Public Events

Wednesday 20 March 13

Come and get involved! The Institute of Making is hosting an exciting programme of public events throughout the year.  We're hosting demos, masterclasses, discussions and maker sessions with experts and enthusiasts from all sorts of backgrounds; electronics to breadmaking, neon to rope.

All our events are free, but some will require booking as space is limited.

Past Events

Repair Week: Solander Box Making Masterclass

Repair Week: Solander Box Making Masterclass

Friday 15 October 2021 2:30pm - 4:30pm

In this masterclass with paper conservator Ashleigh Brown, you will learn how to make a medium-sized solander box to store heritage material safely.

Part of Public Events,  Public Programme: Repair Week  

Repair Week: Introduction to Kintsugi

Repair Week: Introduction to Kintsugi

Friday 15 October 2021 2:30pm - 5:00pm

This workshop, led by Iku Nishikawa, is a beginners guide to Kintsugi: the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer often dusted with powdered metals such as gold, silver, brass or platinum.

Part of Public Programme: Repair Week,  Public Events  

Technician’s Question Time - live-streamed Q&A

Technician’s Question Time - live-streamed Q&A

Friday 15 October 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm

Our panel of techicians-slash-fixing-experts spends an hour answering a selection of repair conundrums - sent in by you!

Part of Public Programme: Repair Week,  Public Events  

Repair Week: Paper Repair Consultations with The Conservators

Repair Week: Paper Repair Consultations with The Conservators

Friday 15 October 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm

Book a consultation with paper conservator Ashleigh Brown who will cast her eagle-eye on your paper-based objects, from prints, drawings and photograph, to paper lampshades, parchment and paper sculptures.

Part of Public Programme: Repair Week,  Public Events  

Repair Week: Introduction to Kintsugi

Repair Week: Introduction to Kintsugi

Friday 15 October 2021 11:00am - 1:30pm

This workshop, led by Iku Nishikawa, is a beginners guide to Kintsugi: the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer often dusted with powdered metals such as gold, silver, brass or platinum.

Part of Public Programme: Repair Week,  Public Events  

Repair Week: Spa Day for Hammers

Repair Week: Spa Day for Hammers

Thursday 14 October 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Bring in your hammer for some TLC. A little polish, a handle repair, a better grip, even a personalised fit for your hand - Linda Brothwell, artist and founder of The Tool Appreciation Society, will show you how loving and caring for your handtools makes for a happy life!

Part of Public Events,  Public Programme: Repair Week  

Repair Week: Toothbrush Rag Rug Masterclass

Repair Week: Toothbrush Rag Rug Masterclass

Thursday 14 October 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn the surprisingly simple art of Amish toothbrush rug making, using a retired toothbrush and waste textiles in this masterclass by Jessica Corlett.

Part of Public Programme: Repair Week,  Public Events  

Repair Week: Consultations with Woodwork for Wellbeing

Repair Week: Consultations with Woodwork for Wellbeing

Thursday 14 October 2021 10:00am - 4:15pm

Bring along your broken wooden objects for consultations and guided repair support from Woodwork for Wellbeing’s Alex Brooke and Paul Waldmann

Part of Public Events,  Public Programme: Repair Week  

Repair Week: Spa Day for Hammers

Repair Week: Spa Day for Hammers

Thursday 14 October 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm

Bring in your hammer for some TLC. A little polish, a handle repair, a better grip, even a personalised fit for your hand - Linda Brothwell, artist and founder of The Tool Appreciation Society, will show you how loving and caring for your handtools makes for a happy life!

Part of Public Events,  Public Programme: Repair Week  

Repair Week: Toothbrush Rag Rug Masterclass

Repair Week: Toothbrush Rag Rug Masterclass

Thursday 14 October 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn the surprisingly simple art of Amish toothbrush rug making, using a retired toothbrush and waste textiles in this masterclass by Jessica Corlett.

Part of Public Programme: Repair Week,  Public Events  

Repair Week: Illegal and Heritage Conservation

Repair Week: Illegal and Heritage Conservation

Wednesday 13 October 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Theatre of Conservation (in association with the UCL Repair Café and the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies), present their latest performance of Illegal and Authorised Heritage Practice.

