Ever since I stumbled across the amazing technological feats of 3D Printed Nails created by NY based artists The Laser Girls, Sarah Awad & Dhemerae Ford, I knew I had to pick these girls brains. Check out my exclusive interview with The Laser Girls !
1) How did you two get together initially?
We met as student in NYU’s art department in a class about 3D printing. From there, we were both hired at NYU’s Advanced Media Studio, the university’s 3D printing fabrication lab. Although we had known and worked with each other for 2.5 years, it was not until August of 2013 when we actually collaborated on work
2) What’s your technical background?
We are both trained artists who stared out as painters, but have grown into not just artists with well rounded skills, such as 3D modeling and drawing etc. but technicians and machine operators as well.
3) How did you gals get started with this?
We were given an opportunity to participate in the first all-3D-printed art show in New York called “3D-Notion.” Because we had both already shown our own work around at several other exhibitions, we thought it would be fun to collaborate on a project and show something new. We created a mask for the show which we both loved, and since then we’ve been working together. The nails formed out of that collaboration.
4) What major problems did you face in the beginning?
Surprisingly, we didn’t really run into any major problems at the start which we both were very surprised by. I would say the biggest problem was and still is figuring out the best way to apply them that both lasts long and won’t damage your nails (like normal nail glue does). We’ve developed what we believe to be the best possible solution however we’re always looking out for better application practices. Any problems we did face were mostly related to strict deadlines and the inability to produce our nails as rapidly as some people demanded.
5) What inspires your designs?
We both have very different interests (Dhemerae is into science fiction and machinery and Sarah is into flora and fauna) but somehow with this project, opposites blend together to create what we consider to be unique designs.
6) Where do you envision the future going with this?
We hope to not only create more fantastical nails and push our designs to new levels, but also expand into jewelry, such as nail rings that we are currently prototyping!