Twenty Something Sullivan

Twenty Something Sullivan will be exhibited at Maker Faire Tokyo August 6-7, 2016 at the Tokyo Big Sight, West Hall 2 + Atrium 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 135-006.

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Twenty Something Sullivan was included in the 3D Art Gallery at the Rapid 2016 event.

Twenty Something Sullivan exhibited at the Rapid 2016 Art Gallery

Introduced in 2010, the 3D Art Gallery highlights the innovative new approach to art creation and production that’s made possible by additive manufacturing, 3D printing, 3D imaging, and digital sculpture. This high-speed, on-demand medium allows the impossible to be possible from the finite barriers of reproduction for a single artist to the unlimited reproductions of artists’ works. At RAPID + TCT 2017, artists familiar with design software and additive manufacturing processes have the opportunity to display their work to an appreciative audience.

Rosenfeld Building ornament page from Twenty Something Sullivan exhibited at Rapid 2016

Other artists exhibiting in 2016 were Paul Leonard, Andrew Werby, Robert Krawczyk, Michael Cottrell, Charles Stevens, Julia DeArriba-Montgomery, Adam Hawk, Andrew Noble, Aaron Trocola, Donna Sweigart and Jason Ferguson.

Tom Burtonwood gave a presentation about Twenty Something Sullivan, his 3D printed books and 3D scanning in general at the SME Rapid 2016 Additive Manufacturing conference in Orlando.

We are pleased to announce that Twenty Something Sullivan has been added to the Chicago Public Library Special Collection. Now Chicagoans across the city will be able to go to the Harold Washington library and access Louis H. Sullivan’s ornament in person.

Twenty Something Sullivan is featured in “MADE FOR YOU: NEW DIRECTIONS IN CONTEMPORARY DESIGN” curated by Jennifer Scanlan at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University New York, New Paltz, NY.

February 6 – July 10, 2016
Morgan Anderson and Corridor Galleries

Opening reception Saturday, February 6, 2016, 5–7 pm

In the 21st century, design has become personal. Bombarded by an endless array of mass-produced objects in big box stores and on the Internet, people are increasingly attracted to the unique and custom-made. Drawing on designers and makers in the Hudson Valley and environs, this exhibition considers the ways in which the contemporary design object is customized for the individual, from the one-of-a-kind objects made by craft techniques to the latest technological advances of 3D printing. The exhibition will include approximately 25 designers/makers and demonstrate a range of approaches to design.

Participating artists:

Atlas Industries
Sheila Bridges
Doug Bucci
Tom Burtonwood
Emily Cobb
Deborah Ehrlich
Sharan Elran
Kieran Kinsella
Christopher Kurtz
Malfatti Glass
Andrew Molleur
Nervous System
Michael Puryear
Kathy Ruttenberg
Courtney Starrett
Thornwillow Press
Joshua Vogel & Blackcreek Mercantile
Jessica Wickham

An artist proof of Twenty Something Sullivan will be on view to the public in Chicago this weekend at Medium Cool. Located in the West Loop at Prairie Productions Medium Cool is now in it’s third year and includes exhibitor such as Amigos Publishing, Candor Arts, Document, Harry Kuttner, Issue Press, Leisure Press, LVL3, Mystery Library, Natalie Smith, Nonporous, Soberscove Press, Soft Shop, Solid State, Tan & Loose Press, Temporary Services/Half Letter Press, The Chicago Perch, The Renaissance Society, Tusk, Twin BroBro, University Galleries, Western Exhibitions and MORE.


Saturday, November 21

Sunday, November 22

Prairie Production
1314 W. Randolph St.
Chicago IL


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In the middle of the week we posted Twenty Something Sullivan to another important file sharing site for the 3D printing community – Youmagine and we’re happy to report that it has already been featured on the site! (thank you Youmagine!)

Booklyn booth at the Editions Artists Book Fair in New York

Booklyn booth at the Editions Artists Book Fair in New York

Last weekend Twenty Something Sullivan made it’s New York debut at the Editions Artists’ Books Fair at The Tunnel in Chelsea with Booklyn. It was very popular with the all the attendees and we got a lot of great feedback.

Scaled down version of Twenty Something Sullivan printed by @designmaketeach

Scaled down version of Twenty Something Sullivan printed by @designmaketeach

We’re thrilled to report that the first “copy” has been printed – by our friend Josh Ajima ( @designmaketeach ) who scaled it down 27.5% to print on his Ultimaker. As you can see from the photograph – the surface details of the scans hold up really well at this size. We’re really looking forward to seeing other versions of the Twenty Something Sullivan emerge over the next months.

Screenshot of Pecha Kucha presentation posted to You Tube, click link for video

Screenshot of Pecha Kucha presentation posted to You Tube

Finally at the start if the week we uploaded an annotated version of our You Tube posting of the Pecha Kucha presentation with the corresponding slides so that viewers could see the images we refer to on stage, Enjoy!


“Turn of the century American architect Louis H. Sullivan has often been recognized as being the “father of skyscrapers” as well as the father of architectural modernism. Despite these recognitions, however, many of his actual architectural edifices and buildings no longer stand, as many were demolished in the post-war years as part of the urban renewal effort in the United States. While it is no longer possible to view all his designs as erected buildings walking through a city, thanks to the efforts of a group of architecture academics and enthusiasts it is now possible to peruse elements of his architecture in a 3D printed book!”

“Tom Burtonwood creates 3D printed books of dimensional, public domain architectural elements: in 2013, he made Orihon and in 2014 he made Folium, which featured work from Ancient Egypt to Louis Sullivan department store decorations. Now he’s released a new work: “Twenty Something Sullivan.”

Tom writes, “Twenty Something Sullivan is a collaboration with City of Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson and features nine 3D scans of hitherto lost Louis H. Sullivan architectural ornament produced early in his career – hence the title of the book. It is a circular book – which is a little unusual – but necessary in order to show off the scans in high relief as Sullivan intended them to be seen. Each page is connected to two 3D printed print-in-place bearings that rotate around a central spine. The bearings are printed in ‘woodfill’ to emphasize the intersection between the old + the new.”

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The first proof of Twenty Something Sullivan has been dispatched to Booklyn in New York for thier stand at the Editions / Artists’ Books Fair in NYC from November 6th – 9th. If you are in NYC please stop by the fair to check out the book.


The Tunnel
269 11th Avenue
(bet. 27th and 28th Streets)


Thursday, 11/5, 6 -9pm           First View opening       VIP + ticket holders
Friday, 11/6, 11am – 7pm         FREE
Saturday, 11/7, 11am – 7pm     FREE
Sunday, 11/8, 11am – 5pm       FREE

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