Repairing things, this used to be a way to keep our products longer. Adding a new shoe sole, use some glue to fix broken ceramic, stitch the hole in your shirt. Professions like shoemakers are slowly fading away and we, well, we just became to lazy to fix it ourselves. Broken baskets, fans, clothes, coffee machines, toys all end up on the junkyard. Just because they are a bit crippled.

  

scrap_02Junkyard in Taipei

 

Luc and I wanted to try and inspire people to repair stuff. Not only by making it work again. But try to make it personal and adapt it to your needs. Make that lamp a little bit higher so it fits your desk, make it in a color that matches your living room. And most of all show where you fixed it. Be proud of repairing.

   

detailsA basket fixed with leather, a sieve used 3D printing and stitching.

  

To try this out we hosted a workshop. We searched for some broken products from the local junkyard. We gathered basic materials and tools that are useful for making repairments. We’ve arranged 3D printers to print complex parts, hinges etc. right on the spot.  And finally we invited a bunch of people. They started off by selecting a broken product, look where it’s broken, brainstorm on how to fix it, and started making. We ended up fixing 16 products that day.

 

 

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