Upcycling @ The Makery


This summer was full of ecofriendly ideas and creating. Jella and me were organising and holding workshops in the lovely, open minded and ground-breaking irish village Cloughjordan. As soon as I entered the Makery I felt at home. The picturesque house with all it´s creative content was just too adorable. Every day we stepped into a world of spinning wheels, dreamcatchers and woven rugs. We had an own room and mostly we worked and stayed there the whole day and evening. As crazy as we are sometimes until 1 o´clock pm :)


We gave upcycling workshops, wax batik workshops and produced a lot of things mostly out of old stuff.

Besides creating we had a good time. We enjoyed walking through the eco-village with little Ella, going out in the pub with lovely woofers from all around the world, learning how to spin, playing with cats and much more…

Thanks to everyone involved! Special thanks to Jella, Johanna, Yule, Philippa, the woofers, Wendy & Pat. It was an unforgettable time!

The eco-village in Cloughjordan is also a wonderful example that we can do something in order to reduce the stains that our ways of living are putting on the ecosystems on which we all depend. I think that we live in a time where we all need to rethink our way of living. We have more than ever, but are not happier, not healthier not richer…

The paradox of our time in history

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space; we’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less; we plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait; we have higher incomes, but lower morals; we have more food, but less appeasement; we build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication; we’ve become long on quantity, but short on quality.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology has brought this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to make a difference, or to just hit delete…

By:  Dr. Bob Moorehead