The Paper Playscapes team met again in Athens on December 14th & 18th to run two workshops at the Onassis Cultural Centre (Στέγη Γραμμάτων και Τεχνών). We invited more than 40 young people within two days to build two responsive paper Christmas trees, which they dismantled right after as they were eager bring their interactive modules at home! Despite Gabriella’s unsuccessful attempts to speak greek (!) the workshops were successful thanks to teamwork and the assistance by Dimitra and Apostolis. We look forward to repeat this experience, maybe in Italy next time?
For those of you who missed it during the Elephant&Castle Mini Maker Faire, Paper Playscapes will be again on show this Saturday, 22nd November, at the V&A for a day of events, which are part of the UK-wide Crafts Council Make:Shift:Do programme. http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/makeshiftdo/. MAKE:SHIFT:DO is a Craft Council event in collaboration with the V&A Digital Programmes, along with the RSA and Institute of Making/UCL.
Being able to assemble Paper Playscapes at the 3d Workshop was a great opportunity, and we’d like to thank the staff – Dil, Roman and Gregor – for their precious help!
It was also nice to chat with the students browsing around, asking with curiosity what was going on, it felt like going back to uni!
From paper to wood: a journey into the making of the prototype for the seatings destined for the game LumiChairs.
The game uses the same principle of the Music Chairs, where people need to find a free seating at the end of each round. LumiChairs use six stools as seatings which form a hexagonal space for the Paper Playscapes installation. Since the primary module for the installation is the truncated tetrahedron, to match the installation, the stools need to take the shape of a conglomeration of the same modules. Thus, each stool consists of four truncated tetrahedra.
They are carved out of wood unlike the rest of the installation paper modules because we wanted the stools to host the par can lights and accommodate players sitting on them. We also wanted a foldable material that works on the same principle as the foldable paper modules. So after some research we discovered this new Milan-based company, Wood-skin that realises amazing foldable designs out of cnc’d wood!
After sending out her drawings to Woodskin, Gabriella was still eager to put her hands on the prototype, so with the help of Michele, a friend and cabinet maker, and his workshop, they were able to get a similar result.
After visiting Woodskin in Milan, we are now waiting for the final six stools, while testing lights and the game with the first prototype!
For the latter, we would like to thank Michele Scarcia and Redan by Cuscito for their precious help. Without it we wouldn’t have been able to move on with the overall design of Paper Playscapes!