About

I am a designer and artist with a PhD in Electrical Engineering. These diverse interests enable me to create sculptures that are technically complex and artistically competent. I focus on design for 3D printing or additive manufacturing. I love the challenge of creating something that is imagined and then designed on computer and seeing if my idea printed out as envisioned. The first time I hold the design in my hand is when the finished product comes out of the 3D printer.

I create my sculptures by first visualizing the object. This is then translated onto paper, and after a series of sketches transformed into a technical drawing. This drawing dictates the measurements and dimensions needed to translate the artwork into the computer. The scale of the sculpture, distances between parts and mechanical functionality have to be meticulously planned out before I move on to the computer. I use software programs to translate the idea into a printable digital design. My favourite material and process is selective laser sintering. The polyamide or nylon material is well suited to creating movable parts, relatively robust depending on the thickness of the part, and with the texture and look of coral. When a design is finished, I email it to a local or international manufacturer. The sculptures are then built up by fusing thin layers of Nylon powder. When the print build is finished the powder is removed and the object magically emerges from the heap of deposited powder. A few days later the completed sculptures arrive at my door ready to be unpacked. This is always a very tense moment. All the planning and designing focuses on this one moment of pure joy when I hold a design that looks and functions exactly as I envisioned it.

My studio is outside of Pretoria, surrounded by the African bush, which serves as the inspiration for my work.”

Dr. Michaella Janse van Vuuren

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EDUCATION

Post Doctoral Fellow. The Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein.
PhD in Electrical Engineering. The University of Cape Town.
BSc in Electrical Engineering. The University of Cape Town.
Pretoria Art Music Ballet and Drama High School.
AWARDS

Absolut VISI Designer of the year 2012: Winner in the emerging designer category.
ABSA KNNK Festival artist 2010.
The Chrysanthemum centrepiece voted as Design Indaba 2009 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Bursary (NRF) 2007.
PhD Scarce Skills Scholarship (NRF ) 2002-2003.
De Beers Bursary 1999-2003.
NRF Funding 1999-2002.
Santam Art Bursary awarded to top 10 Matriculants.
WORK EXPERIENCE

Founded Agents of the 3D revolution to disseminate knowledge of 3D printing to the general public through exhibitions seminars and workshops showcasing the top international 3D practitioners.

Established the company NOMILI as a vehicle for promoting the 3D engineering, fine art and design work of Michaella Janse van Vuuren.

Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein. The research focused on the development of custom implants using computer-aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacture (CAM) and Rapid prototyping (RP) methods utilizing CT and MR-scan data as reference. The main area of work involved the processing of CT scan data for Rapid prototyping.

Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Meraka Institute on the National Accessibility Portal (NAP), an innovative and efficient information and communication system that will enable people with different disabilities to access information and services, to interact and communicate irrespective of age, gender, language and level of literacy. My primary focus was to research the current state of the art in technologies concerning hearing loss, particularly toward a system that could automatically translate text into South African Sign Language (SASL) and to recognise SASL gestures in video sequences.

The development of a system for automatic human pose and action recognition. The project required that a database be constructed consisting of a professional blue screen studio, 7 cameras and camera operators as well as eight actors. These elements had to be coordinated to produce a 24-hour video database filmed over four hours.

Consultant on an Image Database to de Beers.

The construction and outfitting of a permanent bluescreen studio at UCT.

The development of a human eye detection and tracking system.
TIMELINE

2015
April: Technical advisory team Monash University South Africa
March: 3D Printshow Berlin
March: 3D Printshow Madrid
February:  The Horse Marionette becomes part of the London Science Museum Permanent collection

2014
October: Sculptures exhibited in the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.
October: Fashion pieces, 3D Printshow Paris
September: Named one of the City Press 100 world class South Africans.
September: Fashion pieces, 3D Printshow London
August: TEDxJohannesburg speaker
May: Speaker Totally Concrete: Africa’s largest conference on cement and concrete 3D Printing and construction
May: Speaker Cloudy with a Chance of Pixels.
February: Speaker Samsung
February: Organiser, fundraiser, co-curator Agents of the 3D revolution, GUILD, Cape Town World Design Capital 2014.
February: 3D Printshow catwalk New York, Fashion Pieces and sculptural works.
February: Speaker 3D Printshow New York.