Part of Public Events,  Public Programme: Repair Week  

Repair Week: Soft Toy Hospital

Repair Week: Soft Toy Hospital

Wednesday 13 October 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm

This masterclass, led by Jessica Corlett, is an A&E session and beginner’s guide to repairing our most-loved soft toys.

Part of Public Programme: Repair Week,  Public Events  

Repair Week: Illegal and Heritage Conservation

Repair Week: Illegal and Heritage Conservation

Wednesday 13 October 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Theatre of Conservation (in association with the UCL Repair Café and the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies), present their latest performance of Illegal and Authorised Heritage Practice.

Part of Public Events,  Public Programme: Repair Week  

Repair Week: Soft Toy Hospital

Repair Week: Soft Toy Hospital

Wednesday 13 October 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm

This masterclass, led by Jessica Corlett, is an A&E session and beginner’s guide to repairing our most-loved soft toys.

Part of Public Programme: Repair Week,  Public Events  

Repair Week: the Right to Repair with Mark Miodownik

Repair Week: the Right to Repair with Mark Miodownik

Monday 11 October 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm

In this talk, Mark Miodownik explores how we got into this unsustainable situation, explores the fightback of the Right to Repair movement, and seeks to empower citizens to prolong the life of their electronics and mechanical goods by fixing them.

Part of Public Events,  Public Programme: Repair Week  

Repair Week: Electronics Repair Party

Repair Week: Electronics Repair Party

Monday 11 October 2021 10:00am - 4:15pm

Bring in your electronic device in need of fixing - from smartphones and laptops or small household appliances like toasters and lamps - for a one-to-one consultation with the repair experts from REMAKE and The Restart Project.

Part of Public Events,  Public Programme: Repair Week  

Public Online Masterclass: Pattern Cutting with Ayat Salimane

Public Online Masterclass: Pattern Cutting with Ayat Salimane

Wednesday 14 July 2021 2:00pm - 3:30pm

In this masterclass, fashion designer Ayat and UCL student Fareeha will teach you how to transfer your favourite t-shirt or long-sleeved top to a sewing pattern, so that you can recreate your beloved garment in new fabric.

Part of Public Events  

Online Yoga

Online Yoga

Thursday 24 June 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm

We are running weekly online yoga classes on Thursday evenings. Victoria from Rice Yoga is an inclusive, friendly and enthusiastic teacher creating classes accessible to all. This class is by Zoom video link and open to everyone at UCL.

Part of Member Events,  Public Events  

Public workshop: Introduction to Darning

Public workshop: Introduction to Darning

Wednesday 17 February 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Join Institute of Making Director Zoe Laughlin for for an introduction to darning. Zoe has spent lockdown fixing all manner of garments by darning, a technique of patching holes using only thread, and will teach participants the basics over Zoom video call.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Workshop: Bags 4 Life Plastic Upcycling

Public Online Workshop: Bags 4 Life Plastic Upcycling

Friday 31 July 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Using just an iron and baking paper, technician and designer Josie will show you how to up-cycle those old plastic bags that we all have lurking under the sink to create durable and customised tote bags.

Part of Public Events,  Best of Lockdown  

Public Online Workshop: Photographing Ceramics

Public Online Workshop: Photographing Ceramics

Friday 31 July 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm

In this workshop, technician and potter Darren Ellis will show you how to simply but effectively photograph your ceramics from home.

Part of Public Events,  Best of Lockdown  

Public Online Class: Materials Library Yoga

Public Online Class: Materials Library Yoga

Thursday 30 July 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm

This free Vinyasa Flow session with Rice Yoga will release tension from the back and shoulders, with balances to focus your mind and twists to rinse it all out. Victoria is an inclusive and friendly teacher and her classes are accessible to all.

Part of Best of Lockdown,  Public Events  

Public Online Workshop: Materials Library Drawing

Public Online Workshop: Materials Library Drawing

Thursday 30 July 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm

As part of our mission to help you get up close and personal with the fabric of your home, we have planned a Materials Library drawing session. Join us to draw and contemplate materials with Institute of Making Director Zoe Laughlin and Materials Librarian Sarah Wilkes.

