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.”
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
* Backstory: Carpet moths make a hole in our wallets