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Questioning what is worth saving or not, Çöp(m)adam started as an experimental project in Ayvalık addressing the issues of women’s employment in Turkey and the importance of recycling/re-using. çöp(m)adam aims to utilize waste in a creative, aesthetically and unique way.
çöp(m)adam items are produced from the packaging that would be or has been thrown away, by women who have never previously earned a salary. All the products are one-of-a-kind and signed by its producer.
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In reflecting on the last five years, we spoke about some of the things we have learned.
Some of our lessons learned include (in the order as they come to mind):
- the women who work with us will rise to the occasion of opportunity, taking the opportunities given to them farther than many, including myself, would have expected;
- we have steady customers! :)
- most people think our cats are cute even if they don’t move much in the summer;
- the cost of living here in Turkey has gone up more than a lot of people realize;
Now and again, one needs to get away from it all. To get away from daily life as it you know it. Last summer we – çöp(m)adam – closed the workshop for a day and went on our first boat trip We were about 12 people, mostly our ladies, and some of their friends. This year we were 25. A boat trip is really getting away as coming to our workshop is already getting away from daily life as it is known for many of those who work with us. Read more…