This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Corinne Hansen, who has found a 3D printing niche in designing props and accessories.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I have been passionate about art and design since a young age, always wanting to be a part of the creation process. I recently graduated from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Ceramics and Metals/Jewelry/CADCAM in May. While looking for creative jobs, I have set up my shop here on Shapeways as well as on Etsy. I also occasionally work freelance in the Shapeways forums.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Growing up next to five miles of protected forest had a strong impact on my interests. I am inspired by nature, fantasy, and mythology. However, with my introduction to the digital world and the internet, I quickly became fascinated with technology, film and media. Currently I have been making jewelry and custom costume props.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
Part of my Metals/Jewelry/CADCAM major at Tyler focused completely on 3D prototyping and printing. For some projects I wanted to try different materials that were not available through the school's printers. I was referred to Shapeways, and I soon fell in love with the streamlined printing service.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I decided on Tyler School of Art because they offered 3D printing classes and the ability to print on campus. I took 5 classes that focused on learning Rhino and did my best to push the program to its limits. However, I have learned so much more on my own making models specifically for Shapeways materials following the provided design guidelines.
How do you promote your work?
That is the main reason I started creating custom props. There seems to be huge following for costumes and accessories right now, so I try to gain popularity through that already thriving community. I also try to be active on as many social media sites as possible and link them to each other. I display a portfolio of my work on my website and DeviantArt, I have shops on Shapeways and Etsy and I use Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter to share my inspiration and works in progress. That way, people can follow my updates or like me on whichever site they prefer.
Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
This is the most difficult question for me as I have so many favorites and their styles vary. Some of my favorites are Augusta Rodin, Alphonse Mucha, Beth Cavener Stichter, Gaylord Ho, and Amy Brown. On Shapeways I really admire the figurative work by Big Bad. The details are really complex, and I hope to one day achieve that skill. Also, love the the posable dolls by Mr. Props, and the organic jewelry by Saga.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I think printing in ceramics still has a lot of potential to grow. I would love to print tiny delicate porcelain earrings and pendants, or the large stoneware sculptures that I learned to build by hand.
Anything else you want to share?
I just want to thank Shapeways for helping me start my own business. I would face many more difficulties if I didn't have such an efficient source for 3D printing.
No worries Corinne, we're glad to have you! Check out Corinne's Shapeways Shop, or head over to her website to see more. Loving the weekly Designer Spotlight? Read about more desingers weekly on the blog, and if you'd like to be featured next, email firstname.lastname@example.org