Little Inventors

Josie King

London, London, U.K.
1 brought to life1 working on


Skills:Maker experience across hand and power tools, from the traditional to the technological. Using everything from wood, metal, plastics and resins, ceramics, junk and slime! A curious approach to exploring all sides of making.

As a recent graduate of Goldsmiths Design, my multidisciplinary hands-on practice ranges from furniture to film, from sculpture to set design. I have a love of the material and am always on the lookout for new ones to play with! In the final year of my degree, I spent a year making furniture from slime ( but mostly just making a mess). I love to learn new skills and make things that I think are weird or funny, or some of the amazing inventions on here!

Recent project reports

Finishing touches
Posted about The water bottle that can't be knocked down by Taye

One the bottle had been printed I needed to coat it in resin. This is because 3d printing creates quite an open structure making it very light, but not quite watertight! I painted each piece in layers upon layers of coloured resin, sanding back and each layer to get a smooth surface. I then traced Taye's bubble writing into a file for the vinyl cutter so I could stick his writing on the bottle. Finally, I attached a screw thread and lid from an existing water bottle to the top coating that in resin too before varnishing the entire thing.

3d Printing
Posted about The water bottle that can't be knocked down by Taye

With such a complex and precise shape the best approach would not be by hand but through 3d printing. This would allow me to construct the shape as a whole on the computer before slicing it into the two parts I needed so that I could have both an enclosed bottle and an open dish for the concrete to sit. This approach allowed me to be super accurate and to do things like making sure the top of the bottle fitted the standard neck of water bottle tops so I could add a screw thread in.

Man Vs Machine
Posted about The water bottle that can't be knocked down by Taye

My first approach is always to use hand techniques, initially I thought to turn the egg/cone shape from wood using a lathe, then to slice into the two parts I needed, the bottle and the weighted base. Next to vacuum form these shapes to create a plastic shell. However I ran into some problems, the size of the shape would be too large to vacuum form in the accuracy that I needed, furthermore it would be difficult and time consuming to acheive the exact shape on the lathe. Then I had the additional issue of how the two parts may fit together as the vacuum forming does not allow for the ledges and notches I would need for it to hold together.

Ideas brought to life