In preparation for the makers fair, we aimed to produce a range of interactive features for our stall.
The main feature was to be our completed 1:2 scale prototype, which is two assembled units with a a surface slotted over the top. At this scale the prototype was the perfect height to be used as a bench, – an idea which could maybe be utilised by the Mill in the future as a form of easily-assembled seating. The prototype was taken to the Mill a couple of days in advance of the faire and shown to Daniel for the first time to gain his feedback, which was very positive!
Our question board will also be a vital part of our stall, as we were told that the footfall through the museum during the faire would be into the thousands. We plan to get as many people as possible from different age demographics to complete the Q board so that we can identify any trends emerging in the answers chosen.
A scale model of the second floor of the silk mill was produced, as this is the area which we have been focusing on during the development of our ideas. To go alongside this, the group produced a number of wooden cubes scaled to be the same size as our prototypes would appear in the room. The cubes were spray painted in bright colours to represent different uses; ie the blue cubes were for artefact display, the yellow represents seating, the orange represents shelving and the pink cubes represent storage.
The cubes enable anyone to have a go at curating their own museum which we thought would gain valuable feedback for us and for the Mill, and can form a useful tool for the future curation of the space.
To help people understand how the joint works, many of our single joint prototypes will be present at the fair for people to have a go at piecing together. To make this easier, colour coded plastic versions were produced especially for public interaction. A diagrammatic instruction panel accompanied this to enable anyone to understand and construct the joint with ease.
In addition to physical models, we produced posters, visuals and leaflets to give general information about our project and details of our blog and twitter account. The visuals give an idea of how our prototypes can be adapted in many ways to accommodate the many different artefacts, and also indicate how they can be used to start to divide and form thresholds and different spaces within the museum’s large, open plan layout.