CONTAINER #1:Hot&Cold

Leila Johnston

Leila Johnston is the Managing Editor of The Literary Platform, a published author, blogger, comedy writer, journalist of countercultural ideas, speaker, event inventor, newspaper editor, maker, and podcaster. Leila is active—speaking and writing extensively—at the nexus of virtual technology and the maker culture as well as creating a long-running podcast, Shift Run Stop and also writing comedy books.

The Temperature of Things

Temperature readings taken of the artist, printed onto thermal paper

2013

220 x 75mm; 400 x 57mm

Plike, thermal paper printed using an arduino-powered GFR thermal receipt printer; foil blocked, die cut and glued

Created exclusively for CONTAINER #1:Hot&Cold in an edition of 200

Production

The challenge around Leila’s idea to produce a thermal printed read out of temperatures around the house was how to make it more of an object while playing with the ephemeral shopping-receipt nature of the printed strip. So, we decided to put in a wallet that was slightly more than was needed.

Initial tests of the thermal paper needed something to turn them into more of an object. 

Initial tests of the thermal paper needed something to turn them into more of an object. 

Unlike all the other items in CONTAINER, Leila produced the thermal strips herself, from a cloud-based arduino-driven thermal printer. And though, strictly speaking her object counted as one of the hot AND cold ideas, her house was so cold in February that it really was just Cold.

Plike and foil nicely but tastefully OTT

Plike and foil nicely but tastefully OTT

We used Plike and foil blocking and in an attempt to keep things simpler, chose to cut the panels square on a guillotine and make the wallet by creasing it. However, this backfired as some of the sheets were cut incorrectly and we had to buy more material and re-foil them, which ended up costing a whole lot more than if we’d have die cut it. Bugger.

 

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