Thank you to Archway Gallery
and the ladies of 3-D Houston

Thank you to Archway Gallery and the ladies of 3-D Arts Houston for asking me to present Bridging the Gap Between Digital and Traditional Sculpture – Fabric to Frankenstein.

For those of you not familiar -this topic discusses how artists are using digital technology in their traditional art processes. I talk about how I use it in my sculpting studio and how other artists around the world are using the technology. There is a lot of basics, but also a lot of information in this lecture.  We end the lecture talking a little bit about the ethics of 3D technology especially as it pertains to regenerative medicine and how one artist has brought this to other people’s attention through what I refer to as Frankenstenien art.   The lecture also focuses on more than technology and art, but also on the psychology behind how a traditional artist embraces the new technology, ownership and other points of interest. I especially like having so many different artist featured in the lecture. I’m always looking for new artwork from artists using the technology.  So even though I will repeat this lecture elsewhere, don’t be surprised if you find it contains more artwork from more artists.

The presentation at Archway  was a small group, and a bit different from presenting that same lecture at 3DCAMP Houston while also acting as Vice Chairwoman of the event.  Needless to say, I was very relaxed and loved presenting in an atmosphere of art and with such an intimate group of creative people. Our group and space at Archway allowed us the opportunity to have an informal discussion on some of the topics. I was glad that the group left with their brains spinning and a bit dazed at the amount and type information presented. I did my job.  I was also excited to be able to hint at another topic that I have spoken on before about the sculpting of the deceased and the undergraduate research that I did that explained the science behind what some refer to as psychic. How do we have an emotional reaction to a piece of art?  That is what that topic explains. It also talks about  the unusual things that transpire around such commissions. I guess between  the two topics it was very appropriate for the month of October. Maybe they will ask me back to talk about that topic.

This morning I received a notice from one of the the members of   3-D Artists Houston group.

Hi Bridgette,

Thank you so much for coming to speak to our 3-D Arts Houston group at Archway last night. We were a smallish but very interested group. I think you opened many eyes and minds to new, fantastic and wonderous things. If they are like me these new ideas incorporating  technological tools will be rushing around in their brains for weeks. This happened to me after your first talk years ago at Lone Star Art Guild and again after 3-D camp and my visit to TxRx labs.The new fabrication processes you explained are like a whole new toolbox for creating. I have to learn to use the 3-d modelling tools! We appreciate that you took time out of a super busy week to make your presentation to us. It was a great success with our members. Thank you for sharing your artwork and very bright intellect with us.

Cheers,

Artist Cindy Rasche

For those of you who did attend the lecture I have added my notes in another blog post.

This lecture is great for many different groups, artists, sculptor, those working in 3D or those wanting to learn more about technology.  If you are interested in having me present at your group on this topic of any of the other topics I speak on, please feel free to contact me.

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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 http://www.3dcamphouston.com

She is also the owner and creator of the God’s Word Collectible Sculpture series http://www.godsword.net

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When learning 3D I have had to tolerate a lot of creatures, aliens, and big breasted women

Thanks to everyone who attended my lecture at 3DCAMP- Bridging the Gap Between the Digital and Traditional Studio and Fabric to Frankenstein.
I really enjoyed presenting and interacting with all of the attendees.

In my lecture I spoke about a few different things. I thought I would list them with links in case anyone wanted to have further information.

  • I spoke a bit about my process of using 3D and how I got involved. I covered my use of Poser, Daz , Mudbox and ZBrush in my presentations and then in obtaining enlargements that were milled with a CNC machine in foam.  I have a YouTube video on this, should anyone be interested. It is on my YouTube channel and called Digital Art For the Traditional Sculpture Studio
  • I also showed another video in the lecture that demonstrated quick sketches in Mudbox.
  • If anyone is interested in some of those processes I have several special project blogs where I document my work. For example:

Project Blog-Evelyn Rubenstein
Project Blog- Prairie View Panther
Project Blog-Grambling State Tiger

