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Press Coverage
November 1, 2010, 10:16 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Recent articles about Wearpeace and Guns into goods can be found at the following links



Manchester Evening News Article


Drawing with Light- Science event
November 1, 2010, 7:38 am
Filed under: CARISMA

Artists Kyle Saxton & Marcus Ali (Raggaphoto) ran an activity during the Guns into Goods event at Stretford High School.  Using various light sources including torches, flashlights, light sabres, strip lights and cold cathodes they enabled the audience to draw with light. These are some of the images.

Manchester Science Festival
September 15, 2010, 11:41 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

We have won a Manchester Beacon Sciene festival award as part of the Manchester Science Festival and we are running an Family Event at Streford High School on the 23rd of October.

Inspired by the Salford Scientist James Joule, this event is a combination of science experiments, art workshop and exhibition all based around the transformation of metals from one state to another.

The event builds upon an existing project run by University of Salford in partnership with CARISMA which has created badges from melted down guns to create a Wearpeace brand to address issues around gang related crimes.

The Experiment

Vacuum Evapouration – Various metals will be heated by an electrical current to produce a vapourised gas, that when cooled creates a metal coating. The audience will be able to select and create objects to be coated in a metal film

Art Workshops

Working with Product designers, workshop participants can have a go a creating moulds and casting using metals to create new objects that they can take away

This event is part of Manchester Science Festival and has been supported through the Manchester Beacon Science Festival Community Awards 2010

Places at the workshops are limited, to ensure a place book online at

Two inches to the right
May 27, 2010, 11:51 am
Filed under: street violence | Tags:

This is a link to a brilliant animation by a 3rd year Salford Uni graphics student Matt Frodsham. He has used a  mixture of hand rotoscoped and 3D elements created in Photoshop, Cinema 4D, After Effects & the odd scrap of paper to create an animation to illustrate a poem in response to street violence.

A bit about the poem from Mat Lloyd:

“I wrote the poem on a canvas with a marker pen the morning after I was attacked.

The night before I was in my local park on the opening day of the skate park I’d helped get built, it was nearly midnight. We’d organised a DJ to play the day out in a marquee and I just popped out to take a leak. In my drunken state I was stumbling to find a bush when I heard, and felt, a sort of ‘boink’ sound. I knew I’d been hit on the back of the head, and I knew it wasn’t with a fist. I don’t remember much else other than being back at the marquee with a bleeding head.

I was very lucky as a number of my friends and other revelers had spotted me being kicked on the floor and ran over to drag me out. For that I am very grateful.

Living near London, the poem has never been retired and still appears in my performance sets. With youth violence seemingly growing year on year, the poem is as relevant now as it was when I wrote it. People blame hip hop culture, movies, video games, parents, the education system, unemployment, the list goes on. I don’t have the answer.

The saddest thing about “2 Inches to the Right” is all to often, someone from the crowd comes to speak to me after I leave the stage and tells me of their friend who died in a similar situation. The poem gives them hope that some may listen, and think twice.” – Mat Lloyd

Close up of the badge
May 10, 2010, 2:47 pm
Filed under: design, manufacture

This is what the badge looks like. We have 40 so far…production is starting on the next 1000.

Dispatches film Crew
April 28, 2010, 6:51 pm
Filed under: manufacture

Craig from the foundry was the star of the show!

Melting down the guns
April 26, 2010, 8:59 pm
Filed under: manufacture | Tags: , ,

The prototype Wearpeace logos have finally been cast in gun metal. Last friday we went to the foundry to see the process. We were accompanied by a film crew from Crocodile Media who were making a Dispatches documentary for Channel 4 about Guns.