Just to backtrack a little, Dylan & I and Christa & Nin
(from Cafe Weekend
) teamed up to organize this design charrette
(and a trial run
) with a mission to start connecting people through interactive and spontaneous design activities. We're calling it the BRITE
For this first event: BRITE lite
, LOCAL DESIGNERS & CRAFTERS
teamed up to participate in a spontaneous 4 hour community scavenger hunt/design-build to create ready-made lamps from household and second hand materials.
There was a good turn out with 18 people
(total of 9 teams) who participated that day. We asked people to bring materials to share with everyone and there were a great mix of lamps that came from it. We gave every team a BRITE
lite kit...which I had a little too much fun with. :D
Everyone also got a special wooden BRITE
badge! Our plan is to do that for every event! ...I mean , who wouldn't want to be rewarded for such accomplishments
! A simple badge is a perfect item that says "HEY! I accomplished something today and that's a wonderful feeling! (blank stare and a giant stiff smile)" And THAT's
pretty darn special, wouldn't you agree?
We were all about making this event special. Christa even went and got some cheerful balloons!
It was a beautiful Seattle day so we were able to open the garage door at the Hiawatha community space and some people worked outside or walked to the nearby Goodwill Dearborn
to hunt for interesting materials for their lights.Nin
and I were in charge of documentenging the event...we followed people around trying taking candid shots capturing
their process at the Goodwill. And in the process of taking photos, I crept around like a creepy stalker trying not to get noticed....and also trying to stop myself from shopping. That was hard.
Oh and look! Here's Steve with his new Friend! Apparently he decided to replace
his hand with a rubber dinosaur
head instead. Oh! all the wonderful
things you can find!
It was so inspiring to creative energy in the room and see everyone brainstorming, sketching, playing ,and exploring with materials. It was just amazing to see everyone use ordinary things and turn it into something extraordinary!!
Table lamp made with stainless thermos
and glass coffee pot by Joelle & Steve.
Hanging shade made with wire ring, staples, and letter envelopes by Mat & Dylan.
Table lamp wit braille paper and Stevie Wonder record at the base by Christine & Nick.
made with mix match of magazine organizers by Chika
Come see TONS more photos here
to see the entire process! The lights will also be exhibited at JOIN's Ctrl Alt Design
show at Ouch My Eye, beginning June 12th
, with the opening starting from 7-midnight.
If you like what you're seeing and would like to know about our future events, please join our BRITE facebook
Thanks to everyone who participated. It was a very fun day and great way to kick off the BRITE Collective!!