Part of Public Events,  Best of Lockdown  

Public Online Masterclass: Embroidery with Richard McVetis, with special guest Celia Pym

Public Online Masterclass: Embroidery with Richard McVetis, with special guest Celia Pym

Thursday 30 July 2020 10:00am - 11:30am

In this online masterclass, artist Richard McVetis draws on his love of traditional hand embroidery. Together with fellow textile maker Celia Pym, Richard will teach three different embroidery techniques in this online gathering of up to 100 people, as Richard and Celia discuss the versatility and strengths of stitching for drawing and mark-making, and the pleasure in having time to make.

Part of Public Events,  Best of Lockdown  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 28 July 2020 3:00pm - 3:00pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 21 July 2020 3:00pm - 3:00pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 14 July 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 07 July 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 07 July 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.​

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 30 June 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.
We will use video calling to run a weekly public knitting circle online!

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 30 June 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Workshop: Materials Library Drawing

Public Online Workshop: Materials Library Drawing

Monday 29 June 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm

As part of our mission to help you get up close and personal with the fabric of your home, we are starting a new Materials Library drawing session. Carve out an hour on a Monday afternoon to come together to draw and contemplate materials with Institute of Making director Zoe and the Materials Librarian Sarah Wilkes.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 23 June 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 16 June 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Workshop: Materials Library Drawing

Public Online Workshop: Materials Library Drawing

Monday 15 June 2020 2:00pm - 3:15pm

As part of our mission to help you get up close and personal with the fabric of your home, we are starting a new Materials Library drawing session. Carve out an hour on a Monday afternoon to come together to draw and contemplate materials with Institute of Making director Zoe and the Materials Librarian Sarah Wilkes.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 09 June 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Masterclass: Embroidery with Richard McVetis

Public Online Masterclass: Embroidery with Richard McVetis

Monday 08 June 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm

In this hour-long online masterclass, artist Richard McVetis draws on his love of traditional hand embroidery. We will explore three different stitches in this online gathering of up to 100 people, as Richard teaches the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark-making, and the pleasure in having time to make.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Masterclass: Embroidery with Richard McVetis

Public Online Masterclass: Embroidery with Richard McVetis

Monday 08 June 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm

In this hour-long online masterclass, artist Richard McVetis draws on his love of traditional hand embroidery. We will explore three different stitches in this online gathering of up to 100 people, as Richard teaches the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark-making, and the pleasure in having time to make.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 02 June 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Workshop: Materials Library Drawing

Public Online Workshop: Materials Library Drawing

Monday 01 June 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm

As part of our mission to help you get up close and personal with the fabric of your home, we are starting a new Materials Library drawing session. Carve out an hour on a Monday afternoon to come together to draw and contemplate materials with Institute of Making director Zoe and the Materials Librarian Sarah Wilkes.

Part of Public Events  

Public Masterclass: Facial Recognition Camouflage

Public Masterclass: Facial Recognition Camouflage

Friday 29 May 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join the artists from Yoke Collective for this masterclass in camouflaging techniques that will block facial recognition technology. Pioneered by anti-surveillance activists to, we will work with face paint, stickers, hair extensions, and other everyday materials as you become skilled in in the craft of protecting your biometric data from the camera’s gaze.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 26 May 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 19 May 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Masterclass: Embroidery with Richard McVetis

Public Online Masterclass: Embroidery with Richard McVetis

Monday 18 May 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm

In this online masterclass, artist Richard McVetis draws on his love of traditional hand embroidery techniques, how you do it and why you do it. We will explore the slowness and rhythms of hand stitching: the versatility and strengths of embroidery for drawing and mark-making, and the pleasure in having time to make.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 05 May 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 28 April 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Tuesday 21 April 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project.

