A photo essay of the re-imagining of a simple bracelet, quirky brooch and a couple of necklaces into a pair of earrings.
If you haven’t yet heard of Do Re Me it’s time to get with the program. The Craft Cubed festival program that is! Do Re Me has created a festival within a festival; ‘Share the Love’ is a celebration of all things crafty with a host of fantastic workshops and creative happenings.
Last Saturday I hosted a bumper four-hour edition of The Treasury at Do Re Me headquarters in Elsternwick. Incorporating a shop and a workshop area, visiting Do Re Me on a grey winter’s afternoon is like walking into a rosewater-frosted cupcake that has just come out of the oven – all warm and tasty, and filled with sweetness and light!
These gorgeous pendants were made by an 11 year old who had carefully selected each trinket to represent the person who was to receive the necklace as a gift!
The Treasury was mentioned in Michael Green‘s article in The Age yesterday, Fix the world, piece by piece. The article talks about FixIt‘s initiative to encourage people to get together in small groups and fix their stuff, as well as the increasing interest in repair in general. It seems you could plan a round-the-world trip based on repair cafes and hubs – I made the long and complicated trip out to visit the Fixer’s Collective while in New York only to find they were closed for the summer, oh well, next time! The Bowe Reuse and Repair Centre in Sydney sounds AMAZING. Anyone want to start one with me here in Melbourne?!
The next Treasury workshop is in two weeks (Aug 25th) – as always, places are limited to 6 so make a booking quick!
The Treasury will be giving three free workshops at the Sustainable Living Festival this Saturday!
We’ll be putting on a taster for those interested in fixing, tweeking or re-imagining their old jewellery.
Workshops will be running from 3 to 6pm at ‘Under the Gums’, Birrarung Marr.
Kicking off this Friday is also the Melbourne Bikefest.
As a lover of art and culture, who uses a bike to just generally ‘get around’, I’m pretty excited about the festival program this year. Of particular interest is the Bikefest Bike Runway which will be showcasing local designers and fashionistas alongside their wheels of steel.
See you there!
Using the Sustainable Living Festival to launch this Melbourne initiative, the goal is to divert waste, build skills, and model systems-thinking by having skilled volunteers guide the public through their own repair tasks in a social atmosphere.
Fix It is a volunteer, community and free public event. Our hope is for people to return home from this event inspired to host their own skills exchanges, big or small. We imagine Fix It events could fit many forms: work drinks, a BBQ, a school club, workshops, a skills auction, a stall at the farmer’s market.
Info for Volunteer Fixers
The Fix It Sustainable Living Fest event needs Fixers (that’s you) 10:45 am-4:15 pm on Sunday 19 Feb. We’ll hold one orientation meeting beforehand around 1 Feb. We are looking for Fixers in the areas of “Stitches” (textiles), “Switches” (lamp repair & rejuvenation), and “Splinters” (woodworking with hand tools). We hope you can bring along tools to use, but will try to help with a small amount of materials to fix/upcycle & common tools. We’re also hoping to provide you lunch…
Interested Fixers, please email April the following info:
a. 1-3 sentences of bio for the public. Who are you? What is your passion?
b. What skills would you like to share?
c. What are your favourite fixing/making resources in Melbourne?
d. Would you like an A4 pin board space to display your business/contact info or project of choice? You can also hand out business cards while you’re fixing if you like.
e. What extras would you like us to provide for your work? Electricity, scrap fabric/wood, sockets, batteries, etc?
Look forward to seeing you there!
I stumbled across this guy as I was Googling The Repair Workshops to make sure we were at the top of the list (don’t judge me), and oh how I smiled for the joys of being alive and finding kindred spirits over the other side of the world!
Roland Roos embarked on a two-year long project (2008-2010) where he fixed things in the public sphere.
“Each repair is intended to restore a particular detail to its pre-damaged state. Before and after the repair a photograph is taken of the unsolicited assignment. The photo taken before the repair is the only existing document of the damaged objects and thus becomes a unicum. All of these unicum photos are on sale for 320CHF each which is the average amount of money that is spent for one repair.”
Jan Vormann is another artist worthy of my ‘smile and sigh’ award for awesomeness – he spent three years travelling the world fixing crumbling walls and monuments with Lego.
Jan says “My work draws attention to the smallest parts of our cities that are falling apart because of the brightness of the Lego.”
I also came across Juliana Santacruz Herrera who has taken it upon herself to fix the sidewalks of Paris with brightly coloured coiled fabric – these are so beautiful and so exciting, I think the blog I found it on sums it up quite nicely; I’m Jealous of Juliana Santacruz Herrera!
On a more practical level (though far less beautiful) are these free bike repair stations set up in Cambridge as part of a program to encourage more people to ride bikes. I’d like to see the City of Melbourne set some of these up next to the Melbourne Bike Share stations around Melbourne – anyone agree?!