Alright so I've updated my parking permit, cleaned out two fish tanks, eaten chocolate fondue for one, and endured three gruelling hours of Transformers shame, so now I am ready to quit procrastinating and bring you the second instalment of my MANY 6160 tour from last weekend. I promise this sequel, unlike said travesty that was Michael Bay's bumbling piece of CGI brain-death, will be a bit more amusing & have you pining for next weekend so you can explore MANY!
Prepareth to meet the makers, after the jump.
I did hint in the previous MANY 6160 post (here) that quite a few of the goodies on display on the ground floor were crafted on site. Whilst you can traverse up to the viewing deck on the first floor to creep on the bearded-gentlemen working away at their homewares, scroll on down for more pictures of the workshops hidden away behind the old Myer storefronts.
In order of appearance:
1. Dunk N Wagnell - I've bookmarked these guys to make some custom furniture for my house-in-the-making!
2. Abdul-Rahman Abdullah - making a life-sized ox sculpture, amongst other things. He's represented by my favourite gallery, Venn!
3. Bodhi Tree Surfboards - now this is seriously cool and would make an awesome gift for someone who loves to surf and make things. Using native timbers, you can sign up to one of their workshops to make your own hollow-body surfboard or stand-up paddleboards, and bask in the glory of your own DIY-ed goodness!
4. A Good Looking Man (by the name of Andy) - he makes stuff, shows you how to make stuff, and is an advocate of helping people make stuff so they can understand the cost of stuff! Essentially he's the woodwork poster-boy of MANY 6160 and will entice you with his gregarious laugh and lush beard. He's also the man in charge of the production floor.
5. ReSpoke - recycling old bicycles into cool new things (instead of rusty dreams of lycra and forgotten fitness goals)
6. PCI Laser Cutting & Engraving - making art out of lasers! Cut almost anything, and commission them to make laser-cut things for you (including small-scale projects if you're a creative & the idea of forking out tonnes of cash is heart-attack-inducing)
7. TK hiding out in the basement, making creepy shrines & making things undisturbed.
The production floor is a concept area helping those trapped making goodies in their garages to upsize and let their creative juices flow more freely without the confines of space. Again, it also fosters a working community where people can help each other out and hobbies can eventually turn into businesses. And thanks to the forward-thinking folks at MANY & Spacemarket, that'll hopefully be one less flat-pack shelving unit ending up on the verge.
You can go and check out MANY 6160 this coming weekend whilst I slave away, doing the stuff below.
P.S. don't spend your weekend watching Transformers.