This exciting Exhibition of 3D printed jewellery opens in Vienna on 5th October, 19:00-21:00. Ann Marie Shillito and Birgit Laken in collaboration with GalerieV&V have jointly curated it. The main criteria for selection of this international group of 10 jewellers is that all approach new technologies from a jewellery maker’s love of ‘tools’. They combine the possibilities of digital production with traditional making techniques. Yet their approaches have very different aspects: some very personal, using 3D printing to set in time a particular emotion or idea and others very pragmatic, such as exploring the technology for itself and the effects that can be achieved.
Jewellers’ statements (in the order that their 3D printed jewellery is illustrated on the card above, going down the left side):
Lynne is a designer, maker and researcher. She takes an experimental approach to both the digital software she uses (Rhino and the plugin Grasshopper) and fabrication tools, producing jewellery collections that play with light, space and colour,. Her intention is to create visual delight for wearer and viewer.
Elizabeth’s interests in using technology have lead to pushing boundaries. She aims to harmonize technology with traditional craft in her contemporary practice. Inspired by her fascination with coral reefs and deep-sea life she makes her pieces with an experimental approach, using haptic Anarkik 3D Design to create her organic imaginative pieces: fun and playful sculptures, to be worn and enjoyed by the wearer and viewer as well.
Maria creates her 3D printed jewelry using Rhino and by combining new technologies with traditional craft skills and values. Structure in both the natural and built worlds inspire her forms as does the exploration of the processes and materials she uses in the creation of form.
Kathy draws inspiration from the idea of a future ecology. Current digital fabrication technologies are used in combination with craft methodologies. With this approach she translates organic structures and their irregularities into 3D printed jewellery objects that reflect the intricacies of an organic system.
Mark also creatively combines traditional craft processes using advanced digital design programme, Blender, and 3D printing. His fascination with the natural world is reflected in his artistic renditions of flora that are digitally manufactured and finished by hand. His current work is customisable and encourages creative participation as the combinations of shapes and colours present a never ending world of possibilities.
Right side of card:
Ann Marie’s ideas stem from pushing the boundaries of materials and processes she uses, designing for 3D printing and for the different materials and systems. She uses her company’s haptic 3D modelling product, Anarkik 3D Design, testing each version and exploring the tools to discover ever more rich configurations and structures that will produce 3D printed jewellery in multi colours.
Birgit develops her work through themed projects which can evolve and grow over a period of time. In 2012 she began seriously to use haptic 3D digital modeling (Anarkik 3D Design) and 3D printing. Volume used to achieve by folding, hammering or constructing metal. Now with these technologies, she can get volume directly and very much likes having the advantage that small series are easy to do!
Silvia also fuses the traditional with the contemporary. She uses both historical techniques and new technologies (Freeform design package, 3D printing), melding them to create striking, unique pieces to explore form, complexity and colour to develop an entirely new aesthetic with her 3D printed jewellery.
Peggy’s work is either unique or 3D printed jewellery manufactured in small series, with an emphasis on wearability. In 2013 she received the Eunique Award from the European Crafts Council. The jury reported: “A well managed symbioses between tradition and innovation. By using 3D printing a machine of the future is deployed. This way she developed a surprising new idiom for her jewelry.’
Ela’s approach is more self defining as her organic, cell and treelike forms express her preoccupation with the fact that everything is in continuous process of change. Her 3D printed jewellery, designed using MoI 3D, is to a large extent coloured with the notion that ‘things’ are not clearly defined. Events and things do not begin or end somewhere or at a certain moment, but rather are a result of ongoing processes. This aspect of reality is very puzzling; disturbing and comforting at the same time!
You can fully imagine how diverse is the 3D printed jewellery on display yet how complementary and contemporary. You have a very exciting treat in store at GalerieV&V if you are in Vienna between October 5th and November 12th! Plus Wiener Schmucktage 2017, a festival of jewellery, is on from 7th to 12 November.