Darren Ellis - Technician
Darren is an enthusiastic and creative potter who enjoys learning and sharing skills, from kiln building and layout to the molecular structure within clay and glaze material. This has had a profound influence his approach to throwing - he specialises in the potter’s wheel - and this knowledge of traditional methods feeds his problem solving skills. He is trustee to the charity AaP, set up in response to many ceramic department closures throughout education, the ever growing programme’s aim is to fund learners to take apprenticeships within clay.
Ellie Doney - Makespace Manager
Ellie Doney is an artist and and co-founder of multidisciplinary art & design studio Manifold. She makes things out of all sorts of materials which explore the nature of transformation and the mutability of stuff, noticing the sensual and psychological undercurrents within matter and the way it behaves. A continual student of materials and experimental making with a particular interest in food and flavour, she graduated from MA Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art in 2010, and is engaged in ongoing collaborative research.
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Elizabeth Corbin - Researcher
Elizabeth is a maker and designer with an MA in Material Culture & Design from UCL. Her work explores the relational, perceptual and experiential influence of materials upon our sense of being in the world. She is currently studying the importance of making and the use of craft practice as an alternative to process-led research methods.
Joni Browne - Research Administrator
Joni is the research administrator at the Institute of Making. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a qualitative and quantitative researcher across sectors for a variety of organisations including Ipsos MORI, the NHS and the Institute for Volunteering. She has a degree in Cultural Studies, a Masters in Public Health and a diploma in Events Management.
Mark Miodownik - Director
Mark Miodownik is an engineer and materials scientist. He received his PhD in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University in 1996. Before joining UCL in February 2012 he worked in engineering research institutions in the USA, Ireland, and in the UK. His research areas include smart materials and psychophysical properties of materials. This work has resulted in collaborations with designers, architects and artists, as well as many museums, such as Tate Modern, Hayward Gallery and the Wellcome Collection. Prof Miodownik is a broadcaster and writer; he gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and regularly presents BBC TV programmes on materials science and engineering. He was included in the The Times 2010 list of the top 100 most influential people in science.
Martin Conreen - Director of Making
Martin Conreen is an artist and designer. He received his BA from Goldsmiths College in Fine Art/Sculpture in 1984. His interest in materials and making led him to work in numerous design fields, including silver-smithing, set building, furniture design and shoe making. In 1994, Martin became a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths. From 2002 to 2005, Martin was the Head of the Design Department. Since 2008 he has been a Senior Lecturer. Martin's research has focused on new and emerging materials, crafts, material culture, contemporary art, and manufacturing. He currently has a growing interest in Rapid Prototyping/Manufacturing along with their materials and their relationship to digital technologies. He has contributed to the development and delivery of several new BA and MA Design programmes including a new degree programme with the Engineering Department of Queen Mary University of London, to bridge the gap between engineering, art and design. He undertakes materials consultancy with the prospecting and Innovation Studio (PI Studio) at Goldsmiths and lectures worldwide about design and materials. From October 2005 to October 2006 he was appointed a visiting senior Research Fellow at King's College London, and in 2006 he was made a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA).
Olivia Alice Clemence - Events Co-ordinator
Olivia Alice Clemence is a scent designer and maker, exploring the new and evolving world of scent within design. Using her hand-made glass steam distilling kit, she can distil almost any smell; a new shoe, a jumper worn by a loved one or fresh herbs. Her work has involved re-creating a Victorian pub, sniffing out Milan in a model city, workshops smelling the South Bank, and Kensington Palace. She studied design at Goldsmiths and has worked with the Selfridges windows production team on numerous large events and installations. She joins our team as events co-ordinator.
Sarah Wilkes - Research Manager
Sarah is a postdoctoral researcher who manages the Institute of Making’s research activities, including the EPSRC Bridging the Gaps project, which encourages new interdisciplinary research about materials at UCL, and the EUFP7 Light Touch Matters project, which aims to produce a new generation of smart materials that respond to touch with luminescence whilst also pioneering a new methodology for design-driven materials innovation. Sarah has a PhD in Anthropology from UCL, completed with industrial partners the IOM3. This work looked at ethical practices in the UK materials and engineering industries, focussing on the relationship between the physical properties of materials and their social perception as 'sustainable'. She also has an MA in Material Culture from UCL and a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Oxford University, and her other research interests include the study of interdisciplinary endeavours and materials libraries.
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Zachary Eastwood-Bloom - Technician
Zachary is an artist, maker and craftsperson. His sculptures, prints and drawings explore the blurring space between materiality and digitisation as well as a fascination with functional Modernist architecture such as pylons and gasometers. In 2004 he graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and completed a Masters at the Royal College of Art in 2010. Zachary also a co-founder of multidisciplinary art & design studio Manifold. Most importantly he enjoys making things.
Zoe Laughlin - Creative Director
Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project. She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King's College London. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter, to materials consultancy and large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome Collection. Her particular areas of interest are currently The Sound of Materials, The Taste of Materials and The Performativity of Matter, with outputs ranging from theatrical demonstration lectures to the making of instruments and features on both radio and television.
Romain Meunier - Technician
Romain is an artist, designer and creative technologist. His work takes the form of interactive installations, product design or window display developments and draws inspiration from people’s relationship with technology and its rapid evolvement. He likes mixing a variety of digital and analogue technologies; his work tries to reconcile the virtual and the physical world, bringing together data flows and human senses.
Growing up with a dressmaker mother and a mechanic dad working in carpentry, Romain has always been surrounded by craft and he considers himself an artisan of new technologies.