2013
November Featured in the gallery of the 3D Printshow Paris
November Featured in the gallery of the 3D Printshow London
November: Speaker at the 3D Printshow in London
October: Southern Guild 2013 Collection MOAD
October 2013-September 2014 Exhibition at the London Science Museum
July: Invited speaker at The International Conference on Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing, Nottingham
July: Organiser, fundraiser, co-curator Agents of the 3D Revolution. 6-22 July, Johannesburg.
July: ISAMA/SMI conference FASE 2013, Program member.
June: ART DESIGN & 3D PRINTING Exhibition, Slovakia
June: Design Miami/Basel Fair Switzerland
April: World Art Day, Association of the Arts, Pretoria, South Africa
May: Collective.1 design Fair NY.
March: Design Days Dubai 17-21 March 2013.
February: Southern Guild Heavy Metal: 27th of February to 9 March at the Woodstock Foundry in Cape Town.
January: Leading New York collectable design gallery, R20th Century, 16 – 20 January in San Francisco.

2012
November: Founded Agents of the 3D revolution
November: R20th Gallery Objects show, New York.
November: Afriques du Sud, Oeuvres contemporaines, Sarzeau, France.
November: Invited speaker at the Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB).
November: R20th Salon: Art + Design New York City.
September: Mint Exhibition, London.
September: iCAT 2012 Exhibition Maribor, Slovenie.
September: Invited Speaker at iCAT 2012, International conference on Additive Technologies.
August: Southern Guild 2012 exhibition at the Everard Read gallery in Johannesburg.
March: Southern Guild exhibition. Design Days Dubai 2012.
March: Winner of the Absolut VISI Designer of the year 2012 in the emerging designer category.
March: Recollect group exhibition, a Southern Guild retrospective exhibition showcasing the best of the last three years of Southern Guild design pieces.

2011
November: Invited Speaker and RAPDASA 2011
September: Invited Speaker and Exhibitor at Afrimold 2011
September: The Horse Marionette, Rocking Springbuck and Birdman selected for the Southern Guild 2011 Collection.
July: 5 Jewellery designs included in the .MGX by Materialise Summer 2011 Collection.
May: One of 17 international artists selected to exhibit at the RAPID 2011 conference Contemporary Art Gallery in Minneapolis, USA.
May: ‘The Mute Opera 1’ an exhibition with Paul Boulitreau, Grande Provence Art Gallery, Franschhoek.

2010
November: Invited speaker on art and design using additive manufacturing at RAPDASA 2010 (the Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa)
October: L’Origine du Monde- This is not a porn song Group exhibition at the Aardklop national Art Festival in Potchefstroom.
September: One of 5 designers commissioned to take part in the Grolsch Swingtop Chandelier competition.
April: the KRIZANT.MGX design included in the .MGX by Materialise principal collection launched in Milan at the Salon del Mobile.
April: Michaella Janse van Vuuren and Lucas Thobejane selected as joint festival artists of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival.
March: Collateral group exhibition at the FRIED Contemporary Art Gallery, a collaboration with Gordon Froud.
March: One of 5 designers commissioned to present a prototype for the Budweiser man of the Match Trophy.
February: Exhibit at the Design Indaba 2010 expo as NOMILI.

2009
December: Group Exhibition at ARTSPACE warehouse.
September: Diptych art Exhibition at the Association of Arts in Pretoria.
March: The Chrysanthemum centrepiece voted as Design Indaba 2009 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa.
February: Exhibit at the Design Indaba 2009 expo as NOMILI.
2008
June: KYK gallery’s Artificial Light group exhibition, Pretoria.
Open Lab II exhibition at the Design Quarter, Johannesburg.
2007
November: Group exhibition of Pretoria Jewellers at the South African Association of Art
Final selection in the VISI Haute Lumiére Lighting competition.
Postdoctoral fellow at the Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein.

