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Hands of X @ Cubitts Kings X

20-6-17

Hands of X @ Cubitts Kings X

The Hands of X team are presenting a prototype of their exciting bespoke prosthetics service at Cubitts Kings Cross this Thursday and Friday. More

Institute of Making: Fourth Year Report

12-6-17

Institute of Making: Fourth Year Report

This document shines a spotlight on the projects, people, materials and making processes that were central to our past twelve months and summarises the key activities of our fourth year of operation at UCL. More

Marvellous Medical Material of the Moment: Soap

05-6-17

Marvellous Medical Material of the Moment: Soap

In this series of blog posts Sarah Wilkes, Wellcome Trust research fellow at the Institute, gets over-excited about the ways in which materials like silicone rubber and silver impact on our health and wellbeing. This post takes an in-depth and wide-ranging look at saponaceous substances! More

PhysFeel Round 2: Call for Volunteers

25-11-16

PhysFeel Round 2: Call for Volunteers

Do you want to take part in a 3rd year undergraduate student study exploring how we interpret emotions from objects? More

ODD Summer 2016

11-11-16

ODD Summer 2016

This year the LEGO2NANO and OpenAFM projects joined forces to work on a new initiative - the ODD Summer. This exciting international challenge aims to task students to produce real-world solutions to some of the problems set by the 17 sustainable development goals outlined by the United Nations in September 2015. More

Competition results of the Cutlery Design Challenge

13-9-16

Competition results of the Cutlery Design Challenge

We teamed up with the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, to celebrate their 600th anniversary, and run a competition to design and make a new implement, tool or device for eating. An exhibition will showcase some of the extraordinary, thought-provoking and beautiful things that were submitted. More

Studio Visit to J & FJ Baker Tannery

12-8-16

Studio Visit to J & FJ Baker Tannery

The second visit of my trip away, was to Britain’s last remaining oak bark tannery, J & FJ Baker & Co in Colyton. More

Studio Visit to John Hagger

10-8-16

Studio Visit to John Hagger

This week I took a trip out of London to the picturesque countryside of Devon. My first stop was to see the very talented John Hagger of Tanner Bates, based in Dartington, Totnes. More

LTM Online Course

28-7-16

LTM Online Course

Our new, free, online course will give you an introduction to doing design-led materials research, taught through the real case study of the Light.Touch.Matters project. More

Reflections on LTM
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28-7-16

Reflections on LTM

This month marks the end of the Light.Touch.Matters project, and we've been reflecting on the exciting outcomes and achievements of this 4 year project. More

Submission guidelines for: Design and Make a New Implement, Tool or Device for Eating

29-6-16

Submission guidelines for: Design and Make a New Implement, Tool or Device for Eating

The deadline for the challenge is coming around soon so here are a few submission and judging guidelines. The deadline is: 10am, 18th July 2016 More

OpenAFM invites you to “ODD Summer 2016 - two months to save the planet!”

09-6-16

OpenAFM invites you to “ODD Summer 2016 - two months to save the planet!”

An opportunity to participate in a series of events this summer taking place in Geneva, London and China, working on a project to build a low cost open source Atomic Force Microscope for schools (previously known as LEGO2NANO!), enabling young people to explore the world at nano scale. More

The Great Grammatizator

26-5-16

The Great Grammatizator

Our Scrambled Messaging Machine competition has been announced, and Alexandra Bridarolli’s winning idea, The Great Grammatizator is now under way in the Makespace! More

Institute of Making: Third Year Report

10-5-16

Institute of Making: Third Year Report

This document summarises the majority of our activities, undertaken during our third year of operation at UCL. More

Studio Visit to Helen Carnac

21-4-16

Studio Visit to Helen Carnac

By the Thames, opposite Tate & Lyle’s sugar syrup refinery factory (busy unloading goods from a huge shipping vessel), I found Helen Carnac’s enameling studio. She's based at Secondfloor Studios, which is also home to Thames Barrier Print Studio and London Sculpture Workshop. More

