DIY Knitting with plastic bags

You don’t even need needles… just use your fingers to weave with a simple stitch.

You will need 2 hands, a collection of plastic bags, and some scissors.

No worries.  You’ve got this!
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This project is suitable for people of all ages: kids and the elderly. You don’t even have to have your sight in full capacity.  This can be a very rewarding community enterprise, that inspires heaps of people, and at the end you get a sweet rug that will out live you, and your Grand-kids can use it! Oh yeah, and you’ll be helping to save a few hundred plastic bags from landfill.
You can use almost any kind of plastic, not just shopping bags. Some people use chippy packets, others use plastic tablecloths. You could even finger knit with plastic wrap. Don’t bother using biodegradable plastic bags, for obvious reasons. We reckon that the more creative the reuse; the more interesting your project will be!
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Cut up your plastic. You can trim handles from shopping bags, roll em up and cut most of the way through the bag, then unroll and cut diagonally along the strips so that you have a continuous piece of plastic. Join this to all your other pieces of plastic with a simple reef knot.
Make PLARN. (Plastic yarn) This is a very satisfying part of the process. I like to make different coloured balls of plarn. Just roll up your plastic string into a ball and continue to roll it around itself until you can roll no more.
Now you are ready to get started on the finger knitting!
NOTE:
The start is the hardest part of finger knitting, so don’t be put off if it takes you a while to get cracking. Once you’ve got a few rows under your belt, you’ll be charging away without a second thought. Or any thoughts for that matter. Experience the piece of mind that finger knitting can bring.
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Lets CROCHET:
Start with single crochet. To do this, make a slip knot (very loose) and reach through this loop an pull through another loop, then reach through again and pull through another loop.
So you have your initial slip knot, your next loop and your working loop. Reach through again and do your first single crochet in the (first) initial slip knot: Reach through with both fingers and pull the plarn through the slip knot. Pull only through the slip knot.
You now have 2  loops on your fingers. Then reach through and pull the plarn through both these loops. This is a single crochet. We will basically repeat this process to make the whole rug.
Reach back into the initial single crochet. Pull through the plarn again so that you have 2 loops on your fingers, grab the plarn again and pull it through. This is your second single crochet. Go ahead and work six single crochets into the first slip knot.
Grab the plarn tail from the centre and pull it gently to bring the center together. It helps to mark the final stitch of every round to keep track. You can do with by tagging it with some unique plarn. We now have 6 single crochet stitches. We will be working only working into the back loops of the stiches. The front loop will be making the spiral pattern.
Only working into the back loop. Insert fingers into the back loop of the first stitch, and make a crochet. Then put another crochet into this same stitch. Continue around. You should end up with 12 loops in this second round. Put stitch marker into the final stitch from this round.
3rd round: work 2 stitches into the first loop, and 1 on the second, 2 on the 3rd, and continue. This will increase the stitches to 18 loops in this round.
4th round. 1,1,2 repeat – 24 stitches this round.
Continue this pattern increasing 6 stitches each round, until you are satisfied with the size and your impressive creativity. You can be sure that you will have an endless supply of plarn to make it as big as you like!
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Notes:
We completed 2 rugs for our installation at the Psyfari Festival music festival in 2015. The photos are from this event. The rugs stand up well in all weathers, and were still in good nick after several thousand people had walked on them with muddy boots! We just gave them a clean at the end with a high pressure water hose. We had several people working on our rugs towards the end, as they were so large and we had some mild time restraints!

Recycled Pallet Installations

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Last month we worked on a large project with Blacktown Council’s Sustainability team, creating a space for people to gather within and be inspired about a future where waste is seen in a different light.

We transformed 50 discarded wooden pallets into a living Castle by the lake for the annual Blacktown Medieval Fayre. In this first installation, the pallets featured native grasses in the tin-can turrets, and was staunchly guarded by knights in shining armour. Milk bottle water lilies floated in the lake and the wee medieval windows framed vantages of the jousting beyond with old bicycle tyres.

