Over the last few weeks, we've been putting a spotlight on various individuals who make up the local ecology of MAKLab from interns to volunteers and we'd now like to shine a light on some of our valued members. Toby Ingram, owner of the Wood and Silver Company, has been one of our longest standing members at MAKLab ever since we've opened in 2012. Having started off as a walking stick maker (which he still does), Toby has taken the approach of acquiring the widest possible range of skills; wood-turning, woodcarving, hand-engraving, CAD, 3d printing, precious metal casting, and working natural materials like horn and bone, and combining these skills into one-off, individually designed gifts.
David Giles has been a member and volunteer at our MAKLab Glasgow studio since February 2015. David came to us after completing his second degree in Aeronautical Engineering looking to build up his rapid prototyping skills. When he's not helping us look after the Glasgow studio or lending us his fantastic 3D modelling skills, he likes to work on building space guns under the brand name Optimistic Geometry. We're huge fans of his projects, so we've asked to write us a guest post to share some of his experience.
Leanne Fischler is a young emergent designer who completed a one month internship at MAKLab in August 2015 in between her third and fourth year studying product design at DJCAD. More recently, she has returned to MAKLab to run a bookbinding workshop and we took the opportunity to catch up with her progress. We asked Leanne to write a guest blog to share her experience as an intern at MAKLab and how it has impacted her practice.
You may not believe it but our (unwritten) job descriptions at MAKLab often include responding to the weird and wonderful requests which land in our email inbox. When that particular request, however, came from the Mugstock Festival asking us to team up with Sustrans to build a kinetic sculpture on a bicycle theme, we were well up for the challenge.
On the 18th of November 2016, we were most glad to host Annette Street Primary School’s pupils for a session of our 3D Print Yourself an Action Hero workshop, here at MAKLab. This workshop was a special prize awarded to the students for their entry in the primary school architecture design competition held at the Govanhill Baths Trust in June 2016.
Ready, Steady... Go! 48 hrs to rethink our approach to textiles! Following on in the Re_wind 1026 series, our Glasgow Studio Manager Kirsty Mooney tells us all about RE_SEW, one of the first projects she was involved with when she started out with our team.
This project is very close to our heart at MAKLab as we are big fans of the work of the Glasgow Women's Library, especially at the moment, during these turbulent political times. Our Education & Outreach coordinator Delphine Dallison had previously worked with them during their 21 Revolutions project and we were delighted when they approached us again to ask us to work on the design and manufacture of the commemorative "plaques" to be dotted around the shelves of the library in their new Bridgeton premises.
We've all made it through January in one piece and at MAKLab, we think that's worth a celebration! Find out more about our 10% discount on all student memberships.
How many different materials have you been in contact with today?
Everything from your clothes, electronics, furniture and your surroundings are made of different materials created in different processes, likely from different countries.
How often have you taken some time to appreciate those materials, how cold or warm they are to touch, how they smell, how they feel to bend, break or squish?
It was born out of a love affair between short stories, zines and clunky machinery.
A small group of enthusiasts approached MAKLab to help in the creation of this beautifully crafted canoe. This is a story of who and how.
This summer I was invited to do a month long internship at MAKLab in Glasgow.
I set myself the project of spending the duration of my internship organising a sustainable design event to host through MAKLab.
Nestled away down in our events space Charlotte, also known as ‘Waste of Paint Productions’, has been, other than making a riotous mess, constructing a wonderful and interactive work of art for our window at Charring X.