Fellesverkstedet

Seilduksgata 29k
0553 Oslo
Norway

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2019 Fellesverkstedet

For who?

Our goal is to give everyone 

access to a professional means for production. That's you, who's never made anything with your own hands, you who wants to expand on your production skill-set, and you who has the skills and just need access to the tools

How?

A huge part of our activities

is based on telling your stories.

We apply for funding and grants 

from public and private sources, that enable us to offer the services we provide.We're eternally grateful

to these partners as they allow

us to do what we do. Check out the list below

 

Who are we?

Fellesverkstedet is a private non-profit organization, conceived of and run by people from the world of art and design. We've spent large portions of our lives dedicated to helping others make... stuff! We love what we do... and we hope you do too!

 

Staff

Our staff all come from various backgrounds with a wide range of expertise, many splitting their time between Fellesverkstedet and other practices within the creative industry.


Here we unite and share in a common goal: making your visit here at Fellesverkstedet a positive (and productive) experience, so when you leave us you're bringing with you a plan, a finished project or new ideas, inspiration and good vibes!
 

Jens is our assistant director and head of digital manufacturing. He has a background as a product designer and has been with us since 2012. Jens has a totally mad skillset when it comes to producing anything imaginable (and unimaginable) on the CNC mill, and was intrinsic to the implementation of digital production techniques at Fellesverkstedet. He's been hands-on and an important piece of the puzzle in the development of our new facilities at Seilduksgata. Whether it was the complete 3-D modelling of the facility and its infrastructure, or coordinating the installation of the entire electrical system, without Jens, Seilduksgata would not be what it is today.
 
Jens works full time, so you're sure to bump into him on your visit. He’s very enthusiastic and something of a celebrity in the worldwide FabLab network, no wonder – he enjoys talking about the wondrous world of digital making 24/7.

Jens Dyvik

Linn is a real silkscreen pro and co-manages the print workshop alongside Erling. She's worked with almost everyone, from Norway’s biggest artists and designers, to students and hobbyists alike. Linn also manages Fellesverkstedets administration and is currently chair of the board. Linn's influence permeates every nook and cranny of the workshop. She's been with Fellesverkstedet since she took an apprenticeship in 2010 with Erling and Graham when they were running the print initative Automaton, and has been a rock and a pillar for the organisation ever since. Always steady and positive, Linn is the calm in the eye of the storm.

Outside of Fellesverkstedet Linn is based in Sandefjord and is a talented visual artist, working in a wide range of media from silkscreen to installations and artist books.

Linn Horntvedt

Lars manages the woodworking workshop and our large production hall and has been with Fellesverkstedet since 2013. Lars spent many years as both chairman and member of the board, bringing his wealth of experience in building our organisation with a bucket load of idealism. Always engaging, fearless in his meaning, but never heartless.

 

Lars is Swedish, but spent most of his early life in Canada. He's been a teacher, a forest firefighter, a steelworker, a nursing assistant, but what most people know him for are his provocative projects crossing the boundaries of art and political activism that test our understanding of what is true, unless of course it's a lie. Lars brings an energy to the workshop like no other.
 

Lars Cuzner

Erling co-manages the print workshop alongside Linn and has been our in-house graphic designer from the very beginning. Erling is both highly skilled as artist and designer - this guy knows print!


As one of the founding fathers of Fellesverkstedet, he launched and ran the workshop's first incarnation, the silkscreen studio Automaton, together with Graham. He has been a crucial driving force from before Fellesverkstedets infancy, building it strategically and patiently over time.
 
Erling split his time for several years between Barcelona and Oslo but is now settled back in Oslo. When he's not with us or working on one of his projects, such as publishing artist books on Armadillo, he works as a freelance illustrator and does commisioned printing for a wide range of artists.

Erling Knudsen

Ane runs front of house and manages our communication, and we're grateful to have her back while Graham is on paternity leave. Ane joined Fellesverkstedet in 2012, but spent from the autumn of 2014 to the spring of 2019 at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO). Here she has completed the first practice-based PhD in Graphic Design in Scandinavian history!
 
