Techno-geek excitement, three

In Thursday’s mail arrived the latest installment of experiments from the 3-D printing factory. I wasn’t expecting them this soon! I wanted to post about them before I head off for a ten day adventure in Italy. [I know—poor, poor me!] It will be a little while before I can get into the studio with …

More 3-D printing, with some image history…

From the time she was around six years old, my daughter was obsessed with drawing hearts. A first she struggled to get one that looked, to her satisfaction, like a Valentine heart. She fretted that they weren’t perfect. She would bring her drawings of hearts to me and say, “How’s this one?” I’d reply that …

Techno-geek excitement, two…

Another shipment of 3-D prototypes arrived from Shapeways yesterday. This time I sent “Funky Shapes Pattern” to the printer: I designated two sizes to be printed, 3.5″ x 3.5″ and 2″ x 2″. I was thinking the larger might be a nice size for drink coasters. And, I ordered them in several different colors of …

This techno-geek is excited today…

Those of you who know me, know that I can get very excited about new technology—particularly if I can imagine how it might be used to make my art. A few weeks ago, I posted a link on my Anita Mills Design Facebook page for a company named Shapeways that does 3-D printing of designs …

New from my workbench, earrings…

Last time, I put forth a few samples of new brooches and necklaces. The past few days, I’ve been in “earring mode.” For me, making earrings is kind of like meditating. My joy in making them is in choosing interesting combinations from among the thousands of options that my materials present. I get into a …

New from my workbench…

“New from the workbench” actually means “new since November 2013.” These jewelry pieces date from before my TKR (total knee replacement in mid-January) and very recently… the last 10 days!  Yes, that’s why you haven’t heard much from me lately. I’ve been spending a great deal of time just icing my knee and bending it. …

Creative gifts from my father, part 3…

The desire to teach was strong in my father—it has always been strong within me, too. I always knew that, were I to become a teacher, I would forever garner my father’s respect. Probably more so than anything else I could have done. My father always talked about his desire to teach, and honestly I …

Creative gifts from my father, part 2 …

Detail, detail, attention to detail! From my parents I got the proverbial “double-whammy” when it comes to the nature and nurture of attention to detail. My mother, an accountant by training, has an eye for numbers, patterns, and organization. My father, as you will see in these next few examples, had an incredible eye for …

Creative gifts from my father…

Creative influences are extremely important to artists. We are like cauldrons, in which everything we see, hear, taste, feel, or sense gets mixed together into our creative “soup.” Luckily for me, the cauldron began to fill in early life with some significant contributions by my father.  As some of you are aware, my father passed …