Part of Public Events  

Public Online Knitting Circle

Public Online Knitting Circle

Thursday 16 April 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Bring your textiles project our Online Knitting Circle, it’s free, open to all, and a fun social opportunity to chat and problem-solve in a group of enthusiasts while working away at a longer-term personal project

Part of Public Events  

Public Open Day: GASES

Public Open Day: GASES

Saturday 26 October 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Save the date for a Saturday Extravaganza on the theme of GASES. From fermentation to levitation, and with foams, farts and steam engines; we will explore the intangible materials that are a vital but (often) invisible part of our lives. As always, the Institute of Making will be open to the public on the day, giving visitors the opportunity to have a glimpse of the Materials Library and its wondrous collection of stuff.

Part of Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Crazy Materials Golf

Festival of Stuff: Crazy Materials Golf

Saturday 06 July 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Bring your A-game and your love of materials to our ultimate Festival of Stuff Saturday Extravaganza. This year we’re taking our love of mini golf as the starting point for a whole host of great making and materials related activities. We are also building a special mini golf course, where holes will pose all manner of material challenges in true Institute of Making style. Our events are free and open to all.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Body Embroidery Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Body Embroidery Masterclass

Thursday 04 July 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Using two or three simple stitches, embroiderer and artist Sally Hewett will show you how to make a unique nipple or pair of lips with thread, embroidery hoops, felt padding and other materials resulting in a sculptural body embroidery piece.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Kintsugi Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Kintsugi Masterclass

Thursday 04 July 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm

This masterclass, led by Iku Nishikawa, is a beginners guide to kintsugi: the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with precious metal powders such as gold, silver, brass or platinum.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Body Embroidery Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Body Embroidery Masterclass

Thursday 04 July 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm

Using two or three simple stitches, embroiderer and artist Sally Hewett will show you how to make a unique nipple or pair of lips with thread, embroidery hoops, felt padding and other materials resulting in a sculptural body embroidery piece.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff talk: Plastic Fantastic with Mark Miodownik

Festival of Stuff talk: Plastic Fantastic with Mark Miodownik

Wednesday 03 July 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join our Festival of Stuff evening talk by Institute of Making Director Mark Miodownik to reinvigorate your relationship with plastics, and explore the materiality of the plastics with demos and samples from our wondrous Materials Library.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Circuitry & Headlight Building Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Circuitry & Headlight Building Masterclass

Wednesday 03 July 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Dead batteries are not as dead as they seem. With a little voltage booster circuit and soldering equipment, we can turn them back into something useful and build a small, punk, super-bright headlight that will squeeze the last juice out of all the dead cells you have lying around at home.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Enamelling Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Enamelling Masterclass

Wednesday 03 July 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Explore the process of enamelling and its historical context with artist and metal worker, Helen Carnac, who will teach the basic principles and methods of fusing vitreous enamel, also known as porcelain enamel, to metal.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Midday - Circuitry & Headlight Building Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Midday - Circuitry & Headlight Building Masterclass

Wednesday 03 July 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm

Dead batteries are not as dead as they seem. With a little voltage booster circuit and soldering equipment, we can turn them back into something useful and build a small, punk, super-bright headlight that will squeeze the last juice out of all the dead cells you have lying around at home.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Circuitry & Headlight Building Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Circuitry & Headlight Building Masterclass

Wednesday 03 July 2019 10:00am - 11:00am

Dead batteries are not as dead as they seem. With a little voltage booster circuit and soldering equipment, we can turn them back into something useful and build a small, punk, super-bright headlight that will squeeze the last juice out of all the dead cells you have lying around at home.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Enamelling Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Enamelling Masterclass

Wednesday 03 July 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm

Explore the process of enamelling and its historical context with artist and metal worker, Helen Carnac, who will teach the basic principles and methods of fusing vitreous enamel, also known as porcelain enamel, to metal.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Circuitry & Synth Building Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Circuitry & Synth Building Masterclass

Tuesday 02 July 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Make music from digital logic with Jakub Zalesak! Design a Printed Circuit Board, learn how to solder, explore the niche world of logic synthesisers, and consider the nature of sound and electricity.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Papermaking Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Papermaking Masterclass

Tuesday 02 July 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join book artist and papermaker Mandy Brannan to discover the creative possibilities of combining two papermaking techniques; traditional style Japanese papermaking and recycled papermaking.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Flint-Knapping Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Flint-Knapping Masterclass

