The Frame Game

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A busy day yesterday as the frame for our new outdoor working area was erected. Masterminded by member and mechanical engineer Stuart Hancock, the space will allow for the assembly of larger scale projects, as well as providing welcome relief from the driving wind and rain!

GIANT GATEWAY TO A TINY WORLD


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Specialist metalworkers Rock Paper Scissors have been in residence this week building some stunning new gates for a primary school in Hackney. Captured here by local photographer Clare Glenister (www.clareglenister.com) the gates’ design has been built and created by our technician Rob Shaer together with workshop member Enrique Melin, pictured here.

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We’ve just announced some new dates in December for our famous 3 week welding course, so snap up a place if you’re keen to get started. Click here for all the details.

Guy Fox Rides the Flames

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So Mother Nature’s downpour yesterday didn’t stop a great bonfire night in our yard. Thanks to everyone who braved the grizzly rain to come down. Although our hand crafted steel weathervane Guy Fox didn’t quite spin as intended on top of the flames, it was definitely a bonfire to remember.

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Thanks to Jen and her food truck FORK for her delicious Pumpkin burgers. Lets hope they don’t disappear for another year!

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Sunday Sunday

Sunday Sunday

Sundays are a’changin. We’re pleased to say that due to popular demand, we’re extending our opening hours to every Sunday from this weekend (1st November). So for all of you wishing to nail that DIY project, or spend a whole weekend tinkering you’ll now have the freedom do drop in whenever suits. Our usual opening times 9.30am – 5.30pm and rates will apply.

Faking It

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We kicked off the first of our material sessions this week as we invited Tim Sharman from Jesmonite to come and show us the transformative powers of this material. Used across the world in the architecture and film industries, this lightweight material can be cast to replicate stone and metal finishes without the heavy weight of concrete or steel.

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Cast in silicon rubber moulds and rapid setting, we had a rubber finish tile knocked out over the course of a lunchtime.

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Now for the experimentation! And if you want to see how far it can be pushed, check out the incredible work of Hilda Hellstrom, and her stunning urns: visit hildahellstrom.se

Heavy Metal

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It’s great to see furniture dreams turn into a reality. Check out this steel cocktail cabinet designed and built by metalworker Ruchira Pathirana, now pride of place and ready for service!

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If you’ve got similar projects rattling around in your head, then keep an eye out as next month, we’ll be launching a series of project surgeries where you can speak to a technical expert for advice on the best materials to use, appropriate tooling, and help to map out a project plan to get you started on the road to dream furniture reality!

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And from 1st November, we’ll be opening every Sunday, to give you a full weekend to play around with. See you at the bench!

The Experimental Playground

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Thanks to everyone who came and paid  a visit to The Makers Playground for London Design Festival. It was a great week of all round experimentation with designers Lola Lely, Dan Heath and Katherine May delivering free workshops, Dutch Designer in Residence Lennard Houkes shaping his cremation urns, and some fantastic installation pieces that totally transformed the yard for the week. Here’s to next year!

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Thanks also to fantastic photographer Rossella Castello for capturing the week on camera.  Check out more of her work here: http://wehaveameccanow.tumblr.com or visit http://www.rossellacastello.com.

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London Design Festival Launch

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The mechanics cranked into action last night as the waving kinetic sails of Mammatus hypnotised all who entered the gates to The Makers Playground. A great start to our week long series of events and workshops and  exhibition for London Design Festival

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On Wednesday night Tim Worsley from 9T9 percent will be presenting a series of short films exploring trends in craft, recycling and the designer-maker movement.

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Thanks to all our supporters, band of volunteers, and the Playground team who have braved the design downpour to bring the exhibition to life. Show runs till Sunday, so be sure not to miss it!
Click here to view a full list of events.

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The Makers Playground for LDF#15

LDF#15 Makers Playground Invite

One week to go before The Makers Playground takes over the Workshop for London Design Festival. Over 30 artists, studios, workshops and makers will be taking part proposing objects, participative workshops, after dark events, outdoor installations and new designs to reckon with. Join us on Monday 21st Sept for drinks, music and a sneak preview of the show. Rule No.1: Do Play After Work.

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There’s a whole programme of workshops and evening events running all week, so come down and get involved! Show runs from Monday 21st – Sunday 27th September. To find out more click here.

From Blackhorse to Bluecoat

 

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Travelling all the way from Blackhorse Road to Liverpool’s famous arts centre The Bluecoat, we’re really excited to see artist Anne Harild’s stunning piece We Approach in situ.

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Built at the workshop over the summer, Harild has been the recipient of the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award residency (ARMA), and developed the sculpture in response to the architecture of the building through a series of workshops with Bluecoat’s weekly programme for artists with learning disabilities.

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A fantastic contrast of tradition vs contemporary. The commission was installed and built in collaboration with Commissioned by You, a fabrication studio based at Blackhorse Workshop. Congratulations team!

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