What’s inside an old optical mouse? How many pieces are they made from? How might they be reimagined? Cairo-based product designer dina A. Amin made a hobby from these questions, turning it into a delightful side project that she calls Tinker Friday. She writes:
Every Friday I pick a random “about to be thrown away” product (from my growing collection of donated e-waste). I disassemble it, rearrange it back into something else and make a stop motion animation story out of its parts. I’ve been doing this for almost 8 months now, and made over 20 videos. I like to show people what’s inside their products in an interesting way. I think we rarely see what’s inside a product so we treat it as one whole piece, and it makes it easier to discard things; we throw away one thing and not many! But there are many things inside… and many possibilities!
Amin is brilliant at transforming these normally unseen pieces into adorable characters and bite-sized stories. Click each Instagram video to watch:
What's inside my Euro Profile Lock? Lonely lil creature what would you name him? #whpdaydream A big part of #TinkerFriday involves getting lost in my own head. When I take apart a product I lay every piece in front of me, I strip away all reality. This is not a spring, nor are these called pins. I start seeing all sorts of lil creatures coming alive, I imagine their world, what they'd do or how they'd feel. Sometimes those daydreams make sense, sometimes they don't. My stop motion videos is how I make these daydreams the new reality. Music: I'm so lonesome cover by William and Victoria
What's inside my Floppy disk? Lil pink slug and a floppy lil man! #tinkerfriday Hot pink slugs were recently discovered in Australia! They survived till today bec. they were separated from the rest of the world on mount Kaputar when the volcano erupted! Now they are amongst the top ten endangered species! Floppy lil man… what have you done! Inspired by @the_pink_slug
Disassembled / Things Come Apart by Todd McLellan, Making art from found beach plastic, turning scraps into soccer balls for village children, Casa ecológica de botellas, and Landfill Harmonic: A youth orchestra of upcycled instruments.