Meet Jean-Luc, Senior Workshop Technician at Makerversity
So Jean-Luc, What do you do at Makerversity?
I am the Senior Workshop Technician, so I mainly focus on maintaining and improving the workshops, fixing machines, helping members with their work, teaching people about the machines and processes and working with young people on our learning programmes. My job is nicely interdisciplinary and although I do a little bit of everything to do with making and the workshops I also specialise in woodworking, CNC, design and concept development, graphic design and brand identity.
I’m also learning loads. To be honest, I think I’ve learnt far more about tools, machines and materials here in the past year than I did through my 3 years of studying design.
What drives you in your work?
Recently it’s been about taking ownership of the workshops. Adam, the Workshop Manager, has reinforced that this is my space to own and take control of. Makerversity is an amazing place to work and the workshops are one of the key things that separates us from other co-working spaces. So it feels really good to be in-charge of such an influential aspect of the space.
There is always room for improvement but it’s so nice to see people walk in to Makerversity and be able to make Incredible things.
What are you most excited for in 2019?
There is a lot to be excited about in 2019, I feel as though Makerversity is taking some big steps forward and it’s great to be a part of this. Personally I’m taking up an introduction to professional sewing course which I feel will benefit myself and the workshops a great deal. Our textiles workshop has improved massively over the past year and i’m excited to start producing my own work.
What do you do outside of work?
I have a bunch of projects that I’m working on at the moment. They’re quite speculative looking at socio-political and sustainability issues. However I seem to be constantly jumping from project to project so finishing them is proving difficult. I’ve also been making a few pieces of homeware to hone my making skills which has been really fun, I’m hoping to do some batch runs and get them into the Somerset House shop.
I’m generally quite an active person, I also spend a lot of time riding my bike, skateboarding and i’ve recently got into climbing and calisthenics.
Tell us about a member project that particularly excites you.
I’m excited about Fuzl. I’ve been speaking to Oliver loads. He was one of the first people I spoke to when I started and it’s so exciting to see him take his concept and turning it into an existing business.
What excites you about Makerversity?
The community and the people. Makerversity was such a great place for me to shift from uni. Doesn’t really feel like i’ve left uni but have just gone to a new one. Amazing people.
The people are amazing and the workshops are amazing. I am so excited about the potential of Makerversity and where it could go. I’ve been here for a year and can really see how young it still is. I’m so excited to be part of its growth.
Last year I designed the Makerversity print timeline for our 5th Birthday which is definitely one of my proudest achievements.
What’s your favourite material at the moment?
That’s a difficult question to answer because I have a favourite material for each project I’m working on. At the moment i’ve been working a lot with Oak and Mahogany for some objects. However i’ve been experimenting with casting concrete, I really like brutalism and i’d like to make some concrete furniture for my house over the next few months.
What’s your favourite machine at the moment?
My favourite machine at the moment is probably the full bed CNC. After working with it for so long I am able to produce a wide array of objects out of wood, plastics and various other machinable materials. It’s also such a rare machine to have readily accessible in central London.
What would you one piece of advice for a young person who doesn’t have a clear direction be?
Just speak to as many people as you can and try everything you think you might be interested in. Learning a new skill will always be beneficial and whilst you’re young and have the spare time its so important to utilise it.