Anchor Down

 

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When you buy things that are expensive, like a sofa or something that really feels like an investment, you need to keep it as plain as possible, as simple as possible. Make sure that it’s a clean design that will work with whatever style you want it to.

Nate Berkus

 

Many of our blog followers will not be surprised to know that we have a leather sofa and two matching lounge chairs , that are over two decades old.

This sofa combo was purchased new, yes back when RUDE Girl spent money on good quality new things.  The good quality investment has paid off and served us well.  However, there has always been one niggling problem.  And this was not picked up at point of sale.

The sofa and the two chairs’ cushions slip slide away from under our buttocks.  It’s very annoying because your back is no longer supported.

 

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No back support means you have to sit sideways

 

It has taken until now to finally troubleshoot the problem.  Buying a new sofa and chairs was out of the question.  Why?  We do not shop for stuff.  Buying secondhand was an option but nothing had tickled our fancy.  And waiting for a free replacement, whilst always an option, was not happening.

I had to be jolted to remember that we are the RUDE guys, and good at re-purposing and fixing.  So, I said to myself it’s time to solve this issue, with what’s in the home, and for free.  The resource that anchored down the cushions, to stop them slipping, was actually stored in RUDE Boy’s shed.  I just had to go searching for it.  Here’s my fix it story in the video below.

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Community repair: a pop-up alternative to the throwaway society

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RUDE Girl mending the purple check flannelette shirt at Mend It, Melton on 8 April, 2017

Us RUDE Guys will head off to Mend It, Melton [MIM] this Saturday 13th May, 2017. We are collaborating with a local organisation to deliver our community’s unique model of mend and make do.

MIM was launched late last year, with a small mending event, at our local railway station in Melton, Victoria, Australia.  The event this weekend is our second for 2017.  MIM has scheduled monthly events up until the end of the year.

You can check out all about MIM and see the photos and videos on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/menditmelton/

The re-blogged article below is recommended reading and validates why Rude Record is involved in the not-so-quiet repair revolution.  Beat The Man!!

Discard Studies

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By Christine Cole, Nottingham Trent University and Alex Gnanapragasam, Nottingham Trent University

A not-so-quiet repair revolution is taking place in communities across Britain. Consumers, fed up with having to throw away broken phones, toasters and other appliances, are instead meeting to learn how to repair them and to extend the lifetime of their products. These repair “pop-up parties”, where like-minded people can improve or learn new skills in a supportive environment, can prevent still-useful products from ending up in the bin, while saving money.

Advances in technology and new applications, combined with faster product obsolescence, means that electrical and electronic equipment make up one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. The growing demand for these products is also driving unprecedented levels of resource extraction to keep up with increased rates of manufacturing of everyday goods – something that the planet can hardly support.

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Tool Time

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Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.
George Herbert 

And RUDE Boy is relating to this quote below 

I like doing things where I can get dirty, work with my hands, and use power tools. Last weekend, I did some grouting.
Nathan Fillion 

For this week’s blog post RUDE was keen to do a post about a collection of things.  Interestingly we do not see ourselves as collectors.  Maybe it is because we do not collect things as a hobby.  We collect to reuse things in a very practical way.  And monetary value rarely comes into play.  It is always about function for us.  And if practical things are beautiful to look at, well that’s a bonus.  This morning, as with most Friday mornings, I lie in bed wondering what to post about.  I was thinking about some of the stuff we have around our home.   I thought maybe our baskets, chopping boards, CDs, vinyl LP records and books.  RUDE Girl has rescued many cane baskets from landfill.  We have baskets for laundry, sewing, clothes, serviettes, ironing, shopping, display, food, storage and towels.

Photos below:  RUDE Girl’s cane basket collection

RUDE Boy has tools that were purchased new, many years ago.However, it was time to feature those in his collection that have been rescued from TIP SHOPS.  The tools featured in this video below, are a great asset to the business of running our frugal household.

With a no shame attitude, you can Beat The Man!

Flying Solo

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Because RUDE Girl is unwell, RUDE Boy had to go to the local Dream Big festival and promote a new local initiative titled Mend Melton [flyer above] without me.  He met up with Stephen Mack doing a bicycle repair demonstration.

