A Place for Local Making is a shared space for inspiring imaginative and caring ways of making and living together in our multispecies entanglement. Through making and thinking with materials at hand, and tuning into the more-than-human companions around us, we wish to grow new stories and ideas about how we could better relate with our material and ecological surroundings. Small, slow and simple is beautiful.
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Adam Ben-Dror is an artist-inventor currently teaching design at Victoria University Wellington. He recently turned a toy Lamborghini into a tele-presence robot which roamed around the city making friends. Collaborating with Xin they made two films on inter-species kinship within Te Whanganui-a-tara and Te Awa Kairangi for the Dowse Art Museum. Adam studied fine arts at the University of Auckland, design at Victoria University Wellington and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.
Xin Cheng is an artist and researcher and sometimes design teacher. She has been researching everyday resourcefulness around the earth since 2007. Recently she has been recording the sound of the dance between wind and trees. Previously she was a co-director of the artist-run space RM in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Xin studied social design at Hamburg University of Fine Arts, Germany, and ecology, psychology and fine arts at The University of Auckland.
Originally from Ōkakea West Melton, Grace Ryder (Pākehā, Polish and British) is an independent curator based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. She is currently researching the late rug-maker and designer, Beatrice Cross, while also expanding her research and interests on care in a variety of practices, processes and outcomes, including this one.
Local Making opened to the public in early 2022, with a pop-up space, ‘A Place for Local Making’ on Courtenay Place, Wellington, funded by Urban Dream Brokerage and Wellington City Council.
This website was produced through generous support by Creative New Zealand, with mentoring from Walter Langelaar & Layla Tweedie-Cullen.
It runs on open-source infrastructures including WordPress and Aino. Typeface is Kulim-Park by New Zealand-based designer Dale Sattler.
In keeping with the kaupapa of low-carbon computing, this website is self-hosted locally in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, on a donated laptop courtesy of Cua Berthelsen. We subscribe to the principles of the Feminist Server Manifesto and the Home Brew Computer Club
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