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.
By Paul Marcus Fuog
MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne
Creative output is often crippled by overthinking. All creatives are familiar with the paralysing effect of projecting too far ahead and focusing on outcomes. Procrastination, sitting infront of a blank computer screen, over complication and confusion are all too common aspects of the working lives of designers.
This workshop was about thinking as making, trusting your intuition, rapid creation and being present in the moment. Sometimes just by starting something we are able to spark new creative thought–and then evolve and develop ideas while doing.
Uriah, Adli, Jacob, Paul
We presented each participant with a box containing a collection of unremarkable materials–things you would likely find lying around the home. Participants were then tasked with making four pairs of shoes with 15 minutes allowed per pair. The shoes needed to have functional and aesthetic qualities but the style was completely up to the participant.
In between the 15 minute making intervals participants needed to present and discuss their shoes to the group by walking in them to a nearby platform.
The workshop encouraged design experimentation and improvision. It was about jumping in, not overthinking and not looking back. It was wonderful to observe the different approaches. One participant cleverly evolved his shoe design at each interval–embedding new learning from the previous round into each subsequent iteration. By the end of the hour his shoes where relatively resolved. Others experimented with completely new designs each time. And some participants incorporated the developments and thinking of others into later iterations, demonstrating how design can be shared.