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Craftwork vs. Kraftwerk

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Knitters and hackers have a lot in common — crafty, with an activist streak.

They like to work in groups. Radical groups are best! And they make stuff. A little this, a little that, nothing in particular, sometimes just what’s on hand.

They’re into collective tinkering.

Where does our city make room for such tinkering?

Local knitters can stitch ‘n’ bitch at sewing collectives in the Garment District.

Meanwhile, local hackers have a home at NYC Resistor, a shared space in downtown Brooklyn. They work on shared techy projects, and give themselves job descriptions like:

“Instigator with video trigger finger”
“Breaks things to fix them”
“Gameboy musician and crowd control”

Basically, you get to play around with laser cutters, 3D printers, and other machine-bots that turn your digital concepts into physical realities. See the action at Thingiverse.

For now, the tinkering is just that — whimsical projects for cityscape rings and googly-eye organizers. As the community learns, though, the open-source knowledge could propel the projects in a number of directions.

Like electronic knitting machines 🙂

All this tinkering costs money though, thanks to astronomical NYC rents. To offset the building costs, Resistor uses its space to host classes. If you ever need to take a class on DIY Printed Circuit Boards or an Intro to UNIX, check out their course listings on Eventbrite.


Written by @hellopanelo

February 12, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Posted in crafty, DIY, hack

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