Birgit Laken, a montage of her 3D modelled and 3D printed work
Birgit Laken, a montage of her 3D modelled and 3D printed work

Birgit trained at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 1976 and her work is now in the collections of 18 International Museum as well as many private collections. She has an amazingly long and illustrious resume, is internationally very active, giving workshops, lectures and exhibitions.


During National Zilverdag in 2018 she showed her 3D printed rings and pendants, in addition to a small selection of jewellery from various stages in her amazing career. She especially made a single ring in silver which was 3D printed and cast, and another 3D printed in black steel, for the National Zilverdag.


Birgit is a super champion and Anarkik Creator as she frequently has Anarkik3D’s 3D haptic programme on her stand with her jewellery at Design Fairs and exhibitions, and demonstrates her use of Anarkik3DDesign programme. She encourages anyone who is interested to try it out. In her atelier in Haarlem Center, she gives workshops for up to two people to those who would like to buy this easy to learn intuitive program.

Last June in the Finisage Gallery, Bloemendaal, she exhibited her new ‘hug’ earrings and pendant and invited people to choose the dye colour for themselves

Birgit and Ann Marie Shillito, CEO of Anarkik3D go back quite a way and in 2007 Birgit first tried haptic 3D modelling when she visited Edinburgh and tested a demonstrator programme and kit. She was an ideal designer maker to assist with testing as she is curious and enthusiastic about trying and using new techniques and technologies. The programme was being developed especially for artists and freeform designers by Anarkik3D as a spin-out company from research at Edinburgh College of Art in collaboration with The University of Edinburgh.

Around this time, the technology of 3D printing was producing better results so in 2012 Birgit purchased her own Anarkik3DDesign package so that she was able to do the digital designing herself and explore the potential of 3D printing. Since then, she regularly designs work that will be printed 3D printed. She uses specialist service companies, specifically Oceanz, for the SLS (selective laser sintering) method, which binds polyamide powder in layers.

Her most recent work, not 3D digital, has a graphic character, which is reinforced in this latest series by the use of her photography, a second passion next to her jewellery. This is in addition to working on a series of multiples, developed on the computer with Anarkik3DDesign haptic 3D programme to be printed in a strong polyamide and partly self-finished.

“I strive for it the emotional impulse which gave me the energy to work out my idea, being perceptible in the results. Then there will be communication possible on another level with the contemplator or the one who wears it. For this reason, jewellery, so close to our body, is a valuable exchange for me of thoughts and feelings.”

Celebrating other Anarkik Creators:

Montage of the models created by both the above group and by Farah Bandookwala, Elizabeth Armour, Suzanne Esser and Michelle Jessiman.
Montage of the models created (first line) by Farah Bandookwala, Suzanne Esser, Ursula Guttmann, Genna Delaney, AnneBoylan, Ann Marie Shillito and Birgit Laken.
(Middle row) Elizabeth Armour, Ann Marie Shillito, Birgit Laken, screencapture, Anne Boylan (long image), Michelle Jessiman and another screencapture.
(Bottom row) Birgit Laken, screencapture, Anne Boylan, Genna Delaney and Elizabeth Armour.

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