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An Interview with Christina Douk, 3D Artist
November 18, 2015
Many of the great people we have had the opportunity to interview in 3D printing have been on the scientific or engineering side of the technology. While there is a lot going on with that side, it is only one part of the possibilities of the still emerging technology. We have seen an increasing amount of stories that deal with the other side of the spectrum with new possibilities in arts and humanities unlocked by the advances in 3D printing. One such example is the case of Christina Douk who uses her immense artistic talent combined with 3D printing to create unique toy figures and prototypes for a startup company. The interview was conducted via email and our questions with Christina’s answers appear below:
1) Typically when people think of 3D printing now, it seems it is most often tied to STEM education. Your work, on the other hand, seems to be almost entirely focused on the artistic side of 3D printing. What kinds of barriers, if any, did you face when learning about the technology?
2) What was it from your educational background, if anything, that has helped you on your way?
3) When did you get your start in 3D printing? What prompted it?
4) What type(s) of printers, materials and software do you currently use for your design work? Do you have plans to switch or add in the near future?
5) From an artistic perspective, what do you think someone has to keep in mind when they decide to make the switch to this technology from another more "traditional" one?
6) What advantages does your uses of this technology provide in your creative process and designs? How does this impact the design process for you when compared to other methods of design? Does this allow you to work on several smaller projects at once, or do you prefer to take them on one at a time?
7) Also, as someone who is an artist, we would imagine that there is at least a fair amount of detail that goes into the pieces you create. How are you able to create more sophisticated items with the tools you have available? Does it require the use of other equipment like a finishing tool?
8) What would your advice be for any new artists seeking to get started in the field? Also, what would you tell younger students who want to shape their education and learning to prepare themselves for what would be expected in your field?
9) Where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years? What would you like to accomplish in 3D printing that you haven't already?
10) How do you as a 3D artist find clients and convince them the that this technology is right for them? Have they already made up their minds to allow you to use 3D printing before they come to you?