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Following this beautiful weekend event install, we re-errected the pallets in the fore-court of the Blacktown Arts Centre, in a semi-permanent installation for 4 months! The installation is functioning as the venue for the current Pop Up Garden Club, which the council is running with locals to learn about gardening! Anyone can join in… visit this LINK to get involved: Pop Up Garden Club – Blacktown City Council

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It was a real pleasure to re-work this installation into a different context, for a more permanent set-up. The Pallet’s will be  with us to help breath further life into this beautiful creation made from items doomed for the tip or recycling plants around the world.

 

 

Negotiating a Non-Plastic Existence

Prototype sculptures for Psyfari Festival decor.

Prototype sculptures for Psyfari Festival decor.

The 3 ‘R’s.

You know them right? Reduce, Re-Use and Re-think.

Over the last 13 days I’ve been trying hard to re-think my relationship with waste and be plastic free, for July. To clarify, I still use plastic, but I avoid one-use only plastic. I’ve been making sculptures from PET bottles (seen above), and saying no to all those plastic bags we’re offered daily.

It’s much harder than I imagined, and last week I caved in a weak moment and a meal of Nachos at home sent me over the red line, with a PLASTIC bag of corn chips, hard cheese wrapped in the big P, and a PLASTIC tub of sour cream… I’m reusing the tub, but the one-use-only plastic wraps sadly went in the bin, along with my staunch resolve. So I lasted a week without Plastic with strict discipline, which is certainly not my strong point. The experience has fully opened my eyes to how much we as a community needlessly waste plastic, and has inspired me to continue to try to live as plastic-free as possible.

I’ve been able to purchase most ingredients from my local co-op in Enmore: Alfalfa House, and from another whole foods shop in Newtown: Naked Foods, which is expensive but delicious, and organic. I’ve been eating nuts like crazy, and making my classic breakfast muffins most days, so I can snack plastic and guilt free all day long. I’ve spent less on food than I usually do, because now I make most of it myself.

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Naked Foods Newtown

So it seems my love of food is the main factor to negotiate in this plastic-free life-style, and if you’re wondering, kebabs seem to be the most available take-away option. Although I now have to spend more time thinking about where to get my food from, as well as remembering to take my own bags and containers out with me, the silver lining is that I now eat food of excellent quality all the time, with most of it being fruit, vege and grains, and my health and happiness are reaping the benefits. I don’t think I’ve ever consistently eaten this well.

Last weekend I went away with a group of friends and to my surprise they had done a plastic free shopping trip, to include me in the culinary experiences. I was stoked, and super glad to see that I’d made an impact on a larger scale than just myself, already.

In conclusion, I’d like to add that I’m so glad butter comes in paper! This delicious lump of Pepe Saya is churned just around the corner from our workshop in Tempe. Mmmmm. Butter.

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The Plastic Free Experiment Begins

I’ve committed to take part in the global challenge Plastic Free July. It’s a personal decision to actively take another step in the direction of living with as little impact on the earth as possible. Lots of baby steps. And steps backwards, sometimes!

On the first day of July, (yesterday) I thoughtlessly said ‘yes’ when my friend offered to pick me up a coffee on the way to our park meeting, and it wasn’t until later in the day, probably by the time that coffee kicked in, that I realised I’d mucked up on my first day: that stupid little plastic sip lid that kept my coffee from spilling out on the bicycle ride to the park had foiled my good intentions to make a strong start to this Plastic Free bonanza.

So I begin this journey with a step backwards, but with a giant lesson under my belt: If I want to drink coffee whilst out and about, I must bring my own cup. Fair enough. I have a feeling I have a lot to learn this month about looking after my needs while not depending on ‘lazy’ plastic wrapped options.