2006
Postdoctoral fellow at the Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein.
2005
Researcher at the Meraka Institute, CSIR.
2004
Completion of PhD in Electrical Engineering; Human Pose and Action recognition using Negative Space Analysis.
2002
Consultant on the construction of a video database for De Beers.
Awarded Scarce Skills Scholarship (NRF), National Research Fund Bursary and De Beers Bursary for research in computer vision.
2001
An investigation into the relationship between art and image processing toward the development of computer vision systems.
Construction of a gesture database comprising 7 actors from six different camera angles.
Awarded (NRF) National Research Fund Bursary and de Beers Bursary for research in computer vision.
2000
The development of an interactive world: An animated character automatically mirrors the actions of an actor in a bluescreen studio.
Upgrade Masters to a PhD.
The construction a bluescreen studio at UCT for research purposes.
Awarded (NRF) National Research Fund Bursary and De Beers Bursary for research in computer vision.
1999
Commence Masters studies in Electrical Engineering.
The development of a vision system for the automatic detection and tracking of eyes in video sequences.
Awarded (NRF) National Research Fund Bursary and De Beers Bursary for research in computer vision.
1995-1998
BSc Electrical Engineering. University of Cape Town
1994
Completed 1st Year Computer Science UNISA.
1992-1993
Hirt and Carter DTP Course. Photoshop, Quark Express and Adobe Freehand.
Freelance Artist, Live Performance Artist, and Mural Artist.
1991
Michaelis Art School, uncompleted.
1986-1990 ProArte High School for Art Music Ballet and Drama.
Two Distinctions for Art in Matric. Specialized in Painting, Sculpture, Puppetry, Body Sculpture and Video Art.
Santam Art Bursary awarded to the top ten matriculants in art of that year.

Book Entries
Digital Handmade: Craftsmanship in the New Industrial Revolution’, published by Thames & Hudson, 2015
Product Design BRYDEN Douglas published Laurence King Publishing 2014
Eco Style 2: Lighting Design DoPress
Publications:

M Janse van Vuuren Designing Movable Sculptures. Hyperseeing, Shape Modelling International, Texas AM, 2012.
M Janse van Vuuren Movable Sculptures, Conference proceedings, ICAT, Slovenie 2012.
Prof M Truscott, Dr M Janse van Vuuren, Mr GJ Booysen and Prof DJ de Beer. Interim, Year 7, No 1, pp 100-108 Customised patient implants: Future lifeline of the medical industry. 2008
Prof M Truscott, Dr M Janse van Vuuren, Mr GJ Booysen, Prof DJ de Beer and Mr LJ Barnard. Additive fabrication in the medical industry. 8th Annual RAPDASA Conference, Pilanesberg, South Africa, 2007.
Prof M Truscott, Prof DJ de Beer Dr M Janse van Vuuren and Mr GJ Booysen Workshop, Medical Product Development Workshop: CT to CAD process, hosted by TUT, Shoshanguwe Campus 2007
Prof M Truscott, Dr M Janse van Vuuren, Prof DJ de Beer, Mr GJ Booysen. Soft Tissue/hard tissue development, 10th Annual Research Seminar of the Faculty of Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2007
M Janse van Vuuren Human Pose and Action Recognition using Negative Space Analysis PhD Thesis, UCT 2004.
M. Janse van Vuuren and G. de Jager Art and image prescessing, Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa 2001
M. Janse van Vuuren and G. de Jager. Human pose and action recognition. Pattern Recognition Association of South Africa, 2000.
M. Janse van Vuuren and G. de Jager. The automatic detection and tracking of eyes in video sequences. In PRASA, 1999.

Feature Articles.

Finweek 2015
PopularMechanics SA 2015
ClassicFeel 2015
Design Indaba Magazine 2013
Mercedes Benz Magazine 2013
Fair Lady April 2013
Conde Naste House and Garden
Vodacom NOW! 2013
Sunday Times 2012
Marie Claire
SAA Inflight magazine
Mango Inflight Magazine
DESIGN > Magazine 2009, 2011.
D-Pages
Design Indaba Magazine 2009
Core77
Mail&Gaurian online Bright Futures 2006

Television interviews.

Kwela KykNEt June 2013
Morning Live SABC 2, 2012
Top Billing, SABC 3, 2012
CNBC-Africa 2012.
ARTCHA 2009

 

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