project leader
Vincent L
543 Union Street
Multi-borough (Gowanus)
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the project

Our goal 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 Fixers 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.

We seek to build community through the metaphors of building and fixing.   We seek to give people another option other than to throw something away and buy a replacement.   We seek to bring repair into a brighter spotlight of sustainability.

We would like to expand our concept and reach of our Fixing Sessions into Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

the steps

We need to identify people and groups wiling to host Fixing Sessions.

We will host trial sessions to gauge attendance and perceived education value.

We will offer feedback to enable people to host their own Fixing Sessions without or with the core members of the Fixers Collective.

why we're doing it

We're passionate about the Fixers Collective because we're extremely versatile and feel very comfortable in many contexts:

  • We're environmentalists, seeking to make repair and reuse and integral part of a sustainable ecology.
  • We're educators, teaching through skillsharing and project-based learning.
  • We're industrial designers and makers, stepping outside the boundaries of originally intended uses, to create and innovate new methods to achieve original functionality.
  • We're forensic analysts, answering the questions "what happened?" and "how can we fix it?".
  • We're activists, who fight against planned obsolescence and planned failure by choosing and acting to extend the useful life of the material things around us.


Rent for Fixing Session venues - $50/session

MTA Subway/Bus fares for Fearless Fixers (those who will teach/train the art of repair) - $50/session

Tools (most likely those needed to replace those lost or broken during the last session) - $40/session

Materials (adhesives, lubricants, wire, electrical tape, duct tape) - $20/session

Tolls for Fearless Fixers (those who will teach/train the art of repair) - $13/Session

At least 24 sessions over two years are assumed.

SUBTOTAL = $4,152
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3% of non-match dollars) $65



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