Re-introducing small-scale manufacturing in an inner city neighbourhood has been my goal since reading about it on Dan Hill’s @cityofsound blog in 2010. In a nutshell it’s my business plan.
Towards the end of the year this will be a neighbourhood business that‘s like angel investing in a way, setting up a mechanism for helping creative individuals with projects that are complete enough to take the first step, with a simple funding scheme. To be created quickly and wholly in the neighbourhood.
Maybe it’s the first 100 of something that, once sold funds a much larger run, or a portfolio to secure a studio space or grant, or are the rewards that lead to a crowdfunded campaign.
It uses my binding methods but all artwork can be just as easily saddle stitched or perfect bound using more traditional printing and binding methods in Australia.
Dan Hill wrote this when he was with Arup in Sydney.
“The advances in various light manufacturing technologies throughout the early part of the 21st century — rapid prototyping, 3D printing and various local clean energy sources — enabled a return of industry to the city. Noise, pollution and other externalities were so low as to be insignificant, and allied to the nascent interest in digitally-enabled craft at the turn of the century, by the early 2020s suburbs had become light industrial zones once again…….
In an ironic twist, former warehouses and factories are being partially converted from apartments back into warehouses and factories. Yet the domestic scale of the technologies means they can coexist with living spaces, actually suggesting a return to the craftsman’s studio model of the Middle Ages. The ‘faber’ movement — faber, to make — spread through most Australian cities, with the ‘re-industrial city’ as the result, a genuinely mixed-use productive place — with an identity.”