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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

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

Useful Links

01-8-20

Useful Links

The Institute of Making team is taking a break in August but we have compiled some useful links that might be helpful, if you are wanting to make something specific over the summer. More

Face Coverings - FAQs

07-5-20

Face Coverings - FAQs

We have drawn up a list of frequently asked questions around the making and wearing of face coverings, the answers to which we hope you will find useful. As we try out more patterns, adapt our masks and learn more, we will update this information. If you have a question that is not addressed, let us know and we will endeavour to add it to the list. 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

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

Materials Up Close & Personal: ACRYLIC

17-7-20

Materials Up Close & Personal: ACRYLIC

This week we gaze into the hidden depths of ACRYLIC, a material we can thank for pearly dentures, prosthetic eyes and the perspex sneeze screens structuring our post-lockdown shopping experiences. Read on to find out what Cardi B’s glorious nail art and David Hockney’s technicolour scenes of Californian suburbia have in common, and why ‘tickling the ivories’ should really be called ‘tickling the acrylics’. More

Institute of Making: Seventh Year Report

15-7-20

Institute of Making: Seventh 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 seventh year of operation at UCL. More

Materials Up Close & Personal: WAX

03-7-20

Materials Up Close & Personal: WAX

This week’s Materials Library blog post gets lyrical about WAX, exploring its far-reaching and global relationship with divinity, art and fashion, examining the ancient roots of your waxed hairdo, probing why you shouldn’t be so hasty to remove your earwax, and delving into why vegans might want to be careful with their lemons. More