The Sustainable Living Lab (SL2) is back at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire (SMMF)! As the first organisation in the history of the SMMF to curate an integrated booth (SMMF12), SL2 has never fail to amaze us. It has set high standards to upkeep (See SMMF13) but we believe they will continue to thrill the visitors at this third run of the SMMF. This year, SL2 will take the entire ground foyer level at the Senja-Cashew CC, right in front of the CC General Office and the entrance to the swimming complex. Let’s look at what they have in store for us.
It is obvious that SL2 has devoted much effort in putting their show together again, from gathering the makers to conceptuliazing this year’s theme, Sustainable Village. Considering that the SMMF is to be held at the Bukit Panjang heartlands, SL2 decided to relive the kampung spirit of building, repairing and bonding, and to allow the older residents to bond with the younger generation through traditional building and repairing work. There will also be interesting modernization of activities with the aid of technology, enticing the young and encouraging the old to bond meaningfully too! Read their project and maker introduction to get a better sense of what their integrated booth will have to offer you. Some are really humourous!
Project and Maker Introduction
Project Title: A Darn Good Mending Cafe
Description: Are your jeans worn out? Do your socks have holes? Are your cargos torn? They all DESERVE a second chance! Learn mending techniques such as weaving, patching and even traditional sashiko to give them a second chance. Participants can bring their own socks, jeans or trousers, and mend them on the spot!
WonderSASHIKO Agy – Agatha Lee (aka Agy) is a fabric hacker / upcycler and an advocate of sustainable fashion, including the upcycling of post-consumer garments and textile waste. When she is not hacking her clothes or experimenting with sewable electronics, she is busy sharing tips on her blog, Green Issues by Agy, and at workshops.
SuperPATCHER Amy – Amy Koh is an avid maker, dabbling in woodwork and sewing.
SpideyWEAVER Raye – Raye Padit is an aspiring fashion designer who aims to lessen the production of virgin textile, and create more awareness to individuals about how we can contribute to promoting sustainable fashion.
Project title : Hangover Herbs
Description: You want to grow some herbs but lack the space. We know how that feels. Hangover Herbs is an inverted growing technique suitable for small spaces. With a simple container, we will show you how to turn it into an upside down planter you can hang at home. Good for the earth, Hangover Herbs are made from upcycled containers. Ignite the urban gardener in you and get your hands dirty. Come along, no green thumbs needed just your DIY spirit.
Apoorva Madhusudan, Vatsal Sanghavi and Nova Nelson (Project Lead, cultivatecentral.com). After much tinkering we’ve come up with a fun DIY activity to help you grow some herbs…upside down!
Project Title: The Amazing Pinhole Photography Portrait Project!
Description: Have your portrait taken by the simplest of cameras, and go home with the original and unique print of it. In these days where taking a picture is as easy as whipping a handphone out, we are going back to the basics of photography, using only the simplest of materials, making every single photograph a treasure. Our cameras are made of recycled material and create an image unique anything you get using a modern camera. Bring a box, or any object, and challenge us to help you make a camera from it, then have your portrait taken with it! . Or if you want a certain outcome, choose from our range of cameras to have your portrait taken and developed in under 5 minutes.
Team Leader: Isabelle Desjeux;
Team Members: Din Chan and Farah Sanwari:
Isabelle has been running a pin-hole camera project, introducing dozens of children and grown-ups to the magic of making their own camera and taking special pictures with them.
Din has been part of the journey, taking part in workshops and helping out in the trouble-shooting sessions.
Farah has made her own camera and understands the principle of pinhole photography, and is now happy to share the knowledge. The developing box is designed by Isabelle and fabricated by Sathi and Farah.
Project Title: Vacuum Forming Method
Description: Vacuum forming is a technique that is used to shape a variety of plastics where a flat sheet of plastic is heated until soft and malleable and then pulled by a vacuum machine over an object or mould and sucked tightly around it. When the plastic cools, it hardens in its new shape. Examples of things you can make with this method include toy cars, packaging trays, masks, decorations and theatre props!
Project In-charge: Sathiya Moorthi Sathi
Project title: Mech Pong
Description: We wanted to create something interactive for Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2014. A “toy” that everyone could play and enjoy. There’s nothing better than to remake a classic arcade game: Pong.
Pong was a very popular computer game back in the 70’s, its simple and very entertaining. We then decided to build a mechanised version of it.
The project scope really allowed the team to be exposed to the digital fabrication process; 3D Printing customized plastic parts, Laser Cutting acrylics and CNCing plywoods.
It took the team about 3 weeks to fabricate the different parts and about a week to solder the electronics and complete the firmware programming (using the super popular arduino IDE).
David Teo, Kenneth Jon. Aditya Kapoor
Project Title: Bicycle Energy Generator – Hand phone Charging Station
Description: Do you suffer from hypertension, depression and high blood pressure after seeing your electricity bills? Are you thinking how you could lower down those illnesses while toning your saggy legs into sizzling ones just by charging your phone?
Well, think no further. You don’t have to buy equipment worth hundreds or even thousands or dollars. Just built one, Using Household materials.
The Bicycle Energy Generator uses simple recycled materials such as a bicycle, wires, a power bank and a dynamo. Assemble these components together and you’ll have your own handphone charging station in your home.
Visit our Hand phone Charging Station & we’ll show you how….
Project team: Ridwan, a social & green tech enthusiast who dreams of seeing a world without any carbon emission or pollution, believes we are the stewards of the planet and it’s resources. We’ve not seen it in that light, overall, and have lost track of the fact that it is nature’s services that sustain us. Without a healthy planet, we cannot live, grow, love.
See Tho has many hidden talents. Apart from jewelry making craft, he has also excellent woods crafting skills. Last but not least, he possesses ideas that are ahead of our time.
The electronics whiz, Baoshi has solutions to almost anything related to electronics. With a keen eye for details and a room which is akin to an electronics departmental store, Baoshi developed the Bicycle Energy generator’s statistics board using Arduino technology.
A lead maker in the previous Makers faire, cheerful and bubbly Astrid has With wealth of expereince in designing electronic components.Evidently, Astrid assisted in the development of of the electronics components of the Bicycle Energy Generator.
Project title : Community Builders
Description: During the Singapore Mini Maker Faire, the community builders will engage the residents at Bukit Panjang to get their hands ‘dirty’ and to build furniture together. We aim to help foster strong bonds and cultivate a DIY culture. Through this process, we wish to teach and bring together the young and the old generations to understand more about each other through making.
Project team: Poh Hong is a self taught woodcraftsman, and his love for wood challenge him to work on several interesting projects. He has also since set up a business along with his partner in doing interesting wood projects (www.designed.sg)
Cleo, Rianto, Charmaine, Seri are fellow learners hoping to know more about woodworking and be good at them!