The Designer Spotlight for this week focuses on Wesley Gunter who takes inspiration from all around him and turns it into wearable 3D printed designs.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am Wesley Gunter (Krijntjes) a young Dutch designer living and working in Bergen op Zoom. I work at a Hi Tech Sheet Metal Processing plant welding, programming Mig and Tig Welding Robots and now and then I design a welding mold for the robots. I also have a little business of my own Gunter Art & Design.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Me and my girlfriend see a lot of beautiful things in this awesome world and I do my best to transform those things into wearable 3D Printed designs. I also like food and light so now and then I design something in that area. Music, fashion and above all FUN are the keywords.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I wanted to make a keychain casting mold for the company I work for, I was looking for a milling company, but then I stumbled on Shapeways and thought why make a mold when you can print the design?
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I had some experience with 2D in high school and when I had some free time at the company I worked for, I would play a little with the 3D software they have. Then I downloaded Blender on my own laptop and the shaping began. I knew how I would make something in real life so I approached my designing on the computer in the same way.
How do you promote your work?
The most promoting I do is with my Facebook page, and I also have a Twitter account @Gunterartdesign. I give almost every prototype I print away to family and friends so they can spread the word for me!
Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
Morten Linde designs very cool watches that I like a lot, and Nervous System and Museum of Small Things have the most amazing designs I have ever seen. They drive me to design cool things that I myself would like to have.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
If I had the time, knowledge and money I would love to 3D print an interstellar space craft that could fit me and my girlfriend and a bit of food drinks and go on a little vacation around the galaxy. I would like to encourage everybody to design the things they like the most and in a couple of years we all can buy custom products right here at Shapeways!
Check out his varied designs on his Shapeways Shop Gunter Art and Design.