December 2, 2016 @ 12:58 PM
I'm collaborating with Jane Theau and a group of people seeking asylum in australia to make a tapestry couch for the Auburn Community Centre. The project is connected to my PhD which is incorporating principles of Narrative Therapy into a design process. We ran a story telling workshop to design some of the imagery with the focus on collecting stories of friendship with the Friendship Garden. The project looks to expand the narrow storylines which can define groups of people by 'spending time' with other stories, ones which may be less explored but ones which bring life to a community. The intention is to thicken these other stories by bringing detail to them, discussing human values and connecting the experiences to ...
December 2, 2016 @ 12:44 PM
I've been watching the technology for printing timber improve over the last few years, and finally the quality is getting pretty good. So got a few panels printed with my illustrations and have been making furniture. So much fun, I look forward to playing with this more in the future!
October 12, 2016 @ 9:38 AM
The Wildebeest Workshop is a family of roving woodwork wagons, built to inspire makers to roam the land, tinker, share and create together. The free plans can be downloaded HERE. They include drawings for a basic wagon, mainly built from a single sheet of ply. However, I encourage you to use recycled materials or shape the design to meet your needs. Once you've made one please email me a photo or share your pics on instagram #wildebeestworkshop.
As part of Sydney Design Festival this year we set up the Wildebeest Workshop outside the UTS Library. We built a few beehives for the roof but a crew from Settlement Services International also came to make their own wagon for their community garen in Auburn.
June 25, 2016 @ 9:22 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 @ 11:02 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 @ 11:51 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 @ 11:45 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 10, 2014 @ 12:55 AM
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 @ 12:14 PM
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 @ 9:52 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 ...