Shared fabrication tools and equipment in electronics, robotics, woodworking, jewelry and metalsmithing, welding, precision machining, rapid prototyping, digital fabrication, fiber arts, screen printing and more. A large range of affordable, publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans, focusing on either creating a final product the student can take home after the class or general training for specific tools. Affordable monthly memberships that include access to our facility on weekends and after typical working hours. Space and equipment rentals to monthly members interested in having access to design and fabrication equipment without having to invest in capital equipment and long-term space leases. On-site material and project storage allowing members to create and store projects without the hassle of handling material and storage logistics. Host and promote related events with the goal of encouraging fabrication communities, shares spaces & culture.
Ian Johnston is an artist based in Nelson, BC. Born in Moose Factory Ontario and raised in Ottawa, Johnston studied architecture at Algonquin College, and Carleton University in Ottawa and with the University of Toronto at Paris, France. Prior to opening his Nelson studio in 1996 he spent five years working at the Bauhaus Academy in post Berlin Wall East Germany. At the Bauhaus, together with two architects, he developed and facilitated a series of workshops around themes of urban renewal and public intervention in a tumultuous time of cultural transformation. His recent body of work, Reinventing Consumption, is comprised of three large-scale installations that explore our relationship to material culture. Johnston’s has participated in residencies and shown his work in galleries in Canada, Asia, Europe and the United States.