RUDE Boy did tell me that he was complimented at the festival, on his vintage Levis’ #1 denim jeans.  The person thought the sashiko stitching had been done by machine.

 

 

Hopefully we will have more to post about Mend Melton ~ Fix It, Don’t Flick It, in the months to come.


RUDE Boy has been keen to get a VHS-C adapter or VHS camcorder, but was having no luck.  He then decided to explore transferring the VHS-C tape he had, into a standard VHS cassette.

The other day, I was rummaging around in the freebie bin at a local op shop.  In the bottom of the bin were quite a few VHS cassettes.  RUDE Boy rescued a couple of these for his project today.

Below is the link to our You Tube video, that sort of explains, what he wanted the old video cassettes for.  He ended up just needing to use one cassette for this project.

Beat The Man and avoid buying something that can be re-purposed, from what you have at hand [or that can be sourced elsewhere, without too much trouble].

https://youtu.be/hHxr_C3yoSA

Cashmere Capers

 

 

I’m pretty much a cheap date, you know… no alcohol, no meat at dinner, and then, you know, when I buy, go to Payless for shoes. When you don’t buy leather or silk or cashmere everything is much cheaper.
(Alexandra Paul)

The past few years I have really felt the cold, and have been on the search for woolen garments.  I am not too fussed about the condition of them.  Scavenger Style is my signature folly, so the more tattered the better.  And it gives me the opportunity to mend the garments.  This process enables me to make the items of clothing  my own.  I am currently watching The 100 and feeling very on trend.

I prefer to get my cashmere cheap or for free.  The cashmere pullover below is the same colour and style I rescued from the free textiles’ bin at the local charity shop.  It is an Ann Taylor brand.  It was in the free bin because it had lots of holes in it, however it appeared unworn because it was clean, and still had the designer tag attached to the label.

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Prior to tackling the visible mending [inspired by boro and sashiko] the  pullover was placed in a plastic bag in the freezer for 24 hours.  This process kills any moth eggs.  It was then hand washed in cool water and wool wash liquid.  The excess water was squeezed out of the pullover, by wrapping it in a towel.  The pullover was then dried flat.   The instructions stated dry clean only which RUDE Girl totally ignored.  I do not dry clean anything and have not done so for 20 years or more.

Using African waxed cotton fabric [image below], I cut out circles and have handstitched these over the holes.  The holes were stitched closed too.  I was initially going to darn the holes but I decided to add some colour and pattern to the pullover this way instead. 

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Circles cut from this fabric

 

My revamped pullover makes me smile.  It now has a story and is fun to wear.   It makes me happy that I have a piece of clothing that is warm, light and comfortable and it has cost me zilch.  And that I have rescued it from landfill fate, is the best feeling.

NB:  If you have not seen it already, there is a short video on RUDE’S Facebook page @ruderepair, of the pullover with holes,  prior to mending.

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Beat The Man by sourcing your own charity cashmere sweater.  This will help to prevent The Man from trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

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Venturesome Volunteers

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Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.   Gillian Anderson

RUDE volunteers our time on-line and in the community contributing in small ways to making things better.

Last week it was National Volunteer Week in Australia.  We both had a bit of a think about volunteering and what it means to us.  And we engaged in some discussions with others online.

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We knew years ago that if we were going to volunteer it had to be different.  We did not want to work for a boss cocky [paid or unpaid] of the volunteer brigade.  We did not want to be scheduled and expected to work a roster.  We did not want to be volunteering creative ideas to an organisation, for some paid manager to claim as his/her own.

How were RUDE ever going to volunteer if we did not go along with the usual volunteer model.  We tried to ‘fit-in’ but it did not work.  Beat The Man types do not fit comfortably into a working for The Man model of volunteering.

As with all things RUDE undertakes, volunteering had to be rude around the edges.  We just decided to do it our way.  We are using the KISS [keep it simple silly] Principle.  We are happy to volunteer our time repairing things for targeted others.  All it takes is an email or telephone call by us or to us.  No meetings to discuss all the perceived issues before doing something.  Basically it’s about goodwill, reaching out and doing.

