Watch out for the new design and make challenge at this years Making Lewes festival 25th - 28th September 2016
This is a pop-up transportable structure we built at Dartmoor Arts Spatial Structures in 2013. The brief was quite similar.
The base is made of several platforms that are laid out. Then timber ribs, that lay on and were attached to the main base, were pulled up, erected and anchored to create a roof frame.
I have also been thinking about bridges and stairs, a way of getting to where you need to be. A machine. I think this idea would be harder to execute than my previous one and harder to move throughout lewes, however I think it could be an interesting idea that could bring the community together, which could be a space to see Lewes form a distance and appreciate what has already been made. Rebecca Russell
Inspired by Rodin's 'the kiss', which was on display at lewes for quite a long period and has now become a personal sculpture to lewes. I propose that the two structures would sit side by side, the same material but different colours? (in the pictures i have attached i suggested corrugated iron which would give more of an industrial quality that lewes holds in contrast to the romantic concept of the kiss sat side by side, or perhaps cement and wood board which would reflect the towns naturalistic elements) A space that reflects the towns history and brings it into the present and future. By not over complicating the design or by use of materials drawing on more conceptual considerations and minimal materials may allow the people of lewes to appreciate the space itself and the space that surrounds the structure. I was thinking the space created could be used for students or emerging artists around the city to show their work for a short period as a pop up exhibition, this could open the event as a private view bringing people together. I also really like the idea of a pop up stall, perhaps a bakery, where the community can gather together and learn to bake. I have also attached some images (think the last two images) which was a previous project i did, that was based around space. I created a replica of the same room it was shown in, and then artists showed their work inside instead of the "actual room". This project helped me to consider the concept of space and how we function within it. looking forward to meeting everyone, Rebecca Russell
Here is a model I made at Dartmoor Arts Spatial Structures 2013 (which had a similar brief).
Triangular tent-like timber structure can be erected using ropes or cable.
-- Steve A
A light weight timber structure base folds out to create a platform. A pop up umbrella roof made from lightweight timber or metal can be opened and then slotted into the platform and supported with additional columns and rope/tension cable.
-- Steve A
Sorry this is late I was only invited onto the project by William Hardie a few days ago, I hope it is ok.
..let's make it 13/14th for your ideas, inspirations, sketches etc.. we will still have time to consolidate all your ideas in time for Wednesdays brainstorming Back soon with kit list
MAKING LEWES: MAKESHOP #1 the world's first 'KinShip'*
Predesign: up to 11.09.14 Design and make: 17.09.14 - 19.09.14
Brief: To design, make, assemble and launch a unique mobile community structure. The structure will be demountable and easily transportable. Embrace multifunctionality as a key ingredient so it can be used by the cake-making sisters of hell raising, and the heavenly football spendthrift association. It will be usable in different areas of the community as a temporary pop-up space.
Materials: Locally sourced, sustainable/re-used materials eg birch, larch, norwegian spruce, hazel, hornbeam... Salvaged materials, Seasoned timber, Corrugated iron, plywood, canvas, tarpaulin
Fixings: Tension cable, bolts, screws, steel strap, brackets, threaded bar.
Approach: Explore traditional and modern practices, materials, forms, ideas.
Design: for comfort, conviviality, durability, ease of assembly, disassembly, storage, low maintenance...
Operate as: a market stall, kiosk, covered seating, signage/ information stand, meeting place, public stage, bike stand or a combination of the above or something not yet invented or dreamt of
The intention is that this structure will be presented to the people of Lewes and that different community groups and societies will be able to use it. If possible the structure should have adaptability built into its design and realisation, optimising its potential for further evolution and capacity to grow through its future use.
To this end; we hereby invite you to brainstorm from now!
1. RSVP to join
2. sketch, model, play - any medium..
3. Choose 3 of your best contributions/inspirations and photo/film [keep file size low]
4. Submit to The MAKESHOP blog on HANDS-ON-BRISTOL for open studio discussion to submit:
A compose your email - subject will be the title of the post - body text of email will be text of post
B add attachments - jpeg
C send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You have until 5pm 11th September
Progress to open studio:
5. Join the open Review - feedback, discuss, develop....
6. From all your ideas and feedback, we will together form the concept that will become our project for the design/make workshops.
Then roll up your sleeves....
Meet at [Wills workshop; Lewes - map will be sent with kit-list] 10am 17.09.15:
7. And join the team: experienced designers and makers
You'll collaboratively develop the design leading to a group build, installation
We will start making...
.....and who knows where we will arrive
* to our knowledge!
def: kingship - a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character
Any questions about the workshop; do email us: