Pushing The Limits and Size of Fine Art And 3D Printing

I have been a fan of Eric van Straaten’s work for a while now. I found his work by doing research for the book that I am writing titled 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft. I am thrilled that he has agreed to be one of the featured artists for the book and to share his process. As most of you know, the reason that I am writing this book is that I have been exploring and using a combination of technology and traditional art for a while now. I have reported on it in several magazines. Also, fine art and technology is what I received my degree in back in 2012.

The technology is constantly changing, and I have to spend a lot of time to keep up with it. That is why I hope that the book 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft will become a series and repeat in the future, introducing the latest in technology and new artists who are pushing the limits. Of course, that will depend on my time and the publisher allowing for future editions, but first I need to complete this one, and there is a lot of research involved.

Now on to Eric’s work.

Because I have been a fan of Eric’s work, I have signed up for Eric’s email newsletter. I love to hear what he is doing. Basically, Eric has been creating fine art pieces through 3D printing. What intrigues me about Eric’s work is that the is not just 3D printed artwork in plastic, but instead the pieces are 3dD printed in color He is just not “manufacturing” work, but selling them as fine art. I have often stated that the themes of Eric’s work are a little risque, but in a way they are charming and the soft almost sugary look that printing in color on the ZCorp 650 gives a sweetness and innocence to the piece that I don’t think would be there in another medium.

Again Eric pushes the limits, this time with size. You see the ZCorp 650 can only print 37 x 25 x 20 cm , which is approximately 14.5“ x 10 x 8 inches. So Eric created 10 different interconnecting parts that are glues together. Also, the ZCorp 3D printed parts are not the strongest pieces to work with, that is why they are strengthened. Eric says “they are probably stronger than you think, comparable to ceramics.” But still, he is nervous about transporting them.

I can’t wait to interview all of these creative and wonderful artists for the book, and I’m so thankful they are going to share their process, vendors and materials with us through 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft. Apparently I’m not the only one who is into inspiring and encouraging the marriage of fine art and technology.

Eric’s work will be exhibited at the art fair REALISME in the Passenger Terminal in Amsterdam.


Bridgette Mongeon is a sculptor, writer, illustrator and educator as well as a public speaker.

Her blog can be found at https://creativesculpture.com.

She is the vice chair of the planning committee for 3DCAMP Houston 2012 and 2013 http://www.3dcamphouston.com

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