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Next Public Open day: Carbon: 22nd November

18-10-14

Next Public Open day: Carbon: 22nd November

​This November, in partnership with the Crafts Council, the V&A and the RSA, we will be staging a London-wide extravaganza of materials and making, called Make:Shift:Do. As part of this, we will be hosting a public open day around the theme of Carbon and a selection of specialist masterclasses. This will be our last open day of 2014, so get it in your diaries now! More

LEGO2NANO - Day 1

09-9-14

LEGO2NANO - Day 1

This year's project introduction involved some serious play, serious learning and seriously good food. More

LEGO2NANO Beijing, 2014

06-9-14

LEGO2NANO Beijing, 2014

This week in Beijing China, 12 Institute of Making members and 12 students from Beijing Universities collaborate to build a low-cost open-source Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) using LEGO and hacked electronic equipment, enabling high-school students to explore materials in miniature. More

Luted Crucible Bronze Casting

31-7-14

Luted Crucible Bronze Casting

Last week we were shown the elemental delights of hot metal casting with artist Piers Watson, who taught us an ancient technique called "Luted Crucible Bronze Casting”. More

Festival of Stuff

28-5-14

Festival of Stuff

From the 17th to the 21st of June we our having our first Festival of Stuff! Throughout the week there will be bookable masterclasses, workshops and Materials Library discovery sessions, culminating in an extravaganza of materials and making that will be open to all. More

Summer Studentships - Round Three

07-5-14

Summer Studentships - Round Three

Apply now for our third and final round of Bridging the Gaps Summer Studentships! Deadline for applications - Monday 26th May at 5pm. More

Institute of Making: First Year Report

07-5-14

Institute of Making: First Year Report

An overview of our first year of operation at UCL. More

Staff Materials Bursary

06-5-14

Staff Materials Bursary

All staff members of the Institute of Making are eligible to apply for a Materials Bursary of up to £250 to go towards the material costs of any project undertaken at the Institute of Making. Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 23rd May. More

Hat over Heels
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29-4-14

Hat over Heels

Before Easter we had the honour of holding the first Hat Over Heels event, a hat making day for women with cancer or alopecia who have undergone hair loss. More

Curious Matters: HDPE Plastic Waste

02-4-14

Curious Matters: HDPE Plastic Waste

This slightly green tinted, meringue-shaped blob is a sample of HDPE waste material, and is produced during the process of recycling HDPE plastic from used milk bottles into food-grade standard material. More

Factory Tour: Closed Loop Recycling

01-4-14

Factory Tour: Closed Loop Recycling

Yesterday we trekked out to Dagenham Dock to visit the Closed Loop Recycling plant, which was thoroughly intriguing. Upon arriving we were greeted by Nick Cliffe, Marketing Manager and our tour guide for the trip. We began the tour with a short and very informative talk which led into a tour of conveyor-belt-central! More

Making Repairs Research Workshop

17-2-14

Making Repairs Research Workshop

Last week, a group of repair experts and enthusiasts from multiple disciplines gathered at the Institute of Making for a day-long workshop interrogating the materials and technologies that make repair possible, and the cultural imperatives that encourage it. More

sKINship
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22-1-14

sKINship

This week we invited sKINship along to the Institute of Making to lead a masterclasses on pattern cutting inspired by reconstructive surgery techniques. sKINship is a research program and professional network, bridging the gap between visual arts and science based practitioners led by Rhian Solomon and Juliana Sissons; creating a space in which to exchange knowledge and ideas, and explore the processes of 'Making' as a universal visual language. More

Small Research Grants - Round Two

18-1-14

Small Research Grants - Round Two

Round two of the Small Research Grants scheme is now open. Deadline for applications - 7th Feb. More

Materials Bursary - Round Two

18-1-14

Materials Bursary - Round Two

The Institute of Making is delighted to announce the second Professor Heinz Wolf Materials Bursary scheme has now gone live. More