined with a map becomes a display-shelf, old children’s books are turned into envelopes and boxes. Once discarded clothes are transformed into attractive jackets and skirts using an overlock technique.

By the way, ‘Schrott’ means junk or scrap and ‘Wichtel” means ‘pixie or imp’ in German.  You could almost imagine pixies to be at work when you see the ingenious ideas at play.

So before you think of throwing something away, Katja suggests it is worth popping by the shop to see if it can be upcycled. Either one of the 6 strong group can find a use for it or you can also take part in one of the upcycle courses on offer.  Non-German speakers are also welcome.

You can check out their website at www.dieschrottwichtel.de and the shop is open 10.00 – 18.00 Thursday and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 – 16:00. Tel 0521 9886284 Neustadter Strasse 7, Nr tramstop Landgericht.

You can also visit it at the Bielefeld museum night on Saturday 27.04.13 until 23:00.

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Two members of Die Schrottwichtel, Katja Reincke and Britta Willecke

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Bielefeld’s Museum Night is on Saturday!

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April 27th is Nachtansichten, probably my favorite event in Bielefeld.

For a flat fee, you can enter all participating museums, art galleries and churches around town, which stay open until 1 a.m. Tickets cost 8.80€ in advance, and you can order them online or get them at the tourist office. Children up to 14 years old can enter for free.

Going to the Museum Night last year was a real eye-opener for me, both in terms of what Bielefeld has to offer and how much fun the town can be when the weather is nice and everyone is out enjoying it! Even if you get museum-ed out, there is food, music and a light display in the Altstadt. We went to 3 different museums last year and spent the rest of the time just walking around and enjoying the night.

There’s Moore to Bielefeld than Meets the Eye

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Last week in our trailing spouses art collective meeting, Patty asked us to create out own personal advertisement for what we liked best about living in Bielefeld to cheer us up over the winter months, (see We HEART Bielefeld ). The idea was, the more over the top the better! So here goes:

 

My niece Madeleine gets an earful

My niece Madeleine gets Moore of an earful

In my opinion, one of the best things to do in Bielefeld is to visit the Henry Moore statue “Oval with Points” in the Sculpture Garden of the Kunsthalle (the main art museum).

First of all, it won’t cost you a cent. You can admire it from afar, circle it slowly, eye it warily, stroke it, hug it and put your head between the points and become part of the sculpture itself. Seriously, there is no limit of the fun to be had with this sculpture. And if you are lucky, you may draw a crowd with your antics.

 

If you live in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, for example, where the Local Council recently sold their Henry Moore statue to the highest bidder to pay off some debt, you are welcome to come here and enjoy our statue. Especially those of you who live in one of the tower blocks on Stifford estate where the statue used to stand; Henry Moore had you in mind, the ordinary folk, when he sold it to the council cut price. Perhaps we can ask the wealthy citizens of Bielefeld if they would cough up the money to pay for your flights over here.

 

Perhaps your local statue has been stolen, and sold for scrap? Like the reclining nude from the Henry Moore estate Hertfordshire worth 3 million, which was melted down for scrap in 2005 for a mere 1,500 pounds.

 

And, if you are from the London Borough of Greenwich where you statue was taken away after a 25-year loan, only to mysteriously appear again during the Olympics, we promise you, our one isn’t going anywhere in a hurry.

 

The Bielefelders are generous by nature and will happily share their Moore  with you.  Perhaps you can find a few locals willing to link arms with you to form a circle of solidarity around the statue.

Come to Bielefeld. Discover Moore. !!!

 

We HEART Bielefeld

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For our Trailing Spouses Art Collective, we each created our own personal advertisement for what we liked best about living in Bielefeld. The theme could also be interpreted in an ironic or playful way. As the idea was to cheer us up in these gloomy winter months and be as positive as possible about our adopted city. So the more over the top the better! Here are a few of our ‘ads’.

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Cheryl designed these book marks inspired by the recent snow, thunder and hail storm last week.

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Piia is in love with the new Stadtbahn and made this picture inspired by a Finnish artist from her home country (Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s BIL aktie BOL poster advertising an automobile retailer in the 1907.)

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Patty’s entertaining ad took inspiration from Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom brochure.

‘Discovering Bielefeld’ course

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I was excited to hear about Claudia Niederhaus’ course (in English!) at the VHS.  ‘Discovering Bielefeld’ starts on Feb 28th for 12 weeks, Thursdays 10:00 – 11.30 am.  For both newcomers and locals wanting to explore, learn more about Bielefeld and practice their English. Native English speakers very welcome too. The class will meet around Bielefeld and discuss topics such as art, culture, history, religion and the English community. Visits include the Kunsthalle, Natural History Museum, Ravensberger Spinnerei, Tierpark Olderdissen and Stadttheater.

Yarn bombing

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As part of a knitting workshop with our group, I spoke about guerrilla knitting – where artists graffiti or ‘yarn bomb’ with pieces of knitted art in public spaces. It’s a growing movement in cities all over the world so I was pleasantly surprised today to see an example here in Bielefeld.

Let me know if anyone spots any more!

Home is where the heART is

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