About us

Fabricate Studio was conceived and developed by Antonino Nielfi and Angelina Russo in response to the gap they saw in the development of digital fabrication facilities for educational and cultural purposes.

Fabricate Studio specialises in designing and installing desktop digital fabrication facilities. We help people become familiar with 3D printing, laser cutting, 3D scanning and Interactive technologies (VR), to discover how they can use these technologies in their everyday activities, as well as to experience how digital fabrication can enrich their education and and empower them in their professional and social life. In 2017, Fabricate has partnered with: Frankston Foundry to deliver the first of their digital fabrication workshops to high school students; Newcastle City Council to deliver the first digital fabrication Hub in conjunction with the Library; New Futures Creative Textile Enterprise to develop digital fabrication training for migrant and newly arrived refugee women.

Antonino Nielfi, PhD

Dr Antonino Nielfi is an Art and Design historian and curator, and an entrepreneur in Digital Fabrication and Design.

Antonino completed his PhD in Art History at the University of Melbourne in August 2016, with a dissertation on social engagement of artistic creativity in early Italian Futurism. His work is currently shortlisted for the Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence for 2017.

In 2013 and 2014 Antonino worked as an independent Art and Design curator for the Italian Embassy in Canberra and designed “SPEED”, an international exhibition of Italian Futurist Art. In 2015 and 2016 was Chief curator, Research assistant and Partnership Manager for University-backed startup Mobile Makers, and curated the exhibition FORUM ONE for the University of Canberra. In 2016 Antonino worked as a Resident Curator and Exhibition Manager at ANVIL Studio, a contemporary design studio and gallery based in Canberra.

In 2016 Antonino founded Fabricate Studio, to assist educational and research institutions in the public and private sectors with the establishment of tailored digital fabrication laboratories, workshops and professional training.

His professional and academic research has focused for more than 5 years on the relationship between art and design, the public engagement of creative groups and the role of crowds in art practices. He has presented the outcomes of my research at local and international conferences, in Australia and England. His professional interests focus on the engagement of the broader public in design, industrial and fine arts, ranging from late modern production (1900 onwards) and contemporary fine, street and industrial art, mediated by additive manufacturing technologies.

Angelina Russo, PhD

Professor Angelina Russo,PhD is a graduate of MBA in Higher Education Management form University College London (2014). She is an invited Associate Scholar in the Centre for Research in Digital Education, Moray House, University of Edinburgh and a former board member of CraftACT. Angelina is a Co-Director of the Digital Fabrication start up FABRICATE STUDIO.

She is on sabbatical from higher education having completed a leadership role as Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra(2012‐15). Prior to this she was Director of Higher Degrees Research in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University (2010‐2012) and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation(2005‐2011).

Angelina is a co‐founder of the 4000 member social network, Museum3, which ran from 2008 – 2015. Museum3 provided indepth analysis and professional development opportunities to discuss and discover ways of using social media and multiplatform publishing in the cultural sector.

Angelina is a former member of the Fulbright Scholarship Committee, an ARC assessor and a current member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Since 2011 she has run a microenterprise in merino cyclewear and in 2016 won first prize in Knitwear at the Australian Wool Fashion Awards.