Fork In The Road is a collaboration between artist Morvern Odling and The Edinburgh Tool Library and is a new creative research project exploring the relationships between community and food by re-imagining where kitchens can be found in Edinburgh.

This project initially came to life in Madrid in 2015, where Morvern Odling, Yannick Roels and Suraia Abud came together at design futures event Interactivos at the Media-Lab Prado and designed initial prototypes.

In July 2017, co-design workshops were held to create a second iteration of the original designs made in Madrid in 2015. These new plans have been designed for Edinburgh’s environment and communities, influenced by the knowledge gained from the co-design event.

Led by Morvern Odling in Edinburgh, Fork in the Road is an open source project and all of the designs and knowledge from the community engagement discussions will be made available under its open source licence.

These compact mobile kitchen units are towed by bikes, and during the summer of 2018 they were been resident in different community spaces to engage people in their environment; through meals, creative workshops, collaborative ‘Mutual Memory’ publications and culinary bicycling adventures.

The third phase of the project was to creatively document the project and research the impact it had on the communities during its summer residencies. Complete with an open source artist manifesto, the Fork in the Road publication shares pictures, recipes, workshop ideas and interviews with stakeholders from the charity and community groups who collaborated with Fork in the Road as well as collecting the experiences of the volunteers on the project, as well as the design resources and plans for the unit themselves. 

photos courtesy of  Edinburgh Tool Library

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