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The Forgotten Toys Compendium http://forgotten.toys A Ludic Rooms and KWMC Project for Bristol Green 2015 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:35:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.32 Circuit Bending with Creative Hub http://forgotten.toys/circuit-bending-with-creative-hub http://forgotten.toys/circuit-bending-with-creative-hub#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2015 20:00:37 +0000 http://forgotten.toys/?p=316 This evening we hosted a workshop with the incredible young people from Creative Hub at Knowle West Media Centre. Often whenever toys with electronic functions stop working they are relegated to the back of cupboards and attics, or even the bin. In this workshop we wanted to demystify these battery powered toys by opening them up and taking a peek at how they looked inside the plastic. Once we saw how the circuits were made we were able to learn how to fix them. We were even able to rewire them for an entirely new function, giving an old redundant toy a fun and exciting new lease of life. 

 

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Forgotten Toys at Knowle West Fest http://forgotten.toys/knowle-west-fest http://forgotten.toys/knowle-west-fest#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 17:30:10 +0000 http://forgotten.toys/?p=298 Today we brought the Forgotten Toys to Knowle West Fest at Filwood Broadway for an afternoon of experimentation. Local residents of all ages joined in the remixing of old toys to create new characters and games. Together we dismantled toys to discover how they worked, rebuilt them in new forms and experimented with their new functions. We took advantage of the last of the summer sun to begin to create new outdoor games through reimagining the toys for a new purpose.

 

 

 

 

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The Big Toy Hack http://forgotten.toys/the-big-toy-hack http://forgotten.toys/the-big-toy-hack#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:00:39 +0000 http://forgotten.toys/?p=242 Today we hosted an open day of experimentation, research and development at The Factory in Filwood Green Business Park. A number of curious experts of Play came along to the session, where we mixed up circuit-bending, street games, craft and digital fabrication.

The day began with a discussion of the aims and the ideas behind the Forgotten Toys Compendium before launching into a character creation exercise. Dolls and action figures were taken apart, jumbled up and glued back together again; kinetic functions were investigated and repurposed; elaborate stories were created around the construction of these new characters. After lunch, we then embarked on the construction of a water feature using old plastic toys, wheels from toy cars and water balloons.

Next up, Open Doors Day and Knowle West Festival!

 

 

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Toy Trike Diaries – Newquay http://forgotten.toys/toy-trike-diaries-newquay http://forgotten.toys/toy-trike-diaries-newquay#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:52:49 +0000 http://forgotten.toys/?p=236 Today we spent the day travelling around the Newquay area of Knowle West. We spent some time at the Eagle House coffee morning, chatting with locals over cups of tea and the odd bit of cake. We were let in on all kinds of local expertise; houses where the families were moving, people that had recently been having a clear out or were good at passing unwanted things through the neighbourhood. We also recorded some stories for the map, including Peachy’s 19yo son’s treasured blanket and a wind up musical Koala (Waltzing Matilda!) that once belonged to Theresa’s mother.

 

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Toy Trike Diaries – Novers http://forgotten.toys/toy-trike-diaries-novers http://forgotten.toys/toy-trike-diaries-novers#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:04:29 +0000 http://forgotten.toys/?p=226 Today we spent the day riding the toy trike around the Novers area of Knowle West, knocking on doors, meeting people in the street and gathering toys and stories. We met Dave and Cynthia as they happened to be clearing out their shed and chatted about their extended family. Keen gardeners, the shed was crammed but incredibly well organised. Many of the toys and games that emerged dated back to the 70s and 80s when their sons were young. They kindly donated jigsaws and puzzles that were heading for the recycling (apart from one which a mouse seemed to have already been busy upcycling). They wanted to keep some of the toys, like a swingball set and ride-on toy as they are still in use by their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

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