Transforming Disregarded Materials into 3D Prints with Artist Keeley Haftner

Artist Keeley Haftner was on hand to show us new and creative ways to integrate technology in your art practice with 3D printing.

Describing her work as “process-driven,” Haftner seeks to recover lost material and affective value while bridging the gap between science, sustainability, conservation, value and affect. She transforms discarded materials into sculpture using systems that range from 3D printing to rock tumbling, making her the perfect candidate to lead a workshop on 3D printers.

Workshop participant, Timothy Belliveau felt that, “in the spirit of DIY technology, her short-course was an exciting critical view of emerging technology and sustainability. ” The digital artist added “Keeley Haftner is a wealth of information on plastics and 3D print. From her creative research to the technical skills she shared, her process makes complex machines feel manageable.”

The terms “closed loop” refers to the process of transforming disregarded material (disposable cups, other 3D waste, etc) into new pieces of printed work.

“Her short-course was an exciting critical view of emerging technology and sustainability.”

Timothy Belliveau, MFA student in Fibres and Material Practices at Concordia University.

The 3D workshop was an introduction to the upcoming Milieux Maker Workshop Series. The series will explore alternative uses of the latest technologies in an effort to inspire and generate new processes and techniques of making!

The same project will travel along from workshop to the next. Upcoming workshops include a look at ‘altered perception via microscopy,’ followed by  reconfiguring captured 2-D images into 3-dimensional objects for visualization and print. A third in the series is expected to be confirmed for the end of November.


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