This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Dario Scapitta, an Italian jewelry designer living in the Netherlands.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I was born in Valenza, Italy, which is one of the most important centers for the Italian jewelry design. For the last two years I've been living in Enschede in The Netherlands, a place where I can find new inspiration and live with more international and multicultural influences.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Design, nature, art, people... everything that surrounds me is an inspiration. Sometime it is just like a flash in the night, before I sleep, an idea that it comes so quickly, just a suggestion, then I have to make some sketches and drawings. I then let them sit for a while, to mature like a good wine.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
One year ago I thought to myself, it's time to think about my own ideas and designs. I thought that Shapeways was a nice place to start to produce and testing my designs. I like that I am able to experiment and test ideas and new materials.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
When I was studying set design at the Accademy of Arts and Crafts Teatro alla Scala in Milan, I started using Alias Studio Tools. Then I went back to my hometown, where I started to work as jewelry designer using CAD and 3D printing.
How do you promote your work?
I like magazines and the internet which is faster of course, but I do love the real world. I like to see people's faces reacting to my designs and to hear their comments and questions. I used to show my designs in different fairs, exhibitions, galleries and design shops but most of the time people are finding me.
Who are your favorite designers or artists?
There is not enough space here for my list! Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Giorgio Armani, Santiago Calatrava, Renzo Piano, Kusuma Yayoj.
Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
Leonardo da Vinci was convinced that man could fly when started to design his helicopter, but was limited by the technologies of that time, so just wait and we might see a real Enterprise spaceship yet!