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South London Makerspace by Tim Hunkin

South London Makerspace by Tim Hunkin

Today rather than a book post I want to share with you a fantastic drawing by one of my maker heroes Tim Hunkin. It’s a drawing he did at my request when he attended the South London Makerspace with me in June 2017. The drawing accurately describes the space and the activities going on that day as seen by Hunkin, with some key notions added in based on our tour and discussion.

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Tim and I had a tour of the space before he got to work on the drawing. It was a pleasure to see the drawing coming together and to chit-chat with Tim whilst he worked. I was delighted to see that I was in the drawing when it came out. I was wearing a RUN CNC t-shirt and I’m sat at the big communal table with the worlds largest coffee, which seems about right.

Me as depicted by Hunkin

Me as depicted by Hunkin

Tim was careful to depict other scenes that were illustrative of hackerspace life such as the storage area door at the back of the space, the bike next to the kitchen, a full waste bin, sewing machines and stuff in the sink.

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You can find more work by Hunkin including his Adnam’s Brewery poster, which is the work that prompted me to ask him to do the SLM drawing. Here is a link to this work on his website.

You can find out more about Hunkin’s work on his website here

http://www.timhunkin.com

including his Novelty Automation arcade in London, High Holborn, is a must see for makers, includes mechanical arcade machines made by Hunkin to lampoon bankers, modern pirates, celebrity chefs and many other interesting and humour topics.

http://www.novelty-automation.com

If you ever visit Southwold (and you should) his Under the Pier Show is also well worth a look, take coins.

http://www.underthepier.com

I came to know Tim Hunkin’s work through the excellently watchable Secret Life of Machines

https://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/SLOM/

If you’ve never seen Secret Life of Machines it comes highly recommended. This early 1990s British TV show was a major influence on a lot of makers. It’s quirky and very British. Tim was somehow able to film most of the show from his Norfolk home and workshop. Beyond Productions were influenced by it to make Mythbusters.

I’d like to thank Tim Hunkin for this wonderful depiction of one of my favourite hackerspaces.

More Hackerspace Architect post to come soon.

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