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Sharing your 3D design work has always been a bit ,well, awkward. You pour your heart and soul into a model and all people see is a flat representation of it. There are various web GL viewers available, but those always require downloading plug-ins which, let's face it, is not something you want to spend your time doing. For a short while now, Sketchfab model embeds have been natively supported within Wordpress blogs. So, ta-daa; here's a test piece - an apple blossom bangle model that hasn't made it to the production, but demonstrates the functionality well. All fellow 3D tinkerers can join through this link.
Recently, I got an assignment to create custom work for two music teachers. Personalized and reasonably priced were the only guidelines. Otherwise I was given free rein and let my creativity go wild. Well, not that wild, but I had fun. The obvious choice for custom personalized jewelry was to create 3D models and then get them 3D printed.
In the picture above, you can the see cufflinks for a piano teacher with initials TH. Each letter is surrounded by two octaves of miniature piano keys. The material is silver plated polished brass.
The other piece was a pendant for a viola teacher. It had to be delivered as soon as I got it from the service bureau, so the picture below is a rendering. On the note lines you can see the alto clef which is also called viola clef because it's often used with viola music. Also the notes, D and G, represent her initials. This pendant was made with 18K plated polished brass.
New York Fashion Week in is full force. Yesterday, I got a chance to see the Ivana Helsinki Rotterdam A/W 2013-2014 collection live from the front row.
The venue, 450 studios, had exactly one working elevator and we had to line up outside for an hour. Pre-blizzard freezing wind from the Hudson River transformed my core into a rattling bowl of ice cubes and made me feel literally like a fashion victim. As soon as the show started, however, the bold prints and strong colors brought some spring back to my soul.
I have always found Paola Suhonen’s designs to be approachable, yet inventive. Some forms, such as Peter Pan collars and gathered puffy sleeves are definitely classic and familiar but pieces are often finished with little surprises. For example, the “Amber” dress had exaggerated Victorian era inspired sleeves, but the material was denim with hand made unique bleach. The same dress balanced the high neckline with upper thigh length, certainly a no-no in the puritan Victorian era.
Although, the prints had no floral cutesy, lot of the cuts and forms reminded me of a delicate bell flower, which quite nicely balanced the occasional austerity of materials. The bell flower form was especially evident with “Jessika” and other raita printed dresses.
All models wore thick tights, some of those shockingly white. It takes a special body type (that of a model?) to be able to pull that off. Luckily, come spring, you can leave your legs bare and let sun kiss them with that delicious golden color. This might help you hold off those tights a week longer? The whole show was also decisively not accessorized. I would have wanted to see perhaps some bags or jewelry. I don’t think that would have taken attention away from the strong pieces.
Unfortunately, my iPhone camera wasn’t quite up to the task, but you can see the full collection here.