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ReadyMade Magazine


If Make: magazine is The Hulk, ReadyMade is WonderWoman. For every lump hammer smashing, panel beating, nitrous oxide powered microscope, there is a floral patterned, lilac fragranced, gingham occasional table just waiting to happen. Where this echo in the space time continuum exists – maintaining balance within the maker world – is ReadyMade magazine.

Make: is where my ‘man’ projects exist, requiring solder, hammers and explosives. It’s where I get to live out my Batman style creations, routing raw materials to within an inch of destruction to bend them to my will. ReadyMade is is where my Bruce Wayne creations arise, using scissors, lacquer, and sandpaper to make items of beauty rather than raw power.

From how to make cocktails and the perfect pancakes through to Eames style furniture, bath bombs and soap – ReadyMade is the perfect way to spend a weekend creating things to show people how sensitive you are, and ideal for beautifying your home or making with children.

It is the perfect companion to Make: which is where I go to add solar panels to the toaster and a laser projector to the car.

Make everything better and more beautiful. NOW!


Make: Magazine


Makers will rule the world. Grass roots level creation is an answer to many specific and hyper local problems, with Makers pooling experience and ability to create solutions to issues we never even knew we had.

Make: magazine is a meeting place for like minded creators of cool stuff and every issue is stuffed beyond its pages with astounding projects from 5 minutes to 5 months covering everything from Arduino to 3d printing to projects for and with kids. So far this year I have made a rocket, a smoke machine and a digital lathe, and there is enough in every issue to take a teenager to retirement.

In it’s physical form, Make: is a US based compact magazine – but subscription also gets you access to the digital version too. Subscriptions can be delivered worldwide, and are worth every penny.

What Jason Borne, MacGuiver and Batman have on the coffee table


Smash the System! Politely.


Its nice to be important, but its more important to be nice. Bringing the system to its knees can be done ineffectively by punching it in it’s cast iron face, or it can be done by hugging it so hard that you slide down to it’s jackboots and it trips over into a bed of daisies. Here is the latter.

Caution! lovable Makers ahead!

The Machine from mudlevel on Vimeo.

Destroy the World with Beauty…


Graffiti gets a bad rep. Often confused with tagging and general vandalism, street art gets a kicking from anyone looking for something to kick and a ‘red-top’ attitude. Yet LED art, mosaic tiling, murals, stencil art, sticker art, street installations, wheatpasting, woodblocking, video projection, and yarn bombing make up some of the most wonderful urban masterpieces to adorn our cityscapes and architectural canvases.

And that’s why I like this so much. Its happiness shared + pedal power + arduino. How could anyone call this vandalism? It’s a mobile smile, and the world is a better place with it in. All it’s missing is some glitter and icecream.

robo-rainbow from mudlevel on Vimeo.

Black Lodge Research


I love technology. I love research. And I love really, really cool stuff. The place where I stick all this junk happens to be called BlackLodge. It appears I have an evil twin who has been doing this for much longer in the land of the free.

Black Lodge Research is a Washington based hackerspace and meeting point for people who are interested in alternative uses for modern technology. Go there and learn something today – from Wiimote Whiteboard to vacuum forming tables. Support the Lodge and the Maker Technology ethic.

Black Lodge Research

What a great name.