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Machines Room

Machines Room

Making with a conscience in the city, East London, UK

 © Machines Room

© Machines Room

 James Gifford-Mead © British Council

James Gifford-Mead © British Council

 James Gifford-Mead © British Council

James Gifford-Mead © British Council

Machines Room is a makerspace in East London, for the general public and businesses to fabricate their ideas. In addition to workshops for woodwork, electronics and casting, it has a FabLab with a range of machines including laser and vinyl cutters, 3D-printers and CNC routers. The Maker Library at the entrance to Machines Room enables members and visitors to meet and connect, as well as to browse a collection of publications.

The large area at the centre of Machines Room acts both as a co-making and co-working space, and hosts events and exhibitions. Members can drop-in and make when they need to or rent desk space and start a project with the support of the Machines Room’s tools, team and network. Each month, Machines Room hosts a Maker Library: Maker in Residence, where a designer or maker uses the equipment and then exhibits their work in the gallery and library space.

Founded by Thomas Ermacora, Machines Room has developed strong connections to the local art, design and making community. For example, it initiated Maker Mile, a mapping project and event centred on its Vyner Street location, which brings together a square mile of open-workshops, artist and design studios, fabricators and businesses to meet, share events and network.

Who is involved? 

Gareth Owen Lloyd is a London-based maker whose practice intersects art and design. This has included running workshops exploring the future, developing alternative photographic processes and collecting artworks found in science fiction. He often collaborates with others such as artist Phillip Raiford Johnson making a sci-fi film in Johannesburg, or through his work with collective MoreUtopia! He has recently exhibited at the VI Moscow Biennale in the show Art in the Imaginary Future, and created a digital/analogue camera for FIX at South Kiosk Gallery London.

As a Maker Librarian, Gareth has travelled to South Africa to share his practice and skills, exhibited at the Vitra Design Museum in Basel, and helped to launch the Maker Library at Atolye Istanbul.

Specialisms
Design Futures
Digital Fabrication

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Blog posts for Machines Room

14 June 2016

The First Maker Library Network International Residency

The First Maker Library Network International Residency  Craig Dunlop | Photograph by Keziah Suskin

Craig Dunlop | Photograph by Keziah Suskin

13 December 2015

Machines Room Project: Maker Library Residencies

Machines Room Project: Maker Library Residencies  Maker In Residence sign at Machines Room

Maker In Residence sign at Machines Room

20 September 2015

Machines Room Project: Maker Mile

Machines Room Project: Maker Mile  MAKER MILE LOGO

MAKER MILE LOGO

5 July 2015

Tri-Space by Michael Obrizkiv

Tri-Space by Michael Obrizkiv

6 May 2016

Maker Library Network Residencies at Machines Room London

Maker Library Network Residencies at Machines Room London

9 September 2015

Fixhub at Maker Library: Machines Room

Fixhub at Maker Library: Machines Room Maker Mile map and logo

Maker Mile map and logo

12 August 2015

Gareth Owen Lloyd's Book Selection

Gareth Owen Lloyd's Book Selection  Makers by Cory Doctorow

Makers by Cory Doctorow

10 August 2015

African Robots Showcase at Machines Room | Thursday 13 August

African Robots Showcase at Machines Room | Thursday 13 August

7 June 2015

Maker Library Network Workshop Programme at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

Maker Library Network Workshop Programme at Vitra Design Museum Gallery  Photographer: Keziah Suskin

Photographer: Keziah Suskin

30 May 2015

Machines Room Project: Maker Cards

Machines Room Project: Maker Cards  Maker Cards

Maker Cards

29 May 2015

Maker Library Network at Vitra Design Museum Gallery

Maker Library Network at Vitra Design Museum Gallery  Photo Credit:  ©Vitra Design Museum | Photographer: Bettina Matthiessen

Photo Credit: ©Vitra Design Museum | Photographer: Bettina Matthiessen

30 September 2014

Maker Library Network at LDF 2014

Maker Library Network at LDF 2014  Photograph by Mike Massaro

Photograph by Mike Massaro