The American will be cast using data direct to mold.
Hauer
  • The Mudbox book that I wrote with Mike de la Flor is called Digital Sculpting in Mudbox: Essential Tools and Techniques for Artists.
  • I also mentioned about ethics and digital process and spoke about the Frankenstenian art.  I have several posts about that, but I would suggest you listen to the podcast that I did with Oron Catts.  You can find the link to the podcast in this blog post titled A discussion on living art with sculptor Oron Catts. You will find a link to the podcast that I recorded with him in this blog post.  It is fascinating.  Here is another article I wrote titled Frankensteinian Art.
  • The video that was playing in the conference room that also impressed me on regenerative medicine is with Gabor Forgacs. It can be found on You Tube. It is what I found a few years back when I asked myself the question, ” if you can shove anything through a 3d printer…?”
  • The book I referred to in the lecture is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  The authors website has a lot of information about ethics as it pertains to human subjects.
Victimless Leather by the Tissue Culture and Art Project
  • The school that I am so impressed with that does 3d printing in ceramics is Solheim Laboratories. There was an article about them in the Ceramic Arts Daily. I forgot to mention that several hackers are working on extruders that can be added to the home made printer the the rep rap machine.
  • I also spoke about ownership. I should probably write an article about ownership as it pertains to the psychological process of transferring from traditional sculpting to digital. I don’t have one yet. I do, however, have some works on the copyright issues.  Antiquities, Masterpieces, Rights of Ownership and 3D Scanning is an article I wrote, but I did not get to talk about this in the lecture. I’m including it here because it intrigues me.
  • I also mentioned about 3D and copyrights. I did podcast about that with Kevin Gillespie and that can be found in this blog post. All of the Art and Technology podcasts can be found at DigitalSculpting.net.
  • There are several companies that can “Get your work out of the computer.”  The company that does my CNC milling is Synappsys Digital Services. They are in Oklahoma. I will however be pricing my work out with Steve at Smash Designs because he is local and I just discovered he offers these services
  • There are several companies that create work from the computer.  I mentioned my favorite was imaterialize. I think because I podcasted with Joris Debois and because they come from .mgx which does such quality work.  FYI I think that .mgx is working in the largest build envelope (size) of rapid prototyping.  They are also working with foundries in American to create a new sort of process.  You all saw Kraftwurx at the conference and there is Shapeways as well.
  • For information on stone CNC milling check out the Digital Stone Project. There is also a service bureau that stemmed from the Digital Stone Project. I’ll include it once they contact me.  While I was e-mailing them I asked them for a podcast interview- stay tuned.
  • Some of the artists I talked about were Robert Lazarini- skull and phone booth – optical illusion, Nathalie Miebach- weaving data, David Beck- gps of friends, David VanNess- 3dprinting multiple pieces, Caleb Weintraub- cnc milling of large figures and adding stuff to it. Eric Van Straaten 3d printed fine art a bit risque, Stelarc- freaky guy with ear on his arm, Orron Catts – coat of skin- see interview and above.
  • If I think of any more I’ll let you know.

Thanks once again for coming to my lecture and also for supporting 3DCAMP Houston 2012. If you know of anyone who would like me to speak on these topics or others please feel free to contact me.

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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 http://www.3dcamphouston.com

She is also the owner and creator of the God’s Word Collectible Sculpture series http://www.godsword.net

Follow the artists on twitter twitter.com/Sculptorwriter and twitter.com/creategodsword

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I thought I would share the unexpected coverage that 3DCAMP Houston 2012 received this year. Here is the FOX Houston news coverage. More posts on the incredible things that happened at 3DCAMP Houston, 2012 to come.

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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 http://www.3dcamphouston.com

She is also the owner and creator of the God’s Word Collectible Sculpture series http://www.godsword.net

Follow the artists on twitter twitter.com/Sculptorwriter and twitter.com/creategodsword

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Bridgette Mongeon lectures on digital 3D
processes and the traditional sculpture studio.

I have worked hard over the last few years exploring the digital technology and trying to bridge the gap between digital sculpture and traditional sculpture. I have explored the process in my book Digital Sculpting inMudbox Essential Tools and Techniques for artists, with the Art and Technology podcasts, and in lectures that I have presented to organizations and institutions. Should your institution want me to come and talk about these topics, please feel free to contact me with the details.

My graduate studies and the writing of my first novel distracted me for the past year, but I’m looking forward to getting back to the topics surrounding digital technology. The technology continues to change. I really want to write a book about the technology and the processes. It would be wonderful to focus on the incredbiel artwork stemming from the use of this technology. I see it as a guidebook of resources, as well. There are also many new issues surrounding the use of digital technology that need to be addressed.  I’m still looking for a publisher that will get behind the need for this information.

Today, I woke and found an e-mail in my in box from a student from FH Vorarlberg University in Austria. Mathias has the same desire and direction and focus that I have with sculpting/digitally and traditionally and wants to interview me. I’m flattered, but more than that I feel comforted. In my life, it is extremely important to pass on information and help others. I find it in all aspects of my life— a driving force. To see that my podcasts, articles, books and desire have reached half way around the world to someone else with the same passion and direction, is inspiring. I thought it would be interesting to answer these questions publicly on my forum.

