Impossible fashion - EXOSKELETON
Wearable Art & Technology
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.
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.
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)
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.
Stella Chang - Artist
Declan Hennessey - 3D Modeling Assistant
NYU LaGuardia Studio
Programs used: Blender, ZBRUSH, Photoshop, Illustrator, Keyshot.