Festival of Stuff

Tuesday 21 June 16 - Saturday 25 June 16

The Festival of Stuff runs from 21st to the 25th of June, consisting of four days of bookable masterclasses and culminating in an extravaganza of materials and making. 

We kick off the festival with four days of bookable masterclasses, last year these included basket weaving, metal and plastic tape plating, paper cord weaving, shaker box making, pyrotechnic display, glass whistle making and much more. The festival will end with a large open day, bigger than any ever before taking over the whole street outside of the Institute of Making. We will be bringing back some of our favourite activities from throughout the year and some new discoveries. Last year activities included; basket weaving, cyanotype printing, sugru throwing, yellow road making painting, teeth cleaning, copper bowl hammering, copper spoon making to name a few. 

The full schedule will be announced on 16th May, to be the first to hear sign up to our mailing list, join here

All are welcome. Booking is required for masterclasees, there is no need to book for the Saturday extravaganza, its drop-in sessions from 1-5pm. 

Watch last years Festival of Stuff open day: click here
Film made by Mattia Reiniger / UnveilArts

Upcoming Events

Festival of Stuff

Festival of Stuff

Tuesday 04 July 2017 10:00pm - 5:00pm

The Festival of Stuff runs from 4th to the 8th of July, consisting of four days of bookable masterclasses and culminating in an extravaganza of materials and making.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Past Events

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Concrete Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Concrete Masterclass

Friday 24 June 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Come along to explore the materiality of concrete with Leigh Cameron who has dedicated his life to working with this material. The masterclass will include casting, playing with the constituent materials and looking at different processes and formulations.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Sensors Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Sensors Masterclass

Friday 24 June 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm

Come along to have a try at making a wearable sensing devise.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Concrete Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Concrete Masterclass

Friday 24 June 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm

Come along to explore the materiality of concrete with Leigh Cameron who has dedicated his life to working with this material. The masterclass will include casting, playing with the constituent materials and looking at different processes and formulations.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Plant Moisture Sensor Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Plant Moisture Sensor Masterclass

Thursday 23 June 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Have you ever over or under watered your plant? Join the Institute of Making’s technicians to create a low-cost moisture and light sensor allowing you to take care of your plant.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Fish Printing Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Fish Printing Masterclass

Thursday 23 June 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Ever wondered how fishermen recorded the size of their catch before the invention of photography? The old Japanese printing technique of Gyotaku or ‘fish rubbing’ provided a solution.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Experimental Pewter Casting Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Experimental Pewter Casting Masterclass

Thursday 23 June 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm

In this masterclass lead by jewellery designer Sian Evans, you will be exploring the ancient craft of cuttlefish casting in pewter, with ‘cast in’ elements.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Plant Moisture Sensor Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Plant Moisture Sensor Masterclass

Thursday 23 June 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm

Have you ever over or under watered your plant? Join the Institute of Making’s technicians to create a low-cost moisture and light sensor allowing you to take care of your plant.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Fish Printing Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Fish Printing Masterclass

Thursday 23 June 2016 10:00am - 11:30am

Ever wondered how fishermen recorded the size of their catch before the invention of photography? The old Japanese printing technique of Gyotaku or ‘fish rubbing’ provided a solution.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Experimental Pewter Casting Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Experimental Pewter Casting Masterclass

Thursday 23 June 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm

In this masterclass, lead by jewellery designer Sian Evans, you will be exploring the ancient craft of cuttlefish casting in pewter, with ‘cast in’ elements.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Experimental Fabric Colouring Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Experimental Fabric Colouring Masterclass

Wednesday 22 June 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Sometimes a textile printmaker’s worst nightmare is a mixed-fibre fabric. Join master printmaker Faye McNulty to learn the exciting possibilities of polycotton fabrics.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Experimental Fabric Colouring Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Experimental Fabric Colouring Masterclass

Wednesday 22 June 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm

Sometimes a textile printmaker’s worst nightmare is a mixed-fibre fabric. Join master printmaker Faye McNulty to learn the exciting possibilities of polycotton fabrics.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Laminate Wood Forming Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Laminate Wood Forming Masterclass

Wednesday 22 June 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm

Join engineers and designers Jailmake for a masterclass in creating laminate wood. You will be introduced to some of the basics of the process, try out techniques and consider where and why it occurs in design and manufacturing.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Chair Caning Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Chair Caning Masterclass

Tuesday 21 June 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm

During this chair caning masterclass, lead by master Rachael South, you will learn to weave the classic six-way pattern traditionally used on cane furniture.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Felt Ball and 3D Hand Embroidery Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Felt Ball and 3D Hand Embroidery Masterclass

Tuesday 21 June 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Join textile artist Claire Moynihan to learn the basics of wet felt ball making techniques, using locally sourced alpaca wool, olive oil soap and hot water.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Dustpan and Brush Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Dustpan and Brush Masterclass