Tuesday 02 July 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm

In this Masterclass, visitors can learn to make prehistoric stone tools such as hand-axes, scrapers and possibly arrowheads from brittle flint with master flint-knapper, primitive technologist and archaeologist Karl Lee.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Circuitry & Synth Building Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Circuitry & Synth Building Masterclass

Tuesday 02 July 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm

Make music from digital logic with Jakub Zalesak! Design a Printed Circuit Board, learn how to solder, explore the niche world of logic synthesisers, and consider the nature of sound and electricity.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Papermaking Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Papermaking Masterclass

Tuesday 02 July 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join book artist and papermaker Mandy Brannan to discover the creative possibilities of combining two papermaking techniques; traditional style Japanese papermaking and recycled papermaking.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Flint-Knapping Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Flint-Knapping Masterclass

Tuesday 02 July 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm

In this Masterclass, visitors can learn to make prehistoric stone tools such as hand-axes, scrapers and possibly arrowheads from brittle flint with master flint-knapper, primitive technologist and archaeologist Karl Lee.

Part of Public Events,  Festival of Stuff  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - HDPE Plastic Waste Design Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - HDPE Plastic Waste Design Masterclass

Monday 01 July 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Designer James Shaw joins us to reconsider a ubiquitous material in our everyday lives; HDPE plastic, using the Institute’s wondrous Materials Library and a unique handmade HDPE waste pellet extruder.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Microwave Steam-Bending Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Microwave Steam-Bending Masterclass

Monday 01 July 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join furniture maker Stefano Santili to learn about steam-bending and how to push the boundaries wood with both steam chambers and microwaves, and create your very own a fruit basket.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - HDPE Plastic Waste Design Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - HDPE Plastic Waste Design Masterclass

Monday 01 July 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm

Designer James Shaw joins us to reconsider a ubiquitous material in our everyday lives; HDPE plastic, using the Institute’s wondrous Materials Library and a unique handmade HDPE waste pellet extruder.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Microwave Steam-Bending Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Microwave Steam-Bending Masterclass

Monday 01 July 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join furniture maker Stefano Santili to learn about steam-bending and how to push the boundaries wood with both steam chambers and microwaves, and create your very own a fruit basket.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff

Festival of Stuff

Monday 01 July 2019 9:50am - 5:00pm

The 2019 Festival of Stuff runs during the first week of July. It begins with four days of brilliant bookable making masterclasses and culminates in a big drop-in Extravaganza of materials and making on Saturday 6th July.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Public Masterclass: Material Exploration with James Shaw

Public Masterclass: Material Exploration with James Shaw

Wednesday 08 May 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm

Designer James Shaw joins the Institute of Making to reconsider commonly used materials through surprising new processes in this hands-on masterclass. As part of the session, James will explore the Institute’s wondrous Materials Library and our relationship to the made world. Participants will come away with a unique home made design.

Part of Public Events  

Public Open Day: DELIGHT & DISGUST

Public Open Day: DELIGHT & DISGUST

Saturday 23 March 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Join our Saturday Extravaganza in March to celebrate materials and making in a one-day, large-scale, drop-in and totally free festival around materials, sensory preference and emotion. We will be putting on wealth of activities to both sicken and seduce your senses, covering ASMR, hygiene, bodily aggregates, soap making, sugar work, coprolite turd polishing and much more. Will you dissect your reactions and analyse your sensitivities to material taboos and gratifications?

Part of Public Events  

Public Masterclass: Recycling Roman Ruins

Public Masterclass: Recycling Roman Ruins

Monday 19 November 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join archaeologist Beth Munro, glassworker Shelley James and metalsmith Necole Schmitz to explore how ancient craftspeople transformed Roman glass mosaics and metal pipes, then mimic these methods to make your own creations! This event will highlight recent archaeological research on Roman villa recycling and investigate the properties of ancient materials through exciting hands-on making.

