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).
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.
Check out the types of things we fixed at our last event.
This event is part of Ireland’s National Reuse Month. This October is all about reuse. Its valuing our stuff, by using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. This avoids the need to extract raw materials, manufacture and distribute new stuff, and avoids waste thereby cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.
Do you have broken items at-home – clothes, small appliances, toys, electronics?
No need to throw them away! Save your things from the landﬁll and your wallet from having to replace them.
Bring them to our repair café and learn how to ﬁx them together with our volunteers. We have tools, materials, space to work on your item, and repair experts who will help you with your repair.
We are bringing the repair cafe to this year’s Dublin Maker. There will be 50 makers will taking over a tented village of invention. From traditional Aran jumper-making, to AI racing robots, we have everything to keep robots warm and content, but also lots for humans.
The event gives you the chance to speak to makers who have created everything from wooden sculptures to lightweight jewellery, from 3D-printed cosplay props to giving coffee pods a second life as hand-crafted jewellery.
We will be showcasing a mix of our projects and also a repair café. So don’t come empty-handed to the festival on the 23rd of July in Merrion Square.
What objects can you bring in?
Clothes and accessories
Small electrical appliances and electronics
Small furniture … and many other things! Safety (PAT) tesitng for electrical devices will be available.
Irish consumers recycled a record number of electrical items last year, but WEEE, the country’s largest e-waste scheme, has warned that we need move to a more circular economy whereby we repair rather than recycle. But how easy is it to get a washing machine or toaster fixed? And is it worth your while? Henry McKean has been finding out.