Our very own Jeffrey has headed off on a maker-in residency program to Buinho, a fablab in rural Portugal.
The residency is all about getting immersed in various activities related to social awareness and education, ending with repair café with Christmassy vibes. A cultural exchange with different age-groups, community-based educational activities, visit to local schools, and support of the local repair café. The week culminates with the first ever repair cafe held in Messejana at their annual Christmas festival.
Buinho is a Creative Hub and the first rural Fablab in Portugal. Since 2015, creatives, makers, educators, and researchers unite in Messejana to experiment, prototype and learn. The aim of the association is to be an inspiring place, which fosters creativity, collaboration and innovation at the intersection of arts, technology and society. They offer various educative programs, private accommodation, different studios, and a creative residency program open for artists and makers from all over the world.
This residency is part of an Erasmus+ project, entitled “WeRepair”, coordinated by Buinho Associação and whose partners are Fablab Cuenca (Spain) and Mountain Makers (France).
Our mostly annual Christmas decorations are now all packed up and ready to be posted. They will be hopefully on trees very soon. You can check out more photos of the build in our gallery. If you would like one to do drop by any of our events in December. Design by Jeffrey.
The MK Ireland Discord in collaboration with Tog Hackerspace presents an Irish mechanical keyboard meetup! 4th of December from 3 pm in Tog Hackerspace (D12 CF6V behind Mr Price)
Bring your keyboard(s) along and meet other hobbyists, chat about modding and building keyboards, or if you don’t have a keyboard but are curious about mechanical keyboards, come along and try other people’s keyboards and chat with those in the know.
We’ll have tea and coffee available on site and Tog has an affordable tuck shop with fizzy drinks and snacks.
Please add a donation to your ticket to support this non-profit space. Suggested donation: €10
Learn to create a lithograph print by making a printing plate using common items you can find in a kitchen and around the house. Participants will learn a novel and non-toxic process of creative printmaking that’s easily repeatable at home. This workshop is led by our own Louise Nolan.
10 places available.
The course runs from 11 am-5 pm with a break for lunch on Saturday 19th of November. Cost €40 plus booking fee – includes materials. Book via the link below.
Caring for Repairing Exhibition & Féile, is taking place in Kilbeggan, Westmeath, Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th November 2022. There are mending and fixing Workshops, Artist Talks, Restorative Activities and Live Performances, including the première of ‘Turning the Collar’ a documentary on professional repair practices.
We are delighted to be taking part and helping out at the festival. Jeffrey will be on a panel on the Friday of the festival that will explore how we can foster stronger and richer local, repair-based cultures. It would not be a repair weekend without some repairing so on Saturday he will be helping the great people at Jiminy for a special Toy Repair Café. Bring along all your torn soft toys, snapped plastic toys, burst inflatables and “missing a piece” toys. We will help you fix them.