Mondays, Maggie Muses: Art and 3D Printing

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL.   I like to “muse” about things that inspire me.  Especially on Mondays.

I am easily amazed by artists and designers who can creatively use technology. The more I learn about 3D printing, I am blown away by the sheer potential of it.  It has already transformed the work of engineers and architects, it helps in research and science and I’ve read so many things about how 3D printing will radically alter our future. However, when this emerging technology is put to use creatively, there is a potential for art to be taken to new levels.

Early examples are these lamps by Nervous System. They’re beautiful as well as functional.  “Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, we write computer programs based on processes and patterns found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry, and housewares.”

Hyphae Lamps by Nervous System

Hyphae Lamps by Nervous System


Nuala O’Donavan is a ceramist originally from Cork City, Ireland.  She painstakingly assembles her sculptures by hand using individual pieces made by a 3D printer. Some take weeks or even months to finish.  “The viewer engages with the piece by allowing their own visual experiences to influence their view of the outcome of the form and its future possibilities. I hope that this aspect of my work also evokes the transitory quality of living organisms, combining traces of history, the present and the future, in the patterns that make up their surfaces and forms.”

Ceramic Sculptures by Nuala O'Donovan via

Ceramic Sculptures by Nuala O’Donovan via


Iris van Herpen collaborates with artists and architects to explore new ways to create garments.  Her 11 piece Voltage Collection was recently shown during Paris Fashion Week.  Drawing on the idea of movement, the flexible 3D printed dresses are a revolution,  a result of collaborations with MIT Media Lab, Stratasys and Materialise.


A dress from the Voltage Collection


Shapeways is a 3D printing company which allows you to upload your design and they will print and send the finished item to you.  Your ideas are made real by choosing plastic, metal or glass for your end product.  Think of the possibilities!

3D silver ring by

3D silver ring by


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