neil cummings

April 2013

Trash into Treasure

16 Apr 2013

As part of Critical Practice I'll be participating in.........

WasteWhen:10am Monday, 15th - 5pm Tuesday 16th April
Where: Chelsea College of Art and Design

Folke Köbberling, working with Martin Kaltwasser has been exploring alternatives to consumerist ideology since 1998, through structural interventions, artistic projects, and actions. The artists typically occupy public spaces with structures built from materials liberated from waste streams, or existing “urban resources”. Thrown-away, dumped, abandoned or even rubbish materials are turned into beautiful structures; bridges, pavilions, roofs and even theatres.

In this two-day masterclass led by Folke with Critical Practice, Chelsea College of Art and Design will become both the resource and the site for the collaboratively developed intervention.

Address

Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street
London
SW1P 4JU
United Kingdom

51.4902, -0.1283

Analogue bug-fix

01 Apr 2013

There are seminar chairs, abandoned in rooms and offices all over Chelsea College of Art and Design, they have a bug. When stacked, the sharp bottom edge of the front top-rail eventually cuts through the seat webbing, the seats sag, they became uncomfortable, unsafe, and eventually unused.

We decided to fix the bug. A flash mob convened, and we hacked the chairs with upcycled materials.

Bamboo frame

 

Address

Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street
London
SW1P 4JU
United Kingdom

51.4902, -0.1283

Bamboo bicycle

05 Feb 2014

I've been cycling since I can remember, and assembled and maintained bikes most of my adult life. I have never made a bicycle from scratch though.........

I was researching, and read about the Bamboo Bicycle Club. They offer workshops to provide the knowledge and tools for people to make their own bamboo bike frame, with custon geometry. You sign-up, pay, decide what kind of frame you'd like to make, send measurements, and then in two intense days of a weekend workshop self assemble a bespoke frame...... I wanted to make a slightly compressed road bike.

And I made this; ready-made metal bottom bracket, seat insert and head-tube, custom stainless drop-outs (thanks James), Moso bamboo, joints wrapped with woven hemp and two-part epoxy. Flintstonesque.

Bamboo frame

 

Address

Bamboo Bicycle Club
Unit 8, Caxton works
Jude Street
London
E16 1FF
United Kingdom

51.543146, -0.025792