On Friday 4th September, along with Ludic Rooms, 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 collective construction of a water feature using old plastic toys, wheels from toy cars and water balloons.
Our next Toy Hack will take place Saturday 12th September. From 10am we will be at KWMC as part of Bristol Open Doors Day, then from 1pm we will be at Filwood Broadway for Knowle West Festival. Bring out your old toys and help to create new games!
Follow the project as it unfolds on the Forgotten Toys blog.