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Machines Room will close for the holidays from Wednesday 21st December at 6pm and re-open on Monday 9th January at 10am.

Just in time for an extra special gift idea or planning your new years resolutions we have released tickets for classes starting in 2017. 

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Sign up for yourself to learn a whole bunch of new skills like digital design, 3D printing or CNC or buy someone a ticket as a gift. If you want to gift a class we can create a bespoke laser etched plywood voucher. 

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Come and join us for a drop-in workshop to make some festive decorations of your own. Either bring files of your own to be laser cut or vinyl cut or come and enjoy some freeform craft making - we have glitter and lots of offcuts to play with!

FREE!! (pay for materials only)
Wednesday 14th Dec 5pm-8pm

Give someone a bespoke maker's gift - a laser cut birch plywood voucher for your choice of Machines Room activities.

Select the option's in the below form you would like to include in your gift and we'll be in touch to make it and post it to you.

Call us on 020 8981 5810 if you have any questions. 

We are accepting applications for residencies starting early 2017. Deadline Sunday 18th interviews 20th 21st 22nd.

You can join us from January as a six month professional resident. Residencies are intended for professionals who would use Machines Room as their main place of work and are here full time. The six month residency is primarily for prototyping and taking your project to the next level. It is not suitable for projects already in a manufacturing phase as we do not have the storage for stock.

We are open from applications from two types of resident. Workshop & Desk. The fee is £150 per month. Residents get 24/7 access and are a key part of the Machines Room community. Workshop residents get priority access to the wood workshop and some storage for personal…

Check out what Robin Shepherd, one of our long-standing members, was hiding in piles of cotton wool, balloons, bicycles, and boxes piled up in a corner of Machines Room…

Robin turned it all into these swish demonstrations of a stylish new waterproof onesie! He has been busy fabricating this installation for the pop-up Amsterdam launch of Raynsie by 72andSunny, a very cool new waterproof onesie for fearless cycling in the rain! Thanks for pointing us in…

Tiny alien friends that interact with your laptop by @_caroline6868

Such a great Saturday! Last weekend Machines Room hosted the final workshop in the Code Liberation series, a seven week collaboration between V&A, Machines Room, and Goldsmiths. The workshop was led by Phoenix Perry and driven by a great group of students, who will be exhibiting their finished projects as part of the V&A’s Friday Late, this Friday 25th November! On Saturday students were busy developing and polishing their work, moving seamlessly from laser cutter to soldering to silicon robots; it was a joy to see all…

We were excited to interview Molly Gavriel, member of the DisruptDisability team, to get an update on how the project is going - it’s come so far since they started their residency at Machines Room!

Can you tell us a bit about your background as a maker, and your practice and areas of interest?

Interesting questions - I actually don't have a background as a maker at all! I have a degree in History, and worked in the public sector before joining DisruptDisability and taking up the residency…

Our newest Makers in Residence are the architectural practice GUK. We had a little interview about how things were going so far:

Can you tell us a bit about your background as makers, and your practices and areas of interest?

GUK is an architecture practice based in the south of Italy since 2011. It is also a laboratory where we design and create handmade products that embody our notion of design, through researching into materials and our surrounding environment. We started by collaborating with local artisans; we then realised that in order to gain more control over all aspects of the process, we needed to approach our profession from a maker's perspective and build up our skills as…

So, Fix Our City seemed like it only happened yesterday! It’s still so fresh on all our minds here at Machines Room. The exhibition and events programme, part of the Maker Mile and London Design Festival, created quite a rich snapshot of a huge range of amazing projects which have begun, and will continue to grow, in the Maker Mile and Machines Room. It was really inspiring to see so many people, all in one exhibition, all dedicated in different ways to the transformation of city life, whether through sustainist design principles, circular economy, or open design methods of making. So refreshing and reinvigorating to celebrate just how much we have achieved!

The opening day was a huge success - Machines Room was buzzing, people were engaging with the…

We caught up with Jasmine Johnson, who has just completed her Maker in Residence at Machines Room, to find out her thoughts and responses about the experience:

MR: Can you tell us a bit about your background as a maker, and your practice and areas of interest?

JJ: I am an artist and I work across different media including video, sculpture and drawing. Making means a wide range of activities from shooting video by myself or with a production team, constructing CGI architectural spaces using open source software like Blender, sculpting using clay, drawing and…

Image courtesy of Smile Plastics.

The full schedule of events to accompany Fix Our City exhibition is now available! Choose from an exciting, huge range of activities, workshops, and presentations for all levels and ages!

Schedule of Events

Monday 19th (open 12-8pm)

1-3pm: Clear Village/Bedfords Park Walled Garden Vertical Angel Garden Workshop (for schools only)

3-4pm: Clear Village/Bedfords Park Walled Garden Vertical Angel Garden Workshop -…

Ever wanted to make an interactive toy or game but not known how? In this V&A workshop series starting October and ending in an exhibition of student projects at the V&A Late, you will learn everything you need to get off the ground in the world of basic game design.

One of Machines Room's fabulous Makers in Residence, Phoenix Perry, is a founder of Code Liberation, a US group who catalyzes the creation of digital games and creative technologies by women, nonbinary, femme and girl-identifying people to diversify STEAM fields. Founded in 2013, they have reached around 2,500 women and are now starting a UK chapter.  Watch this film to find out more.

The Workshops take place at the V&A, Goldsmiths College and Machine Room on the following dates

Friday 7 October, 18.00 – 21.00, V&A

Friday…

Ever wanted to paint with light in three dimensions? Or go to the bottom of the ocean without getting wet? Well, for one night only you can. We are hosting a demo of the HTC Vive VR headset on Wednesday 14th September from 18.30 to 20.00.

Come down to this free event and play, have a beer and see what life is like in another dimension.

Here's a picture of the headset...

And here's an amazing video of…

Join Katrine Hesseldahl and B&Q here at Machines Room on Wednesday 7th September from 10am til 1pm to work with designers and makers to create a waste sorting system specifically tailored to your home.

If you're interested please email katrine.hesseldahl@wrap.org.uk for more info.

This year is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, and there's a great season of events to mark the occasion.

We at Machines Room were lucky enough to work with Artichoke, those wonderful people who bought you the Sultan's Elephant, on their event which is going to take place on the 4th September. We helped them show their team how to use CNC technology works - as the project, masterminded by American 'burn' artist David Guest, is created using CNC machines.

Find out more about the event here - it should be a lot of fun!

http://www.visitlondon.com/greatfire350/watchitburn

You can even get involved yourself by helping to build a giant domino train through the old streets of London.…

Well, our boat was almost too good - one of our Makers in Residence, Ross Andrews, used the Shopbot to cleverly recreate a punt originally designed in the 1940s. After a week of sleepless nights piecing the craft together with the help of Mark, he emerged on Saturday morning covered in sawdust and epoxy, punting down the canal from Machines Room to Angel. 

It was a beautiful sight as the Machines Room punt glided past all the other contestants in the first heat. Unfortunately those pesky pirates from Makerversity got in our way going round a buoy in the second heat and completely trounced us with their amazing canoe made from 4 huge tractor inner tubes. But we were still awarded the Best Craftmanship trophy which we happily accepted.…

Ahoy mehearties!

We are proud to be participating in the inaugural Maker Raft Race 2016 this Saturday.

Please come see the awesome boat that Ross is building, cheer us on, and join in the fun!

All details in the attached flyer... Hope to see you there.