Tuesday 21 June 2016 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Join green woodworker Geoffrey Fisher to make a dustpan and brush set. You will use ash a hand-selected from Mop End Woods in Buckinghamshire, thin plywood and wild hog bristles.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Chair Caning Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Chair Caning Masterclass

Tuesday 21 June 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm

During this chair caning masterclass, lead by master Rachael South, you will learn to weave the classic six-way pattern traditionally used on cane furniture.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Felt Ball and 3D Hand Embroidery Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Felt Ball and 3D Hand Embroidery Masterclass

Tuesday 21 June 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm

Join textile artist Claire Moynihan to learn the basics of wet felt ball making techniques, using locally sourced alpaca wool, olive oil soap and hot water.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Wooden Whistle Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Wooden Whistle Masterclass

Tuesday 21 June 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm

Join green woodworker Geoffrey Fisher to make a whistle from a fresh maple branch, which Geoff has gathered from Mop End Woods in Buckinghamshire.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Open day

Festival of Stuff: Open day

Saturday 27 June 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Come along on Saturday 27th June for our second extravaganza of Stuff!! This five day festival will culminate in a public event on a grand scale. We will be taking over the whole street outside of the Institute of Making for our finale, filling it with demo-stalls and making stations, bringing back this year’s favourite activities and some new discoveries.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Friday 26 June 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm

In this hands-on session led by Dr Shelley James, participants will use the latest generation of portable flameworking torches fuelled by a simple gas canister to explore basic techniques: heating, shaping, blowing simple forms and creating holes.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Lunchtime Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Festival of Stuff: Lunchtime Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Friday 26 June 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm

In this hands-on session led by Dr Shelley James, participants will use the latest generation of portable flameworking torches fuelled by a simple gas canister to explore basic techniques: heating, shaping, blowing simple forms and creating holes.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Friday 26 June 2015 10:00am - 11:30am

In this hands-on session, participants will use the latest generation of portable flameworking torches fuelled by a simple gas canister to explore basic techniques: heating, shaping, blowing simple forms and creating holes.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Materials Library Evening

Festival of Stuff: Materials Library Evening

Thursday 25 June 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join the Institute of Making team in exploring the Materials Library’s curious collection to see, touch, discuss, play with and learn more about the extraordinary material world that surrounds us.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Material Explorations

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Material Explorations

Thursday 25 June 2015 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Join the Institute of Making to explore a material through a range of stations from shaping, breaking, melting and joining.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Material Explorations

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Material Explorations

Thursday 25 June 2015 10:00am - 12:30pm

Join the Institute of Making to explore a material through a range of stations from shaping, breaking, melting and joining.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Alternative Stone Lithography

Festival of Stuff: Alternative Stone Lithography

Thursday 25 June 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm

Attempt stone lithographic printmaking using alternatives to traditional limestone.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Pyrotechnics with Matthew Tosh

Festival of Stuff: Pyrotechnics with Matthew Tosh

Wednesday 24 June 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Expert pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh will demonstrate and discuss the art and chemistry of making fireworks displays. Experience the sights, sounds, smell and tastes of a live firework demonstration.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Shaker Box Making

Festival of Stuff: Shaker Box Making

Wednesday 24 June 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm

Master craftsman Murray Marks creates shaker boxes in exactly the same way as the Shaker craftsmen and women have for over two hundred years; using American cherry or maple, you will learn how to make your very own shaker box using this technique.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Paper Cord Weaving

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Paper Cord Weaving

Tuesday 23 June 2015 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Join Ann Nazareth to weave a decorative water scoop with paper cord using a simple basketry technique called twining. Once you’ve mastered the basic skills of paper cord weaving you will be able to develop your own ideas for 3-dimensional weaving in ways that will delight and surprise.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session – Weaving with Tape Measures

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session – Weaving with Tape Measures

Tuesday 23 June 2015 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Join Stella Harding to weave an open hexagonal shape with tape measures. Stella makes three-dimensional woven structures in a wide variety of materials using techniques derived from traditional basketry.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Basket Weaving

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Basket Weaving

Tuesday 23 June 2015 2:00pm - 4:30pm

The afternoon session is slightly more technical, using year-old willow that has been dried and then soaked, to make a small frame basket.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Paper Cord Weaving

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Paper Cord Weaving

Tuesday 23 June 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm

Join Ann Nazareth to weave a decorative water scoop with paper cord using a simple basketry technique called twining. Once you’ve mastered the basic skills of paper cord weaving you will be able to develop your own ideas for 3-dimensional weaving in ways that will delight and surprise.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session – Weaving with Wire

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session – Weaving with Wire

Tuesday 23 June 2015 10:00am - 12:30pm

Join Stella Harding to make a small random weave basket using a variety of wires. Stella makes three-dimensional woven structures in a wide variety of materials using techniques derived from traditional basketry.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Basket Weaving

