“Let me know if you have difficulty hearing me - I’m printing something here! It’ll finish as we talk - so I might have to pop away,” Virginia San Fratello tells me excitedly as soon as she enters our Google Hangout, before picking up her laptop and flipping the camera around: “Actually - I can show you right now!”
The Colorado ranch Virginia has been based at during the global pandemic is over 14,000km from my lockdown location in Melbourne, but her pure enthusiasm is infectious.
An educator, designer, builder, architect and 3D-printer; Virginia is a founding partner of the Oakland-based make-take Emerging Objects. Named a trailblazer in the 3D printing industry by Archinect, Emerging Objects has been globally noted by Wired magazine. Virginia’s design work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Smithsonian Design Museum and others.