Studio Visit to Faye McNulty

04-4-16

Studio Visit to Faye McNulty

For my first meeting of the day I headed down to Bermondsey. Tucked away in a railway arch amongst car repair workshops and what looks like a conservatory company is Printall Studio where print designer Faye McNulty works. The studio is a fully-equipped, open access textile printing studio where members can either pay by the day or sign up for a monthly membership for more frequent access. More

PhysFeel - Call for Volunteers

23-3-16

PhysFeel - Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in helping us with a study that explores the link between emotions and material properties? More

The Challenge: Design and Make a New Implement, Tool or Device for Eating

15-3-16

The Challenge: Design and Make a New Implement, Tool or Device for Eating

The brief is to design and prototype a new implement, tool or device for eating. This might involve rethinking the form, shape or materials of tools we are accustomed to, or encourage new cultural practices surrounding the act of eating. This is your chance to test and prototype ideas, explore materials and get hands-on. More

Come along tomorrow to celebrate our 3rd Birthday

11-3-16

Come along tomorrow to celebrate our 3rd Birthday

Celebrate our 3rd Birthday in style with musical jelly, microwave rainbow cake made by pastry chef Terri of Fraise Sauvage. Every birthday party needs candles, and we have the most spectacular candle ever! Chemistry student Anna Ploszajski will be demonstrating the Rubens' Tube she made: read more about her project on our blog. In our Materials Library learn about the science of chocolate and find out if you are a super-taster! More

Member Profile: Anna Ploszajski

04-2-16

Member Profile: Anna Ploszajski

Anna made a Rubens’ Tube as part of her demonstration kit for the Science Show-Off show at the Bloomsbury Theatre. A Rubens’ Tube is a pipe with holes all along the top and a rubber membrane stretched over one end, which is flled with propane and lit like an elongated gas burner. More

Studio Visit to Geoffrey Fisher

14-12-15

Studio Visit to Geoffrey Fisher

Nestled on the first floor of an outbuilding surrounded by other makers is green woodworker Geoffrey Fisher. After a quick coffee at Geoff’s studio in High Wycombe, he got me straight to work, drilling a hole into the end of a branch in order to make a whistle. Little did I know that the whistle might come in handy later when we took a trip to the nearby Penn Woods. More

Community Building for Design-Led Materials Research

11-12-15

Community Building for Design-Led Materials Research

The Institute of Making are delighted to have awarded EPSRC small grants to five teams for community-building activities that focus on design-led approaches to materials. More

Member Profile: Daniel Black

09-11-15

Member Profile: Daniel Black

Daniel’s expertise is in watchmaking, and he got involved in a major making project supported by our Summer Studentship scheme: to advance understanding of the Antikithera mechanism – an ancient Greek astronomical calculating machine – through physical models. More

LEGO2NANO is now OpenAFM

09-11-15

LEGO2NANO is now OpenAFM

LEGO2NANO’s development project OpenAFM has taken a big leap forward in the last couple of weeks with a newly designed 3D printable structure for the device. More

Next Public Open day: Clay & Ceramics on 24th October

06-10-15

Next Public Open day: Clay & Ceramics on 24th October

Join us for an extravaganza of materials and making around the theme of Clay & Ceramics. More

Member Challenge: Design and Build a Scrambling Message Machine

02-10-15

Member Challenge: Design and Build a Scrambling Message Machine

Submission deadline: 26th February 2016 - 
Making deadline for winning idea: 1st July 2016
 - Eligibility: Any inducted member/member team of the Institute of - Making
 Prize: £600 More

Member profile: Dafne Morgado

11-9-15

Member profile: Dafne Morgado

In the Makespace Dafne has been making force sensors and elongation/bending sensors, which attach to the replica human hands and finger joints she has been making as part of our Wearable Assistive Materials project. More

Festival of Stuff 2015

13-7-15

Festival of Stuff 2015

Our Festival of Stuff may be over for this year but we have been reliving it through an epic amount of photos that were taken. Can you spot yourself in any of them? More

Glass and bees

22-6-15

Glass and bees

This week, glassblower and beekeeper John Cowley came over to advise on our lampworking masterclass setup. More

Festival of Stuff
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19-5-15

Festival of Stuff

The Festival of Stuff runs from 23rd June to the 27th June, consisting of four days of bookable masterclasses and culminating in an extravaganza of materials and making on Saturday 27th June. More