I’m prepared for the big things, and will share some more about my lifestyle changes over the coming days, most of it is to do with food:

  • I’ve been making my own snacks on and off for a few years now, and my savory GF brekkie muffins happen a few times a week.
  • Our fruit and vege comes weekly in a large box from the farmers market, so I can freely eat as much as I care to!
  • I’m off to do some shopping today with a box of jars to stock up on bulk foods, so that I can prepare my own meals: cereals, butter, eggs, nuts, grains. There are 2 local retailers in my area that I currently know about who have plastic free options.
  • I don’t drink fresh milk anyhow, but I love milk in my coffee and with breckie and for all sorts of cooking adventures. I have decided to make my own milk with almonds: Soaking them, Blending, then straining through muslin. Deeeelicious. Soy milk can be made the same way with the very inexpensive soy bean.
  • This year I’ve been using a moon cup and have sewn a few of my own pads to avoid tampon wrappers and plastic disposable pads, and am totally converted.
  • CHEESE!!! This is a serious issue that I hope to deal with over the coming days. May have to make my own if I can’t

I’ve begun a board of visual ideas and sweet info-graphics over on our Pinterest page:

Living Plastic Free, which I will be adding to over the coming weeks.

There’s a lot of information out available on how to change simple things in your life to live plastic free, and putting these ideas into practice is a great way to develop personal habits that impact those around you, and help to support the growing movement away from plastic. I hope to contribute to this movement through blogging regularly about my experiences with living plastic free this month as well as creative ideas to use plastic waste items so they don’t end up as little buoys in plankton!

If you’re interested in more, here’s some Blogs I’m loving at the moment on this topic:

Plastic Free July with the Zero Waste Chef’s Mum

http://www.planetark.org/

Plastic Free July

http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

Milkcrate Events sculpture milk bottles

Earth Hour Picnic @ Lalor Park

Earth Hour was celebrated with real community spirit last weekend in Sydney’s Western Suburb of Lalor Park. This year’s theme was ‘Appetite for Change: A journey from planet to plate”, so it was fitting that a picnic fair for the locals was held by the Lalor Park Community Garden together with Blacktown City Council.

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The Council booked Milkcrate to provide additional entertainment and art at the event, with a sustainable and participatory focus.  Amid plant and fruit give-aways, rugs on the grass and hundreds of face-painted kids, you could see our our bicycle powered ‘Earth’ sculpture spinning in the centre of the rotunda, in the beautiful grounds at Chifley Park. The work was made using over two hundred 2 litre plastic milk bottles, and bottle caps. The orb rotates with increasing speed when powered up and flashes rainbow when it gets dark.

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The installation was popular with people of all ages. Some of the older people stood around the outside of the rotunda watching the kids line up for a turn on the bicycle to make the ‘disco ball’ spin and light up. We also set up our trusty milk bottle lights, and invited kids to take a freshly cleaned milk bottle and draw pictures on the sides of it of somethings “that they can grow and eat”. Their interpretations were a diverse garden of produce!

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The event was a joy to be at, with lots of inspiring stalls and inspired attendees. Way to go Blacktown! We hope that other Council’s will follow from this and other similar initiatives and help make these sorts of community gatherings regular occurrences.

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More photos and details of the event at I Love Blacktown’s Facebook Page!

DIY Cider Press using a MILK CRATE

It’s apple season here in NSW!

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As the name would suggest, we love milk crates here at milkcrate events. This love stems from their versatility, stackable design, and structural strength. We love finding new ways of using milk crates. A few weeks ago we were looking for a barrel of some kind to use in the construction of our cider press. We had picked about 50 kg of delicious apples from the side of the road in the Southern Highlands of NSW, and had seen designs online for a home made cider press using a car jack. It wasn’t long before the humble milk crate was suggested, and construction began!

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Using some hardwood timber and quality birch plywood we had lying around, Tim and Angus designed and constructed this very simple Milk Crate Apple Press. Possibly the first of it’s kind, and judging by our success, it won’t be the last!

This was our first time brewing cider from scratch. Using our new book about the making of proper english cider, fittingly entitled Booze. We learned that the process of smashing up the apples before pressing is called ‘scratting’ and the tool you do it with is called a ‘scratter‘. It follows that the sack you smash the apples in is called a scratt sack. We dubbed ours the ‘scratum’. After we had scratted the apples in a large rubber tub, using our primative scratter (sledge hammer) we transferred the pulverised apples (still in the scratum) to the milk crate.  We stacked a few pieces of perfectly cut wood on the top, and cranked up the car jack. Then the delicious juice began to flow. When the flow eases after a few minutes, we gave it another crank, and then another 5 mins later. A bit of a shuffle of the sack, and then another crank.

