first glance, the iconic Barbie Doll looks innocent enough in the hands of a
young child, but a side-by-side with Nickolay Lamm’s anatomically accurate doll
reveals the ludicrously distorted proportions of Mattel’s classic stand-by– if
she existed in real life. Lamm generated a 3D model from the average
measurements of a 19 year-old girl, send it to a 3D printer, and photoshopped the
resulting figure into the Barbie’s likeness.
Those who are unfortunate enough to fracture a limb but
fortunate enough to do so after the advent of the 3d Printing technology can
rejoice. Jake Evill, an Architecture and Design school at Victoria University
of Wellington alum and Shapeways user, devised an ingenious alternative to the
classic plaster of paris cast, one day effectively making the smelly,
cumbersome monolithic a thing of the past.
Hi guys! Over the next few months, I’ll be writing about the intersections of fashion and 3D printing technology. A bit about me: my company Langoliers Jewelry was born out of a lifelong fascination–obsession, really– with handcraft and textiles. As a kid, I would stare as my grandmother conjured elaborate sweaters from nothingness, rapt. I didn’t know at the time that I would one day set up a small collective of knitters and weave gold and silver into elaborate designs like a latter-day Rumpelstiltskins, hopefully inspiring in others the same awe that I felt as a child. I identify as a craftsperson and took pride in working with my hands, but I quickly realized that I had to reconcile the loftiness of a life in craft with the cold, hard realities of the bottom line.
In celebration of the Spring Equinox, take a que from fashion icons Liz Tyler and Theda Bara and indulge your inner Isis with our round up of Egyptian-inspired jewelry. 3D printing has caused something of a new Egyptian Revival at the Factory of the Future, from entangled serpents to evocative amulets. Here are a few of our favorites.