Archive for September, 2007

A day in the life….

September 26, 2007

Timelapse of day sewing and ironing in our container. Music Deceptacon by Le Tigre.


Ready to roll.

September 26, 2007

After 3 weeks of ironing, sewing, nightime projections, RSS feeds and eating PO boys at Sweet Mammas kitchen we are ready to open the doors on Sentimental Plastics shipping container. The mysterious faces of Courtenay Place have become our friends and the locals around our large yellow box have warmed to us nicely.

Our screen-strips are all sewn together and hanging from the roof of the container the Storybox projection kit is up and running sweetly and so now its…

on with the show…
Saturday 29th
Workshop on how to upcyle /1pm
Vj performance / 8pm
Tuesday 2nd – lunchtime workshop / 12.30pm
Thursday 4th – lunchtime workshop / 12.30pm
Friday 5th – Closing night performance / 8pm

Big thanks to Wellington City Council, Sweet Mammas Kitchen, Green party, Candywhistle, Seb, Jesse camera girl, DMDN students for there support.


Re-usable plastic bag from upcycled plastic

September 26, 2007

With some trial and error we were able to construct a pretty durable and usable shopping bag. This one was made from about 10 fused plastic shopping bags. It took about an hour to make, but now that we know how to do it, it should be much quicker.

Plastic Tie

September 26, 2007

Doug Easterly came by the other day and had a go at upcycling. He made this amazing necktie from fused plastic bags. This saturday he’ll come around the container to make version 1.0 of his geek tie with integrated USB flash drive and solarpowered lighting system.


We need your help

September 17, 2007

We are currently looking for volunteers to come and help us with our project.

The first part of of what we are doing is cutting/ironing/sewing plastic bags to upcycle them into new objects. This process is time intensive and the more help we can get the better!

The second part of what we are doing is video interviews with people about there opinion on the use of plastic bags. These will become part of the video installation that is screened.

Things we need.
– more ironing boards and irons
– more sewing machines

These are times the installation is open and when you can come down to hang out and work with us on upcycling the bags.

The installation is located in a shipping container outside Sweet Mammas Kitchen at the end of Courtney Place, Wellington. Right now at night we have video projections going.

Tuesday 18th Sept (Tomorrow) – 11am – 7pm
Thursday 20th 4pm – 7pm
Saturday 22nd 11am – 6pm
Tuesday 25th 11am – 6pm

Another way you can help is upcycle your plastic bags at home and bring the finished product into us! What we are looking for is the squares of material that are produced once you have gone through the process of ironing the bag.

Check out this link to see how its done. Cheers

Contact if you are keen to help out.

Container Video

September 15, 2007
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Photos from the Courtenay Place site

September 13, 2007


This is the container that we will be working out of. It is located in front of Sweet Mothers Cafe on Courtenay Place, right next to the giant camera sculpture. We’ve had it open for the past two nights. Rob and Craig (from Candywhistle) set up the container yesterday and got it ready for some plastic fusing goodness.

We are currently running a display showing a live feed of data related to our project. We’re using yahoo pipes to create a custom RSS feed using keywords pulled from various websites and search engines. It dynamically updates and displays title and body from the RSS feed. It’s been a good experience being on site and getting people interested in the project. Tomorrow and this weekend Rob and I will be around to create upcycled material from plastic bags. So empty out those drawers full of plastic bags and bring them down to donate to our project. As it progresses we will be running workshops and posting tutorials on how you can make your own material and get on the upcycling bandwagon.

Check back here for updates.

Initial Sewing Experiement

September 11, 2007

Yesterday I had a chance to try and do some sewing. Tim Miller in Industrial Design at VUW gave me an excellent tutorial on how to use his sewing machine. He left me to my own devices and I made a few pouches out of fused plastic bags. Here are a few pictures of one of them.

the pouchstitching detailopeningwhat would you use it for?

I made another similar pouch that turned out pretty good as well. I needed a place to put pens in my office, so I tacked it onto my corkboard. A perfect penholder. I’ll upload some photos of it in action tomorrow.

One of the most encouraging things about this experiment is that I’ve never used a sewing machine before and I really enjoyed it and had some success.

Next up, make a projection screen.