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From our original haul of apples we were able to juice 25 litres on the first press, which we reserved for the cider ferment. We then re-hydrated and re-pressed the apples and juiced another 10 litres for us to drink fresh over the next week. Delicious. It took longer than anticipated to complete the process of washing the apples individually and then soaking in campden tablets to regulate the ph of the cider, and the scratting was HARD work. We attached some triangle braces to the press after it started creaked concerningly, to provide additional strength for the jack to press against.

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The apples were joyfully harvested for free, and the press was made from items we had lying around the studio. The local brew shop The Hop and Grain provided us with the cider yeast, pectinaize (for clarifying) and campdon tablets for about $15.  For 25 litres of home brewed cider, the reward in 4 months time will be well worth the energy.

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Environmentally Sustainable Festival Stage Design

Imagine a future where waste materials light up our parties, and the sun powers our sound systems… At this year’s Regrowth Festival, we brought our imaginations to life with a Tree of Life and a grove of mushrooms constructed from used milk bottles, hammocks made from old bicycle tyres, CD mandalas, and a magnificent orb sculpture made from 250 tetra packs. These are just some of the many artworks which helped to make ACACIA at Regrowth Festival 2015 a space which inspires a future of sustainability in others, and for green festivals globally.

With a mixture of art and technology, ACACIA speaks to event participants through the use of familiar waste materials from their lives, re-imagined by our team of artists; providing an ultimate doof landscape for dancing and chilling out. It was an important goal for us to incorporate organic elements into the overall stage design, acknowledging the outdoor setting and the principles of Regrowth Festival. We achieved this though the use of lichen hanging over the D-floor, art works woven into the tree’s surrounding the space, and front and centre is our durable munter-fence, to seperate the crowd from the performers; an old climbing fig salvaged from the wall of a Sydney pub.

The stage structure itself was designed and constructed by us, for last year‘s festival. We were able to build on our work in 2014 to make this year’s show a more integrated space through the way we used technology, lighting and art. We were very glad to collaborate with the team at ANAMORPHIC PHOTONICS to install programmable LEDs in all the artworks and spaces around the dance floor, as well as the stage itself. The canopy projections combined with the lazers and lighting show to create an incredibly encompassing night time rave effect, moving with the grooving punters.

The stage itself was programmed and amplified by GROUNDED SOUND. These guys also put in extra love to power the speakers from our new solar rig, to increase our reliance on the free energy from Australia’s biggest natural resource: the Sun.

Environmental sustainability is the core of our mission here at Milkcrate Events; and we are proud to be helping to build a creative community of artists, engineers, builders and tech-heads who are committed to projecting a positive future around sustainability, and reaching audiences to convey our hopes and dreams in an accessible and interactive way.

Check out the photos of the whole shebang from KUVEX below, and watch out for our next project!

 

Its Not Wasted Yet

milk bottle recycled ring pulls art decor

Below the surface there is a growing movement that challenges the modern apathetic attitude to life and seeks to counter this through ideas like reuse, people power, prioritising environment over industry, using efficient technology, and implementing permaculture principles (this list could go on forever!).
We seek a better quality of life with a much lower impact on Nature, and we are creating ripples in the pond and the pond is resonating with our vibrations.
++ Ring pulls from tin cans, the bottoms of 2 litre plastic milk bottles, packing tape, pallet wrap, silver paper from Reverse Garbage, cable ties

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I don’t often write posts in the first person, but this one is a special occasion. So here I am. I’m known to many as Sharky, and I’m the lead artist behind Milkcrate Events.

I’m stubborn in my drive to make art meaningful and to make a lasting impact on audiences through public events and participatory experiences, and I recently teamed up with another crew to help raise awareness about the destruction of our land and pollution and dissemination of our waterways due to mining. Locally its happening in our very own Sydney water catchment. I put on an exhibition to raise awareness specifically about the  Leard forest blockade and to create a platform for us to hear more about the concept of Divestment and how it works.

