We’ve talked to three designers from around the globe on how 3D printing and weaving is changing the game for good.
Israeli womenswear designer Noa Raviv was awarded the Fashion Designer of the Year award at the 2014 3D Printshow in Paris. The three-dimensional add-ons and pieces from her Hard Copy collection were directly inspired by defective digital images that were created with her 3D software, and then put forth the tension between the real and the virtual.
THE FINE PRINT: What first intrigued you about 3D printing?
NOA RAVIV: 3D printing is a very exciting tool for a designer to work with. It enables me to create and imagine shapes and geometries that I couldn’t create with anything else. Also, as a fashion designer I was mostly familiar with soft materials, and 3D printing gave me access to a world of rigid structures.
THE FINE PRINT: It’s something that is relatively still new – how did you teach yourself how to use it and make it produce your desired result?
NOA RAVIV: When I was at college (Shenkar College of Engineering Design and Art), I took a couple of 3D software courses (I joined the jewelry design department for those courses). Asides from that, I saw a lot of Youtube tutorials, spent hours in front of the computer, met many great people along the way, and luckily they were happy to share their knowledge and expertise.
THE FINE PRINT: What do you think will be the biggest challenge when it comes to democratising the machinery?
NOA RAVIV: I think that even if one day the machine will be perfect and super easy to operate, the challenges will always be related to the design, I don’t know if you can democratize that.
Photography RON KEDMI