Part of Public Events,  Research Events  

Public Open Day: PLASTICS

Public Open Day: PLASTICS

Saturday 27 October 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Plastics use has become a hot topic. Want to know more this black sheep of the material world? Then this open day is for you! Our Saturday Extravaganza in October tackles plastics: discovering the miraculous material properties of this contentious group of materials; testing it physically with different hands-on making processes; unpicking the thorny issues of current plastics use, circular lifecycles and recycling processes; and taking a look at plastics’ remarkable cultural history.

Part of Public Events  

Focus Group for Prosthetics Wearers

Focus Group for Prosthetics Wearers

Saturday 20 October 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Are you aged over 18 and do you wear a prosthetic limb? We would like to hear about your experiences of materials in your prosthetic!

Part of Public Events,  Research Events  

UCL Lunchtime Looks

UCL Lunchtime Looks

Friday 19 October 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm

On Friday lunchtime we will be throwing open our doors so all UCL students and staff can look around the Institute of Making. What’s more, you can use the opportunity to sign up to become a member.

Part of Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Saturday Extravaganza

Festival of Stuff: Saturday Extravaganza

Saturday 07 July 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us at the Institute of Making to celebrate the sheer joy of stuff as we host our greatest public extravaganza of the year on Saturday 7th July to mark the finale of our Festival of Stuff.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Introduction to Glass Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Introduction to Glass Masterclass

Friday 06 July 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm

In this masterclass, participants will explore the remarkable material that is glass and will be able to try basic fusing, cutting, decorating and assembling techniques that can be practiced using the facilities of the Makespace.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Midday - Introduction to Glass Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Midday - Introduction to Glass Masterclass

Friday 06 July 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm

In this masterclass, participants will explore the remarkable material that is glass and will be able to try basic fusing, cutting, decorating and assembling techniques that can be practiced using the facilities of the Makespace.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Sand Mould Making for Bronze Tiles Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Sand Mould Making for Bronze Tiles Masterclass

Friday 06 July 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm

This masterclass provides an introduction to fundamental foundry techniques using readily available materials. Stephen Coles will show participants how to make moulds for sand casting in order to produce a bronze relief tile.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Introduction to Glass Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Introduction to Glass Masterclass

Friday 06 July 2018 10:00am - 11:00am

In this masterclass, participants will explore the remarkable material that is glass and will be able to try basic fusing, cutting, decorating and assembling techniques that can be practiced using the facilities of the Makespace.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - 3D Print Finishing Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - 3D Print Finishing Masterclass

Thursday 05 July 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join jeweller and 3D Print expert Hannah Cameron to learn how to finish PLA prints in the Makespace or at home with various techniques for sanding, priming, painting and glossing. You will also receive an introduction to SLS printing, places from where to order these and best practice for dyeing.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Embroidery Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Embroidery Masterclass

Thursday 05 July 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

This Festival of Stuff masterclass will explore texture and pattern through a combination of traditional hand stitching techniques with artist and embroiderer Richard McVetis.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - 3D Print Finishing Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - 3D Print Finishing Masterclass

Thursday 05 July 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join jeweller and 3D Print expert Hannah Cameron to learn how to finish PLA prints in the Makespace or at home with various techniques for sanding, priming, painting and glossing. You will also receive an introduction to SLS printing, places from where to order these and best practice for dyeing.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Embroidery Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Embroidery Masterclass

Thursday 05 July 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

This Festival of Stuff masterclass will explore texture and pattern through a combination of traditional hand stitching techniques with artist and embroiderer Richard McVetis.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff talk: The Molecules That Made the Perfumes with Roja Dove

Festival of Stuff talk: The Molecules That Made the Perfumes with Roja Dove

Wednesday 04 July 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Roja Dove is one of the world’s most respected Perfumers, described by The New York Times as ‘a master tailor of scent’. His talk will focus on developments in perfumery through the inventions of new synthetic molecules and how this paved the way for new styles, families and effects in perfume launches through each decade since 1882, all brought to life with exciting olfactory examples.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Scent Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Scent Masterclass

Wednesday 04 July 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Join Olivia Clemence and her glass distilling kit to steam distil scents. She will talk participants through the steam distilling process and how to emulate this set up at home. Participants will sniff a range of essential oils and learn how to blend together in perfect harmony to create their own reed room diffuser.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Scent Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Scent Masterclass

