The Future of Fixing

On view September 2, 2016 - January 7, 2017


Opening Reception: September 2, 2016, 6-8 pm

The future needs a new relationship with making. A forward-thinking, backward-looking, sideways-stepping kind of making. A making born of the imaginative use of skills. Something like fixing. The Future of Fixing is an open source exhibition and program that promotes engagement with making and repair. It is a call for integrating fixing in our day to day life and for reflecting on attitudes to fixing in the future.

The exhibition will feature sixteen international and national design studios and artists whose work addresses the concept of repair, either through fixing things, materials, process, systems, or attitudes.  CCCD’s gallery will also include a Maker Library where visitors can seek further inspiration and information about fixing and a hands-on Fixshop where visitors can take their fixing knowledge and put it into practice.

Selected works by: A Parede (Berlin, Germany), Amy Twigger Holroyd (Leeds, UK), Fixperts (London, UK) featuring projects by Kyoto Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology (Kyoto, Japan) and the National College of Art and Design (Dublin, Ireland), Hans Stofer (London, UK), Humade (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Micaella Pedros (London, UK), Michael Swaine (Seattle, Washington, USA), Nathan Lynch (San Francisco, California, USA), Re-do Studio (Paris, France), ReKindle (Christchurch, New Zealand), Studio Swine (London, UK), Sugru (London, UK), The Great RecoveryRoyal Society of Arts (London, UK), The Polyfloss Factory (London, UK), Unfold (Antwerp, Belgium), Woolfiller (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Exhibition photos by Steve Mann

The Future of Fixing was originally created by From-Now-On and adapted and curated by Marilyn Zapf of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design under a Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.


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The Fixshop is a dedicated area for hands-on workshops and making at CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery & Workshop throughout the course of the exhibition.

Opening Reception
Friday, September 2, 6 – 8 pm

Repair Café
In partnership with Asheville Makers
Saturday, September 24, 1 – 3 pm
Free and Open to the Public  (Suggested donation $3-5)
Registration recommended, drop-ins welcome

General and Special: Designer Talk with Ole Jensen
Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 pm
Free & Open to the Public (Suggested donation $5-10)
Registration Required
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Fix it in 15: Bike Repair Clinics
In partnership with Asheville on Bikes
Saturday, October 22, 1 – 3 pm
Free and open to the public (Suggested donation $3-5)
Sign-ups will be on a first-come basis at the door.
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Repair Café
In partnership with Asheville Makers
Friday, November 4, 6 – 8 pm (Downtown Asheville Art District First Friday)
Free and Open to the Public  (Suggested donation $3-5)
Registration recommended, drop-ins welcome
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Shaker Tape Chair Weaving Workshop
Featuring the Silver River Center for Chair Caning
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10 am – 4 pm
$125 + $65 materials fee (includes chair and shaker tape)
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The Art of Repair with Dr. Steven Jackson
Professor, Cornell University Department of Information Science
Monday, November 14, 6:30 pm
Free and open to the public (Suggested donation $3-5)
Registration Required
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Matter in Action: Art on the Streets lecture with Michael Swaine
Thursday, December 1, 6:30 pm
Free and open to the public (Suggested donation $3-5)
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Holding the Pieces workshop with Michael Swaine
Saturday, December 3, 10 am – 12 pm
Registration Required (Suggested donation: $15)
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Maker Library Featured Librarians


The Maker Library is a resource center filled with over 40 curated titles that will inform, inspire, and feed your fixing curiosity. Each month a Featured Librarian shares their favorite fixing publications and remembers their proudest fix.

Our featured librarians are:

September: Daniela Rosner
October: Derrick Mead
November: Kara Bargmann
December: Jonnet Middleton

The Featured Librarian for December is Jonnet Middleton, a UK artist and mending activist who lives in Havana, Cuba. In 2008, she pledged not to consume any more clothes for the rest of her life, new or old. She is co-founder of the MENDRS research network and is completing a post-disciplinary PhD at Lancaster University, ‘Mending the Sensible: Ontological Experiments in Material Activism’. She has previously worked in prison art education and as a television presenter. Her recent publications include ‘Mending’ (2015, Routledge Handbook of Sustainability and Fashion).

