We were excited to interview Molly Gavriel, member of the DisruptDisability team, to get an update on how the project is going - it’s come so far since they started their residency at Machines Room!
Can you tell us a bit about your background as a maker, and your practice and areas of interest?
Interesting questions - I actually don't have a background as a maker at all! I have a degree in History, and worked in the public sector before joining DisruptDisability and taking up the residency at Machines Room. I was introduced to the world of makerspaces by DisruptDisability founder Rachael Wallach. Rachael and I are working on a project to connect wheelchair users directly to the design and manufacturing process of making wheelchairs. So our interest is in how makerspaces can be part of this process of democratising design for disability, and enabling user-led design and manufacture.
Can you tell us a bit about what you’ve been working on, and what you will be working on, at Machines Room?
We are exploring how wheelchairs can be manufactured via a distributed (localised) manufacturing network, e.g. in makerspaces. We've started by developing 3D printed castor forks and castor wheels to explore the possibilities of 3D printing for rapid prototyping and customisation. We're now looking at how to develop an entire wheelchair, here at Machines Room!
Molly Gavriel graduated in 2012 with a degree in History before joining the NGDP, a local government graduate scheme. Machines Room is her first introduction into the world of making and makerspaces.