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These Aloe Vera plants are pups of one of the oldest plants in my garden. These plants are quite drought resistant so they never die, and keep multiplying and shooting off new babies, that I separate and share with friends. Its the best treatment for sunburn and also good in smoothies.

So I made some art and we had some excellent speakers come and tell us all about the fucked up situation in Queensland where there is no hope left and the miners are taking over, and that all our efforts should be focused on stopping the same thing happen here in NSW… The divestment idea was new to me and a lot of over folks and as a result of the exhibition some of my friends have divested… and its spreading.

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Out Of Our Depth: We are loosing control of one of our basic human rights: our right to clean drinking water.
Right before our eyes, our clean water resources are diminishing with mining companies sucking at our water tables across the country, access to water is being privatised and our catchments are being polluted by the CSG industry, and the basic human right has become a corporate commodity. Water is our most precious resource, and we really have to fight the industry before there’s nothing left to fight over.

The event was a lovely occasion, with locally brewed beer, and organic wines from Ascella in the Hunter Valley, while local DJs played tunes, and we put the bicycle tyre hammocks to good use, with the trashy jellyfish floating and fading through colours beside us.

Future Of Blame Art

Future of Blame at the loo roll dj table

I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to transform the space and make it a beautiful wonderland that hopefully inspires folks in some way, and I’m glad that it wasn’t just about the art… there’s too much going on that matters for art to be just about art’s sake these days… Keep in touch with the idea of divestment, check out the Market Forces website and also tell the miners to frack off!

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Aloe-phant

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Within Our Reach: The future we are looking for is just there…Look out for the colourful flashing tunnels in life and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with new and amazing possibilities!= Milk bottles, electrical conduit, LED strip light.

Before Recycling comes Art

We have been creative little animals recently!

 

For the upcoming PSYFARI festival we have created our signature upcycled decor to bring the animals at the bass stage alive!

 

Dorian is modeling a pair of our ears made from shoulder pads! Thanks to the ladies at U-Turn in Marrickville for relieving some items of their 80’s baggage.

Bicycle Powered La Lune

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Kids know what they like. And what they like is interactive art! We incorporated this premise with some subtle sustainability education through reuse, and energy generation… and there you go: Sweet art that needs audience participation to bling!

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Little kids aren’t shy about getting the primo vantage of the sculpture!

We were recently asked to contribute some interactive installations to the first La Lune exhibition; a night time sculpture walk up Long Reef Headland free to the public and run by Warringah Council.

Pics and Video:

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The Temple of Reuse

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Over the past year we have developed our milk bottle lights into a free standing, colour changing installation which event participants can sit inside of and that is available for hire at local events. We are calling it our Temple of Reuse!

light sculpture made from milk bottles

The Temple of Reuse has been installed at various outside events and held up tall against winds. It is also able to be erected inside, as it is free-standing and does not need to be secured into the ground.

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It is available in multiple configurations – to suit events of all kinds. In it’s smallest configuration, the lights can be powered by a single bike generator. Our design can expand to whatever floor-space required… give us a challenge!

Bicycle powered sound system milk bottle light installation

Skunkworks Gallery

 

Video of the first time we set it up at the light exhibition: ‘In The Night Garden’, St Peters:

Creative Reuse Workshops

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“Cool” and “Awesome”.

That was the response we received from a few of the kids who attended our recent Waste 2 Art workshop in Cowra, organised by the Cowra City Council.

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Kids arting up some milk bottles

Each of the kids made their own awesome upcycled artwork to enter into the local Recycled Art Awards. During this process the students learned that Reuse comes before Recycling, and that Reuse is an excellent catalyst for our creativity.

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We provided each of the students with a 20 litre translucent plastic drum which came from the local Materials Recycling Facility, and a huge collection of other waste material such as bottle caps, lids, ring pulls, and plastic packaging.

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With the assistance of glue, tape and paint the students transformed these into their own Picasso-esque head, and then inserted colour changing LED lights into the drum, which can be triggered with a small remote!

led lights in upcycled art with remote

So, in conclusion, artworks made from rubbish are cool and awesome because the works are a relevant creative response to our current global situation as well as being practical and very disco… and there are also some sustainability lessons in there too!

