Pop Lab installation and fabrication lab

10 December 2018 - 17 February 2019 - Pūmanawa

Pop Lab is an installation and temporary fabrication lab in Pūmanawa, the community exhibition space, over summer 2018-19. It includes workshops, retail and installations.

Workshops include zero waste Christmas tree making, textile twine making, soap making and more.

Products available to buy include a flat pack zero waste Christmas tree set, a recycled plastic comb and a plant-based plastic soap box.

More information and workshop registration is available here.

What is Pop Lab?

Pop Lab is a retail showroom for products that you produce yourself, or short run made in a fab lab from digital files.

Pop Lab is designed to be a small box retail event – the antithesis of a big box retailer. All products within Pop Lab are locally fabricated, most often by the consumer. These products can be digitally exported – the files, code and how-tos can enable anyone with access to digital fabrication tools to produce the products locally or globally.

The lab harnesses the capability of the Maker Movement and Fab Lab Network by providing a marketplace, meeting space and learning community. It is a curated exhibition to showcase what these spaces can provide communities.

It’s an innovative take on retail, where the consumer becomes the producer, and in the process gains a deeper understanding of how we can create sustainable products that can be repaired, customised, repurposed or iterated, rather than thrown away.

Pop Lab is a small step towards changing the narrative around consumption. It challenges economies of scale by selling experiences and skills with a take home product as the outcome. It is circular economy put into practice. It is carried out around Christmas to coincide with the busiest retail time of the year.

Fab Lab Chch and Remix Plastic Collab

Pop Lab is brought to you by Fab Lab Chch – a service providing community access to the modern tools of invention – and Remix Plastic – a sustainability education service – with the aim to educate around circular economy and sustainable manufacturing.

Dates: Monday 10 December to Monday 24 December 2018 and Monday 7 January to Sunday 17 February 2019

Time: Various as per each workshop, which can be viewed here.

Venue: Pūmanawa community exhibition space, level one, Boys’ High building, the Arts Centre te Matatiki Toi Ora, 28 Worcester Boulevard.

From $8.00

Driving & Parking

The Arts Centre has a limited number of 10 and 30 minute visitor carparks located at Market Square near the corner of Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street.

Plenty of on-street metered parking is available near the Arts Centre, along with a number of off-street carparks.