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Tentoonstelling Ruimte: afgelopen

De tentoonstelling Ruim•te (de, v) is na bijna 2 maanden dan toch echt afgelopen! Er zijn uiteindelijk 5 uitwerkbare ideeën ingezonden. Iets minder inzendingen dan waar ik op had gehoopt, maar wel hele leuke inzendingen die ik met plezier (en soms met wat moeite en gepriegel) heb uitgewerkt, geprint (en vaak ook gelijmd). Heel veel dank aan Rob, Elko, Bianca, Kor en Janleo. (..)

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Ideeënruimte/ publieksruimte update

Het is even geleden dat ik een update schreef- het is een erg drukke zomer en ik kwam er niet aan toe. Bij deze dan eindelijk; de publieksruimte heeft inmiddels 2 toevoegingen, ideeën ingezonden door Bianca en Elko (bedankt!)

Er zijn (..)

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tentoonstelling Ruim•te (de, v) - 1e ingezonden idee in 3D print

In het weekend van Deventer op Stelten zijn de open- en zelfs gesloten- dagen druk bezocht. 80 bezoekers (of meer) kwamen kijken naar de aanwezige 3D printer(s) en hoe het maken van de figuurtjes en andere 3D modellen nu eigenlijk in zijn werk ging.
Vandaag was het Rondeel ook geopend, maar de meeste mensen kozen eieren voor hun geld en lagen- vermoed ik- af te koelen in het water; we telden 21 bezoekers. Het was buitengewoon rustig op straat.. (..)

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Tentoonstelling 'Ruim•te (de, v)' & 3DEE

Architectuurcentrum Rondeel stelt iedere zomer de etalage ter beschikking aan een kunstproject, gerelateerd aan architectuur. Dit jaar aan mij de eer.

Eigenlijk was ik allang bezig met een fotoproject, in en over de schilwijken van Deventer, tot ik 4 weken geleden voor het eerst met een 3D printer aan de slag ging en daar zo enthousiast van werd dat ik besloot het roer volledig om te gooien en er zelf eentje te kopen. Ditmaal dan ook een expositie van mijn hand zonder fotografie of videokunst: (..)

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bookstore girl

Update: I actually won this contest! Thanks, Thre3d!

When I read about the RepYourCity3D contest, I had to make something. Not because I wanted to win the contest- I don't think I ever even entered a creative one before (mostly because nowadays photography contests usually are just another way for businesses to get free pictures.. and they usually aren't challenging in any way)- but because it was just the perfect opportunity to make something really fun that I had in mind and that would fit the contest so well.
So I took a bit of time out of my hectic pre-almost-there-exhibition schedule and made this, kind of last-minute. Sometimes these challenges really are worth your time. I don't think I would have made it if it wasn't for that contest.
My entry on thre3d.com

Click on the image to enlarge- if you look closely you can see the girl sitting on the black metal frame in front of the left window, a bit to the right from the middle of the frame.

I decided to use this 3D print in my exhibition because it actually fits one of the spaces much better than the print I had planned for it at first, so you can see it at Architectuurcentrum Rondeel at the moment. She might travel for a bit after that or find herself a more permanent spot somewhere, who knows..

I'll post more info about the exhibition really soon, I'm still working non-stop to get everything done. In the meantime, if you can read Dutch, check out the 3DEE page and send in your ideas for one of the spaces in my exhibition. If it's a good one, I might just print it- and then you can have it after the exhibition wraps up. If you can't read Dutch but would like to know more, let me know; in that case, I might translate the page when I get the chance.

Antiquarian bookstore in Deventer with the bookstore girl

Bookstore girl 3D print

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Bookstore girl, quick iPhone snapshot, before I took her on her city trip

work- in progress

I am working on my upcoming exhibition and if you've seen my latest blogs and tweets, you might have guessed it; I won't be showing photos this time. The initial plan for this exhibition was a photography project, but about two weeks ago I put all the work I had already done aside and decided to go for something entirely different. So, as usual right before any exhibition, I'm working day and night to get everything done.

 

The exhibition will focus on how we experience buildings, spaces; these are a few parts I'll be using

When I discovered the potential of using a 3D printer for my art work I was hooked and when I decided to do an entirely different project using 3D prints I immediately bought an Ultimaker Original. About two weeks before my deadline- a little crazy, I admit, but a challenge is what makes life and work exciting and if I like doing something I don't mind spending day and night on it.

