Working in 3d printing since 1996 has allowed us to create some unique pieces and work with interesting people over the years, including the pleasure of teaming up with celebrated Canadian Abenaki artist, Carmen Hathaway.
Carmen originally connected with us to share some of her visions and superb quality 3d CAD files. Now we want to share it with you!
For those who missed the well received ‘From Smoke To Cyber Signals’ 2017 fall exhibit in Montreal, you now have the opportunity to view Carmen’s work (as well as other Canadian artists) at the Glendon Gallery on the York University Campus until January 26, 2018.
When I emailed Carmen asking if we could feature her art and the exhibit in a blog post, I also mentioned how she was the only artist we’ve been able to 3d print for (to date) as her files were of a high quality and her vision was strong. In return, she complimented us by saying “I had to sort through a whole whack of OMGs before I found you. Your interviews/video spoke to me of someone who ‘gets it’ — thoroughly professional.”
Thank you Carmen, we made a great team!
The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of the
3Dprototypedesigninc, Toronto proved to be an excellent choice for producing my first 3D laser printed sculpture, in 2012, and again for several pieces for my solo exhibition, From Smoke To Cyber Signals, 2017, in Montreal, 2018, in Toronto.
Photography : Mylène Trudeau, 3d laser printing by 3D Prototype Design
The intricate mesh patterns of Abenaki weaving – utilitarian and ornamental ash tree splint basketry – inspire me to explore these designs in digital form.
Skills I’ve developed working with acrylic paint, art glass, leather, and clay, transfer seamlessly to 3D digital/new media modeling.
Abenaki Elder artists sharing experience in their process with me was the impetus to create a new body of work – virtual interpretations of weaving.
These aren't restricted to containers or vessels – the infinite range of woven structural form potential intrigues me.
I've been working with 3D digital modeling since 2010. I began experimenting with digital art in the late 90s and find I learn something new every day. Recently, my experimentation led me to realize how I can digitally replicate basket weaving.
Through investigating the artistic potential of my Abenaki heritage in virtual environments – I can share my adaptations and hybridizations of my impressions with a view to creating a basis for new traditions.
~ Carmen Hathaway