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Waste 2 Art Workshop

Milkcrate will be heading to Cowra in a few weeks, where we will be hosting a two-day workshop Waste2Art workshop for children, as part of the Recycled Art for Cowra Awards during the school holidays. Below are some pictures of the projects we made to illustrate to the kids what they can do with rubbish! We look forward to sharing their imaginative creations with you in a month’s time.

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The workshop aims to inspire youth in how to think creatively and to re-use products to make their own sculptures.
Milkcrate will provide guidance, tools, and materials for kids to make their own
3D light sculpture (resembling a modern Picasso) that can be entered in this year’s RAFCA awards whose theme this year is “Functional, Fantastic and Fun”.
The awards this year will feature childrens’ works with judging on Friday, May 2
at Cowra Aquatic Centre.

For more information, contact Cowra Council on 6340 2039.

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The beautiful Acacia stage

The ACACIA that doofed together

It’s a doof life. And we bring the Drum ‘n Bass ‘n Dubstep!

We are lucky enough to be a part of the MWA crew who made the ACACIA stage at the  Regrowth Festival a few weeks ago. It is such an awesome experience to be a part of a team of people who all did their very best at what they love to do, and the result was absolutely spectacular and totally original stage that knew how to throw a party!

ACACIA stage at Regrowth Festival 2014

The team at Milkcrate Events designed a super sturdy structure using a very cheaply available resource: steel scaffolding poles and swivel clamps.

The ACACIA skeleton

Then we sourced a roll of heavy duty white vinyl from our mates over at Reverse Garbage, and sewed it all into one big piece, providing the ACACIA stage with the ultimate weather proof shelter.

The Acacia stage canopy

We also sewed up the rear screens which wrap around the sides of the structure to complete the stage.

The ACACIA canopy - designed and manufactured by Milkcrate Events

The ACACIA canopy – designed and manufactured by Milkcrate Events

The rear triangle is kept free so that the backdrop for the performers was the gorgeous bush site. The photo below is of our session of bass yoga. The best kind.

bass yoga at the ACACIA stage

The design of the structure itself is based on the sacred geometry of the merkaba and we recreated the birds eye view plan of the structure using ring pulls (from tin and aluminum cans) onto the face of the DJ desk. The photo below is of our resident DJ Mantis MD

Ring pull merkaba art

We activated our collective merkaba with visual projections on every inch of the structure for three whole nights (that’s right… until dawn!) and it was spinning and pulsatingly gorgeous. There were also lazers. SO MANY SWEET LAZERS!!!

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The stage site was peppered with awesome interactive installations to arouse the doof in all, and the performers and crew were all very dubstep. The sound system was very Grounded Sound. (website pending!) Below is a photo from the perspective of DJ ForkStab who is havin’ it.

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This was the best experience of our lives so far… mostly because of the huge crew of awesome people (you know who you are), with their beautiful ingenuity and their desires to do their best. We can’t wait to do it all again. We hope to see you there next year. A huge thanks to R.E.G.E.N for making such a beautiful festival happen and for providing us with this opportunity. We love being a part of your vibe.

Massive of thanks to the photographers: Pirate Photography, Matti MC and Ordinary Zan for capturing some of the action moments of ACACIA.

The beautiful Acacia stage

Waste To Art

Dumpster Art in Marrickville

Everyone’s doing it.

Using waste as a starting point for art is great for so many reasons… here’s a few to get the ball rolling:

1. It is a great place to start thinking creatively! Sometimes a starting point can be hard to find when making art, and a found object on the side of the road or in your recycling bin can be a great place to start using your imagination.

2. It helps to create a new consciousness about the place of waste in our society… if you can make art with it then perhaps you won’t chuck it so carelessly away next time. It’s time to start taking responsibility for the waste we create collectively and respecting the earth.

3. Repurposing waste is a great way to impress others (and yourself!) with your ability to transform something imaginatively! It’s fun AND cool, kids.

