Outside Time

Where do traditional art forms and techniques collide with the latest possibilities in digital technology?  From simple silhouettes to complex, ever-shifting surfaces, here you’ll find examples of how fashion designers, jewelry designers, ceramic artists, and sculptors are using 3D laser printing to reinvent their fields.

• The Iris Van Herpen Spring 2013 Couture Collection explores the electric intersection between fashion and cutting-edge digital technology, sparking new models of animating abstract ideas into wearable art. She collaborates with scientists and architects to develop 3D printing techniques that give her clothes more depth and flexibility.

• The installation Always/Never by United Visual Artists is a grid of steel pyramids and shifting patterns of light that together create the illusion that the surface is changing its three-dimensional form.

• Matthew Plummer-Fernandez creates digital wabi sabi for his Digital Natives series of everyday items that are 3D scanned, distorted by algorithms, and 3D printed into new forms. Instead of cracks and misshapen edges, his teapots have an surface of jagged, geometric planes.

• Matt Kennedy’s Faceted Flower Pot started as a digital model that was 3D printed in nylon material and then used to make a plaster mold for casting in porcelain.

• Timothy James’ Geo Ring is faceted sterling silver made by a combination of 3D printing and traditional casting methods.

• Kim Ngo’s Spike Pendant joins sterling silver triangles at the base to create a three-dimensional form.

• Cortnie Elizabeth’s Clutch is made of white leather covered with tiny spikes.

• Leili’s Alluvial Bowl is covered in hand-carved ridges that resemble soft ripples of sand.

• Stefanie Sheehan’s Ring is a sterling silver spike silhouette that points downward against your skin.

• The Mesa Ring by Hot Pop Factory is part of their first collection of jewelry that likens the additive process of 3D printing with natural formations like clouds, cliffs, and crags.

• Avner, Yael, and Sharan’s Claylight Pendant creates light patterns on your walls through slivers in the shape of dots or lines.