Transforming Nature into 3D Art with Cornelia Kuglmeier

Who is Cornelia Kuglmeier?

Cornelia (or Connie for short) is no stranger to the 3Doodler community. Crowned the “2016 Doodler of the Year”, Connie has created so many stunning 3Doodled pieces that we have lost count of exactly how many there are. In October this year, Connie took her hobby a step further and hosted her very own exhibition in Germany, titled “Metamorphosis”.

Why Metamorphosis?

Butterflies have always fascinated Connie. As an Art teacher, Connie has an exceptional eye for beauty and details, and Butterflies had always been one of the themes she wanted to work on. Being delicately small, it’s easy to overlook the extraordinary beauty of these creatures. Connie decided that she wanted amplify this beauty for the world to see, and so, “macro” became the theme of her exhibition.

Connie’s exhibition spanned over 3 storeys with a red thread leading through the exhibition. It was a perfect layout for telling a story. And what better story to tell but the magical transformation of a humble caterpillar to a majestic butterfly?

Take a walk with me

Photo Credit: Doron Sieradzki

1/F: The Caterpillar Room

Welcome to the Caterpillar Room. Here you’ll be greeted by a giant caterpillar with plants that it feeds on, such as dandelions, nettles, daisies, and so on. The supersizing of the caterpillar and the dandelion head gives you a closer look at some astonishing details of its short-lived beauty, details which normally go unnoticed.

DANDELION HEAD: Made of Nylon and PLA plastic using the 3Doodler PRO.
CATERPILLAR: Made of ABS for the structure and PLA for the details using the 3Doodler Create.

Photo Credit: Doron Sieradzki

2/F: The Cocoon Room

This floor holds the second stage of the Metamorphosis cycle – the cocoon! Drawn completely free-hand, the fine strands perfectly illustrate real-life cocoons spun from layers of silk. The incompleteness of the cocoon hints that this is merely a temporary phase, to hide the mystery of the transformation. A beautiful butterfly swarm and a wall decorated with daffodils adds to the natural habitat scene. Now slow down, take a look around and enjoy the view.

COCOON: Made of Silver ABS plastic using 3Doodler Create.

Photo Credit: Doron Sieradzki

3/F: The Butterfly Room

Finally we are at the most stunning part of the exhibition, the Butterfly Room! These three gorgeous species are the Peacock butterfly, the Swallowtail, and the White Admiral. You can also see a huge swarm of majestic butterflies flying across the room in the background. Take a minute to appreciate the mesmerizing beauty and colors of these creatures.

BUTTERFLIES: Made of PLA plastic using the 3Doodler Create and the Nozzle Set (mainly the ribbon tip).

“I felt very proud and uplifted – and am still feeling very proud weeks after. The exhibition opened during an event called “Art Night” and the place was packed with people looking at my work. It was overwhelming (but in a good way) standing amidst that crowd and seeing the reactions on their faces. I couldn’t help but also eavesdrop on their conversations about my work (shhh…don’t tell anyone!).

Without the encouragement from my family and friends (including you guys at 3Doodler!), I would never have dared to set this exhibition up. Never. "Because when you are showing your art, you’re also showing yourself. That’s a very personal thing to me, and seriously, I was scared out of my wits!" Share

It’s a very different experience when complete strangers approach you and tell you how much they like what you do, ask you how you made it, and tell you that they’ve never seen anything like it. I also loved hearing people tell me which is their favourite piece – it seemed like every piece in the exhibition was someone’s favourite!

I definitely want to keep this work up and am looking for my next exhibition space already! I’m constantly looking for new ways to use the 3Doodler pens and have not yet failed to find something new to do with it.”

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