Light Touch Materials in the Lab
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06-5-15

Light Touch Materials in the Lab

Ever wondered how flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and piezoelectric polymers are made? These films provide a window into the research labs making state-of-the-art flexible and sensing light technologies. More

Light Public Open day

06-5-15

Light Public Open day

Last Saturday we held an extravaganza of materials and making around the theme of light. Visitors explored how reflective things reflect, made their very own electrical circuit, took a photograph without using a camera and much more. More

The Open Workshop Network

03-5-15

The Open Workshop Network

The Open Workshop Network (OWN) is an ongoing research project led by our PhD student, Liz Corbin, into the larger making community of London. More

Dangerous Diaries: Octagon Gallery

30-4-15

Dangerous Diaries: Octagon Gallery

The Institute of Making are collaborating with researchers, makers and materials enthusiasts from around UCL and beyond to put together the latest Octagon Gallery exhibition, looking at the risks and rewards involved in fabrication. More

Institute of Making: Second Year Report

16-4-15

Institute of Making: Second Year Report

This document summarises the majority of our activities, undertaken during our second year of operation at UCL. More

Member Profile: Wiktor Kidziak

10-4-15

Member Profile: Wiktor Kidziak

The first in a series of interviews with our members, Architecture student Wiktor Kidziak talks about what he's been making. More

LEGO2NANO 2015

31-3-15

LEGO2NANO 2015

Are you a UCL student interested in an open science? Would you like to work on an ongoing project to make low-cost scientific tools accessible to kids? LEGO2NANO 2015 is recruiting for participants for this year’s summer school. More

Next public Open day: Metal 7th March

30-1-15

Next public Open day: Metal 7th March

This March we will be celebrating metal in all its diversity. Come along and explore metals that have memory, a jet engine turbine blade made from a single crystal, and the wondrous material life of gold in the Materials Library. More

Making in progress

27-1-15

Making in progress

Our new members' project blog is a window into the world of the MakeSpace. More

Hidden Histories of Things - Mon 26th Jan

12-1-15

Hidden Histories of Things - Mon 26th Jan

Places available on the 'Hidden Histories of Things' research seminar, organised by the Open University's Commodity Histories project and the Institute of Making. Mon 26th Jan, 9.30am - 4.30pm. More

The Great Robot Egg Race

16-12-14

The Great Robot Egg Race

Back in October, during Robots Week, we launched The Great Robot Egg Race. The challenge was to build a moving robot that could pick up an egg and travel a short distance before putting it down in a frying pan, without smashing it! The robot needed to travel over a variety of different terrains/surfaces, straddle a cube, go under a limbo pole, negotiate a sideways slope and navigate a slalom course to finally deliver the fresh, un-smashed egg into the pan. More

Dates for your diaries
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08-12-14

Dates for your diaries

The nights are drawing in, it's getting colder and the Christmas festivities are underway. For those who came to the Festival of Stuff earlier this year here is a video to remind you of warmer times: youtube Below are some dates for your diaries of out next open days and next years Festival of Stuff. More

Public Open day: Carbon: 22nd November

18-10-14

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

An Introduction to Light Touch Matters
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01-7-14

An Introduction to Light Touch Matters

Watch the introductory film for the Light Touch Matters research project: a collaboration between designers, design researchers and materials researchers from across the EU working on new and affordable products that respond to touch with light. 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

Light Touch Matters - Materials Demo Film
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01-2-14

Light Touch Matters - Materials Demo Film

Watch a demo of early Light Touch Matters materials, and keep your eyes peeled for further materials developments! 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

Making Repairs: Mending, Renovating, Regulating, Bodging, Hacking, Tinkering

15-1-14

Making Repairs: Mending, Renovating, Regulating, Bodging, Hacking, Tinkering

This informal research workshop brings together researchers from multiple disciplines to discuss the materials, technologies and cultural imperatives that make repairing and maintaining the made world possible. UCL staff and students only. More

Antimicrobial Materials

31-12-13

Antimicrobial Materials

Director of Making Martin Conreen will be in residence this month, developing a new research project. More

Wonderstuff; this morning

04-12-13

Wonderstuff; this morning

Today saw the return of 'Wonderstuff' on ITV's This Morning, with a live outside broadcast about magic metals. More