Ane has a particular interest in merging analogue print with the possibilities of digital manufacturing; like CNC-milling a set of moveable type, that she used to print a 900 meter long installation; to making toast on the laser-cutter. Her network within the field of letterpress and artist books is beyond impressive and spans everything from veteran printing societies in the deepest of Norway to the British Library in London.
 
When Ane is not here, she runs her own art & design practice from her basement printshop in her home, and teaches graphic design and letterpress printing at KHiO.

Ane Thon Knutsen

Siemen co-manages digital manufacturing together with Jens and Hans Christian. He is a talented product designer with a Master of Art from Luca School of Art in Gent, Belgium. Siemen was Jens Dyvik's intern at his design studio in 2014. To our great fortune he moved from Belgium to Norway in 2015, and learned norwegian in no-time. With his friendly and calm attitude, he makes the users feel comfortable handling the CNC-mill. Siemen is a You've-got-this kind of guy.

 

When he is not here, he does freelance work spanning product design, CNC production and digital modelling. Siemen was involved in producing furniture for Biblo Tøyen, Deichmanske Bibliotek Grünlerløkka and Teknisk Museum. He is also an authorized Rhino-trainer (the program, not the animal), so if you're just getting started with 3D-modelling, you'll be in good hands.

Siemen Cuypers

Hans Christian can turn his hand to pretty much anything, but if it involves CAD, electronics or large-scale fabrication he's likely to be the most useful person you can ever meet. He joined Fellesverkstedet in 2014 and helped implement the very first incarnation of our digital production facilities. Hans Christian has worked with almost everyone, if he doesn’t know how to do something we can guarantee that he knows someone that can.

 

In recent years his skill-set has been noticed and appreciated by many of the top cultural organisations in Norway: he’s a much sort after asset to any ambitious production. At the moment he is on leave from Fellesverkstedet lending his skills to Oslo Kommune. We are looking forward to having him back and ready to help out our users again! If you want to go monumental or test the limits of the possible, Hans Christian is your man.

Hans Christian is also part of the artist-run gallery Noplace that plays an important part in the underground art scene in Oslo.

Hans Christian Skovholt

The heart and soul of the entire organisation. Fellesverkstedet started with Graham having a crazy dream, but to our benefit, Graham makes dreams come true – on a large scale! He aspires to know everything, what he doesn’t know, he learns.

He's been working tirelessly and fearlessly for more than a decade, whether it be by helping users on the workshop floor, lobbying for funding or developing our organisational model. Starting with the screen-print initiative Automaton with Erling Knudsen, then the pilot project in Grønland and now the establishment of Fellesverkstedet in Seilduksgata, our managing director inspires the staff and users to not just dream, but do so big! His contagious attitude fuels our organisation – and way beyond.

Graham is originally from Birmingham in the UK and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, and has been living in Norway since 2005. Right now he’s on paternity leave, but will be back in mid-November. Graham is also building a house with his family on Nesodden. You see: Graham rarely sits still!

Graham Hayward

2011

Year established

10000+

Volunteer hours

1200+

Projects completed

The story so far

Grass roots, non-profit, blood, sweat and tears…

a collective effort towards a dream.

How did we arrive at where we are today? It started with a group of friends.... we borrowed an empty, run down factory, we had some basic tools and a really simple concept: Wouldn't it be great if there was a place to go that had the stuff you need, where you could make almost anything. A community in the making started putting in a formidable amount of volunteer work. Then we just opened the doors to everyone and said let's go.

Over the course of the last 8 years we've reacted to what our users have asked for, we've bought equipment according to people's needs and we've been around the world looking at different concepts and learning new production techniques. We focus on giving access to quality tools, guidance and infrastructure. But we don't curate who gets to use what. If you want to make something, we want to help you make it.

Stability and reliability are a key challenge in a fast-growing city like Oslo. Like many others we've also felt the pains of eviction many times while trying to stand-up straight on our own feet. From the start in 2011 our mission has been to create a stable, long-term, production space in the city centre. Our new facility is a huge step forward and marks the start of a new chapter in the story of Fellesverkstedet.

Partners

We couldn't do what we do without the incredible support we receive from our partners and sponsors. They make the impossible possible!

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