 
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Bridgette Mongeon
Sculptor, Writer and Speaker

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 also the owner and creator of the God’s Word Collectible Sculpture series

Follow the artists on twitter twitter.com/Sculptorwriter twitter.com/creategodsword

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bridgette.mongeon

Listen to The Creative Christian Podcast or the Inspiration/Generation Podcast Click on Podcast Host Bios for a list of all podcasts.

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Keeping a blog lets me document my process of sculpting. Here is one of those sculptures— Jenna, 3d model, to clay and then live-size-bronze memorial.

A fellow graduate classmate posted that “browsing the archives” of a blog is like “walking down memory lane”, she wondered if that would become a new saying. As I “brows the archives” of my life, I realize I don’t write just because I love to write, I write because I have a terrible memory. Documenting helps me to recall. In light of that, here are some of my blogs and recollections.

Creative Endeavors BlogBegan posting May 2005— 6 years of blogging

This blog documents my creative process in many different areas—sculpting, 3D, writing, teaching and marketing in the arts.

I love reading about all of my projects, and I especially love that this blog documents our creation of the new studio space. A hug change from my old place

Perpetual Learner blog documents
going back to school – finishing my
undergraduate at Vermont College and my
terminal degree at Goddard.

Perpetual Learner Blog Began posting in March 2005-6 years of blogging

I began this blog when I decided to go back to undergraduate school as a nontraditional student. Nontraditional basically means—your old. The blog started in March of 2005 and documents the entire process of undergraduate school at Vermont College, and then graduate school at Goddard. I will finish graduate school in January of 2012. I have no idea where this blog will go from there. I am, however, a perpetual learner, so I doubt it will stop.

Bronze sculpture and Bridgette in Vermont.
Siting with professor Richard Hathaway outside of the TW Wood Gallery

Richard Hathaway BlogBegan in March of 2006
This blog documents the sculptural process of creating a life-size bronze of Professor Richard Hathaway for the T.W. Wood Gallery in Vermont . The sculpture was installed in Vermont a few years back.  I visit the bronze often and people send pictures and memories, which I continue to post.

The Newsboy PRE BLOG- If only I had known about blogs then, started 2004- 8 months. In 2020 these html blog pages where merged into this blog. Just follow the category Newsboy.

This is a documentation of the creating of a life-size newsboy sculpture for the Texas Press Association. The edition is an edition of 10, so when one is sold I document where the additional pieces in the sculpture has gone. If only there were blogs back then or I would have known about them.  It was murder trying to create html pages for each of these posts, with links that worked to the next post.

The 8 month creation of the
newsboy sculpture was
documented on my website
prior to blogging. I love
the educational element that
I added. Materials for teachers
and students to use. I would
love to do more blogging
that can be used in education
either with art or travel.

What is next?
Blogging gives me the opportunity to invite individuals from all over the world to view my work in my studio. When a project comes up, I’m always thinking about blogging.  Perhaps it is a personal commissions and the family  that is around the world can watch it being created.  I’d love to do something for a school or program that would incorporate my blogging and sculpting as an education for young people, especially if I could have the interaction of the students.  Now that would be the icing on the cake. If you have a project and want to get lots of people involved in the creating of it, give me a call, we can create a blog especially for your project documenting the entire thing.

I’m not sure who reads the blogs. I try to have helpful information in them.  Will there be more blogs?  Yes, actually I just purchased another domain.  I’m going to start a blog for just my writing projects.  Thanks for sharing in my own walk in life. It is my goal to help and encourage as many people as I can along the way.

The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought,
this in turn makes us think more deeply about life,
which helps us regain our equilibrium.  ~Norbet Platt

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Bridgette Mongeon
Sculptor, Writer and Speaker

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 also the owner and creator of the God’s Word Collectible Sculpture series

Follow the artists on twitter twitter.com/Sculptorwriter twitter.com/creategodsword

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bridgette.mongeon

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As I stated in my last post. I am trying to do a presentation for a client. We are working on the design for a small bronze sculpture. I wondered what would happen if I brought my daz model into zbrush. The most I could hope for is that it would take it out of the color version of Poser and perhaps I could display it in clay, add a base and some other elements. To my surprise it came in quite nicely. The process was simple I made the Poser file as an obj. and imported into zbrush as a subtool. And for a greater excitement I found the mesh was not that bad. FYI a good mesh for sculpting is made up of quads without triangles. This mesh is not that bad and I might even be able to sculpt on it to give it more movement for the presentation. Of course once this is done I have to go downstairs and work in the real clay, but for now this really helps the client and I to be on the same page. Now, back to the drawing board as I really want to sculpt on this and perhaps even do one or two other designs for the client to see.

