Nov.22, 2014

Internationally celebrated architect, Jenny Wu, announced this week the official public launch of her first 3D printed wearable designs, LACE. The collection will make its debut at Aqua Art Miami this December as a pop-up exhibition/shop in the main courtyard space.

Prompted by her success as an architect, designer and partner at the award-winning design and architecture firm, Oyler Wu Collaborative, Jenny launched her line, taking her artistic eye to the jewelry industry. The LACE by Jenny Wu collection reflects Wu's architectural aesthetic, marrying line-based geometry with intricate organic movement to create avant-garde designs that make a statement.

Tangens necklace

Entitled, 'LACE', the collection comprises over 25 different 3D printed wearable designs including necklaces and rings. The leading LACE design is the Tangens necklace. This will be available in black, white, and translucent. The intricately-detailed necklace has interlocking elements and was created with the Stratasys Fortus 400mc FDM 3D printer in flexible nylon. The Tangens necklace is priced at $850.

"I enjoy the possibilities that FDM offers, as it enables me to directly manufacture jewelry pieces as opposed to just prototype," Wu continues. "After some experimentation, I found that the ABS-M30 in particular was the best 3D printing material for Tangens. Its ability to execute accurate complex geometry with striations from the layering process gives the necklace a unique velvety quality, as well as a robust, thick structure, which results in a wearable item that is elegant, yet durable."

Papilio ring

Wu has also collaborated with Stratasys subsidiary Solidscape to produce the Papilio ring, which evokes the beautiful fluttering movement of a butterfly wing. Once the complex Papilio wax model was 3D printed on a Solidscape's MAX² 3D Printer, it was then cast in sterling silver using the lost wax investment casting process. The Papilio was then finished and hand polished to achieve its lustrous appearance. The 3D printed Papilio ring is priced at $1,000.

Wu adds: "3D printing offers an elegant aesthetic and enables different layers and densities of fine and detailed pieces to be intertwined and produced within hours instead of months. 3D printing is transforming the design industry and the possibilities for the fashion and accessories markets are endless. Before it was seen as avant-garde, but it's now reaching the consumer with cutting-edge ready to wear products."

Two lines of 3D printed designs comprise the collection; "Experimental" features jewelry in nylon and thermoplastic polyurethane and the "Premium" line offers pieces in silver.



The collection, priced from $40-$1,000, will be exhibited at this year's Aqua Art Miami, taking place December 3-7 as part of Art Miami's international contemporary art fair.

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