Middleton’s top fixing reads are….

Gibson-Graham, J. K. A Postcapitalist Society. University of Minnesota Press, 2006.
Haraway, Donna. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University Press, 2016.
Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter. Duke University Press, 2010.
Rancière, Jacques. The Politics of Aesthetics. Continuum, 2004.

Read about Middleton’s proudest fix here and visit us at Benchspace to submit your own.


Kara Bargmann
The Featured Librarian for November was Kara Bargmann. A jeweler and metalsmith trained at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA ’11), Bargmann found herself post-graduation driven to distraction by her interest in the interaction between craft practitioners like herself and her peers, educators, academics, and the institutions that house them. Her curiosity about the evolution and effects of these institutionalized relationships upon emerging contemporary practitioners-especially jewelers-led her to pursue a Master’s in History of Design at London’s Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum (MA ’16). Bargmann’s MA research has examined the evolution of the craft disciplines in America historically through the lens of the American Craft Council and the Society of North American Goldsmiths tracking these organization’s growth and influence on craft and contemporary jewelry instruction, exhibition, and practice in America-an in-depth study that she plans to continue professionally. Bargmann aims to comment on the state of present day craft education by challenging a dominant institutional language that favors discussion of craft either as an idea, or hierarchically in relation to fine art in order to reveal the cultural, economic, and political influences that have manipulated formalized educational initiatives.

Bargmann’s top fixing reads are….

Alfoldy, Sandra. Neocraft: Modernity and the Crafts. Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 2007.
Dormer, Peter and Ralph Turner. The New Jewelry: Trends and Traditions. Thames and Hudson: 2nd Edition, 1994.
Elkin, James. Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A Handbook for Art Students. University of Illinois Press, 2001.
Skinner, Damian. Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective. Lark Books, 2013.

Read about Bargmann’s proudest fix here.


The Featured Librarian for October was Derrick Mead, design researcher and strategist at Ziba in Portland, Oregon. He holds an MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from Bard College. Derrick has worked as a freelance journalist and editor, a cataloguer of contemporary art for Phillips auction house and managed businesses ranging from a 100-year old orchard to a Frank Gehry-designed performing arts center. His writing has been published in Metropolis, Architects Newspaper and elsewhere; in 2015 the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum published his book Design for Repair: Things can be fixed.

Mead’s top fixing reads are….

Monbiot, George. How Did We Get Into This Mess? Verso, 2016.
Packard, Vance. The Waste Makers. IG Publishing, 1960.
Papanek, Victor. Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change. Academy Chicago Publishers: Second Revised Edition, 2005.
Slade, Giles. Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America. Harvard UP, 2007.

Read about Mead’s proudest fix here.


Daniel Rosner
The Featured Librarian for September was Daniela Rosner, assistant professor of Human-Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington and co-director of the Tactile and Tactical Design Lab (TAT Lab). She is the author of several articles on craft and technoculture, including “Legacies of craft and the centrality of failure in a mother-operated hackerspace,” Journal of New Media & Society, 2016 and “Binding and Aging,” Journal of Material Culture, 2012. Her forthcoming book examines entanglements of intervention and inquiry across design and feminist intellectual traditions (Under contract with MIT Press). Rosner received a 2013 Craft Research Fund grant from CCCD to support ethnographic fieldwork toward a journal article on the relation between engineering and craft practice in the work of maintenance and mending.

Rosner’s top fixing reads are….

Harper, Douglas. Working knowledge: Skill and Community in a Small Shop. University of Chicago Press, 1987.
Orr, Julian Edgerton. Talking About Machines: An Ethnography of a Modern Job. Cornell University Press, 1996.
Parker, Rozsika. The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine. IBTauris, 2010.
Saltzberg, Barney. Beautiful Oops!. Workman Publishing, 2010.

Read about Rosner’s proudest fix here.


Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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