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Basket Weaving

Tuesday 23 June 2015 10:00am - 12:30pm

In the morning class you will have the opportunity to learn to weave using beautiful native willow. Kneeling on the floor, you will learn a very simple technique to make a Catalan tray.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Public open day

Festival of Stuff: Public open day

Saturday 21 June 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for our extravaganza of Stuff! For the first time ever we will be spilling out onto Malet Place filling it with demo-stalls and making stations, meaning that we will be bigger and better than ever before.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Spoon Carving Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Spoon Carving Masterclass

Friday 20 June 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Join Barn where he will be teaching basic knife carving techniques in a spatula-carving masterclass where you will be able to create your own spatula.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Wood Turning Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Wood Turning Masterclass

Friday 20 June 2014 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Join Jim Steele, master pole-lather, and compare this ancient technique against the modern machine lathe.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Midday Session - Spoon Carving Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Midday Session - Spoon Carving Masterclass

Friday 20 June 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Join Barn where he will be teaching basic knife carving techniques in a spatula-carving masterclass where you will be able to create your own spatula.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Wood Turning Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Wood Turning Masterclass

Friday 20 June 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join Jim Steele, master pole-lather, and compare this ancient technique against the modern machine lathe.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Spoon Carving Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Spoon Carving Masterclass

Friday 20 June 2014 10:00am - 11:30am

Join Barn where he will be teaching basic knife carving techniques in a spatula-carving masterclass where you will be able to create your own spatula.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Session Three - Blacksmithing Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Session Three - Blacksmithing Masterclass

Thursday 19 June 2014 3:59pm - 4:59pm

Richard Pace from Artisan Ironwork will be setting up their mobile forge at the Institute of Making for one day only.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Session Two - Blacksmithing Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Session Two - Blacksmithing Masterclass

Thursday 19 June 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Richard Pace from Artisan Ironwork will be setting up their mobile forge at the Institute of Making for one day only.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Session One - Blacksmithing Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Session One - Blacksmithing Masterclass

Thursday 19 June 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Richard Pace from Artisan Ironwork will be setting up their mobile forge at the Institute of Making for one day only.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Session Two - Materials Library Evening

Festival of Stuff: Session Two - Materials Library Evening

Wednesday 18 June 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Join the Institute of Making team and its directors Zoe Laughlin, Mark Miodownik and Martin Conreen in exploring the Library’s curious collection to see, touch, research, discuss, play with and learn more about the extraordinary material world that surrounds us.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Session One - Materials Library Evening

Festival of Stuff: Session One - Materials Library Evening

Wednesday 18 June 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join the Institute of Making team and its directors Zoe Laughlin, Mark Miodownik and Martin Conreen in exploring the Library’s curious collection to see, touch, research, discuss, play with and learn more about the extraordinary material world that surrounds us.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Animatronics Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Animatronics Masterclass

Wednesday 18 June 2014 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Back by popular demand, independent animatronics consultant and co-creator of Inkha (the robotic receptionist at Kings’ College London) Matthew Walker will be leading this fantastic animatronic masterclass. Participants will build an animatronic copy of their own eye!

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Arduino for beginners Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Arduino for beginners Masterclass

Wednesday 18 June 2014 10:30am - 1:30pm

This introductory workshop is aimed at makers with minimal or no electronic or programming skills. In this hands-on morning session, participants will learn the basics of how to make an object interactive or animated.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Felt Making Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Felt Making Masterclass

Tuesday 17 June 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm

In this masterclass, lead by master felt maker Heather Belcher, you will prepare and blend coloured wool fibres to make a small piece of felt cloth.  You will also learn how to make a solid felt ball.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Soap Making Workshop

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Soap Making Workshop

Tuesday 17 June 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm

This session explores the basic chemistry of soap making. Make your own soap mould using our vacuum former, and learn how to make your own olive oil and coconut soap, scented with essential oils.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Millinery Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Millinery Masterclass

Tuesday 17 June 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Sahar Freemantle of Millinery label ‘Sahar Millinery’ joins us for a workshop using traditional wooden hat blocks to steam felt into hats and shapes.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Soap Making Workshop

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Soap Making Workshop

Tuesday 17 June 2014 10:00am - 11:00am

This session explores the basic chemistry of soap making. Make your own soap mould using our vacuum former, and learn how to make your own olive oil and coconut soap, scented with essential oils.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Millinery Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Millinery Masterclass

Tuesday 17 June 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm

Sahar Freemantle of Millinery label ‘Sahar Millinery’ joins us for a workshop using traditional wooden hat blocks to steam felt into hats and shapes.

Part of Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Felt Making Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Felt Making Masterclass

Tuesday 17 June 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm

In this masterclass, lead by master felt maker Heather Belcher, you will prepare and blend coloured wool fibres to make a small piece of felt cloth.  You will also learn how to make a solid felt ball.

Part of Festival of Stuff