Artist Profile: Barbara Taylor-Harris

Using a new technology, British artist Barbara Taylor-Harris developed a technique for creating three-dimensional art.

 

3D pen artwork by Barbara Taylor-Harris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  What is a 3d pen, and how do you use it to create artwork?

BTH:  A 3d pen uses the same nozzle and plastic filament as 3d printers, but it is a handheld pen that works like a glue gun. It heats the filament and extrudes a hot molten streak of plastic which sets within about a minute. It cuts out the computer and need for knowledge of CAD. It’s now just another medium and technique in my artist toolbox.

 

3D pen artwork by Barbara Taylor-Harris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

With the 3d pen I can make anything I can imagine and sometimes things that cannot be made any other way. I create a wide variety of lifelike Bonsai trees that live forever (I always manage to kill my real ones.) As sculptor, I love the tactile quality of texture. As a painter, I am used to using a wide variety of mixed media and the 3d pen gives me a way of creating fine controllable lines and to build high relief onto my paintings. As a 3d pen designer/teacher, I design to help other learn skills and techniques enabling them to create pictures, sculptures and useful objects.

 

3D pen artwork by Barbara Taylor-Harris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

ABI:  How did you get started with this medium and how has your work evolved?

BTH:  The first 3d pens came out about 5 years ago, I read about them and bought one. At first, I struggled to get structures to stand up, so I tried making 2d pieces to add to my paintings. But over time my technique has evolved so that paint, mixed media and 3d pen combine to create my highly textured paintings. Regularly using the pen, I discovered ways of making many different sculptures. I have designed a life-size butterfly bush (two metres high) surrounded by a two metre wide lily pond to be made with 3d pen.

 

3D pen artwork by Barbara Taylor-Harris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

I am passionate about the future for the 3d pen as a tool for designers and artists and as a new way to teach creative thinking, develop imagination and invention for everyone’s enjoyment. It is a medium that is truly limited only by the imagination.

 

3D pen artwork by Barbara Taylor-Harris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

I have my BBarbarartist brand and am developing a range of products to support my Creative Teaching Stencils booklets including my own 3d pen, which is nearly ready to go into production. I design stencils for other 3d pen brands and have just come back from sharing my expertise with artists, teachers, designers and students in China where I also endorsed a new low temperature pen.

 

Barbara Taylor-Harris teaching 3D pen technique

 

ABI:  How do you sell your work, and what type of response have you seen from collectors?

BTH:  I travel a lot and this makes it difficult to sell online. I enjoy exhibiting with groups and societies and also run solo exhibitions usually twice a year. It is so exciting to sell direct to collectors and the public. It energising to engage with then about my work. Art is for sharing and enjoying, and it’s a delight to see someone fall in love with a piece of my work and desire to own it. Annually I run a large exhibition for about 50 artists raising money for charities.

 

3D pen artwork by Barbara Taylor-Harris. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

 

It’s amazing to pull together a wide array of talent and skill and share this with our eager followers. I also love doing commissions, as they often take me outside my comfort zone and challenge me to do something different. Last year it was a high relief portrait of a dog using it’s own clipped hair. Working with clients creates art works which wouldn’t have come about without the dialogue and partnership between client and artist. The largest one I have painted is 1.4 metres by 1.7 metres for an orangery.

 

 

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  1. Shosh Shalev-Minuk says:

    Great ?? thanks for sharing ❤️

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