Gallery: Repair Cafes in The Netherlands Give Life Back to Broken Objec...


A new brand of DIY self-sufficiency is spreading across The Netherlands. Skilled craftswomen, mechanics, seamstresses, and handypersons are banding together to resist disposable consumer culture. It is the rise of the Repair Cafe, a place where neighbors get together to extend the life of their material belongings. “Fixers” mend clothes, restore furniture, rehabilitate electrical appliances, and enjoy each other’s company while industriously toiling away. The first cafe was founded by Martine Postma in Amsterdam in October of 2009. Today, there are 20 fully operational Repair Cafes, and 50 more in the planning stages.

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  1. lkvee March 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    We love the choice of words, but we want to think the model has ALREADY been adopted far and wide, not only in Brooklyn, but also in places like the West Seattle Fixers’ Collective. will continute to feature even more fixerspaces in the future!

    Brooklyn does have the Fixers Collective. They get together at least once a month to fix anything people can carry into their primary residence at the Proteus Gowanus gallery. They’ve been around since the gallery’s 2008/2009 Mend exhibit. You can read and see more about them on HuffPo Green, Grist, Vimeo, and their Facebook page.

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