Workshops and studios

Probably no other university college of the arts in Europe has such well-equipped workshops as Konstfack. The workshops facilitate work in many different materials, where you can use experimental and sometimes high-tech techniques to stretch the boundaries of the possible. Most workshops are programme specific but we also have general workshops accesible to everyone that offers the opportunity to work in different materials.

GLASS 

Sandblasting workshop
In this workshop we work with sandblasting – a technique where corundum sand is shot at high pressure to the glass to create a matt finish. The finer the sand the smoother the final surface. The areas protected by tape, film or stencils remain shiny. The glass object is placed in sandblasting cabinet with air extractors and the blaster protects against dust by using an air mask.

Glass works
Blowing and sculpting of hot glass. You can work with glass blowing, sand casting and kiln casting. A furnace is in place with capacity for 140kg of glass blowing and sand casting, three kilns for kiln casting and a boogie-hearth furnace for larger projects.

Glass laboratory
Engraving, "lamp working" (glass bead making) and wax production.

Glass finishing
Cold finishing work of glass products.  The cold workshop is fully equipped with different grinding wheels, glass drills, diamond saws and a blasting room.

Flat glass room
Cutting of flat glass. The room is also used as a project room.

GRAPHICS 

Graphics workshop
Konstfack's high quality graphics workshop provides a place for gravure printing (intaglio, photopolymer, etching, drypoint, etc.), high pressure (woodcut, linocut, collagraphy) and lead and wood letterpress. You can also do bookbinding.

Screen printing
Konstfack's screen workshop is only intended for water-based paints. Birath's water-based paints are used for the most part. The screen frames and printing tables are mainly designed for paper printing, but other materials can also printed on, for example, Plexiglas, fabric, MDF etc.

CERAMICS 

Plaster workshop
Plaster workshop with four plaster lathes and generous work surfaces.

Ceramic glaze lab
Lab for mixing of ceramic glazes.

Glaze room
Glazing of ceramic objects - dipping, brushing, spraying.

Main ceramic workshop
In this workshop it is possible to turn and roll clay and to work with the moulding machine as well as a section for casting with different casting slips. 

Clay preparation room
Preparation of clay prior to the ceramic work.

Kiln room
Kiln room consisting of eleven electric kilns of various sizes and an electric and gas kiln.

 

LIGHT, AUDIO, VIDEO, & PHOTO 

Photo lab
Analogue photo lab consisting of a dark room with analogue copying capability from small pictures to larger formats in black and white or colour. Film processing in black and white or colour. Everything is available after you have passed our induction course that provides access. Two digital image processing stations in separate rooms with calibrated monitors and colour correct lighting and wall colour.

Photo studio
In the photo studio you can shoot with studio flash or with fixed lighting.

Recording studio
Audio recording. Students can record audio clips for different types of projects that involve sound.

Audio studio
Sound editing and listening studio with standard 5:1 Surround System. Students can prepare audio clips for installations and projects as well as listen to and work with sound. 

Perception studio
The perception studio offers courses in perception, colour, light and space at Bachelor and Master level as well as offering advice and instruction. The courses aim to increase understanding of colour and the importance of light and their spatial interactions. The Perception studio integrates environmental aspects into the development of the subject, this includes looking at how interaction of colour and lighting can create a good environment with low power consumption.

Print shop
Workshop for digital prints in sizes from sheet to roll, from A5 to 64". Three printers with rip-programmes in colour-calibrated environment with regard to screens, lights and walls. Assembly and cold lamination facilities in adjoining rooms.

Studio
A multidisciplinary workshop that houses film, light and audio. Available in both education and research.

Loans
Loan of equipment (projectors, speakers, media players) for the production and presentation of audio, still image, video and more.

Video editing
In the workshop, you can edit and post-process film, make colour corrections, edit photos, work with audio software etc. Editing Stations for editing and post-processing. Four separate rooms with separate viewing monitors.

 

METAL 

General Metal Workshop
Mechanical engineering, hot room with welding and mechanical grinding. Cutting, welding, blasting, grinding, turning and machining of metal.

Bench workshop
Everything detailed work associated with gold and silver forging, such as filing, soldering etc.

Casting and Soldering room
Casting and soldering of small objects in metal. 

Cold forging
Cold working of metal and sheet metal, such as forging, working, upsetting, bending etc.

Chemical room
Etching, electroforming, electrolytic gilding and silver-plating etc.

Machine workshop
Richly equipped workshop where, among other things, you can work with turning, milling,  pressure turning, bending, circular turning, baking, machine rolling.

