Fix and Make

Canberra, Australia (2015 - present)

You can buy thousands of units of something from sLee Grant_Cheng-Fei's sharpening stones-03_womewhere in the world. This is necessary to an extent for today’s populations. But still, we are anxious. Who made those thousand units? Did we really need to order that many? And what do these things even mean to us when we don’t really know anything about them?

Lee Grant_Tom Skeehan_FAM-Press-Launch-05_wFix and Make is a series of workshops1 and talks2 at Hotel Hotel. Through the practical, the experimental and the philosophical the program brings different peopleLee Grant_Dale-Hardiman+ Miaow-friend-14_wLee Grant_Dermot+Sarah-Sha'Non-As Is-HH Beekepeers_26_w together to actively questions our relationship with and consumption of objects.

Fix and Make invites individuals to reconnect with their hands.Lee Grant_Tom-Skeehan-Tools-16_wLee Grant_Dermot+Sarah-Swarm-Collecting-05_w It encourages new learning through doing. Through the process of fixing and makingLee Grant_Alison-Jackson-studio visit_12_w we reckon we can gain a better understanding of how things work and apply this knowledge to other areas of life: to solve our own problems;Lee Grant_DIY-FAM-19-Objects-Talk-01_w to take control of our own resources; to break our dependence on manufacturers who create products with built-in obsolescence.

Throughout 2016 the program brings together more than Lee Grant_Dale-Hardiman-Camp-Furniture-01_wLee Grant_Dermot+Sarah-Swarm-Collecting-03_wLee Grant_Dale-Hardiman-Plastimake-Object-04_w60 collaboratorsLee Grant_Dylan-Martorell-18_wLee Grant_FAM-Genevieve-Jacobs-04_wLee Grant_Ghandi-Andy-Marks-01_w to lead workshops and contribute to discussions from fields as diverse as neuroscience, art, design and craft, food, education, music, psychology and the environment.

Project NameFix and Make
Project TypeA series of workshops and talks
PurposeTo bring people together in unexpected and experimental ways to actively question our relationship with and consumption of objects
Size49 multi-format events
StatusOngoing

At workshops, participants can learn things such as; how to make furniture from foraged branches, how to whittle long-life chopsticks by hand, how to repair ceramics using a traditional Japanese technique called Kintsugi and how to make musical instruments from household waste.

The talks explore questions such as: What makes an object enduring? Are we hard-wired to acquire things? What factors influence our purchasing decisions? Can buying make us happy? Should we continue to make at all? And can fixing bring personal fulfilment?