June 25, 2016 @ 8:22 PM
As Social Designers we’re beginning to work with people in increasingly difficult places. We’re equipped with tools to provide considered outcomes but there is little discussion on the complexities of engaging people who are vulnerable or experiencing hardship.
If people have endured a significant number of difficult experiences it can be easy for them to develop a mindset that problems are the status quo. White (1990) refers to this as resignation to a “problem saturated story” which can be disempowering as they are often based on dysfunction and weakness. People in these circumstance can often be difficult to engage as attachment to problem stories can create resistance to change or inhibit their ability to ...
November 8, 2015 @ 10:02 PM
Last week the Wildebeest Workshop had it’s first official outing, roving west to build benches and planter boxes with members of the Friendship Garden at Auburn Centre for Community. The Garden is a joint project between Settlement Services International (SSI) and Auburn Council and is intended as a place for local refugees and asylum seekers to establish connections and engage in meaningful projects. They’re beginning an inspiring project to transform an old Bowling Green into a vibrant community garden; fit with cultural plots, permaculture gardens, a mudbrick entrance and a big community kitchen. Most of the guys had zero power tool experience but they rose to the challenge and by midday our makeshift workshop had settled ...
April 13, 2015 @ 10:51 AM
A record player assembled from recycled bits and bobs:
Deck and Amp from Gumtree, speakers pulled out of an old HiFi, construction ply, veneer from a children's cupboard, facade from dressed fence palings, writing table legs, school library book ends as record holders, hand painted front panel.
April 13, 2015 @ 10:45 AM
Workshop weekend project, making a coffee table from left over wood scraps.
The Mechanic next door welded up the hairpin legs for me...except they were a little wonky.
A matching chock worked a treat :)
April 9, 2014 @ 11:55 PM
For the past two years I've been working with Architect Kevin Bradley on a collaborative design project between Designing Out Crime (DOC) and Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) to design and construct a therapeutic learning centre within the context of a maximum security prison.
The Intensive Learning Centre (ILC) at Mid North Coast Correctional Centre marks a monumental step forward in the delivery of correctional based education in Australia. The brief challenged DOC to create a facility which contrasted the typical harsh environment of maximum security prison and offered a space geared toward education and rehabilitation. A framework was established which outlined various barriers that stood between a learner’s current ...
October 4, 2013 @ 11:14 AM
Play Up is a humour therapy program run by the Arts Health Institute, utilising play to stimulate memory and encourage people to “Play Up to one’s potential”. The program has had comparable results in reducing agitation levels as achieved by antipsychotic medications...without the adverse side effects. To assist the program, Join the Dots held a toy making workshop to equip the performers with a range of toys designed to stimulate memory and provide a little tactile magic.
The event was kicked off by a multi generational performance night which included performers ranging from 6 - 92 years old. We saw mime artists, magicians, musicians, and story tellers, followed by discussion around age and it’s impact ...
July 26, 2013 @ 8:52 AM
The Wildebeest workshop is a pair of movable workshop wagons designed to facilitate community building projects, travelling workshops, roving men's sheds or wandering art projects. The aim is to engourage communities to engage in hands on problem solving through skill sharing and DIY construction. The wagons were constructed entirely from found materials (mostly from an abandoned key factory around the corner). Since it's launch at the Powerhouse Museum in 2013 the wagons have helped art spaces grow, assisted in construction at community gardens, built wedding chuppahs as well as installations at art festivals.
The beests In the Night (Garden festival):
Building partitions at art ...
June 4, 2013 @ 9:04 PM
Recently I've joined a team of people in Marrickville and we're building a creative empire! After three years of incubation, dreaming, imagining, scratches, splinters, magic, good luck we have taken a sports wear factory and transformed it into a wonderful creative space containing a workshop, gallery, performance space, artist studios, jam room and more! The space is created to foster collaboration, experimentation, urban ecology, discussion, radical culture and action. Our doors are open! Check out @jointhedotsworkshop on instagram or...
Contact us to check out the space, utilise it for creative projects or be informed of upcoming events.
More pics of the spaces below:
February 13, 2013 @ 9:28 AM
I was thrilled this year to receive an invite to exhibit at the Interpretations IIII exhibition at Object Gallery.
The exhibition is curated by Andrew Simpson of Vert Design, every two years a group of Sydney based designers are asked to create work with a selected material or manufacturing process, past exhibitions have included glass, sheet metal and sand casting, this year's theme is stone.
For my contribution I've been exploring the way we value gemstones in jewellery making. Underground, all stone is of equal value, but above ground we invent imaginary check-boxes such as rarity, clarity, and level of perfection which we use to determine value. Why are some stones drastically more expensive than others? Because we say ......
June 22, 2012 @ 2:05 PM
Last year whilst squatting in London I helped to run a free community arts centre in an abandoned shop fronts. Read about our adventure in London's creative underbelly HERE