R-Urban London

Common Making & Filo'





Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, King's Cross

New forms of making and experimental models of communing are currently developing in the urban scale of our cities. This contemporary culture of collective manufacture is allowing many creative practitioners to set up local networks and public enterprises addressing social, financial and sustainability problems through the engagement of the community in design-based activities that create work opportunities and promote sharing of interests and skills.

From projects crucially embedded in the existing infrastructure and historical background of the urban fabric, to open-source international networks working both locally and globally, these making communities present multiple exciting co-design and co-production strategies which form the base for new models of self-reliance and civic empowerment.

The Wick Session #24 on Common Making and Filò, hosted for the first time in Central Saint Martins UAL, will bring together interdisciplinary practitioners, designers, makers and researchers to share experiences and opinions and explore the dynamics and principles behind many collective making initiatives currently happening in London and elsewhere.

Wick Sessions are free and open to anyone who wants to take part.
Booking available through this link.

What is Filò?

The word Filò comes from the sentence 'to Make Filò', which is a common saying of the Italian northern regions. It refers to a traditional custom of the 17th century, when in the period between November and March, the families of rural villages, would use one of the barns in the village to keep themselves warm with the coziness of the animals, while spending the evening together with their neighbours.
Men would play cards, build and repair the tools for the fields or make baskets and brooms for domestic use. The children would play or listen to the stories narrated by the elderly.
Women would spend their time knitting, chatting and weaving. The verb Filò is derived from 'filare' the Italian verb 'to weave'.
Etymologically the word Filò represents the idea of weaving both the yarn and the conversations and relationships in a neighbourhood.

[Image: Portland Works makers names on the mail boxes, Sheffield]