Bringing the Daz models, posed in Poser into zbrush was a delight!
Hey, this mesh isn’t that bad, of course I have not tried to sculpt on it yet.

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 also the owner and creator of the God’s Word Collectible Sculpture series

Follow the artists on twitter twitter.com/Sculptorwriter twitter.com/creategodsword

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bridgette.mongeon

Listen to The Creative Christian Podcast or the Inspiration/Generation Podcast Click on Podcast Host Bios for a list of all podcasts.

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I have been spending some time looking at historical artifacts and the copyright and ownership issues surrounding them.  The reason why this topic has created some interest to me is that I’m curious about the advancement and tremendous increase in 3D scanning of artifacts.

It seems there are benefits in the 3d scanning of these precious items.  There may be information captured by the scanner that will help scientist know more about the item.  It offers an opportunity to document and make accessible the information.  For example, the tomb of Tutankhamun is being scanned in hopes of preserving it so that the experience and information can be made available to those interested  without actually having to make it accessible for individuals to experience it.  This is important because the experiencing of some artifacts causes more damage to them. And it can be an asset in the restoration of an artifact.

Recording the tomb of Tutankhamun from factum-arte on Vimeo.

I have been cautioned not to  just embrace all of this new technology without trying to thoroughly examine it. So, I must ask myself, what are the cons of having the artifacts scanned in 3D?  Before I answer that, I thought it would be appropriate to look at some of the issues and questions revolving around the artifacts themselves.

For example:

  • Is it ownership that is important or access?
  • If I own land and I dig something up on my land.  To whom does it belong? It will depend on the country you are in and the laws within that country. The antiquity may not belong to you. If it did not, would I report it or would I be more inclined to cherish my treasure without saying a word ?
  • Many laws are developed in hopes of preventing looting of antiquities. Do they actually accomplish this?  How do these laws effect poorer countries?
  • How do I feel about cultural property?
  • If something is taken or looted what happens to “the loss of context?”  Having a coin but knowing where it was found or what the people who had this coin did, ate, where they slept, is important. It is not just the object that is researched, but where it was found.

How important is it for individuals to be exposed to the cultures and antiquities of those around the world?  Should countries horde their antiquities?  If antiquities can be distributed through trade, what happens with countries that have nothing to trade?  How do they expose their people to the cultures around the world?

According to an article that I read, if I happened upon a stolen or found object and it ended up on the desk of an archeologist and it had something of importance on it, that information cannot be published. How difficult it must be for the archeologist who happens upon this. The reason—  it has no legitimate provenance and the Archeological Institute of America forbids it. Why? If the archeologists should transcribe it and publish it, then they would be determining its authentication and making it more valuable.

Identity, self esteem, illicit digging, artifacts, private/market all of these words initiate a tremendous amount of passionate opinion in the information that I was reading about this subject.

Should there be a cultural common? Shared information and artifacts between countries, museums and collectors.  The  Brooklyn museum is making some of their artifacts, for which they hold the copyright,  available on a Creative Commons License.  Those who want to use them for non commercial use can do so.  But, how is this policed?

I would suppose that the same questions and concerns that are found with traditional masterpieces and antiquities will apply to 3D scanned artifacts.  Who owns them?  Should they be reproduced?  And my biggest thought is, that it is much easier to steal a data file than it is a physical dated fossil.

I also wonder about the artists who might use these artifacts as part of their own work. In the case of artists Barry X Ball, whose work I absolutely love, I have questioned this.  Ball has taken digital scans of two Braoque pieces, “Masterpieces in the permanent collection of Ca’Rezzonico, Venice— La Purità (Dama Velata), by Antonio Corradini, and La Invidia by Orazio Marinali, as well as Hermaphrodite Endormi from the Louvre, Paris.” and he has digitally scanned them.  Then he recreates them using digital milling in another substance.  Does he sell these?  Can he sell these? Is this art?  Can he copyright this as his own?

So I ask the question, What are the pro’s and con’s  and more importantly, what are the questions I should be asking when looking at this new technology of 3D scanning as it pertains to masterpieces and artifacts?

( I do hope to cover more podcasts on this subject. Looking for lawyers working with antiquities)

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