Don’t trash it, fix it: a free repair fest in Dalston

Big Fix @ St Mark’s church hall Dalston Loin E8 211115 © DavidAltheer[at]

THE BIG FIX, billed as Hackney’s first festival of repairing, is being held in Dalston tomorrow.

Bicycles, electronics and electrical goods, clothing, chairs… the kind of things that we in our consumerist world throw away but would be quickly repaired in a third-world country. They will be tackled and at no charge.

Advice if not lessons will be given on making things and chair repair — even on moths, and how to keep the carpet-munching larva at bay.

James Diamond, one of the organisers, says: “We have been fixing electrical and electronic goods for two years now, and it is time to start fixing other things as well. That’s why we are calling this the Big Fix.”

The clothing repair workshop will feature a Fabrications; chair repairs The School of Stuff, cycle repairs Hackney Bike Workshop, broken gadgets

Restart Project’s Dave Lukes at the Big Fix in Dalston London E8 211115
Getting ready to revive old stuff: Restart Project’s Dave Lukes at the Hackney Big Fix

the Restart Project and Hackney’s recycling team will answer questions on waste prevention and re-use.

Restart was founded by Ugo Vallauri and Janet Gunter in 2012. Restart Parties are now held all over the UK and as far afield as Italy, Japan and Canada.

Perhaps they could have a go at the church’s broken stained-glass windows, missing clock and broken barometer.

Hamish Scott 201115

* Main pic: early in the day Hackneyites drift in with a huge variety of items needing repair. Within a few hours, the hall was busy with activity as more experts worked to recycle household goods

* The Big Fix, St Mark’s Church hall, Colvestone Crescent, off St Mark’s Rise, Hackney E8 2NJ, Saturday, 21 November 2015, 11am-4pm. Good disabled access. Free.

* Backstory: Carpet moths make a hole in our wallets

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