Micro-Project: Make Your Own Bunting (Web App)

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Whether making your own guerrilla celebration, working on a gallery installation, or even getting ready for some upcoming holiday festivities, we think our little automagic bunting app will make everything a little bit easier.

We got tired of hand-setting each letter when we’ve made bunting in the past, so we cooked up this simple little web app that takes any string of text you enter and converts each letter into a one-page gif file, ready to be printed, trimmed (using the handy built-in guides), and strung together using your favourite little bull clips, tape, or other hanging mechanism.

Try it out and send us a picture of what you do with it!

Tuesday Recap: in case you missed it, super jigsaw rig, graphic design in progress & other notes

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (29)

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (2)

In case you missed any of our spontaneous posts earlier today, here’s a quick recap of all the stuff that we got done!

It may look a little strange, but our jigsaw rig Kevin put together has really been a huge help today. Hiba made it through nearly 70 letters — and no wrist pain!

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (4)

Some final touches like this shim helped us to get it fine-tuned earlier today.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (1)

We had the cutting speed fairly high, and initially the jigsaw wasn’t quite locked down enough, so our cuts weren’t as straight as we would have liked.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (21)

However, once we got it all locked down, Hiba started speeding through the letters, which is completely necessary. We have about 400 letters to cut.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (3)

But, before that, Lucy came by to starting planning a project / event with Hiba and get up to speed with how things have been moving along here at CIVIC SPACE.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (7)

Lucy did a kick ass job with our press releases late last month and we’re really happy she’s back! This is how she is currently keeping track of things.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (5)

It was a full house today, Rosina and Sara came by and double-teamed some design work that needs to get done ASAP in preparation for our launch next Thursday!

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (6)

We’re still pulling from these notes that we took during a meeting a couple weeks ago as we start to assemble a basic schedule design.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (8)

Hiba made this note.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (9)

I spent the afternoon working on some answers for an interview.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (10)

Hiba flipped back to cutting more letters.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (11)

The library thus far.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (12)

Here’s a ribbon from a gift from DodoLab. Reminds me how much I love that gold printing / plating (what is it really called?) reminds me of track and field ribbons.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (13)

Snow storm.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (14)

Notes on the back of our window facade frame that Kevin came in to continue work on.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (15)

Rosina brought a polaroid camera and we instagramed old school.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (16)

Also, Rosina started to work with our new stamp as she finessed the design of our library card.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (17)

XW.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (18)

I took a break and added some bunting to the construction zone in front of our place.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (19)

I also painted the jigsaw blades that we had in waiting with more nail polish.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (20)

Z!

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The remaining letters for the day.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (23)

Hiba announcing her record time to cut 4 letters, or 6 letters or something.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (24)

The back of our library card being designed.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (25)

Kevin further bracing the face of our window facade.

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Rosina at work!

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Stamp sizing.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (28)

Plotting our the date and letters checked-out setup for the back of our letter library card.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (29)

The back of the postcard in progress that Sara and I were tossing back and forth.

Tuesday at CIVIC SPACE with design sessions, styrofoam letters, bunting, meetings, and polaroids (31)

Broken City Lab in the 1970s.

¬†Tomorrow: some meetings, some guest cutters, and a lot more fun. We’re here between 11am and 4pm, if you’re in the hood.

Spontaneous Bunting!

Spontaneous Guerilla bunting at construction site on Pelissier (1)

Spontaneous Guerilla bunting at construction site on Pelissier (1)

To help celebrate the recently changed water valve that will unite our neighbours water bill with ours, we thought the construction area needed some dressing up.

Spontaneous Guerilla bunting at construction site on Pelissier (3)

Hopefully when the utility workers return, they will appreciate our spirit.

Spontaneous Guerilla bunting at construction site on Pelissier (4)

 

Wrapping up Production for Hamilton: a quick look at some recent work

As we wrap up production on our upcoming installation, Two Tales of a City, at Hamilton Artists Inc., our Friday night meeting was shifted to Lebel where we set out to coat the bunting with some scotch guard and just started laying everything out.

Rosina braved the quick spray

The rest of the crew helped moved things around — the bunting is all connected and somewhere around 100 feet long.

Touch ups on the reverse side of the bunting.

Some details of some of the transfers. Michelle was at Jodi’s helping to do some of the few remaining cut-outs for the letters that we’ll be placing over the fabric square.s

Josh being detail-oriented.

The bunting are 18″ long.

Some of the pile.

More details. We’ll be shooting photographs of these today before boxing them up.

And the crew trying to get some perspective on the work.

We also spent some time pulling together some installation instructions and doing a preliminary collection of possible texts that will rotate throughout the run of the installation on the fabric banner. We’re really excited to see this go up in Hamilton next week. If you’re in town, come by our workshop on March 9th!

Alley Bunting

alley bunting

An random chance to catch up with Laura, Sam, and some other folks I hadn’t seen for a while turned into this quick intervention.

As part of their OH! C.N.A.P. fun, they had made a lot of bunting for another party they had to attend, but it seemed too great to not temporarily put up somewhere in the city. So, in the alley next to Phog, the bunting was quickly strung up with the help of staples (after some difficulties with the wind), and really was an great example of what’s possible with some paper, yarn, and a amazing group of people.

Check out more photos of the process at Laura and Sam‘s flickr sets, or check out Sam’s tutorial on making the bunting, should you be so inclined to take up a similar project.