Grinding and polishing room
Machine grinding and polishing of metals.

 

PAINTING 

Lacquer booth
The Lacquer booth is designed for smaller manual painting work with brush, rollers and spray can.  Personal protective equipment should always be used. Please refer to instructions in the paint booth.

Painting studio
The subject of painting techniques deals with painting methods and materials in an innovative creative process.  The intention is to develop good practice and conscious choices in education and to reduce the environmental impact and future medical work injuries.

 

PLASTIC DESIGN 

Lacquer booth
Simple spraying of works.  Only approved products (Montana) may be used.

Clay workshop
Clay models are built in a workshop equipped with hand tools and kiln.

Machine workshop
Mache processing of model foam in a complete foam workshop.  The machines include lathes, CNC milling machines, blades, drills etc.

Plastic workshop
The Plastic workshop operates in the same premises as Industrial Design's lacquer booth. The workshop is run rigorously, restrictively and has high environmental standards. Current health and safety legislation is taken into consideration. An approved medical examination and training is generally required for work with thermosets.

Sculpture studio
In the workshop you can primarily sculpt with plastic materials (clays, waxes, etc.). Here you can develop shapes with elastomers (silicon, alginates, latex, etc.). Even casting in hard and elastic materials occurs, such as Acrystal concrete and some plastics. Adjacent to the studio is a section for wax and concrete work. We also have a stone cutter with diamond blade, plastic welding for thin plastic and a Styrofoam cutter.

Foamed plastic workshop
Processing of foamed plastics by hand and machine.

Grinding workshop
Processing of foamed plastics by hand and machine. Wet and dry grinding.

Studio
In the studio you can work with the draft models using KAPA boards, needle work, photography, paper and Styrofoam work as well as different workshops.

Thermoforming
Thin thermo plastics are vacuum packed formed. The machine can work with products up to 1x1 metres.

 

TEXTILES

Dye works
In the dye works you can work with the dyeing of yarn and fabric and with reservage techniques and patterning. The various pots and machines offer a host of possibilities: three digital cooking vessels of 50 litres each, and one of 200 litres, a rectangular bath and a Podab machine for hand-dyeing and felting as well as two digital washing machines of 30 and 60 litres and a 9 litre fully automatic washing machine. The dye kitchen has a wide range of different kinds of pigments and chemicals.

Sewing room
The workshop is equipped with a cutting table, a steam iron set up, a number of sewing machines (including Over-Lock and industrial machinery) and a number of portable sewing machines that can be loaned to the textile students.

Textile printing
Konstfack's workshop for textile printing is well equipped with a dye kitchen, laundry, steam mangle, darkroom for frame inspection and original transfer. We have large printing tables where you can set for repeat on the table, which makes it easier when you print repeat patterns. Experimental work with handicraft techniques is also conducted here.

We work with pigment and reactive dye, and fixing equipment for both thermofixing and steam fixing. It is possible to print on cellulose, wool and silk. The print workshop is adjacent to the dye works, which gives rise to work that includes both dyeing and textile printing.

Weaving room
In this workshop you work with textile design, that is to say all techniques that use thread. The largest design techniques are weaving and knitting, and it is these techniques that dominate the equipment, but tools are also available for other yarn techniques. Here knowledge is conveyed about the technologies' design and the different expressions as craft as well as industrial production.

The workshop is well equipped with a class set up of Öxabäck looms and three digital Arm weaving looms and a hand jacquard loom. In the knitting section you can find 5 digital and 15 punch card machines from the brand Silver Reed.

A rich and varied collection of technique samples, cutting-edge textile materials and a sustainable and extensive collection of textile materials can be found in the room. The workshop also has a yarn store that sells threads and yarn to the students at the school.

 

WOOD 

General woodwork
In the workshop you can build on simple sketches and models, frameworks and platforms.  The equipment consists of, among other things, a crosscut saw, band saw, miller, mitre saw, smooth planing machine, pillar drill, belt buffer, disc saw, trimming saw, jig saw and various other hand machines and hand tools etc.

Carpentry workshop
The workshop is planned and designed primarily for advanced study works and prototypes of furniture design. There is also the option to work with models of rooms and buildings. The premises include sliding and band saws, jointers and planers, table press, veneer press, vacuum form table, deep hole drills, sander, dovetailing machine, wood turner, mortise drill, pillar drill and a number of hand machines and hand tools.

Spray booth
In the booth, students can coat their products with water-based varnish.

Updated: 5 November 2014
Author: Webmaster