This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on a husband and wife team, running MONOCIRCUS, an art and design lab and an online store.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Kazunori Takeishi and I am Japanese and an architect, while my wife, Lim Shing Ee (Shing), is Singaporean and an artist. We turned a room in our apartment in Fukuoka, Japan, into a studio/office space where we work practically round the clock, while parenting two boys.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I am an architect and Shing is an artist but we thought there should not be a limit to the definition and scale of work we create. We wanted to translate our art and architectural concepts into objects that are not bound by a definition or category, items that can be enjoyed by a greater threshold of people, and something that people can carry or wear around everywhere they go. We discovered that 3D printing could be the tool for us to make this possible and just when we needed to fabricate our ideas into objects with more intricacy and dynamism, we found Shapeways.
How do you promote your work?
MONOCIRCUS has its own online webshop and we promote our store mainly on Facebook. We also have a store on Etsy. As we are based in Japan, our customers mostly come from Japan so we also have a few Japanese blogs and feature our store in a few local online malls.
If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
We would hope to create furniture, large sculptures and 3D paintings and architecture! We have been creating artworks and art installation projects with a lot of woodwork and painting. And eversince our relationship with Shapeways began, our creative journey has been getting more interesting and exciting each day!