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Thoughts on ‘Making is connecting’

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Making even quite simple things, is a political act – it is important! It is a counter to “sit-back-and-be-told” culture. Making things is demanding, in the way it forces us to participate, and to make new connections.

Flowering Elbow – budding community

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Last month we held our first open workshop event and signed up our first members – very exciting! The name Flowering Elbow, when it came to us, partly appealed because

Going with the grain – reflections on ‘natural’ beauty & making

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

“Take a piece of wood – plane, sand, and oil it, and you will find it a beautiful thing. The more you do to it from then on, the more chance that you will make it worse.” Tage Frid 1979 So I came across this quote from the late woodworking monster Tage Frid while we were […]

Musings on Mending @ Mendrs

Monday, July 9th, 2012

So, Flowering Elbow attended the first Mend*rs symposium 29th June-2nd July. Organised by three inspired menders and scholars: Jonnet Middleton, Guiseppe Salva and Beck Collins with the aim of: ‘bring[ing] together an emergent community of research around issues of repair. By research we include practice-based research, arts-based research, activist research as well as traditional academic inquiry. We want to […]