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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: open source sewing on: February 11, 2006 06:39:33 AM
we do it in Barcelona, Spain.
so if you guys are ever in the neighbourhood....
there are four of us organizing it.
by the way if anyone knows of any similar projects let me know.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: open source sewing on: February 10, 2006 02:27:28 AM
its received well. people come with their projects and make them. if they need help (which they usually do)...we help them. a lot of other people stop to just talk, or ask about the old mechanical sewing machines, or have tea. we set up on the same corner every monday. once in a while we do special interventions in other places.
if someone makes a pattern, we save it so that other people can then use it again. so we have a growing archive.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / open source sewing on: February 09, 2006 06:11:03 AM
This is the transformed Open Source Sewing Laboratory on wheels, otherwise known as freeSoftwear! we turned a shopping cart into a cutting table. we fixed up an old mechanical sewing machine and put wheels on the bottom. the banners say 'Costura de Código Abierto' (Open Source Sewing, in Spanish) and 'fer la teva propia roba es terrorisme' ('making your own clothes is terrorism', in Catalan) both banners sewn from recycled fabric. every Monday we take the Lab out on the street and invite the city to come make pants skirts hats bags sheets underwear.... with us!
what do you guys think?
the third photo i posted is the laboratory in action. this is the first project i am posting on craftster. i have more photos of projects we've been doing in the lab. I'll post more soon.

en castallano:
el transformado Laboratorio de Costura de Código abierto sobre ruedas. con un carro de supermercado cortado y convertido a mesa de cortar. con una maquina antigua, arreglada y puesta sobre ruedas. con pancartas de tela reciclada: Costura de Código Abierto y 'Fer la teva propia roba es terrorisme ('hacer tu propia ropa es terrorismo' en Catalan). Cada lunes salimos con el taller y invitamos la ciudad a coser pantalones, faldas, gorros, bragas, savanas....con nosotros!
que opinais?
la tercera foto enseña el taller en acción. es el primer proyecto que subo a craftster. tengo mas fotos así que pronto subiré mas de lo que hacemos.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: I'm making a clarinet!! on: January 02, 2006 05:55:29 AM
hey. the problem is i don't have a digital camera. i need to ask my friends for photos and stuff. basically you start by the reed and the pipe being flush with no space in between them. then you need to sand it down to a slight curve. if you play a clarinet you might have a better idea than we did about the space between the reed and the rest of the mouth piece. the thing is there needs to be the tiniest space between them and the angle needs to be just right.

let me try and explain how we made the mouthpiece, because we ended up making it different than on folkurban:
we cut the pipe at an angle (just like they say in folkurban), but then we took the extra piece of pvc flattened it with heat (a strong light bulb would do it) and glued it back on there. then we started sanding the other side until there was a flat opening so we had an angle on one side and a flat opening in the other. then we created the slight curve and finally added the reed with the rubber band or the metal brace. we used the largest sax reed that we could find. the larger the reed, the easier the thing was to play (remember we are not clarinet players). we didn't soak the reed. how long should we soak it for?

ok. i'll see if i can find some photos.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: I'm making a clarinet!! on: January 01, 2006 07:10:55 AM
i made one several months ago. from the same site. folkurban.
me and friends of mine also gave workshops on how to make them (figuring it out as we went along). the idea was to form a street band for demonstrations in barcelona.
i still have mine. its sounds really good. the most important part is the mouth piece. getting the correct angle takes a lot of tries. the mouth piece they have in the tutorial on the web site is not the best....let me see if i can take a picture of mine and post it. the most important thing is that the whatchamacallit, the wood thingy (what's that thing called) anyway, that thing needs to be tightly fitted on there. a metal brace, the kind they use for piping really helps (you put it instead of the rubber band).

ok. now i need a tutorial on how to play it.
6  EUROPE / SPAIN / Re: Barcelona on: December 08, 2005 12:43:00 PM
hey. stop by and visit us. Laboratorio de Costura de Código Abierto. its an open source sewing workshop (which means we just sit on the street and make stuff).
every Monday at 16:30 to 20:00.
c/ joan de borbo 11. in the barceloneta neighbourhood. we could use some craftsters.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / free as in freedom on: December 04, 2005 04:17:26 PM
copyright? copyleft! - creativity is protected by sharing it.

ok. enough slogans. copyright is presented as a tool for creative people to protect their creation. but its obvious from reading this thread that most individual crafters or artists cannot really afford this tool. copyright is actually a tool for large corporations to own as much intellectual property as possible, protecting it from the artists that are nourished by it. copying is part of creating. as a creative person you know that an object you made is only a moment in your process. i think the creative commons website is worth checking out. it has licenses you can use to register your work allowing copying under certain conditions. the gnu licenses for free software are also a worthwhile read.

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