Why would you leave your corporate job and start working with your hands? In this series, I'll talk to people who took this step and find out what made them take this decision, how they tick, what do they love about their new life, and how do they make a living out of it. Yes, on this podcast, we'll talk about money, and try to be as honest as possible.
See the works of my guests at @craftspod on Instagram
Teaching upcycling-with a former fashion designer
After spending several years as a fashion designer for a big brand, and seeing the shocking working condition in the garment sector, Sigrid decided it was time for a radical change. So she has stopped buying new clothes, and decided to teach upcycling and repairing clothes to kids and adults in Berlin. She’s been doing it for 10 years now, and now also has got a YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEZ87S_V-ifAbidDy7no5gQ).
And this podcast now has a partner! Check them out at Liberteco.net.
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From graphic design to a girl with a drill
“The bar in this industry is so low, that if you just turn up on time, you're already standing out”- can you guess what is the job that my new guest does? Well, of course, it’s renovations- or, to be precise, smaller home improvements like painting and building furniture. Charly, from the UK, moved to Berlin to work in graphic design, but, being faced with very low salaries in that field, decided to look for something else. That’s how she ended doing home improvement- one of the very few women who do it professionally.
See Charly's company at @drillerqueens on Instagram,
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Macrame is alive and well
"Don't start developing a whole collection of things and writing a business plan, just test one thing and see what works". This time, I'm talking to Greta Bolzoni, an Italian set designer who has just started making and selling her own macrame bags. What is it like to be a freelance artist in Germany at the peak of the pandemic (not that terrible actually!), and what to look out for when making macrame accessories? Listen to find out.
See Greta's work at @te.x.ur
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Kokedamas on flea markets: can you get any more Millennial?
Welcome to episode 7, where we talk with Mar, who came to Berlin all the way from Maljorka, to try living in a big city. At the start of the pandemic, she tried making kokedamas ‒ then one thing led to another, and she started selling them on the city’s flea markets. She’s tried two so far- and told me all about it.
Mar’s Instagram: @koked.amar
My instagram: @craftspod
Opening Berlin’s first Italian pastry shop
Giorgio, the owner of @giomeccapastry, who came to Berlin from Italy just for its nightclubs, but ended up opening one of the city’s first Italian pastry shops. We talk about becoming a pastry chef, renting a shop in Berlin, and Germany’s terrible eggs.
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Mad as a hatter: Tatiana on modern millinery
Tatiana moved from Moscow to the UK and then to Berlin ‒ and now has her own brand of accessories and hats called “Beretkah”, which started with odd bits of unneeded fabric, and is now worn by brides and TV stars all over Europe.
Check her and other guests on Instagram at @craftspod
You can see her work at www.beretkah.co.uk
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