This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Janelle Dehanne Wilson, a jeweler who turned her fascination of fractals into a jewelry line, unellenu.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Hi, I'm Janelle Dehanne Wilson, located in Sydney, Australia. Approximately two years ago I started my own online business unellenu which focuses on 3D printed designs. I am also employed as a salesperson in fine, high end jewelry.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Designing has always been a passion and escape of mine. I am constantly visually inspired by the built and natural environment. I usually design by daydreaming and picturing things in my mind before bringing them into reality. Alternatively I create by experimenting with different digital design processes, and apply various levels of conscious intervention.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I found the Shapeways site through google, and was delighted to see the variety of materials on offer. I was already familiar with 3D printing in the context of wax print to precious metal casting, as it is used in the jewelry industry. 3D printing allows for unique, complex geometries to be developed. It also enables designers to digitally explore exciting permutations of their designs before physical production.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
My 3D design skills are largely self taught. Having initially acquired some knowledge through following many different tutorials, I combine ideas using traditional and custom processes.
How do you promote your work?
My designs are available online, primarily on my Shapeways shop unellenu, and also my own website. I am interested in exploring more online and retail options very soon. I also enjoy connecting with people who are interested in art, fashion, design and technology via social media. I am active on Twitter, Facebook and have a YouTube channel as well.
Who are your favorite designers or artists? 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?
When 3D printing becomes more affordable for larger items, I would love to create more sizeable sculptures, furniture, and significant architectural components, perhaps part of a building facade or an enormous contemporary chandelier.
Check out Janelle's intricate jewelry designs and this incredible LED fractal lampshade on her Shapeways Shop or her website.