An olfactory experience with British Master Perfumer Roja Dove

02-12-13

An olfactory experience with British Master Perfumer Roja Dove

A couple of weeks ago we were thrilled to welcome British master perfumer Roja Dove for an evening of sensory delight. The audience was in for a treat, smelling some of the world's rarest and most prestigious perfumery materials. More

Darwin (or) Bust

28-11-13

Darwin (or) Bust

The new Darwin is here! More

UCLoo Festival Make-a-Thon

11-11-13

UCLoo Festival Make-a-Thon

Meet the Makers. Free event 19 Nov: come and hear three eco toilet designers discuss their design process and eco sanitation insights. More

Smell and the City with Victoria Henshaw

11-11-13

Smell and the City with Victoria Henshaw

Last Thursday, led by urban smell specialist Dr Victoria Henshaw from the University of Sheffield, we put our sense of smell to the test as we sniffed out metropolitan scents, whiffs and stinks. More

UCLoo Make-a-thon - Call for Participants

25-10-13

UCLoo Make-a-thon - Call for Participants

The UCLoo Toilet Make-a-thon is your chance to redesign and create an ecological toilet for the 21st Century. Apply now to take part! More

3D Manufacturing: Promises, Pitfalls and Potential

21-10-13

3D Manufacturing: Promises, Pitfalls and Potential

This workshop focused on the potential and pitfalls of the materials and technologies currently used in 3D printing. It brought together a mix of researchers from different disciplines that have been pushing the boundaries of 3D printing in terms of the materials, software, designs and uses for 3D printers. More

Research grants available for UCL staff and postgraduate students

09-10-13

Research grants available for UCL staff and postgraduate students

As part of our EPSRC Bridging the Gaps project The Institute of Making are offering interdisciplinary teams of researchers from around UCL up to £5000 to support pilot projects, networks and grant writing on topics relating to materials and making. More

Dapple - Jeremy Bentham’s Stick

02-10-13

Dapple - Jeremy Bentham’s Stick

It’s wood week at the Institute of Making, and to coincide with our stick dressing masterclass today we’ll be proudly displaying UCL’s spiritual father Jeremy Bentham’s beloved walking stick Dapple. More

Trees Information Booklet

30-9-13

Trees Information Booklet

If you couldn't make the last public open day about Trees, fear not! We have uploaded an information document with lots of exciting tree related facts and links. More

The Darwin Making Challenge

27-9-13

The Darwin Making Challenge

The plaster bust of Charles Darwin’s head from UCL's Grant Museum has been digitally 3D scanned ­– transmutated from plaster into data. What could YOU do with it? Will you mould him from jelly? Cast a hologram? Mill him from wood? More

Materials Bursary

26-9-13

Materials Bursary

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

Scrambled Messages: The Telegraphic Imaginary 1857 - 1900

22-9-13

Scrambled Messages: The Telegraphic Imaginary 1857 - 1900

Starting soon - an interdisciplinary research project looking at the materials and technologies of the telegraph, and their impact on the British Victorian cultural imagination. More

Lego2Nano Project

20-9-13

Lego2Nano Project

Institute of Making members are involved in an exciting collaborative research, making and citizen science project aimed at making low-cost Atomic Force Microscopes from LEGO. More

LEGO2NANO - The LEGO microscope challenge

18-9-13

LEGO2NANO - The LEGO microscope challenge

In one week, can 32 young scientists and designers from China and the UK develop a new type of low-cost scanning probe microscope, powerful enough to study the nano world? More

Public Open day - September 28th: Trees

04-9-13

Public Open day - September 28th: Trees

Join us on Saturday the 28th of September for our final public open day for this year. From the the world's toughest rubber, chewing gum made from trees, maple syrup, and just so much more. More

LEGO2NANO Summer School - The Great Egg Race
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13-8-13

LEGO2NANO Summer School - The Great Egg Race

LEGO2NANO - An international nanotechnology making challenge, 1–7 September 2013, Beijing, China More

Material of the Month

02-7-13

Material of the Month

Material of the Month - Polypropylene More

Zoe’s appearance on ITV, This Morning, Wonder stuff, episode 4
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02-7-13

