In the last few weeks we had people coming over to make some unique Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Everyone got creative and made all different kind of things, from jewellery, gift boxes, picture frames to a stool and a walking stick.
We hope that all these special gifts were a nice surprise and brought some joy to the recipients.
Have a look at what you can make with a bit of creativity, some skill and lots of love and care.
Let this New Year be full of creativity and DIY projects!
DIY Praha Grill was built in a process of collaborative effort on our Welding workshop mentored by Michael and Hank. We are very thankful to everybody that participated. We fired it up for the first time on our Open day and it did a great job. Nobody went home hungry.
In the last few days Michael took care of some final details.
Now grill is out of the shop, travelling around town, doing what it does. It will be on the job at the Jiřího z Poděbrad farmers market for the next two days. Don’t miss the opportunity to try some of the delicious Vietnamese food.
Fabio is an Italian graphic and product designer currently living in Prague. By his openness and warmth you can easily guess his origins are Mediterranean. For the last 12 years he has been working in advertising. But in 2011 he decided for a completely new challenge, Fabike. We met him and talked about his story in our workshop DIY Praha.
You are a large green alien. You are looking for the landing spot for your space ship. To assess the locations you emphasize the prominent features of the landscape and transmit the most detailed instructions for the landing of saboteurs. For a long time you have been successfully disguising your reports as drawings on paper. You put the landscapes in a file and think that the next one will be last. But the assignments keep coming. If they don’t, you take a clean sheet of paper just to be safe. Then you just put another landscape on the paper. Sometimes you lay out the landscapes for the locals to consult.
Apart for the saboteurs file, there is the saboteur’s discharge album.
About the artist
Collectors have paid attention to Petr’s works in the middle of the 90s, when, Mikhail Ukhov, Stas Shuripa and Petr Philippov, a a fashion model and a worker of a bus fleet, had organized an art group ‘Hurrah!New project.’ (It sounds more like ‘Uranium Project’ in Russian.) During and immediately after so-called ‘perestroika’ art from former Soviet Union was popular and every piece of it costed a lot. Young people had the impression that there is no need to attend university. They thought that hard work and cheerful and sociable lifestyle will give them a good basement for the future. In the 2000s, due to poisoning with amphetamines Petr Pilippov is almost completely paralyzed, galleries are losing interest in him. Petr can not get out of his room for several years. At that time, he develops digital technologies and posts images and videos online. He had met his wife, his new gallerist and even found a small job. In 2012 Petr moves to Prague. The ability to operate with his hands partially returns. The artist starts experimenting immediately. His best friends and constant models are Prague street. The exhibition displays 16 urban landscapes that Petr Philippov created created in 2012 – 2013. These are paintings A4 made with colored markers . There are also several digital works, they are more ‘traditional‘ for this artist. The artist has jokingly calls them a “dischargee album.”
Petr says: making this exhibition, immersed in an urban environment and is dedicated to her , he wants to see at the show as much as possible neighbors and understand their sense of place . A curator, probably, would not set himself such a task: the art market is not focusing on opinions of neighbors and runs such experiments. The artist counts on crowdfunding to get money for the exibition. The entry should be free and wheelchair-friendly. Three works from Prague have found their new homes already: after the show one will go to United States, the other one – to Russia, and the third will remain in Europe, in Brussels.
After a rather long delay, we’ve jumped through all the required hoops and are officially operating the workshop. We’re busy renovating and repairing bicycles, getting our silk screen printing operational, restoring some nice furniture and have several other assorted projects in the works. Through the month of August we’ll be making some improvements in the wood-shop adding some more tools and generally ramping up for a busy September. We’ll be posting pictures here of what’s going on in the shop; will be looking forward to seeing you soon…
DIY Praha is a newly opened multi-purpose workshop in central Prague that aims to give creative people a place to give their talents free reign. We want to provide you with the tools, space and support to design, make and repair whatever your imagination comes up with.
We’re just getting this project off the ground; our official opening scheduled for the end of September. Stay tuned here for the upcoming developments…
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