The Mobile Literacy Arts Bus (MLAB) is an artist-run, renovated recreational vehicle that exists as a flexible space open to community members’ proposals for alternative educational and cultural programming.

MLAB is the collaborative effort of the 2007-2008 Social Sculpture class at Syracuse University, comprised of 10 art and architecture students and lead by artist and Director of Community Initiatives in the Visual Arts of Syracuse University, Marion Wilson. Our mission was to transform a used, 1984 Recreational Vehicle Bus into a Mobile Literacy and Arts Bus for use by the Syracuse City School District and the greater Syracuse Community. MLAB serves as a physical manifestation of Syracuse University’s Scholarship in Action initiative, by pairing University resources with community needs in an attempt to address the staggering drop out rates in the Syracuse City School District High Schools. Through the School of Education at Syracuse University, incredible curricula that bridge photography, poetry and literacy currently exist within the public schools-- however due to a crisis of space, the schools don't always have the space or resources to house it. MLAB is this space. The bus serves as a mobile classroom, digital photo lab, gallery space, and community center. As a team, we did it all: demolition, design, and construction.

MLAB is made possible from the generous support of the School of Education at Syracuse University and Entitiative.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Cushions: Seeing Red

Over the past two weeks, there has been some major cushion conversations going on. Among them include a tutorial by Stephanie Liner, resident upholstery expert, in making piping, making cushions, the materials to order, and multiple discussions on how it is we're going ot do what we want to do.

That said, I've made a handy list of most of the materials we're going to need, like foam, batting, and welting. Searched around a bit and looks like I've found some good deals.

Now here's the real fun stuff, THE FABRIC. After discussions with Marion and other team members, we've come upon the consensus that the color should be red, with a nod to the retro diner (inspired my marion's chair pictured in previous photos) with white piping. The idea is that this can be reversed out at moments. This will add some color and softness while still in the same langage as the rest of the RV.

So I went on the hunt for good quality, attractive, upholstery vinyl... and have come upon Naugahyde, which is the industry standard when it comes to this stuff. The vinyl is -20 degree cold crack, fire retardant, passes all sorts of california codes, is used in cars, boats, restaurants, and lots of places that see lots of tushes. It is also highly cleanable. It is a little pricy, but I've sent out emails to various dealers for samples, and quotes, and have asked around for special consideration with pricing for our good cause. Some incredibly generous dealers have already gotten back with me, and said that they'd love to work with us-- and that once we choose what we want from the samples, they'll see what they can do for us. Still waiting on other responses, like from the manufacturer directly, as well as various other feelers sent out on other e-commerce sites.

So that's pretty exciting.

Now we're just waiting for the samples to get here, and a few mock ups , and from there it should be pretty smooth sailing and should move very quickly-- especially with all of the wonderful help we've enlisted!

Above are just a few samples of what the colors I'm waiting to get the samples of.

My personal favorite is the Zodiac Burgundy (Actually Red), seen in the chair, it's totally retro chic.

1 comment:

Bed Linen said...

Its a little too retro for me.