“Rhetas workshop takes place in a small, bare room, tucked away on the upper floor of the house. The autumn wind whistles through the empty window frames, but the atmosphere is not uncomfortable. Maybe it’s the familiar context, because very few have found the way here, or dared to? Because here is a particular example of the transformation potential, what is possible to create out of commonly discarded things, materials regarded as waste. Experimenting with old bicycle parts. Rheta shows how thrown away tires, inner tubes, chain links and gears you can make sextoys. On the table are collars and bracelets, Harnesse, belts and whips. How she came to this idea, I want to know. Well, she wanted a toy, but had no money. “At that time I was repairing my bike and then I had this idea.” Rheta laughs. She speaks with a vehemence that is contagious. The words tumble, she looks dashing through between the black glass-frames. “I’m always looking for opportunities for my desires, and suddenly there’s a way.” Rheta convinced. Maybe it’s really true. Ways to try to go. Trial and error. A method of problem solving. It teaches children a lot. Playful. Is that what happened here?
“It’s about learning from each other, to find another form of creativity.” Rheta takes me out of my thoughts. “It’s never how it is planned, when one creates something new. It bounces, it flows, you do not know before. It is versatile. And it’s messy. “Rheta’s terrace overlooks the edge of what is happening in the garden, laughing and rolling her eyes. “But this is the structure of things. You are doing something, and suddenly you see that can also work this way. ”
Idealism and joy in life
Rheta speaks not only of bicycle parts. For her the creative practice comes together topics such as feminism, sustainability, veganism, solidarity. “That’s all there in my workshops.” But most importantly, she says, is that people have fun. “It’s a different way to talk about sex, if you make something yourself. But there is no pressure. People can also make a key-hanger.”