ABOUT THE PROJECT / In collaboration with local youth at the BRIGHTMOOR MAKER SPACE and the designers/artisans of ISHINOMAKI LABORATORY, we will design, prototype, and produce a portable flatpack kit to address community-identified infrastructure needs in Brightmoor, a neighborhood in northwest Detroit. This Brightmoor Bento kit, inspired by Ishinomaki Laboratory’s Bento DIY Kit, will consist of prefabricated wood components that makers of all ages can assemble into various types of micro-infrastructure.
ABOUT BRIGHTMOOR MAKER SPACE / What if we could teach 200 kids in a Detroit neighborhood how to design and build furniture? Or build solar-powered lamps to make neighborhood streets safer at night? Or start a t-shirt-making business, using handmade screen prints? Working with Brightmoor community partners, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, and Detroit Community Schools, we envision the Brightmoor Maker Space as a place for residents, particularly young people, to improve their making skills, develop intergenerational connections, and nurture community revitalization. The space will also help youth explore paths to college and/or a profession.
ABOUT ISHINOMAKI LABORATORY / Energizing people and society with the spirit of DIY (Do It Yourself) + Design. The world’s first DIY label, direct from Ishinomaki. Ishinomaki Laboratory started out in 2011 as a workshop for the local community. Today, Ishinomaki Laboratory is striving to push the DIY concept forward to broaden the horizons of DIY design, helping to energize people and the community as a locally-run independent company.