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.
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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.
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.