 

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Our volunteering is usually self initiated and self directed.  And our area of interest is repair, in an effort to keep well made and useful things out of landfill.  We also have the freedom to say no, if a request to volunteer does not suit us. 

We consider ourselves successful in many ways and do not expect anything in return.  There is little what’s in it for us, other than to share the joy of repair with others.  This gives us enormous satisfaction.  And we enjoy engaging with people minus any organisational agenda.

This week we went to Dimboola in Victoria where RUDE Boy volunteered his time to get a vintage printing machine operating.

This Sunday we are volunteering our time to travel to Toongabie in Victoria.  RUDE Boy will be assessing a printing machine that is being sold on the condition that it is repairable.

RUDE Boy went to visit a friend this week and his flat screen TV was on the floor and not working properly.  Danny assessed it all day yesterday, determining that it was overheating.  A simple fix requires him to drill holes in the back cover for air to pass through.

RUDE Girl volunteers her time to write about and video our venturesome volunteering stories.  I am keen to network with, and promote others who care enough to make things better.

In the photo above [and in this little 40 second video] RUDE Girl wears scavenger style.  I like to promote the reuse and repair of textiles on our travels.  My cloche hat is made from a fulled woollen cardigan.  All that I am wearing has been rescued from the textile bin at the point of landfill.  The cardigan has been patched and mended.

 

Beat The Man and consider venturesome volunteering!

Renegade Repairers

“It is the neglect of timely repair that makes rebuilding necessary”  Richard Whately

 

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RUDE are volunteer fixers with the Melbourne (Inner West) Repair Cafe supported by Transition Town Maribrynong

 

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RUDE Girl on her hand cranked Singer 179N sewing machine at the launch of Victoria, Australia’s first Repair Cafe

 

 

 

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RUDE Boy demonstrating how to repair pesky garden hoses and leaks.  Photo: Doug Palmer

 

RUDE [reusers of unloved discarded excess] are mad about repair.  It’s a good skill to have a passion for, when you like to reuse all kinds of secondhand stuff that has been thrown away.

The quote above by Richard Whately resonates with RUDE because we are extremely practical people.  We are owners rarely consumers of stuff.  Being owners we care for and maintain our things.

We want to have a good working relationship with our things.  And any relationship needs to be cared for and maintained.  And for those things, we simply love and that give us joy, we want to care and maintain them too, just like any loving partnership arrangement.

We suspect most people these days, are more consumers than owners of things [refer graphic from PLAN  below].  However, we do believe we are seeing a shift to more consumers, wanting to know how to mend and make do.  Changes to household finances, an increasing awareness of resource depletion, poor quality new products etc are some of the reasons for this shift.

 

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And that’s where RUDE feels it is time to share with interested people, what we have both been doing for a lifetime.  Yes, it’s repairing stuff, but mostly we maintain our things from the outset.  This ensures we have better quality things to repair when they fail.  This of course, is an important message when first learning about the art of repair.

Many of you who follow on our Facebook blog at Rude Record, know that we participated in the launch of the Melbourne (Inner West) Repair Cafe on 21 February.  And this Sunday we are off to the first in-cafe Repair Cafe.

RUDE Boy will be testing and troubleshooting electrical appliances.  I will be carting my 1980s very basic Janome sewing machine along, for any fabric/garment mending that presents.  This sewing machine was rescued from landfill and is a similar model to my first machine that ended up with the metal recycler recently.  Of course I striped it of all parts first!

 

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RUDE Boy troubleshooting a vintage theatre lamp

 

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RUDE Girl making a festive bunting in the beautiful Yarraville Gardens to demonstrate off-grid sewing with a her hand-cranked sewing machine.  Photo: Dominique Hes

 

You can check out some photos and read about our launch on the link below. 

http://www.melbournerepaircafe.org/blog/repair-cafe-comes-to-the-west

And this is a video I created, of our wonderful Repair Cafe coordinator Michelle Fisher setting up for the launch.

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Beat The Man and own, really own and care for your stuff.