Inspiration

‘The Art of Repair’ is a beautifully shot film about repairing and those that do it.

While studying for her MA in Product Design at the RCA in London, Jane ni Dhulchaointigh had a bit of an idea. “I don’t want to buy new stuff all the time. I want to hack the stuff I already have so it works better for me.”  She went on to invent Sugru a self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand and sets into a silicone rubber.

MENDRS aim to make mending visible, make mending political & make more menders. A research activist project by Jonnet Middleton, Beck Collins and Giuseppe Salvia. Their manifesto is as follows:

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Futuremenders Jonnet Middleton’s art activist project “is fun and deadly serious art activism. It sidesteps the traditional art world, cutting to the real business of art in an age of crisis – to futureproof our lives. It prepares us for barely imaginable but plausible futures where forgotten skills are vital for survival.The monumental scale of the Futuremenders mission is to subvert our addiction to short-term shopping by spreading the joy of making and mending together. Let’s mend life’s discarded fragments, used, loved and beautiful. Let’s give our things new lives and our lives new actions.”

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Zosia Poulter‘s Lonely Parts project:

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Fixperts partner up designers with individuals who need help to fix something in their everyday life. They ask each of the partners to make a film about their collaboration which they post on their website. Watch their introductory film to find out more:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/59305994″>Fixperts – Introduction</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user16345187″>Fixperts</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Sadly, Platform 21 is no longer running but they have a fantastic archive of repair activities and events which took place over the course of the project. Platform 21‘s repair manifesto:

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The Story of Stuff insightful short film about where our stuff comes from and goes to.

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