Thursday, 23 June 2011

8m of lucet cord

Here's the result of our first bit of experimentation: over 8m of lucet cord made from 65m of yarn - in one continuous loop! Fiona's taken samples to test for strength and stretch. We're looking forward to getting the results.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Activity prototyping is under way

After three creative workshops we've made a decision as to what we'll be doing with visitors at the Steam and Vintage Fairs. After much discussion and testing we've decided that encouraging visitors to take part in making a canopy will create lots of opportunities for discussion. We'll be going right back to basics by asking visitors to create cords and infill panels. These will be suspended to create a canopy which grows over the festival weekend.

There'll be lots to talk about: tension and compression, material properties, strong shapes... We'll also have some demonstrations to illustrate interesting points.

Now all we need to do is get testing different types of cord manufacturing: from a basic crochet chain to French knitting to Lucet cording. If you want to help out with testing, then do get in touch!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Registration for outreach events is now open

We are pleased to announce that registration for outreach events is now open! Click here to register. The outreach events take place at Vintage and Steam Engine fairs. We're looking forward to chatting with visitors while we build a creative, collaborative canopy. Don't forget that we'll pay expenses and taking part can contribute to your IStructE CPD.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

The first creative workshop

We had a lot of fun yesterday talking structures, strength, forces, and facades. Our knitters found lots of links to their work and we now have a lot of ideas to take to the next workshop on Monday.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Creative Workshops are full

We're looking forward to our first creative workshop tomorrow at UWE. We have wool, swatches, buildings and even a bicycle wheel to get the creative juices flowing.

Unfortunately all the places have now gone for the other two sessions. However, if you want to be involved you can sign up for the training to take part in the Steam Fair events. Registration will open soon!