Blog (April 2020)

DIY Face Shield

07-4-20

DIY Face Shield

A simple, lightweight, comfortable and easy to clean face shield design and how-to-make guide, for those in need at the domestic scale who have no other options available to them (home carers, supermarket workers, delivery drivers etc.) More

Materials Up Close & Personal: CARDBOARD

30-4-20

Materials Up Close & Personal: CARDBOARD

Tear into our latest up close and personal encounter with CARDBOARD. Think outside the box about the humble, fibrous material that has inspired architects, aerospace engineers and scientists developing mechanical metamaterials. You won’t be (card)bored! More

Materials Up Close & Personal: BLU-TACK

22-4-20

Materials Up Close & Personal: BLU-TACK

Following on from last week’s tour of tarmac, let’s stick (ha!) with another adhesive substance: that staple of the home office, blu-tack. Known for its powdery blue colour and distinctive adhesive qualities, read on to find out how uses of this mundane material can be anything but. More

Materials Up Close & Personal: TARMAC

16-4-20

Materials Up Close & Personal: TARMAC

Maybe you can see the road from your window, or have been pacing the local pavements recently during your daily constitutional? If so, you might have noticed this sometimes sticky, sometimes oily, sometimes crumbly, hash-brown of a material underfoot. Our new weekly series of Materials Library profiles journeys into the expansive inner lives and backstories of everyday substances that we surround ourselves with, but that we often don’t even notice. More

Materials Up Close & Personal - a New Materials Library Series

15-4-20

Materials Up Close & Personal - a New Materials Library Series

We are excited to announce a new weekly series of Materials Library profiles. At a time when staying at home has made our worlds significantly smaller, join us on a journey into the expansive inner lives and backstories of everyday substances and stuff; the silent and humble materials that we surround ourselves with, but that we often don’t even notice. More