MAKESHIFT LABORATORY .is where we pursue hybrid arts projects encompassing sculpture and installation, live art, drawing, printmaking, writing, curating and design. Staged as participatory, site-responsive interventions that make visible contested pasts and possible futures, these works involve opening up spaces of dialogue or exchange (often facilitated by the presence of food), marking time to slow down and be attentive, and a kind of fabulist archaeology that reconstructs obscured cultural knowledge, histories and practices.
MAKESHIFT STUDIO .builds considered, professional solutions to design problems posed to us by clients. The Studio works across a range of disciplines, including graphic design (visual identity, web design, publications, posters, signage, environmental graphics etc.), object design, interior design and exhibition design and detailing. We provide solar-powered web hosting, and can also help you with writing, editing and proof-reading copy for print or online publication.
To all projects we bring a thorough knowledge of the most up-to-date concepts in sustainable design, and a commitment to developing solutions which are engaging, well-informed and genuinely innovative. We choose to work only with those clients who we feel operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner (see our philosophy), and are particularly passionate about supporting arts and community organisations.
MAKESHIFT WORKSHOP is where you can buy things made by us. These are often part of broader creative projects being pursued in the Lab.
At the moment the Workshop is in a state of semi-hibernation (while activity in the Lab bubbles away...), but it will eventually generate and build more objects that respond to needs identified within the wider community. These objects perform useful tasks but also prompt questions about how we currently live, interact and consume in the world. We are committed to looking after each item we produce throughout its natural life, and so may offer maintenance advice, after-life collection, or leasing arrangements where possible. Keep your eyes peeled!
MAKESHIFT THINK TANK houses the varied ways in which we contribute to knowledge and histories of design and the material landscape. In the heart of the Tank lies our commitment to furthering design research, to educating young designers and to opening up the design discipline to other discourses and fields of practice. We hope by these activities to participate in constructing a more challenging and critically engaged discourse than currently prevails within the design community.
FEATURE PROJECTS Making Time An unfolding exercise in redirective practice, beginning with the crafts of pickling, jam making, bottling and otherwise preserving food. Presented for a second time in Finland at the ANTI festival [making time or ANTI website ]