My studio reflects this incessant quest for the next interesting thing. It looks a bit like a laboratory experiment (or ten!) in progress. Boxes of materials from all over the world. Resins of every imaginable combination. A tool for every occasion. Dust, fiber, paint. . .paper on the floor to catch the over flow. Piles of sculpture parts that didn't quite come out. A birds nest of filament spilling out from a printer job run amok.
Pre-emergent Bird's Nest sculpture
I have a love/antipathy relationship with my 3-D printers, which, at the moment, are behaving like recalcitrant toddlers--spewing parts, fiber, and glass build-plates to the floor as they have the mechanical equivalent of a temper tantrum. Still, I relish the flexibility of beginning with a rough 3D print and carbon-fiber layup for the finished sculpture. A new-to-the-world combination that brings incredible new Swoopie sculptures that are strong and light weight at the same time--sculptures you simply can't make with conventional techniques
Most of you normal people would look at the mess and say, now that's a failure! Instead, I see it as a success in progress. Every one of my leaps forward has been just as messy, just as confusing, just as perplexing. So I keep tweaking, fiddling, conducting my post-mortems and reloading, because I know that soon. . .really soon, I'll create another sculpture ahead of the curve.