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Out of Doors

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

mothmusic Out of Doors After having spent the past week experimenting with ‘Sugaring’ recipes to attract moths (more info at National Moth Week), I’m very nearly set to install the piece commissioned by Made in Roath for their Out of Doors programme this weekend (29th – 31st August 2015) in Roath Park in Cardiff. I’ll be installing a version of Mothmusic in the trees near the Rec (next to Roath Park Library). Come along at around 8pm on the Saturday to see it (it only works during the hours of darkness).

Gail, Helen and Becca from Made in Roath have been hard at work putting together a great programme of installations, performances, croquet games, walks, tours and an outdoor cinema screening. All events are free of charge.

For more information visit the website:

Dorkbot Cardiff

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Dorkbot Cardiff
Thanks to Paul Granjon and Pete Hathaway for inviting me to come and talk at Dorkbot Cardiff next week. Other speakers include Dr Nick Lambert, Chairman of the Computer Arts Society & Olivia Kotsifa, who is involved in the Cardiff Fab Lab project (an MIT project). I went to the Nairobi Fab Lab (with Paul Granjon) back in 2010 which was amazing, so it’ll be great to see those facilities in Wales too.

I’m going to be talking about some Arduino projects, plywood, pointlessness, momento mori and microrenewables. It’s on next Thursday 6th Dec at Milgi’s on City Road. More on the Dorkbot Cardiff website.

Maker Faire Africa

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

I’m currently in Nairobi in Kenya with Paul Granjon and Peter Hathaway, for Maker Faire Africa, on behalf of bloc: Creative Technology Wales. Maker Faires are like science faires for DIY technology and the African version is billed as a ‘celebration of African ingenuity, innovation and invention’. bloc ran a Maker Faire as part of May You Live in Interesting Times and commissioned several practitioners for the festival, so this year they’ve sent a contingent to Kenya to continue the dialogue started in 2009.

At the Faire itself I’m going to be working with Nairobits Digital Design School, doing surgeries for Makers about marketing their wares online for free, but in the meantime I’m helping Paul out with his ‘Nairobi Solar Machine‘ project, working with students from FabLab in Nairobi University. This feeds nicely into some work I’ll be doing with arduino and micro generation in the autumn, as part of Powys’ Chance to Create scheme.

The three of us are writing a blog over at WordPress, although to be fair, Peter is the main contributor, by quite a long way.

Beginners Arduino Workshop, Cardiff

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Arduino 316As part of a Chance to Create project, I’ve teamed up with Rhys Williams to put together Wales’ first Tinker It! Beginners Arduino Workshop on 27 & 28 Feb 2010. Here’s the gen:

Do you have an interest in open source software, constructing your own hardware, simple electronics or interactivity? This weekend workshop will provide a basic introduction to the Arduino platform for artists, designers and hobbyists. The workshop will be led by Tinker It!, the UK`s leading provider of Arduino training.

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It`s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Places cost £140 for students and includes a beginners arduino kit to take away.

No prior experience of Arduino or electronics is required to take part.

To book please visit:

For directions to Chapter please visit the website:

The workshop has been organised by Rhys Williams and Stefhan Caddick, and is kindly supported by Chapter Gallery, Ffotogallery, bloc and Powys County Council`s Chance to Create scheme.

Introduction to Arduino

What could be better than spending a weekend learning about Arduino, the favorite open source hardware hacking platform for designers, artists and hobbyists? Aimed at students, artists, and designers or anyone who wants to learn the basics of Arduino, simple electronics and building interactive projects.! has been running monthly workshop around Arduino and its uses in creative uses since 2007.! is a design studio based in London and Milan designing interactive products and spaces for brands, events and museums.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring a laptop if you have one, although Ffotogallery have kindly offered to provide them for anyone who can`t access one. If you`re bringing a Mac laptop, then you need to know the admin password for it to install the software). NB: You don`t need to already know about electronics to come to this workshop.

What we will provide

A beginners Arduino kit which you can take away with you after the workshop.