Audrina now welcomes participants in the Solidarity FabLabs programme to the Artilect FabLab in Toulouse.
Hi Audrina. We met you a year ago, at the last FabLab Festival. At the time, you were involved in the Solidarity FabLab programme at Artilect. Can you tell us what you’ve been up to over the past year?
A lot of things have happened this year! It would take too long to go through them all, but they’ve all had a big impact on my life! And that’s partly thanks to the support of the Orange Foundation.
You are now a FabManager at the FabLab. What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
I welcome participants to the space and help them to use the different machines: 3D printers and laser cutters mainly. I am also responsible for introducing the space to various people who want to visit the FabLab.
You are currently training young people in the FabLab. A year ago, you were in their shoes. What are your impressions?
It’s great to be able to share what I learnt, and to show other people what a FabLab is myself, especially at Artilect! Showing young people that with the tools and machines available, you can develop your own projects. To show them they have potential, even if they don’t know it!
What impact did the Solidarity FabLabs programme have on your own development?
The programme introduced me to the Artilect FabLab, 3D printers, a creative space where you can develop ideas and projects... It’s interesting to be working alongside participants from very different backgrounds.
"Showing young people they have potential, even if they don’t know it!"
The FabLab received the Jury’s Choice prize for the Toulouse Clean Up project at the #Imake4mycity challenge! What was that experience like?
Toulouse Clean Up project was an adventure that taught me a lot. It reached a lot of people and I still get asked to do media interviews about it today! We put a lot of work into the project. It was both an individual and a collective challenge (learning how to work as a team).
Foundation awards ceremony was a really exciting event where we were able to meet other FabLabs! It was brilliant for meeting new people and sharing ideas! There is still a lot of work left to do. We are entering the trial phase for the prototype, but we’re completely committed to the project!