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Make it yourself (Issue IV/2021)

In the cultural battlefield

by Justin McGuirk

From flawless craftsmanship to clumsy do-it-yourself: our ideas of “homemade” are wide ranging.

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A stool made from washing-machine drums

by Lea Kirdikian, Xavier Baghdadi

How to turn discarded household appliances into new furniture.

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“People preserve stories in objects”

in conversation with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung reflects on the meaning we give to the things we make. A conversation.

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Hidden Designs

by Vladimir Archipov

Cultural history rarely commemorates home-made objects – even though they often have extraordinary tales to tell.

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A projector made from a shoebox

by Leonie Düngefeld

What would a DIY issue look like without our editors also making something? Our trainee takes on the challenge of creating a home cinema out of simple materials.

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A hundred years of violence

by Sabine Scholl

The Vietnamese author Nguyen Phan Que Mai tells a family tale from her war-ravaged land.

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“The powers-that-be dance with you”

by Sergej Lebedew

The author Sergei Lebedev talks about Russia’s internal conflicts, fear as a form of political pressure, and the craft of writing.

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Make it yourself (Issue IV/2021)

Statutory Eradication

by Gundula Haage

Louise Erdrich talks about resistance by indigenous peoples in 1950s America.

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A second lease of life for rubbish

by Tapiwa Matsinde

Why it’s high time for society to rethink its throwaway culture.

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Make it yourself (Issue IV/2021)

A mattress made out of plastic bags

in conversation with Debbie Barberee, Holly Cypret

Debbie Barberee and Holly Cypret from Florida turn plastic bags into mattresses for sleeping. A conversation.

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A bowl made from fruit

by Roongtip Luilao

How organic rubbish is turned into tableware in Bangkok. 

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Make it yourself (Issue IV/2021)

A raft made from bamboo

by Li*

How a traditional Chinese technique of building boats has won over tourists from around the globe.

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A solar oven

by Victoria Aguilera Velazco

Cooking and baking with solar energy: An oven that needs neither electricity nor fuel.

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Make it yourself (Issue IV/2021)

“Open design is good for business”

by Ronen Kadushin

Israeli designer RONEN KADUSHIN explains, why he makes his designs freely available on the internet. A conversation.

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Make it yourself (Issue IV/2021)

A thumb piano

by Joseph Weinberg

Make an instrument that sounds like the sea: a mbira.

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