Make a Swarm Trap

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(1 of 3) Swarm trap shot by Lee Grant

Make a Swarm Trap

Hotel Hotel Projects, Workshop

Swarm traps are safe houses for bees. By setting up safe bee houses in our cities, suburbs and the bush, we can help to prevent the destruction of bee colonies.

(2 of 3) Swarm Trap Workshop shot by Lee Grant.

(3 of 3) Swarm Trap Workshop shot by Lee Grant.

At this workshop participants made their very own swarm trap from a selection of reclaimed materials to take home and install with the hope of providing shelter to a bee colony. Guided by Honey Fingers and MANY MANY participants learnt about bees, swarming, swarm traps, and the best time and locations to install them. In collaboration with Hotel Hotel’s resident beekeepers they learnt what to do if they did attract a colony, including how to protect bees’ complex architecture including wax and comb.

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Fix and Make

You can buy thousands of units of something from somewhere in the world. This is necessary to an extent for today’s populations. But still, we are anxious. Who made those thousand units? Did we really need to order that many? And what do these things even mean to us when we don’t really know anything about them? Fix and Make is a series of workshops and talks that explores these anxieties. Through the practical, the experimental and the philosophical the program brought different people together to actively questions our relationship with and consumption of objects. Fix and Make invited individuals to reconnect with their hands. It encouraged new learning through doing. Through the process of fixing and making we reckon we can gain a better understanding of how things work and apply this knowledge to other areas of life: to solve our own problems; to take control of our own resources; to break our dependence on manufacturers who create products with built-in obsolescence. The annual program,running throughout 2016, brought together more than 60 collaborators to lead workshops and contribute to discussions from fields as diverse as neuroscience, art, design and craft, food, education, music, psychology and the environment.