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A solo San Francisco artist born and raised I've been on a roller coaster of artistic uncertainty for years. In May 2009 the universe showed me a previously unknown outlet for the medium I had actually gone to college for: 3D.

After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a degree in 3D Modeling I went through a variety of not very fulfilling jobs. During that time I took a couple metalworking and jewelry making classes, finding an excitement in objects I had psychically created, as the aspect of 3D that had bothered me most in University was that it was all virtual and I couldn't hold it in my hands.

As it happened I fell into a job building a website for a jeweler. During that project I found out about 3D printing in wax that was becoming more and more popular in the jewelry industry. Many jewelers have a…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 2
  • Joined March 9, 2009

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3D Printed Nylon, sterling silver, stainless steel, gold plated brass, color sandstone, Swarovski crystals, Swarovski beads, various semi precious stones and beads

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A solo San Francisco artist born and raised I've been on a roller coaster of artistic uncertainty for years. In May 2009 the universe showed me a previously unknown outlet for the medium I had actually gone to college for: 3D.

After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a degree in 3D Modeling I went through a variety of not very fulfilling jobs. During that time I took a couple metalworking and jewelry making classes, finding an excitement in objects I had psychically created, as the aspect of 3D that had bothered me most in University was that it was all virtual and I couldn't hold it in my hands.

As it happened I fell into a job building a website for a jeweler. During that project I found out about 3D printing in wax that was becoming more and more popular in the jewelry industry. Many jewelers have a piece made in wax then cast the wax into a precious metal. I taught myself new software that was more specific to designing prototypes and ended up doing many projects for this jeweler. Due to the high costs involved in this process I realized it wasn't a viable outlet for my own art and I was left with disappointment. For a couple of years I did mostly repetitive simple designs, as is the way of the majority of the fine jewelry industry.

Then came May 2009. A company that had only come into existence the year before became known to me. They made 3D prints for small time artists in high resolution and high quality materials. I was ecstatic.

As graphic designers make prints on t-shirts and paper, 3D artists make prints OF objects, and in the case of the full color sandstone material prints of the object's shape with my graphic designs integrated onto them.

The year after I found out about them I spent making a few prototypes and trying a few different techniques when I had time between "normal" jobs.

May 2010 was my first Art Table at the convention Fanime and I hope to continue to provide high quality reasonably priced 3D artwork and jewelry to the Anime, Steampunk, Fantasy, Lolita and Science Fiction communities.

Feel free to contact me at info at cwestbrook dot com if you have any question or have a cool idea in mind for a design.

Warm Regards,

Christina

P.S. I still on occasion make handmade sterling silver art and jewelry and beaded jewelry. More semi-precious stone and beaded accents are on their way in the near future.

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