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Bleaching clothes is coming back into style. There are hundreds of tutorials on youtube and tik tok; but here is one that you can easily do at home with some black clothes and cleaning products.   I love this style because bleaching black fabric gives you a rusty orange color that stands out and gets me excited for Halloween.       Materials:     Black clothing (cotton) Rubber Bands Gloves Cleaning Solution       Create/twist spirals into your...

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Aquafaba is a protein rich juice from chickpeas/garbanzo beans. These are good beans to have in quarantine. Aquafaba is a powerful egg white replacer in many vegan dishes and is a great alternative for allergies and a way to practice a zero waste lifestyle.  There are two main ways to procure aquafaba from the beans.  You can buy the beans and when you are ready to use...

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This week the IRL featured five talented student's from Devin Bell's Advanced Stop Motion Class! During the spring quarter we supplied kits with materials for animation and puppet building to students to support them during this period of remote learning.     Check out our social media pages  to see the incredible work students have been making - including some of their other work!       IRL Handles @irlspace - Twitter ...

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How to extend the growing season   The growing season of Chicago begins April 20th when the snow melts and ends the week before Halloween as temperatures dip below freezing. This estimate leaves us with 187 days of viable weather for food production. So how can we better utilize the 178 days of the year deemed ‘unfit’ for food production?    Below is a tutorial of the construction of...

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It's getting HOT this summer. Keep cool and use up the veggies in your fridge with this refreshing lunch. Make your own wraps and dipping sauce from scratch to save money.     Don't feel like reading? Follow this quick 1 minute video we made instead https://www.tiktok.com/@irl2dpu/video/6844496889786764549 Ingredients:   Wraps -1.25 cups of water -flour (1 cup) -corn starch (3 tbs) -salt (1/4 tsp)     Dipping Sauce: -peanut butter (1 cup) -water (1/4 cup) -maple syrup or honey (1tbs) -chili garlic sauce...

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It can be frustrating to know that your favorite screenprint is finally aging and showing signs of wear.    While there is no one way to fix this issue, I have found great success in the following process. If you do try this out, perhaps try it first on something that isn’t as dear to you just so that you get any errors out of the way...

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Visible Mending is a process of repairing fabrics that doesn’t attempt to hide the repairs made. Instead, the repair itself brings character and identity to what is being brought back to life. If you wish to recreate any of the repairs shown below, first read our blog post on basic clothing repair! This will give you a good overview of basic repairs. Once finished, return to this post.

This is a tutorial on how to build a power rack. All project materials will be available in stores that are open during the stay-at-home order, such as Lowes or Home Depot. With so many facilities being closed and closures of campuses, students are more likely now than ever before to become sedentary. As a result, remaining physically active should be a priority because it not...

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This cute phenomenon may be familiar to some of you, but for those who don’t know what they are, they are models that are made out of books and resemble a commonplace book on the outside. They create a small world within a book shelf.  My book nook journey started with my professor assigning us to make one from any inspiration we chose. I decided...

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