Wednesday 04 July 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

Join Olivia Clemence and her glass distilling kit to steam distil scents. She will talk participants through the steam distilling process and how to emulate this set up at home. Participants will sniff a range of essential oils and learn how to blend together in perfect harmony to create their own reed room diffuser.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Concrete and Recycled Plastic Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Concrete and Recycled Plastic Masterclass

Tuesday 03 July 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Come along to explore the materiality of concrete with Leigh Cameron, who has dedicated his life to working with this material, and has masterminded exciting concrete making processes that incorporate waste plastic. The masterclass will include mould-making, casting, playing with the constituent materials and looking at different processes and formulations.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Jesmonite Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon - Jesmonite Masterclass

Tuesday 03 July 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Learn to make beautiful Jesmonite tiles which incorporate reclaimed materials. You will learn the basics of the casting and moulding processes, integrate reclaimed or natural elements, and finally sand the tiles back to expose the beautiful textures within. You will come away with two tiles or coasters with unique surface designs.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Concrete and Recycled Plastic Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Concrete and Recycled Plastic Masterclass

Tuesday 03 July 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

Come along to explore the materiality of concrete with Leigh Cameron, who has dedicated his life to working with this material, and has masterminded exciting concrete making processes that incorporate waste plastic. The masterclass will include mould-making, casting, playing with the constituent materials and looking at different processes and formulations.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Jesmonite Masterclass

Festival of Stuff: Morning - Jesmonite Masterclass

Tuesday 03 July 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

Learn to make beautiful Jesmonite tiles which incorporate reclaimed materials. You will learn the basics of the casting and moulding processes, integrate reclaimed or natural elements, and finally sand the tiles back to expose the beautiful textures within. You will come away with two tiles or coasters with unique surface designs.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff

Festival of Stuff

Tuesday 03 July 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm

The 2018 Festival of Stuff runs from 3rd-7th July. It begins with four days of brilliant bookable making masterclasses and culminates in a big drop-in Extravaganza of materials and making on Saturday 7th July.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Public Masterclass: Jesmonite with Stephanie Tudor

Public Masterclass: Jesmonite with Stephanie Tudor

Wednesday 09 May 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm

Learn to make beautiful Jesmonite tiles which incorporate reclaimed materials. You will learn the basics of the casting and moulding processes, integrate reclaimed or natural elements, and finally sand the tiles back to expose the beautiful textures within.

Part of Public Events  

Public Open Day: Slime

Public Open Day: Slime

Saturday 24 March 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Our next Saturday Extravaganza in March is all about SLIME. We will explore how to make it, track the sudden popularity of gungy stuff on Instagram, experience the power of algae, do some molecular chemistry, and hold a magnificent one-off Slime Olympics sporting event.

Part of Public Events  

Public Open Day: Faking It

Public Open Day: Faking It

Saturday 21 October 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm

This October we will be celebrating materials that imitate, mislead and masquerade, exploring virtual and augmented realities, and taking a closer look at objects that aren’t quite what they seem.

Part of Public Events  

UCL Lunchtime Looks

UCL Lunchtime Looks

Tuesday 17 October 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm

For one week only, every lunchtime, we will be throwing open our doors so all UCL students and staff can look around the Institute of Making. What’s more, you can use the opportunity to sign up to become a member.

Part of Public Events,  Member Events  

Materials Library Presents… Sensoaesthetics

Materials Library Presents… Sensoaesthetics

Saturday 20 May 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm

A session of hands-on materials investigation as part of the Open Senses Festival.

Part of Public Events  

Public Open Day: Birthday Party

Public Open Day: Birthday Party

Saturday 11 March 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us to celebrate our birthday on Saturday the 11th of March, 1-5pm. Free and open to all. Drop in any time.

Part of Public Events  

Public event: Materials Library talk with Mark Miodownik

Public event: Materials Library talk with Mark Miodownik

Friday 24 February 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

The world is getting more complex except in one respect, we still throw most of our waste in the ground. Is this our future, or will we develop new materials that are ultra strong and never need replacing.

Part of Public Events