When the 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen was introduced via Kickstarter in 2013, I don’t know if its creators or backers could have predicted the impact the tool would have on the art world. Some truly stunning work has been created with the 3Doodler by professional artists, one of whom stands out in particular for the incredible creativity and talent she has shown with the tool. We’ve written about Rachel Goldsmith before, in December 2014 and again in February of this year, and in the past year her career has blossomed. Goldsmith’s 2015 has consisted of several exhibitions and a great deal of press, and recently she had an experience that most artists can only dream of: she presented one of her pieces as a gift to a former United States President.
In October, Goldsmith was showing her work as part of Art Under the Bridge, a monthly event put on by the Northern Westchester Artists Guild in Chappaqua, New York. Running from May through October, the event was held in conjunction with the Chappaqua Farmers’ Market and Flea Market, and on this particular Saturday former President Bill Clinton made a special appearance to announce the winners of the farmers’ market’s apple pie baking contest. Goldsmith had an opportunity to speak with him, and presented him with a sunflower piece she had created with her 3Doodler. The sunflower, which was inspired by her friend Harriet Singer’s sunflower garden, seemed appropriate to give him in the farmers’ market setting. She and the former President struck up a conversation about 3D printing, and he told her that his Presidential Library in Little Rock hosts several 3D printers.
“He said that children, many of whom live in poverty, are creating incredible pieces with these 3D printers,” Goldsmith told 3DPrint.com. “As I posted on Twitter, I believe the library needs to get some 3Doodlers to add to their 3D Printing opportunities.”
The day after meeting Clinton, Goldsmith gave a talk at the Martin Stankiewicz Gallery in Tarrytown, New York. She brought several 3Doodlers with her, and allowed the artists in attendance to try them out. Inspired by the enthusiasm the artists showed, and the creative work they produced, Goldsmith reaffirmed her determination to see the 3Doodler widely acknowledged in the art community as a serious media form. She created a Twitter hashtag, #3Doodler4FineArt, to spread awareness of the tool’s potential and to invite other artists to share their work.
“Both of these events, reminded me that the art world needs to embrace the endless possibilities that this new technology presents,” Goldsmith told 3DPrint.com. “Amazing creations are coming down the pipe line and I have no doubt that new ideas will continue to pop-up. I have been crusading for the understanding that the 3Doodler can and should be used for Fine Art (#3Doodler4FineArt)… and my conversation with President Clinton along with my observations of the tool in the hand of other artists reaffirms my belief. Although some contemporary art galleries have already opened their doors to this new medium, I am hopeful that many more will follow suit.”
Her art truly showcases the capabilities of a 3D printing pen that many might think of more as a toy. You can see more of her incredible art on her website and her Facebook page. Discuss this story in the Clinton 3D Print forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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