4. Using waste to make art ultimately makes us think about how we can reduce the amount of waste that we create because we have a chance to contemplate the sheer volume of it available! It is certainly a material that we won’t run out of for our projects and the price is about as cheap as it comes!

If you can think of any more reasons please add them below!

Here are some pics of the art installations which we’ve made with with plastic bottles and other ‘waste’! For more please visit our Pinterest page!

Harbourlights NYE 2013

NYE milk bottle bling on Sydney harbour

Cosmic milk installation at Sydney Harbour NYE 2013

Cosmic milk installation at Sydney Harbour NYE 2013

This NYE we installed our beautiful and sustainable milk bottle light creations under Mrs Mcquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney for a special foreshore party they curated called ‘Harbourlights’.

‘Cosmic Milk’ is our name for the large colour changing sculpture on the point, helping to create some more visual bling for the night when the fireworks weren’t cranking.

We also set up a bicycle powered light installation on an overhang of one of the cliffs at Farm Cove for the event participants to engage with. The bicycle was free game and the milk bottles were left covered with joyous NYE messages by the close of the new year.

The decor and entertainment we provided fitted will with an overall theme of sustainability and a compost system was employed on the night as well as solar phone recharging and an edible garden… also made using our beloved milk bottle.

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repurposing milk bottles into eco festooning

LEDs and milk bottles

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Milk bottle sculpture at Sydney Harbour 2013

Newtown Festival 2013

Newtown Festival 2013 decor

Main stage at Newtown festival 2013 decor

Milkcrate decor rocked the Newtown Festival in 2013, providing colour and cohesion to the annual festival with 300m of custom made bunting and 50 large flags and banners to help to brighten up the standard white festival tents and fencing!

We were especially happy to be asked to decor this festival as it is a fundraiser for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre which provides many valuable community services to our local area.

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The festival was a big success, and after an early morning drizzle scare the sun came out and the bunting was dancing along with the many groovers in the breeze.

We also brought along our bicycle powered smoothie maker which was busting out delicious icy fruity drinks all day!

Bicycle powered blender at the Newtown Festival 2013

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Life’s better bunted

Here at Milkcrate we love bunting, and we have many hundreds of meters to prove it!

We bunt it real good, by reusing materials and using bright colours and time worn techniques to create our unique bunting. We’re proud to be bringing back the bunt to communicate the festive spirit within our community in a sustainable way.

We’re bunting the bunt out of Newtown Festival this coming Sunday to help raise funds for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, so be prepared to be bunted in the face.

Big ups to The Bower for providing the fabrics for the flags!

Don’t forget to BYO sweet water bottle on Sunday.

If your are still confused and for more ideas of sweet DIY bunting, check out our bunt Pinterest page at
http://www.pinterest.com/milkcrateevents/bunt-it/

Newtown Festival bunting decor milkcrate events 2013

End Product Re-Design Prototype

DESIGN CONCEPT PAGE 3

We were recently invited by Fuji Xerox in Sydney to come up with a design for a desk object made from the the end-of-life printer resources to be used as a gift for their special customers.

Our design wasn’t picked (which means we don’t have to make another 200 of them!) but wanted to share our sweet design with the world anyway…

Let us know what you think!

individual end of life resouces

 

desk object design from end of life resouces for fuji xerox

 

That’s just crate

milk crate seat cover coffee sackTo cater for the warehouse’s notorious love of the milk crate as a seat we’ve created a tidy little cover for the crate, (as well as a cushion which sits underneath) from old coffee sacks which we’ve collected from local coffee roasters. Here’s some beautiful pics of the seats gracing the bums of some beautiful patrons in a sweet new space in Marrickville a few months ago.

More photos from the incredible Mr. Martin Nester at http://martinnester.com/

Milk crate seats upcycled by Milkcrate Events

Milk crate seats upcycled by Milkcrate Events

Milk crate seats upcycled by Milkcrate Events

Milk crate seats upcycled by Milkcrate Events

Cinema Lounges and hessian sack seating

Cinema Lounges and hessian sack seating