The Fixers Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing and mending. It was formed as part of the Mend theme at Proteus Gowanus (2008/9) during which mending and fixing were explored from various perspectives and disciplines. At a time when ‘fixing things,’ from the mundane to the profound, seems increasingly out of our reach, The Fixers Collective continues fixing and mending the third Thursday of every month at Proteus Gowanus.
Fixers Collective Mission Statement
The goal of the Fixers Collective is to increase material literacy in our community by fostering an ethic of creative caring toward the objects in our lives. The Fixers Collective seeks to displace cultural patterns that alienate us from our things, by collectively learning the skills and patience necessary to care for them. Intentionally aligning itself with forces generated in reaction to the current economic crisis, the Fixers Collective promotes a counter-ethos that values functionality, simplicity, and ingenuity and that respects age, persistence and adequacy. The Collective also encourages participants to take liberties with designated forms and purposes, resulting in mended objects that may exist both as art and within a more limited, utilitarian context.
How It Works: On the third Thursday of every month, bring your broken thing and place it on the fixing table for collective consideration. The assembled group will share ideas and techniques for repairing, mending, enhancing or repurposing the objects before us. Our skilled Master Fixers provide support and guidance as needed.
Hours: Third Thursday of the month, 7pm.
On the Web: Fixers Collective website or visit the Fixers on facebook
Details: A donation of $5 per object is appreciated.