Renate Schweizer
1979–1982Trained at the Puppet and Mask Theatre in Bochum, Germany
1984–1988Art Institute of Boston, M.A., Scholarship for the gifted from the Markel Foundation and the Ministry of Education of North Rhine-Westphalia)
2005Artist-in-residence in Delhi
2008–2016Participation in the Hanji Paper Fashion Show in Jeonju, South Korea
2016Set up her atelier in Karlsruhe, Germany

Renate Schweizer

What some people regard as waste serves Renate Schweizer as a sustainable material for creating her art, which she crafts from used tea bags. “For me, it’s important to take responsibility for the ecological footprint I leave behind me,” she says. The philosophy behind her work is to transmute something that has become worthless into something valuable again, something ugly into something innovatively aesthetic. She creates installations, objects, collages, sculptures, dresses and hats from used tea bags, some of which she gets from her clients. Since 2008, she has showcased her dresses and hats made of used tea bag paper at the annual Hanji Paper Fashion Show in Jeonju, South Korea. In 2015, she came up with the idea of transforming tea bags into jewelry and accessories. She’ll be exhibiting her first edition at the Eunique 2016 fair. The prices range from 60 to 3000 euros.