Project overview

Self-initiated projects from Minor Makers Lab: Making as Research 2020 (the COVID-19 semester)
Groceries for cooking materials at home, image by Andrei Motian, 2020

Research projects in times of COVID-19

To adapt to remote teaching in extraordinary times, our course on making as research had to be reimagined almost overnight. We arrive at the end of a semester that asked us all to reflectively engage with the conditions that make making as we know it possible. Repeatedly hitting our heads against our often invisible reliance on facilities and supply chains has been a struggle and a blessing, but seeing their interdependencies more clearly certainly encouraged us to take a radical turn in terms of the materials we choose to work with as makers. We experimented with bio-based materials and learned to embrace the fact that we would not be exerting the kind of control we are used to having over materials we know and work with when we use industrial machines. Limitations turned into openings and vice versa as we were practically confronted with the ways tools and staple materials inform what we can imagine.

Students engaged in self-directed projects from home, making do with the limited tools and materials at hand. From their kitchens, gardens and bedrooms, they engaged with challenges around the lived realities of the COVID-19 crisis, often combined with a strong sense of homebrew material activism. During this year’s expo, students will present projects on topics of RIVM regulations, fashion, dating, packaging, exercise, biomaterials and DIY maker cultures.

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Exercise cushion by Andrei Motian, 2020

Gelance Cushion

Ephemeral exercise gear to support rehabilitation exercises during lockdown.

Student: Andrei Motian (CMD)

Coach: Marjolijn Ruyg

Tags: exercise, quarantaine, bioplastics

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Landscape by Dusanka Prvulovic, 2020

Redesigning Warhammer Landscapes from a Sustainable DIY Perspective

Student: Dusanka Prvulovic (CMD)

Coach: Marjolijn Ruyg

Tags: Warhammer, kitbashing, bioplastics

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Filters for a DSLR camera by Daniël van Kesteren, 2020

Biofilters: an Analog Photoshop

Back to the basics of "light writing", using DIY analog, bioplastic photofilters.

Student: Daniël van Kesteren (CO/CB)

Coach: Marjolijn Ruyg

Tags: photography, biofabricating, filters

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Hyperdisposable sporks by Anoush Mazloumian, 2020

Hyperdisposables

Towards hyperdisposable sporks: beyond the promise of biodegradable plastic.

Student: Anoush Mazloumian (CMD)

Coach: Yuri Westplat

Tags: biofabricating, material activism

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Grabber device, by Summer Danoe, 2020

Stop Touching

Reframing hygiene tactics and accessible maker culture through a DIY lens.

Student: Summer Danoe (CMD)

Coach: Yuri Westplat

Tags: COVID-19, personal devices, DIY

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In search of a new biofoam recipe, Laura Velgersdijk, 2020

Foam for Material Activists

In search of a lightweight, compostable bioplastic to protect fragile goods.

Student: Laura Velgersdijk (PD)

Coach: Yuri Westplat

Tags: biofabricating, material activism

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"Untitled", photography by Mayte Breed, 2020

DateKleed

A tactile material experience to support changing embodied social habits.

Student: Duncan van Norden (AMFI)

Coach: Marjolijn Ruyg

Tags: social distancing, dating, materials

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One Size Hurts All

One size-fits-all facemasks revisited: from universal to personal fit.

Student: Kaz Bison (CMD)

Coach: Yuri Westplat

Tags: COVID-19, PPE, DIY, personal fit

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Agar-based garment packaging by Kim Sinke, 2020

Biodegradable Packaging Bags

Rethinking disposable packaging for the transportation of garments.

Student: Kim Sinke (CMD)

Coach: Yuri Westplat

Tags: biofabricating, material activism

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Biocompostable, disposable faceguard by Thijs Uffen, 2020

DIY Faceguards

Seeking alternatives for the diminishing material supplies used for personal protection equipment (PPE).

Student: Thijs Uffen (CMD)

Coach: Yuri Westplat

Tags: COVID-19, faceguards, bioplastics

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Bioplastics in all colors of the rainbow by Desiree van Dam, 2020

Bioplastics on a Rainbow Spectrum

Creating a rainbow of color for bioplastics, using natural, accessible ingredients only.

Student: Desiree van Dam (CMD)

Coach: Marjolijn Ruyg

Tags: biofabricating, natural pigments

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Beyond Humanity - Britt de Heer, 2020

Beyond Humanity

Being yourself does not have to be in a human form.

Student: Britt de Heer (AMFI)

Coach: Marjolijn Ruyg

Tags: body accessories, biofabricating

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