Bikes and design at the State of Design Festival

Mick Peel of Busyman Bicycles.

Mick Peel of Busyman Bicycles and RMIT.

The mobile projection system on a cargo bike that is Projector Bike will take art to the streets ... and invites you to follow on your bike.

Grab your bike, download a map or two and take the self-guided tour of architectural peaches in your neighbourhood - or someone else's.

Victoria’s State of Design Festival is coming. First on your list will be the exhibition ‘Fashion Design Mobility’ presented by RMIT University’s Mick Peel.

Mick Peel of Busyman Bicycles.

Mick Peel is a designer and a maker, a teacher and academic. He also runs a business, Busyman Bicycles, best summarised as “customised bikes, hand-crafted leather saddles, bar covers, toe straps … & a PhD …”.

After a bit of a shaky start about 3 years ago, Mick makes the most exquisite saddles – recovering your old favourite in hand-dyed leather AND vegan leather (lorca). He does embossing and stuff too.

The exhibition at the Festival will run from Friday 15 July to Saturday 14 August at
 Endless Pedal Gallery, 
6a Wilson Street,
South Yarra.

Together with a group of fashion design students from RMIT, Mick explores issues of personal mobility in an urban setting through fashion design and ideas of designing through making.

Grab your bike, download a map or two and take the self-guided tour of architectural peaches in your neighbourhood - or someone else's.

Also on offer at the State of Design Festival are nine self-guided bicycle tours of significant suburban architectural sites in “inner, outer and regional suburbia” called ‘Mapping the ‘Burbs’.

Each put together by an architectural firm either located within or with a close affinity to a Melbourne suburb or area of regional Victoria, the tours have been “reviewed” by Bicycle Victoria. Presented by the Australian Institute of Architects, Victorian Chapter, the event’s website should be up and running soon, or at least by 20 July.

Neighbourhoods will include 
Fitzroy, Docklands, Kew, South Yarra/Prahran, Beaumaris, St Kilda, Hawthorn, Mornington and Bendigo. Downloadable pdf maps will be available at the website.

The mobile projection system on a cargo bike that is Projector Bike will take art to the streets ... and invites you to follow on your bike.

The Projector Bike is coming, taking cinema to the streets and local filmmakers and artists to the back streets of the city. Over 90 minutes, across numerous sites, the Projector Bike will take a tour, illuminating and revealing the design that surrounds us: “Join us for the tour or meet us along the route as we attempt to re-imagine some of Melbourne’s little-known design gems”, the team say on the website, inviting y’all to “grab your fixie, mountain bike, street machine, pub racer or BMX as we go searching for the secrets that this city has to offer”.

Projector Bike is a mobile projection system comprising a three-wheeled cargo bike, high-output video projector, sound system and a deep cycle battery. This highly mobile and flexible system enables them to tour the streets and project onto a wide range of surfaces.

Moving the Design – Projector Bike (Friday 22 July) and Moving the Design – Projector Bike Geelong (Saturday 30 July).