3D Printing Fashion

 

Imagine one day you can decide what you want to wear that day, download it, and print it with your phone, as you are getting out of bed. Such an imagination is the future of the 3D printer fashion. 3D Printing is one of the new techniques that have interred the fashion world. Organizations such as Nike and Adidas are examples of the popular and well-known institutions that are gaining from this kind of technology. Some creative fashion designers have gone viral and are already showing their 3D design in their catwalks such as Nadir Gordon, Michael Schmidt, Francis Bitonti and Iris Van Herpen.

The field of fashion is upgrading and current it is all about the use of software and modern technology in coming up with designs. Such an upgrade makes it easy to determine the difference between the current fashion and the modern style. Fashion should not be the same way it was hundreds of years ago, and it has to be consistent and improve with the enhancement in technology. Everything has gone digital and that includes fashion which is trending. People all over the world are getting more conscious of their outfits and styles.  The main purpose of using technologies in our life is to make it easier. Thanks to 3D printing because it has saved us time and energy for there is no more sewing and designers can implement their designs regardless of complexity.

My project process started with learning more about the 3D printing and how it works. I had to gain more knowledge about its operation as a way of easing the project procedure. I collaborate with a software engineer who knows more about 3D printing technology. The engineer helps me understand the process of printing and the available options that I can utilize to come up with a great idea. The decisions I made for my experimental project were a reflection of my determination and within a short period, I had completed generating the two wearable pieces. The printing process could define each item by the material, and identify the piece that would fit for the right temperature and the right speed

I started sampling to figure out the right adjustment for my design. There were three filaments available at the technology lab for me to use; PLA, ABS, and the glowing filament. At first, I chose the glowing filament to print the design I chose. Since the 3D printer starts printing layer by layer, it took an hour to get one piece. There were two reasons; the first one was because the layers for the design were so complicated. The other reason was the type of filament; it was the type that needed more time and use of high temperatures. To reduce the complexity I had to modify the design of the layers and for these reasons, I changed the layers design and size along with the type of filament then I switched to black PLA for convenience purposes.

The first garment that I managed to make was a top that would act as a complementary piece for another garment. It was made of 62 3D printed teardrop shape piece that was hooked with rings and a chain. It took ten hours and a half to compose the pieces and five hours to attach them together. The second garment was a lower waist piece that was made of 117 3D printed hexagonal shape pieces. It was a beautiful outfit if someone combines with the top. Rings and a chain also attached the under waist piece. And it took thirteen hours and a half to print the pieces and eleven hours to attach them together.

3D printing is a manufacturing technology that has been used in many fields including medical, engineering, and entertainment among many others. Organizations can confirm that it is an imperative aspect that helps them carry out their operations. This type of printing has seen a lot of individuals and companies that deal with it gain a lot of profits due to the high demand of consumers. Technology, on the other hand, has interred the fashion world in the most creative ways. The amazing technology designers can create the most intricate designs without sewing. My critique on this case of technology, however, is that it needs more time for research work to be done so as to be able to use the software and, of course, more time for the printing. The cost of 3D printing is high unless you have your 3D printer at home and have the knowledge to use the software. Affordability becomes a problem due to the high prices associated with the 3D printers hence the poor in most cases cannot afford these printers. The rich end up benefiting by making designs that even the pure have to struggle to purchase just to appear classy as well. It is more advisable that the prices are lowered to make it affordable to the mass so that they can use it to influence the development of fashion.

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Appearance Hack

For my Hack appearance I’m choosing to do something that is completely the opposite of my personalty and out of my comfort zone. I’m a nice girl who like all colors and like to wear make-up in natural way, in overall I like the natural soft look with some colors. However, the opposite of my personality and my culture that I will try to reincarnation is the Gothic style. I’m going to be wearing all black with heavy dark make-up and unnatural hair color.

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Designer Report

Designer Report

(Alexandra Becket)

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Alexandra Becket grows up and lived in Los Angeles, she graduate from University of California Santa Cruz with BA in Studio Art. Also, she went to L’Accademia Della Belle Art in Bologna, Italy where she began Painting on Fabric: her signature medium. Becket started as a textile designer her original artworks are created on silk with water-based paint. She said, “Painting on silk with water-based paint has fluidity to it, but can also be controlled by using a technique similar to batik.  I like that it has a watercolor-like feel but has the option of a more controlled hand.  Silk takes hold of color beautifully.  It’s vibrant, with a nice softness to it.” She had her own company, unico studio that located in Los Angeles. However, she focused on creating on-of-a-kind prints for home décor and fashion industry. Moreover, she worked on wall hangings, painting, and home décor accessories.

In 2010, Becket started what she could ModOp with her husband in Los Angeles. This company specialized in home regeneration and indoor design. She works in rejuvenate anguished properties with maintaining the original character of each property at the same time. Also, she has design consultation for remodels and complete renovation. She said about this project “Staging is so much like painting.  You start with a blank canvas, compose a design that suits the space and create a feeling with different elements. I enjoy making each home come to life by creating environments that people can picture themselves living in.”

Becket was influenced by her hometown Los Angeles and her artist roots. She is the granddaughter of Welton Becket. Welton Becket is the artistic who designed some of the famous landmark in Los Angeles like: the Capitol Records, the Music Center, the Beverly Hilton, the pan Pacific Auditorium…and others. Likewise, the geometry of modernism, the sharp angled, and graceful curvature influenced her.

The painting program that Becket took in Bologna inspired her to create large body of work she made experiment using natural pigment powder, painting on cotton, linen, and silk. The big influence she got from there was the rich architectural landscape and natural earth tones of the buildings.

Becket fabric designs are obtained by high-end fabric manufacturer like; Anthropologies, Trina Turk, Pottery Barn, Target, BCBG, Rozae Nichols, Vince Clothing, Guess, Bebe, Quicksilver, Tadashi, Laundry, St. John and many others. However, some designer would use Becket print in their collection just to associate her name to their work.

Finally, Becket started to make a new line of custom rugs and pillow. She said that she loves making a living from her artwork. Her dream project is to design interiors of Mid-century home, incorporating custom fabrics, lighting, upholstery, rugs, artwork, and ear appropriate furniture.

References

http://www.alexandrabecketdesigns.com/ABdesigns_/Bio.html

http://blog.modernica.net/alexandra-becket-designs-with-grace/

http://www.lamag.com/shop/tastemaker/Story.aspx?id=1334746

Presentation art338

Sheila Hicks

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Sheila Hicks is an American Artis that present textile arts as an  experience situated between sculpture and performance. Hicks was born in 1934, Hastings. she studied in Yale for her BFA and MFA from 1954 to 1959 under Josef Albers and Rico Lebrun. She lived and work in Paris and New York since 1963.

She was interested in pre-columbian peruvian textiles and traditional techniques of Mexican hand-weaving. 

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To enlarge her production Hicks studied a verity of industrial methods in 1960s.

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To honor this wonderful artist the institution of Contemporary Art (ICA) presents Sheila Hicks: 50 Years exhibition. it was organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art by Joan Simon and Susan C. Faxon. Hicks was known by her two- and three-dimensional works in fiber.

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Her arts also focus on painting, sculpture, photography, weaving, fabric design, writing, publishing, teaching and collaborations with architects.

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