Impossible fashion - EXOSKELETON

Wearable Art & Technology

Design Inspiration

Lately, I've been obsessed with creating impossible beauty that does not exist in nature unless synthetically made. One of such ideas is to explore exoskeleton of a butterfly that simply doesn't exist in real life, but found its way to my print nonetheless. 

Front View 

Chandler carrying Exoskeleton Fancy Clutch at Jason Wu Grey Out event. Sept. 2017

Video, click to watch.

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What color to choose that is the question 

In black and white exoskeleton. 

In black and white exoskeleton. 

Front and back view. 

Front and back view. 

Magenta Exoskeleton meets genuine leather wristlet.

My design inspiration: Original Exoskeleton Fancy mixed media print in Ink pen, watercolor, and digital manipulation. Debuted at Salmagundi Art Club's Black & White Exhibition, Jan. 2018. 

design direction 

From there, I decided to extend the same idea into product design and 3D print it as wearable art in the form of an evening clutch. Again, I'm interested in exploring the optimal design that merges the boundary between art and fashion by using 3D printing technology.

To capture the complex x-ray hand drawing of its exoskeleton veterbrae, I recreated them 3-dimensionally by using intricate parametric design that became the overall framework of the clutch. Additionally, the butterfly wing is broken down into 2 layers and 3D printed in two separate materials to represent the intersection between negative and positive spaces you see in the print.   

3/4 Back View 

Back View Back Lit

Materials & Size

Overall design is 3D printed in clear and white vero intertwining together. Detachable Leather pouch (coming soon!) will be added separately to be supported by the frame.

Size: 26cm (W) x 2.5cm (D) x 16cm (H) 

Front View, Back Lit

3D Rendering, Front View 

3D Rendering, Back View

Design Process 

This clutch will not be possible without the collaborative effort between myself and Declan. Starting with dissecting my print to figure out how many parts of the butterfly we had to build individually, and experimenting with the many different types of parametric design that would be structurally sound.

Credits: 

Stella Chang - Artist

Declan Hennessey - 3D Modeling Assistant

NYU LaGuardia Studio

Programs used: Blender, ZBRUSH, Photoshop, Illustrator, Keyshot.