This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Rachel Goth of Marmalade Park, a graphic designer who turned to 3D printing to transform her photographs of flowers into living, breathing jewelry.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m Rachel a graphic designer originally from Liverpool in the UK. I moved to Oxford after university and I’ve been here ever since. I spent many years creating graphics for the virtual world and began itching to create something ‘real’. That’s when I started designing jewelry in my spare time.
There’s really two strands to it. I’m inspired by nature and I take a lot of photographs of flowers. So many that I drive my partner mad actually! All those photos have become the basis of the current collection of hand dyed nature jewelry. I’m also intrigued by humanity and how our caveman minds work. At the moment I’m developing a series of pendants in which people can stash their secrets or exchange messages. Negative space seems to crop up in my work a lot too. I like to play around and see what’s the minimal amount of material I can get away with and still tell the story.
Although I went to college for graphic design I’ve never really gotten along well with the classroom environment. So I set about finding software and tutorials online. After having looked at 3D software some years ago and been put off by the tech speak I fell for Blender with its easier to understand interface.
If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I’d like to make edible art, from giant sculptures to delicate jewelry. Wouldn’t a giant edible sculpture be more interesting than a wedding cake?