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Vancouver Community Laboratory

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The Vancouver Community Laboratory, or CoLab for short, is a cooperative workshop in the heart of East Van on the corner of Victoria and Triumph street. Once a car repair shop, the Colab has transformed over the years from an empty warehouse into a fully equipped woodworking, metal working and textiles shop. We are artists, artisans, craftspeople, carpenters, metalworkers, hobbyists and tinkerers who enjoy creating, repairing, learning, innovating and sharing our experience and skills within our community.


Vancouver Community Laboratory

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Public Washroom


Not Wheelchair Accessible

Vancouver Community Laboratory Artists

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Filament Design

Filament is a Vancouver based design studio that offers furniture pieces by U.K. born founder, Joseph Band. Trained in Applied Arts at Plymouth College of Art, Band began his creative practices working with glass, ceramics, and metals before discovering carpentry. Filament offers a series of timeless home furnishings and bespoke services. From years of experimentation with both wood and steel, Band specializes in creating insightful objects that compliment both of these materials in their raw form. Designing pieces that are as functional as they are beautiful, Band's multi-disciplinary approach combines a wealth of material understanding and a rigorous design sensibility.

Robert Gill

Robert Gill is a woodworker and maker creating functional works with a modern aesthetic.


glasnost workshop is a unisex size inclusive waxed cotton rainwear company based in East Vancouver. the timeless minimalistic designs aim to provide transparency, equality, and most importantly function. waxed cotton is a natural and sustainable alternative for rain wear and these garments are investment pieces made to last.

Michael Lawrence

Mr Lawrence is originally a metal worker casting a medium called Tin Bismuth, this is fashioned into highly realistic herring fishing lures for salmon and other types of fish. Over  time due to the access of a variety of wood working tools and machines he has progressed into a series of wood works from unique furniture, chairs, tables and beautiful all wood jewelry boxes, borrowing several influences from Danish to Finnish with a creative twist to amalgamating old fashioned designs with a creative natural wood look. My goal is to bring the natural woods glory out into view by using other woods in tandem to enhance each other, I don't mass produce items each one has its own eccentric qualities and to achieve that end result I am constantly looking for that special piece of wood that speaks

Studio Edwin Scot

Studio Edwin Scot is the brainchild of local designer and soft goods fabricator Scot Wheeler. He has one simple motto. Sell the story, not the product. Developing his craft through the years as a woodworker, metal fabricator and textile specialist, he has been able to bring a fresh approach to his designs fusing modern materials with locally sourced recycled goods. Scot is known for creating useful and inspiring pieces that provide conversation starting points for any room or engagement.

Heather Talbot

Heather Talbot is a UK born, Canada based artist working mainly in textiles. She is deeply inspired by nature, particularly the small things we can miss as we speed through our days. She has created large bodies of work depicting bees, particularly honeybees, and now fungi. Heather graduated with a 1st Class Hons in Fine Art from Staffordshire University, UK in 2002 and has exhibited in various locations in the UK and Canada, at this time choosing mainly to show her work at the annual Eastside Culture Crawl. If you would like to see what she is currently working on, give her a follow on social media!

Roman Tarnavsky

Inspired by nature in the Pacific Northwest, clean aesthetic design, and quality construction; my pieces are intended to blend art with functionality. I never set out to become an artist. In my mid 30’s I found myself divorced and starting over. Looking for new furniture I could not find anything that was well crafted, to my tastes, and did not break the bank. I remembered back to high school shop class where I had a fair bit of success. Joining the Roundhouse community center I completed a number of courses, and although the first few projects were only meant to furnish my personal living space, I soon found a new creative outlet and hobby. The hobby became more serious when others loved my work and started asking for commissions. Today, I’m proud to work out of the Vancouver Community Laboratory in East Vancouver, where I also sit and assist as a member of the Board of Directors. My current emphasis is on clean, simple lines and a minimalist style. My goal is not to stray far from the natural beauty of the raw materials, create heirlooms that will last generations, and enjoy the design & crafting process.