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Designer Spotlight: Melissa Ng

by • February 15, 2016 • No Comments

The developer spotlight this week highlights Melissa Ng! Melissa produces attractive, whimsical masks, that
she’s transformed into intricate pieces of jewelry. She’s in addition
working to assist entrepreneurs and creatives navigate the 3D printing world through motivational writing and art.

Update (February 16, 2016): We’ve followed an inspiring project with Melissa; The Dreamer Regalia Armor. Take a appear at her system
of ideation to final touches on a truly attractive 3D printed piece.

Tell us a little bit of yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

On my site, Lumecluster, I manufacture intricate Dreamer Masks and fantasy wearable-bodied art for ambitious creatives who want to take folks’s breath away. I’m a New York-based self-taught artist with a background in media & communications and public relations, When I’m not working on Lumecluster, I am managing two other tiny businesses.

I started 3D printing in 2014. Within less than a year in the 3D printing arena, I won the Adobe & Shapeways 3D Printing Design Competition with my quite firstly 3D print, I turn it intod the aesthetics on a attractive 3D printed prosthetic leg, and I worked on a JiHAE music video starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus.


What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?

Mask symbolism, and specifically Venetian masks, have fascinated me at any time since I was a child. And being an entrepreneur who has to be many
folks, wear many
hats, and constantly wrestle with my emotions, it felt effortless that
my day-to-day may effects the way of my art. My masks portray the unpredictability of the entrepreneurial and creative Dreamer’s wonderlands, like how the pursuit of a passion can bring illuminating clarity (Dreamer Mask: Illumination) or complete us with fear and uncertainty (Nightmare Mask: Fear). Overall, the masks aim to raise a discussion on how we select to wear our dreams (or nightmares) at rest, work, play, and life.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?

I firstly heard of Shapeways when my sister bought me this awe-inspiring Portal 2 Wheatley ring. I was fascinated by how it was generated, but didn’t ponder
much of pursuing 3D printing for the reason
I assumed that
it was beyond my ability. Howat any time, once I began to turn it into Lumecluster, my doodles felt increasingly restricted by my first path (black and white ink drawings) and I knew I had to manufacture a alter. So this year, my resolution was to turn it into my firstly 3D version and print it at Shapeways…and I did! :D

How did you learn how to create in 3D?

Right now, my tool of choice is Blender. In October 2013, I felt like I created
a big decision to alter my focus of black and white ink illustration to 3D versioning/printing. Fortunately, there are tons of resources now to teach you how to use these programs! Equite night, after I closed up shop (in the daytime, I’m at my company, PianoVerse), I devoured as many
online tutorials as I may handle until I mustered the courage to finally turn it into my firstly piece, the Dreamer Mask: Illumination.

How do you promote your work?

I’m a big fan of guest blogging and blogging on my own site, Lumecluster.com. I’ve in addition
taken to Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, that have generated certainly informative
reactions, while my Facebook is a bit additional very own I guess. So far, this year has been an fun
transition and transformation for Lumecluster and it’s exciting to see a few of my favourite sites take notice. A Kickstarter campaign can in addition
be underway, that I’m appearing forward to!

Who are your favourite developers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?

I spent many of my life suppressing my love for art…until my dear sister gave me a book detailing the incredible
work of Lee Bontecou, whose work seemed to inject new life into me. More not long ago, I’ve been inspired by the attractive designs of the legendary René Jules Lalique and the haunting tree paintings of New Orleans artist, Tanner. In Shapeways, Nervous System‘s and Henry Segerman‘s pieces played a massive part in inspiring me to take the firstly step into 3D printing.

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what may you want to manufacture via 3D printing?

I wish I may print my own A.I. assistant (with all of its programming magically turn it intod to read my mind). As a workaholic, we’d totally be most friends.

What is your favourite summertime activity?

My favourite summertime activity is sitting under a tree by a pond or lake with my Moleskine and trusty pens :D

Anything else you want to share?

I feel like 3D printing is the thing I didn’t understand
I was intended to do. I’m so thankful I was born in this age to be able-bodied to appreciate and access this incredible


  • Wonderful overall designs that
    go together
  • Great photography
  • Great branding
  • Experimentation with materials
  • Great pricing

Keep up the incredible
work, Melissa! We cannot wait to see additional of your imagination come to life. Start your 3D printing adventures in these days with Melissa’s motivational assist: visit Lumecluster.com, and share the social love on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, and Facebook. As always, email aimee @ shapeways.com to be featured!

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