You can buy this 3D printer assembled, or as a kit. I went for the kit and built the printer myself (Elko helped of course). If you're patient and good at building and tinkering, I highly recommend it, because you will know the printer and it's parts inside out, which helps you in understanding how it all works exactly and how to replace or fix something if need be.
I really wouldn't go for it if you won't like working on this machine for hours and hours though. We spent roughly 14 hours on it (we made a timelapse of the process, but I haven't gotten around to editing it into a nice little video I can upload- when or if I do, I'll post the link here) so it's not like assembling something from ikea.

So far my results with the Ultimaker original have been very satisfying- the occasional hiccup aside. I wrote a bit about the difficulties of 3D printing in my previous blog and I might write a few more blogs that will focus on the technical aspects, but for now I'll stick to showing you a sneak preview of parts of the exhibition.

The standing doll is 9 cm high so these parts are very small. The drawings of the dolls were made in 123dcreature on the iPad, then prepared for printing using programs like meshlabtinkercad and cura. I made the drawings of the objects in tinkercad.

If you're in or near Deventer in the coming weeks, be sure to check back for more details on the exhibition. More info coming soon!

 

3D printing: difficulties

I don't know about you, but I keep reading over and over again how 3D printing will be a common thing before we know it- everyone will have one and print out their own tools and replacement parts for things they use in everyday life. I can't really imagine it being that easy and accessible for everyone just yet though. People who work with this kind of stuff tend to forget how easy all these things are to us, well, geeks, for lack of a better word. (..)

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3D prints

This weekend I had access to a 3D printer. Up until now, I didn't really have a clue what I would be doing with a 3D printer if I had one (or easy access to one) myself. Sure, you can print some cute or handy things other people made, but that's not a good enough reason for me to spend so much money on it. I admit I really love the 3D printed Dalek my husband brought back home one day (by request) (to my Dutch readers: this is a British thing- seriously people, just start watching Dr Who already!) but it's just a toy and how many of those plastic little toys do you want around the house anyway? I also love the little vase we printed (and pretty much the rest of the 3D printing world, I imagine), it's so pretty I wish I had designed it myself, but I wouldn't want an endless supply of vases.

I like creating things, not copying them. However, I'm usually a very 2D minded person when it comes to the medium I use. I take photos, I make drawings. On occasion I feel bold and I try to use clay but I usually end up making penguins then, and not much else. My brain always thinks 'penguin' when I think of creating something in 3D. Or furniture, but I wouldn't want that in clay or in small PLA printed parts.
True, my photography work focusses on 3D- spaces, the environment- but still, my medium is a two-dimensional one. And yes, I like it that way. No 3D photographs for me.

Furthermore, I hate 3D movies (the movie decides for you where you should be focussing which makes focussing on the background very hard, I don't think it adds anything to the story in any way and I am not fond of wearing the glasses either) and the 3D option on my Nintendo 3DS (gives me a headache even though some games look really cool in 3D, so I always turn it off).
I prefer architectural drawings, sketches or actual photographs above the renderings you see everywhere nowadays. Call me old-fashioned- in some ways, I really am- but the whole '3D craze' is beyond me.

As you can imagine, I wasn't too fond of the idea I'd have to use 3D drawing software. I just wasn't used to thinking like that. When I draw, I draw in lines. But I decided I wanted to make and print some things now that I had such easy acces, so I used tinkercad for the first time in my life.

My first self-made 3D print: a little box (click to enlarge)

I started simple. Well, sort of. Not a penguin- actually, now that I think of it, the thought of making a penguin hadn't even crossed my mind yet, how odd.
A box is an easy shape and I always have stuff that needs a box. I wanted it to have a pattern though, otherwise it would be too boring. Creating this pattern (which had to be perfectly symmetrical) in tinkercad took me a while (understatement; it took me ages) but I'm pleased with the result. I discovered it's not easy coming up with a nice repetitive pattern actually. It had to printable too, of course.

All the sides have the same pattern so you can see through the entire box.
I printed all the sides and then glued them together (I made cutouts on all the sides so they would fit nicely). I wanted the lid to have hinges but I went for an easier solution for now. At some point I'll work on a better lid for a box.
Part of my logo, the [•] part, is printed- or actually, left out- on the bottom of the box. I couldn't resist.

