Hackney Half Mare Street South

 

Abby has recently collaborated with JA projects to support the development of Mare Street South, a working group consisting of Beck Road Residents Association, Mare Street Traders and St Joseph's Hospice to promote a community focused, holistic approach to development of their local area. 

 Mare Street South Family Day provided an opportunity to connect the local parties and occupy the street through play and pageantry. 

 Big thank you's to all who joined us and contributed with extra big shout outs to Diddy's, St Joseph's Choir, Super Sevens Off Grid sessions and Wren for her chocolate mice. 

(Thank god we have a extra long garden to pull of a 12 metre foil blanket banner)

 

Material Totems with The Cass

 

Material Totems was a workshop, led by Mollie, for Studio 5 of BA Interior Architecture at The Cass. The one day workshop challenged students to explore and produce three dimensional emblems exploring symbols, form and imagery of specific sub cultures in order to develop their design project.

 

 

Soft porn spoon

 

Whilst exploring themes of social and political transactions through food, Abby developed 'Allegory of the long spoons' as part of her inital M Arch project at Central Saint Martins. The public performance references the story in in which diners in heaven and hell are presented with bountiful banquets and only long spoons from which to eat them. In hell, they are blinded by greed and cannot negotiate the tool and hence cannot eat, in heaven they happily feed each other and enjoy the spread. 

The double ended utensil and associated furniture and dining arrangement explore themes of intimacy and trust. Mollie and Meg have since adopted feeding only each other at every meal time.

 

Behind the build for PFxSP Sessions Station

 

Take a little look behind the scenes of our latest Sessions Station build. Shout out to Richard for allowing us to use his wonderful space, to Jay for letting us borrow his giant clamps (life saver) and to Gary Rogowski for teaching us everything we know about Router Joinery

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Q&A with The Architectural Review

 

We were delighted to do a Q&A with @thearchitecturalreview on Humanity is Unity as a case study for Studio Bleak's Climate of Dissent Competition. We believe in the power of occupying space as a medium of protest and the active role we have in delivering real social and environmental change. We look forward to seeing the competition entries!

https://www.architectural-review.com/subscriptionalert?rtn=https://www.architectural-review.com/competitions/competition-climate-of-dissent/10031605.article?blocktitle=competitions&contentid=16563&v=1

 

 

Bags Beyond Borders

 

As Creative Director of Help the Homeless, Abby has recently been involved in organising their annual Family Fun Day, an entirely free event aimed at asylum seekers, refugees and low income families. Keen to find a new use for the unwoven bands from our RIBA Beyond Borders installation, Humanity is Unity, we turned them into bag straps! 125 bags and probably even more hours later, Doing Bits Studio brought the bags to Family Fun Day for families to print, paint and take away. 

 

Humanity is Unity gets a new home

 

As the Beyond Borders exhibit at RIBA North drew to a close, we were keen to find a new home and use for Humanity is Unity. Now unwoven, the bands have been stored for a series of craft workshops we are planning to run with local asylum seeker and refugee women later on this year (watch this space!). We have also rehomed the structure to Sudley Walled Garden to support the activity of social enterprise Growing Sudley. At a recent consultation event we ensured the structure was settled in by running a natural weaving session, of which we intend to do more of as the sunnier months draw in.

 

We won!

 

We started getting to grips with the design for our winning entry to RIBA's 'Beyond Borders' competition in sunny South Liverpool

 

(Disclaimer: no slugs were hurt in the salt process)