On February 9 in celebration of New York Fashion Week, the Ace Hotel is hooking up with 3D printing company Shapeways, a select group of talented analog jewelry designers, and CAD modelers to show how digital technology can revolutionize the industry.
Designers including VeraMeat, Ursa Major, In God We Trust, and others will team up with CAD modelers thefuturefuture, Bits to Atoms’ Duann Scott, and Kostika Spaho for an interactive jewelry bazaar that lets visitors take part in the creation of their own custom-made pieces via MakerBot 3D printers.
But how will this whole thing work exactly? We asked Vera Balyura of VeraMeat for the details:
NoMA: How will the interactive part of the jewelry bazaar work? Did you have to prepare designs in advance?
VeraMeat: We did prepare and design a custom-made two finger duster ring. I think the original idea was to have our ring printed in front of the customer, but now due to time limitations the orders will be made after the event with the personalized custom details. We have fun working in this new way and are excited to get customer feedback once they receive their VeraMeat. We’re so excited to be a part of this Ace event as we love Ace. And it's wonderful to learn a new technique.
NM: Were there any materials that you normally use that you could not due to the 3D printing process?
VM: We use silver a lot and that was an option so we didn’t have a problem.
NM: You’re analog design process is intricate and on a smaller scale which makes your pieces special. Do you see 3D printing as a way to branch out and pursue further retail opportunities—more products for a larger audience?
We have three retail stores and an online store already—two stores in New York and one new store opening in Beverly Hills on February 12. So we have been able to grow the VeraMeat brand using normal casting technique. We have a lot of flexibility with this historic style. 3D printing is just another exciting option.
Local Designers Print 3D is open to the public Feb 9, 1-5pm in the lobby of the Ace Hotel, NYC.
Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th St New York, NY 10001; (212) 679-2222
Miranda July's upcoming "We Think Alone" project will exist only in the intimate space of the personal inbox. Over the course of 20 weeks, July will send subscribers 20 emails containing excepts from actual email correspondence from Lena Dunham, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kirsten Dunst, Sheila Heti, and more. The idea of sharing emails not meant for publication came about after July noticed the surprising amount of intimacy in mundane email composition. She writes, "How they comport themselves in email is so intimate, almost obscene — a glimpse of them from their own point of view."
“It’s like hunting for endangered species and putting the trophy of an animal’s head in your study.”
Meegan Czop, who works at Chicago’s Rebuilding Exchange, realizes the comparison she’s making between hunting and salvaging old buildings for raw material is a bit gruesome. But, she still gets a thrill finding a new purpose for the detritus of decades-old construction, and the hunting metaphor is apt.
The Rebuilding Exchange has made a name for itself upcycling material for architects and designers—wood from a South Side bowling alley was used to build the offices of Trunk Club, the online bespoke fashion powerhouse, for example. And the RX recently collaborated with Strand Design to create stylish benches and clocks from reclaimed material. But the company’s current project, helping find a home for wood from the Old Globe Grain Elevator in Superior, Wisconsin, may be its biggest job yet. The eight-story mill, completed in 1887, is one of the largest in North America and could provide over five million board feet of lumber—“enough to rebuild Wrigley Field"—to designers. The wood is all old-growth timber that’s been smoothed out into intricate, wavy patterns by decades of erosion from falling grain. The RX crew is racing to get as much material as they can before the bank forecloses on the land, and have already found architects and designers interested in utilizing this rare cache of wood.
“People should have the same appreciation for this material as they have for finding old vinyl,” says Czop. “It can be dangerous working up there, wielding a chainsaw on a boom, but this is a salvager’s dream come true.
There's no shortage of amazing facts about Brian Eno. And, no, we're not talking about the album he did with Television. It is only natural that the musical pioneer might enjoy a good feline cuddle once in a while like the rest of us. The Internet blogs would have us believe he once did a Purina ad, with his own cat, no less. But the original posting at Dangerous Minds seems to have gone offline, and while Boing Boing has a link to a large version, the image shows no trace of a moire pattern which would indicate it had been scanned from an old magazine. That's not a dealbreaker, of course, as moire patterns are easily removed by Photoshop experts, but it is slightly suspicious. We remain skeptical but intrigued.
Video by Score. Music by Boyton.
Curator and artist SuperBlast traveled the States from coast to coast to meet Cleon Peterson, Cody Hudson, and Martha Cooper—all artists represented in the upcoming "FUTURE/MEMORY" show opening June 22 in Dresden, Germany. Hudson talks about the relationship between his sculpture and painting—and his art as a means of expression. Peterson explains his attraction to dark subject matter. Also on the show flyer are Boogie, Horfeé, Husk Mit Navn, Stefan Marx, Cleon Peterson, Jay "One" Ramier, Skki, and SuperBlast himself. The show is for the Street Culture @ Hellerau, a festival at the European Center for the Arts Dresden.
FUTURE/MEMORY runs June 22—July 6, 2013, 4pm-8pm, free.