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
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
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.
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.
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.