Posts Tagged ‘3D Design’

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.

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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.

 

 

When it comes to their own identity, graphic designers are their own worst client. Never happy, always tinkering and rarely have time to sit down and brainstorm. In my own case, I am not only one but two whiny un-paying clients. In addition to the start-up jewelry business, I also have the established graphic and web design studio. Both require different identity and cater to very different people. To make things more difficult, both really ride on my own name and are part of the same company; Annamari Mikkola Creative.

While researching custom packaging options for my jewelry, I decided the old (or not so old, actually) Annamari Mikkola Creative logo will not work as monochromatic option. Paying for two color foil stamping for boxes was not an option either. At the price point I am selling the jewelry, packaging then would have been disproportionately expensive. Since the jewelry business really needed a separate identity anyway, I had to sit down with my sketch book again. Here’s the result:

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A lot happier, a bit cutesy and definitely will work as one color option as well. It will also cover possible new accessory lines, such as scarves. Or what do you think? Comments welcome.

The old logo will mainly liveon the long neglected and soon to be redesigned Mikkola.net site. That will have a portfolio of my 2D graphic design, advertising and web work. The new logo will show up first on the Etsy Store (yes, it’s kind of open and will have more items soon!). Once I get around opening my actual web store, it’ll be seen there as well.

Confused yet? So am I, but it will all be more clear soon. I promise. Just need to sit down with a difficult client first.

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The editor at MJSA Custom Jeweler called for an interview about my business insights and advice. At first, I thought I have nothing to say. Really, I should be selling a lot more jewelry than I do now. Turns out, I have a lot to say. People even commented on the story at the recent industry conference, MJSA ConFab.

See the digital edition here

Download the PDF here

 

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Click the picture above to explore the wonderful otherworldly kinetic mind of Anthony Howe. "A Kinetic Mind" movie by Elizabeth Rudge

The refreshingly simple artist’s statement that is the headline for this blog entry comes from the amazing sculptor Anthony Howe. His mesmerizing kinetic sculptures are made of sheet metal. Somehow  the movement caused by the gentle wind makes them also really organic. Some resemble a flower opening from the bud, some are like an ever moving ocean floor. Some reflect the nature around them from dozens of tiny mirrors.

Howe builds the pieces using traditional metalworking techniques, but the elements are first  conceived with different CAD programs which command a laser cutter.

Mr. Howe worked first as a painter, but then got “bored with everything being static in my visual world”. I’m so glad for that boredom.

Here's a link to another  Anthony Howe interview.

 

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Rings_RingI was super excited to get the latest Art Jewelry Magazine in the mail. This highly regarded national magazine is always full of great articles and beautiful jewelry pictures. To get published is an honor, and on the July 2013 issue they prominently featured my Rings Ring. You can see it in the picture  above. Close-up on the left. They also posted it on the online gallery for the featured work.

This ring made out of rings is symmetrical, balanced and perfectly proportioned, reminding us of a more ancient art of jewelry making.  It is 3D printed stainless steel and gold plated.

 

Ready and folded ride.

Ready and folded ride.

The fans of MTV’s  ingenious Pimp My Ride show can now liberate their inner rap master and pimp their own folded paper rides. With Foldify app for iPad, one can pimp also boxes and other figurines. However, as my boys and I fended off some flu infused haze, we opted for cars and buses.

You don’t need a garage filled with dude-types for these hot rods. You can paint with app’s brushes or use stamps that come with it. Every action you take in Foldify, is previewed in real-time 3D, without any delays or extra steps. Then you can print your figure using AirPrint or send as a PDF by e-mail. It is quite wonderful for the kids to use scissors and glue and hold the final 3D version in their hands. The app definitely develops spatial thinking and subsequent crafting helps with fine motor skills.

Quite honestly, after a while, I was tempted to bring the PDF to Photoshop and get those hubcaps spinning with real chrome. The stamps are limited and brushes a little clumsy. For now, I have resisted the temptation.