Making Do Again
By Paul Marcus Fuog
Making Do was a workshop U-P delivered in 2014 at MPavilion with friends Jacob Klein from Haw-Lin and Adli Klein from Such Agreeable Friends. We returned to MPavilion this summer to deliver the second workshop of this series titled Making Do Again
Once again, the workshop focused on thinking as making, trusting your intuition, rapid creation, being present in the moment and iteration as a testing and refinement methodology in the making process.
Participants were presented with a selection of common materials: bits of rope, timber, bamboo, recycled plastic bags, tarp etc. Responding to the the theme of shelter, focusing on protection against the elements, they were tasked to create three outcomes with a time limit of 15 minutes for each response. Participants were encouraged to use their bodies as a vehicle for their creation.
The workshop encouraged design experimentation, improvisation and active thinking. Participants were challenged to think as they make. Through jumping in and using their hands to dismantle, deconstruct, join, stack and rearrange materials, participants created responsive and reactionary situations. As each participant immersed themselves in the activity of destruction and making they began to remove the traces of the original item and started to provide new meaning and context for the materials they were using.