10 June 2016
The Maker Library at IZONE in Kiev, Ukraine launched on 3 & 4 June. In the first of a series of Maker Library events, IZONE hosted designer Adam Blencowe to share his making practice and skills.
The launch weekend kicked off with a gathering of the creative community at IZONE, and the unveiling of their beautifully constructed MLN Shelving, complete with a facinating selection of specialist books. Adam Blencowe gave a talk about his practice as a multi-disciplinary designer and his experience as MLN Maker in Residence at Machines Room in 2015, and Ella Reynolds, Programme Manager of the MLN, introduced the Maker Library Network and highlights from the last year.
The next day, Adam led a practical demonstration and workshop using technology innovators SAM Labs componants. The workshop, titled Prometheus' New Toys, enabled participants to build a unique toy hacked together using everyday and found objects they sourced locally. These toys were then bought to life with the aid of wirelessly connected electronic modules from SAMLabs, with the aim of using them to produce a short film and images to showcase their creations online. Some weird and wonderful creations were made, images and films will be available to view online soon.
Check back for details of the upcoming MLN events at IZONE.
About Adam Blencowe:
Adam Blencowe graduated from the Design Products course at the Royal College of Art in 2015. He now works from his studio in Bow, East London. His approach to design combines existing materials and systems in new ways to produce unexpected results. In his work he examines traditional techniques and processes in forensic detail, exploring specific characteristics which enable him to reinterpret them in a contemporary way.
Adam has exhibited his work widely, and developed and facilitated many workshops including for the Crafts Council and SAM Labs.
About SAM Labs:
SAM Labs creates wireless electronic kits that allow users to build their own smart inventions using hardware, software and apps through the Internet of Things. We aim to give everyone the powers of engineering and programming, whilst simultaneously improving motor skills and cognitive development through play.
IZONE is a creative hub and maker lab with open workshops, studios, gallery and café space which brings together the local community. The Lab is the project arm of Izolyatsia: Platform for Cultural Initiatives founded in Donetsk and recently relocated to Kyiv due to the conflict in the east. IZONE and the British Council will be running a programme of workshops and events as part of Maker Library Network throughout 2016-17, with a focus on technology and crafts.
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