Design Puzzles – 3D Art by Edith Beurskens

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The three-dimensional wall pieces of interior designer and graphic artist Edith Beurskens are populated by interlocking organic and geometric forms that bring to the top of mind tangram puzzles. While produced with 3D printers, Edith’s individual and multi-panel monochromatic works are coloured by hand thus evidencing the designer’s intention of alternating mechanical with manual processes as a way of creating unique-looking pieces.
Nowadays based in Amsterdam, Edith studied her craft at a school for brand building and design and then worked at the marketing and design department of Scotch & Soda and as an Art Director and designer at Marie-Stella-Maris. However, after a few years, she decided to start working as a freelancer and got acquainted with 3D printing, which the artist considers to seamlessly connect his two passions: interior design and graphic art. Edith first experimented with 3D printing as a means to decorate the walls of her own house and was mostly inspired by the technical possibilities that the material offers. “I felt like creating design puzzles,” she once shared.  

Edith is not alone in her use of 3D printing as recently serious designers have adopted it as a method for bringing their ideas to life. The apex of this movement is in Europe, particularly Italy, Denmark, and the Netherlands, where the artist resides. Within this scenery, Beurskens’ approach to 3D printing is also eco-friendly as she only uses plant-based material PLA, (Polylactic Acid) manufactured out of biodegradable plant starch. Importantly, next to this mechanical process, the final touch of each piece is added by hand with the artist laboriously painting each piece in a minimalist palette of browns, taupes, greens, and creams.

Over time, Beurskens has diversified her practice. For instance, she creates digital art prints inspired by her intricate geometric 3D compositions. However, contrary to her 3D works, in her prints, she plays with a broader colour palette juxtaposing contrasting colours as a means to add an illusion of depth to these limited-edition works.  Both her 3D works and prints evidence the obsession of this artist with depth, volume, and patterns, all resulting in seemingly endless variations of puzzles.

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Written by Constanza Ontiveros