With the scientific support of the University of Padova and the University of Bologna, the IWWG is organizing the fifth Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy, to be held in Bologna (Italy) from May 18 to May 20, 2020.
Katells journey began in her student years as an environmental activist in the fight against nuclear power and deforestation however her commitment to recycling goes back to her childhood when she learned from her family how to reuse almost everything. Katell explains how her enthusiasm for recycling developed in the TEDx Talk ‘Trash is The Gold of Tomorrow’.
In her shop ‘ART D’ECO & DESIGN’ in Amsterdam (http://www.artdecodesign.typepad.com), she promotes her brand and runs workshops on ecodesign.
Katell’s mission to share of her knowledge and expertise in ecodesign, sustainable creativity, recycling in design and fashion, has taken her to countries as far and divers as the Ukraine, India, Nepal and New Zealand where she has worked with local entrepeneurs and academic institutions, especially in the fashion field.
At the base of Katell’s work is a deep awareness for environmental concerns and the wish to help communities find suitable solutions combining waste as a resource and the skills of the jobless, who are often women.
Through her hands-on workshops people learn to source the material, explore the potential in waste and make objects with the craft techniques and low tech means she teaches.
Amongst her many achievements, Katell can list the following:
Twice invited artist at the DUNE Eco resort and at Künstlerhaus Lukas.
Shows in Galleries
Numerous exhibitions in galleries worldwide, among them a solo retrospective at Museum fur Kunst & Gewerbe, WAS DA IST, Hamburg, Germany. Raising public debate on consumption and waste.
2012 Winner for the KAIROS price 2012, the European Cultural Award, A Toepfer foundation, Germany
2013 Publication Biography: Die Mülldesignerin: Wie Katell Gélébart die Welt verändert by SCORPIO, Germany.
2013 TEDx talk, Hamburg, “Trash is the Gold of Tomorrow”, Germany
2015 ‘Trash is treasure’, an autobiographic journey into developing ecodesign and conscious living worldwide.