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Art, Heritage & Materials Science work placement for Young People

09-5-22

Art, Heritage & Materials Science work placement for Young People

The Arts, Heritage and Materials Science Work Placement is a new ambitious programme designed for 16–17-year-old East Londoners from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds which will take place May-July this year. Hear more from the programme’s project coordinator Tasnim Siddiqa Amin, a freelance artist, writer and educator, about: the Institute’s connections with East London; the need this placement meets; and the beauty of co-design. More

Organising the UCL Repair Café: hope, confidence and friendship

24-2-22

Organising the UCL Repair Café: hope, confidence and friendship

The following blog shares the reflections of some of the organisers and volunteers of the UCL Repair Cafe on February 2022, and shares lessons learnt for those who might want to set up or take part in their own repair café. On a windy, gazabo wobbling Thursday, a small group of dedicated volunteers gathered, aiming to grow, re-purpose and repair. More

We’re Hiring!

14-2-22

We’re Hiring!

We are doing another call out - fancy joining our team at the Institute of Making as Research Manager? More

Paid Internships at the Institute of Making

10-1-22

Paid Internships at the Institute of Making

Fancy joining our team at the Institute of Making as an Intern? Applications are now open for UCL students and staff. More

Welcome back members! Here’s how to visit the workshop…

14-9-21

Welcome back members! Here’s how to visit the workshop…

Plan your visit: information and guidance for members returning to our workshop. More

The Atelier: A home for both traditional crafts and cutting-edge technologies.

07-9-21

The Atelier: A home for both traditional crafts and cutting-edge technologies.

The final in our guest-blog series on pattern cutting, by Fareeha Masood. In this last post, we will look at the innovation different disciplines can bring to pattern cutting in this experimental space. More

Institute of Making: Eighth Year Report

28-7-21

Institute of Making: Eighth Year Report

Our yearly report shines a light on the projects, people, materials and making processes that were central to the Institute of Making in the past twelve months and summarises key activities of our eighth year of operation at UCL. More

My love of clothes and the materials that surround us

29-6-21

My love of clothes and the materials that surround us

Clothing represents perhaps our most complex and personal experience with materials. Guess blogger and UCL student Fareeha talks fabrics and her journey of experiencing them in a summer series on clothing and pattern cutting. More

Dare to Repair

26-4-21

Dare to Repair

This week, Institute of Making Director Mark Miodownik presents the first episode of a new BBC Radio 4 series: Dare to Repair (11:00, 27 April 2021). More

Materials Love Letters From You

17-3-21

Materials Love Letters From You

Following on from our Valentines-themed celebration of materials, we wanted to share a selection of the love letters sent by you, our wonderful community of materials experts and enthusiasts. More

Animate Materials - Call to action

25-2-21

Animate Materials - Call to action

Institute of Making Director, Mark Miodownik, alongside colleagues at the Royal Society, have published a new report and call to action on Animate Materials. More

Materials Love Letters

11-2-21

Materials Love Letters

Join us to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Institute of Making style: by geeking out about materials in a series of love letters to alluring volcanic rocks, intense ceramic glazes, sticky gels, bounteous pencils, sulphurous vegetables and lustrous fibres, written by some of our wonderful team. More

New plastics research project now underway!

11-1-21

New plastics research project now underway!

We are delighted to announce the start of a new research project – Compostable Plastics: Unlocking Existing Barriers to Systems Change. More

What’s in our Materials Library stocking?

17-12-20

What’s in our Materials Library stocking?

We’re starting to feel festive here at the Institute of Making, so we’ve dusted off some favourite winter holiday-themed materials for the occasion. Now…what have we got in our Materials Library stocking for you? More