TCC will be sharing the reDiscover Center space with the Young Makers as we host our first fix-it workshop! You are invited to come play with our tools and gain some repair skills under the protective wing of one of our friendly Transition Work Party fix-it folks.
TCC Fix-It Workshop #1
Saturday, June 30th, 2012
11 am – 2 pm
12958 W Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90066
$5 requested donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Here’s what we know for sure we’ll be fiddling with, but feel free to bring in whatever broken object you have that you’d like to take a crack at (with some help of course):
- • repairing audio earbuds
- • minor jewelry repairs
- • fixing a jammed CD player
- • re-caning a chair…
- • and who knows what else?
While the Young Makers are busy with their Mega Take-Apart Crafternoon for Kids (making kinetic art out of what they’ve deconstructed), we’ll be there to provide another perspective—seeing if we can make broken things work again! All ages welcome with adult supervision.
One of the goals of the Transition movement is to help re-skill the populace, helping spread Do-It-Yourself resilience in communities as we head into increasingly uncertain times. Re-skilling also helps encourage the Reduce/Reuse/Recycle/Repurpose/Repair paradigm. In the past TCC has hosted repurposing clothes parties, a twilight bike ride to Bikerowave to learn some basic bike repair, on-the-job carpentry trainings while building a chicken coop, and a concrete post installation mini-course at a rainwater-harvesting system installation work party.
But Transition isn’t the only group tuned into the importance of building community around learning D.I.Y. skills and finding fun ways to fulfill that goal. The Fix-It movement is gaining momentum on many fronts! Annie Leonard, famous for her funny and informative Story of Stuff animation, just posted a 20 minute audio called Fix It, Don’t Nix It>>
Then there’s online resources like iFixIt.org and instructables.com where you can find easy visual instructions to fix just about anything to turn yourself from a consumer into a “maker”… and Maker Faires springing up all over North America—family-friendly conventions operating under the credo “Make, Create, Learn, Hack, Invent, Craft, Innovate, Build, Play!”
Right in Culver City are our new friends Crash Space who call themselves “a collection of hackers, programmers, builders, makers, artists and people who generally like to break things and see what new things we can build with the pieces.” They’re situated in a storefront on Venice Blvd. and have lots of creative projects and events going on, so check them out! (We think the Young Makers with whom we will be sharing the reDiscover space are somehow related to the Crash Space folks, but we’ll know more about that after June 30th).
The New York Times ran an article called The Art of Repair about a Fix-It collective in NYC that evolved from an Art Gallery project. According to the article, a tiny room at the Proteus Gowanus gallery in Brooklyn has become the home to the Fixers Collective, an art project turned community group that meets weekly at the gallery. The collective began as a workshop in the spring of 2008 as part of a yearlong exhibition called “Mend” with the simple, useful premise: people bring broken objects to be fixed, or else come empty-handed with a willingness to help others fix things. No expertise is required. “We call it ‘improvisational’ mending,’ ” said Tammy Pittman, a director of the gallery….
Read the whole story >>
Participate in the cultural renaissance of repair!
So come empower yourself by building new skills at the reDiscover Center on June 30th!