Some exciting news from GB HQ - I have recently been honoured with the opportunity to work with leading London-based 3D printing company My Mini Factory as they expand into the area of jewellery design and manufacture.
MMF was launched in 2013 and provides 3D designers form all over the world with a platform to share, promote and even earn money from their designs. Described as the Vimeo or Soundcloud of 3D printing, this company leads the way in increasing the accessibility of 3D printed objects. Being involved with MMF Jewellery at such an early stage in its development is hugely exciting and I have really enjoyed working with them over the last few months.
My residency at MMF has consisted of designing one of their first 3D printed jewellery collections. Once printed in resin, this collection will be cast into sterling silver using traditional casting methods and will be available to buy online via their jewellery shop. My collection is based on geometry and the satisfaction that comes from the harmony of interrelating shapes. Below are some sketches of my collection to whet your appetite!
3D printed jewellery has been developing in the industry over the last fifteen years. However, more recently it has become central to the design and manufacture of modern day jewellery.
I trained in CAD design at Holts Academy in 2014. Since then I have been using the skills I acquired to create striking designs that I finish using my traditional jewellery manufacturing skills. Learning this process has been fundamental for my development as a designer and has enabled me to take on new projects that would not have been possible before.
As well as designing a collection, I will be hosting live video streams of my CAD production on MMF TV over the next few months. This will give viewers the opportunity to learn about CAD design, as well as to ask me any questions they might have. I will be posting about these streams as they happen so be sure to stay up to date by following me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (links below.)
To celebrate the launch of MMF Jewellery, they have been running a jewellery design competition which has been inspiring designers all over the world to come up with interesting ideas for wearable 3D printed jewellery. I even had a go myself, designing a ring based on an HB pencil (see below). All designs that were entered into the competition are currently being printed and you will have the opportunity to vote for your favourite in the upcoming weeks! Find out more at: https://www.myminifactory.com/category/Jewellery
Over the next week I will be applying the finishing touches to my collection and gearing up for some filming sessions! Check on social media for updates on when my collection will be ready to buy both here and on the MMF website!
This piece was based on a special customers favourite childhood film Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This image of an elephant eaten by a boa constrictor is a familiar motif from the story and was used by the narrator to demonstrate the difference in the way children and adults perceive the same things. The narrator reveals that upon seeing this drawing of the elephant, the grown-ups in his life convinced him not to become a painter but instead undertake a more practical hobby.
Hand engraved in sterling silver, this piece acts as a reminder to take a step back from my everyday adult life and attempt to reconnect with my childhood imagination.
Le Petit Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolour illustrations by the author. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world. It is set to be released by Paramount Pictures as an animated film later this year.
I for one cannot wait!