From Elementa: “Jens Dyvik is a dedicated designer and an advocate for communal workshops. For two years Jens has been visiting, and working, in more than 30 different Fab labs, makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world, while making the documentary “Making Living Sharing”. Now Jens is one of the forces behind Fellesverkstedet in Oslo, and an expert in digital fabrication, so we went to fellesverkstedet to talk with Jens about the maker movement, and the importance of sharing your ideas and designs.
# What is your background, and how did it come about that you decided to develop a makerspace.
I studied at Design Academy Eindhoven, a highly conceptual design school in the Netherlands. I established my own freelance design practice immediately after graduating in 2009. Through my design company I started to research and experiment with new business models for creativity and knowledge sharing. This lead me start a two year independent research project, where I continuously traveled as a nomad to different fab labs and makerspaces around the world. It was during these two years as a knowledge sharing nomad that I fell in love with communal workshops, realizing that I wanted to give something more to my city than just running a good design company. Luckily I learnt from my travels that you should never build a social space on your own, and I have been lucky to team up with absolutely amazing hardcores here in Oslo.”
And from DyvikDesign: “This is the story of a quest for answers to how a designer can help people create their own products. How we can collaborate globally and produce locally, and how we can make a living while sharing knowledge and designs?
For two years Jens Dyvik has been visiting and working at more than 30 different FabLabs, Makerspaces and Hackerspaces on all corners of the world. The story of these experiences and adventures is told through footage, interviews and animations from all these fantastic laboratories of fabrication.
The research project has resulted in this documentary and several open source designs which can be downloaded here.”