Zoe’s appearance on ITV, This Morning, Wonder stuff, episode 4

Zoe's regular slot on This Morning, exploring new materials and technologies from the studio's new lab. More

Light Touch Matters - London Workshop
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01-7-13

Light Touch Matters - London Workshop

Watch a film made by the wonderful R&A Collaborations at the London workshop for the Light Touch Matters project. More

Luminescence Public Open Day - May 25th

14-6-13

Luminescence Public Open Day - May 25th

Luminescence Public Open Day - May 25th Visitors were able to watch demonstrations by neon artists who were bending and filling neon tubes live in the space. They explored luminescent materials from the library, had a go with 'invisible' UV face paint and mouldable glow-in-the-dark polymorph plastic, and took away laser-etched test tubes filled with glow-in-the-dark liquid. It was one very busy, luminescence-filled day. More

Zoe hosts new bi-weekly slot on This Morning
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15-5-13

Zoe hosts new bi-weekly slot on This Morning

Zoe has begun a regular slot on This Morning, exploring new materials and technologies from the studio's new lab. More

Materials at the Centre

30-4-13

Materials at the Centre

Our first research workshop at UCL brought together researchers from across the arts and humanities, social and historical sciences and physical sciences to interrogate the relationship between academic research and materials and making. More

First Masterclass: Blacksmithing

26-4-13

First Masterclass: Blacksmithing

Ian Lowe and Richard Pace, blacksmiths from Stepney City Farm, set up their mobile forge for our very first Member Masterclass. More

Funding for Summer Studentships - Round Two

20-4-13

Funding for Summer Studentships - Round Two

Funding for summer studentships is now available. Our first round of summer projects saw students engaged in novel interdisciplinary projects to do with materials and processes as wide-ranging as weaving and nano-enabled catalysis. More

Become a Member

18-3-13

Become a Member

Current UCL students or staff? Come and join the Institute of Making! Not at UCL? Come along to one of our open days or special events - Join the mailing list to be among the first to know what's in store. More

Nature-Inspired Materials

13-3-13

Nature-Inspired Materials

The Institute of Making are research partners in the exciting new Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering at UCL. More

That’s the stuff
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13-3-13

That’s the stuff

"Metals that cry, living concrete and a handcuffed Texan's briefcase: the diversity of the materials we create says a lot about us" This week's New Scientist puts the Materials Library under the microscope. More

Light.Touch.Matters

04-2-13

Light.Touch.Matters

The Institute of Making is involved in a collaborative research project that brings together product designers and material researchers to develop a new generation of materials that respond to touch with luminosity. More

Wearable Exoskeleton Project

01-2-13

Wearable Exoskeleton Project

The Institute of Making is involved in a research project to develop a wearable exoskeleton for people who are experiencing difficulties in walking. More

Wearable Assistive Materials

31-1-13

Wearable Assistive Materials

The Institute of Making are involved in an EPSRC-funded project that aims to develop the materials for a wearable exoskeleton that can act as a walking support system. More

The Grand Public Opening
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25-1-13

The Grand Public Opening

The Institute of Making invites you to explore our new MakeSpace and Materials Library at UCL on Saturday 16 March, between 1-5pm. More

BANG BANG: TEDxBrussels 2012
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17-12-12

BANG BANG: TEDxBrussels 2012

Zoe Laughlin presents at TEDxBrussels 2012 this November with The Performativity of Matter. More

Science Club

17-12-12

Science Club

As part of a new six-part science series presented by Dara O Briain, Mark Miodownik makes and takes things apart, from comets to DNA cocktails, bikes to fridges, exploring how materials and engineering shape our world. More

Perseids (long exposure): a summer studentship

07-12-12

Perseids (long exposure): a summer studentship

First year undergraduate Slade sculpture student Jana Bercelova used her Institute of Making summer studentship to conduct an investigation into the materiality of weaving. More

Lessening Friction: a Summer Studentship update

22-11-12

Lessening Friction: a Summer Studentship update

We have just heard back from Manpreet Padwall, who spent his summer studentship helping to develop a new methodology that could pave the way for fabrics that are kinder to the skin. More