It's a small box, credit card sized. It still took the printer we used many hours to print all those sides with all those patterns.

My second self-made 3D print: a robot, inspired by a drawing I made a while back (click to enlarge)

Next, I decided to try and redraw one of my drawings in tinkercad; a drawing of a robot I made in Paper about a year ago. I changed a few things but overall it's pretty much the bot-bot as it was in 2D. I painted a few parts (by hand) to give it a bit more expression.

Bot-bot is 6,5 cm tall (the printer was working on this one for about 100-120 minutes). I have to say, I kind of love him and it was nice working on something as fun as this.
I'll be trying some other old drawings too. I've already started working on one, but it's a very difficult thing to print.

The original 'bot-bot' drawing

The original 'bot-bot' drawing

So, now I'm hooked. Seriously hooked. I really want to try some woodfill filament at some point (a mixture of wood fibres and PLA which gives the print a real nice wooden look).
I'm hoping I'll have some time to experiment some more soon. If so, I'll post the results here.

over there

I visited a friend in The Hague and decided I'd take the 14mm (21mm at 35mm or 'full frame') out for a street photography test drive. It's pretty wide and because of my usual architectural work I can't stomach the look of 'keystoned buildings', so I thought it was going to be a bit of a challenge for me, trying to keep both the actual street scene and the background in balance in my shots. It worked out well though. The building in the first shot isn't perfectly straight, but it's not making me seasick either- and of course, it's not the subject of the photo.

If I had shot the second one with a standard lens like a 50mm, I wouldn't have been able to show so much of the man's environment, which was what draw me in in the first place.

So for now I have to conclude, I actually like this 14mm for street shots.  Who would have thought?

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X-E1 + 14mm

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When I bought the Fuji X100, I had finally found my all-round camera- a camera with 'analog' controls, beautiful output and not too much nonsense. The only downside-for me- was the fixed lens. Don't get me wrong, I love primes, and a 35mm lens is great. I'd rather go out and about with just one prime than with multiple primes (or a zoom lens). Keeps things simple. Still, I love a bit of wide-angle.

So, in comes the X-E1. Basically an X100 with the option to switch lenses. (if you're into the geek stuff you probably already know the other differences and what the X-Pro is etc. and if not you can always look it up, but I won't bore you with the exact details- I think this is one of those cameras too many people have written about already anyway, so I'll keep it simple and personal) 

I decided to wait a little- it's not like I don't have enough cameras to work with- so I could think it through and be sure this was what I 'needed'. Yes, those quote marks.. I mean, seriously, how much do I need another camera? Will it add anything? Will it help me, or will it just be another choice whenever I go out or when I start working on a project? Is it something I think I need just because it's such an amazing little gadget?

I decided I did 'need' this camera after all, because it would give me something I didn't have- but really wanted; a very nice wide angle prime lens (21mm) on a very good little camera; a camera I wouldn't mind lugging around all the time. Which, unfortunately, I can't say about my dslr. I never take it with me anymore. It's too heavy, it attracts too much (and the wrong kind of) attention and I don't love that dslr, I never really did. It's a tool, and whenever I have architecture/ interior jobs it's the right tool. For everything else it really doesn't suit me.

So I sold my 16-35mm, a lens I hardly ever used and kept around 'as a backup, just in case'. It turns out, when I had to bring in my shift lens for repairs I considered renting that same shift lens for a job I had, but I NEVER considered using the 16-35 for it. Then I bought the 14mm (=21mm) lens with the X-E1, and did a quick interior shot to see how well it really performed. I mean, you can read every review out there and conclude it has hardly any distortion and should be almost perfect, but seeing it for yourself is kind of a different thing. Besides, I'm a bit picky.

I cropped a tiny bit off the interior shot (up, left), but didn't do any perspective adjustments or straightening. Same goes for the second shot- I was trying to get a nice shot of the pump when my cat decided she had to see what was going on, so excuse the cat. Cropped off the top there.

I'm rather happy to be honest. It won't- ever- replace my shift lens, but the quality is amazing. I'm looking forward to using that 14mm a lot, everywhere- unlike the 16-35.

(The photos in the two previous blogs were both shot with the 14mm as well)