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Printing fun at the 3D Printshow London, Sep 2014

3D printing has really picked up the pace in the last few years, and events like the annual 3D Printshow is catering to the interest and demands of both businesses and individuals.

The show features a line-up of commercial solutions for businesses, printing services for all types of clients (large and small) and platforms for showcasing design work by agencies and artists. There are also a number of educational talks from various guest speakers who have worked with 3D printing, including in fashion!

At this year’s show I enjoyed learning of Richard Beckett‘s work with Pringle of Scotland, where 3D printing was used to create innovative fabrics for items in their A/W 2014 collection:

Richard Becketts 3D Printed fabric embellishments for Pringle of Scotland, A/W 2014

Richard Beckett’s 3D Printed fabric embellishments for Pringle of Scotland, A/W 2014

 

Detail of Richard Becketts 3D Printed fabric embellishments for Pringle of Scotland, A/W 2014

Detail of Richard Beckett’s 3D Printed fabric embellishments for Pringle of Scotland, A/W 2014

I also loved visiting the booths in the showroom where many creative examples of 3D printing were on display including jewellery, clothing, toys, stationary, cutlery and even food!!

Take Belgian chocolate printing for one!! This service was provided by Choc Edge, and not only did it look great, but it also smelt and tasted great! 100% edible dark chocolate printed in whichever design you want.

Printing with chocolate by Choc Edge

Printing with Belgian chocolate by Choc Edge at the 3D Printshow, London 2014

I asked the guys at the booth to kindly try out one of the Islamic patterns I was working with and they were happy to do it. They hadn’t tried something this intricate and of this style of design but once the file was uploaded and the printer got going, the results were amazing! I was in awe:

Prep work for printing files with chocolate by Choc Edge

Prep work for printing files with chocolate by Choc Edge

 

Chocolate printed Islamic art by Choc Edge

Chocolate printed Islamic art, a special request fulfilled by Choc Edge at the 3D Printshow, London 2014

There are so many possibilities with 3D printing, it can make your mouth water (quite literally). Below are photos I took from the show which give a much better idea of the fun and creative output achievable with today’s technology!

3D HADAR Table Lamp by Cyril Afsa

The Muqarnas is a feature of Islamic architecture that has inspired Cyril Afsa’s 3d Table lamp.

3D Hadar Lamp by Cyril Afsa

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3D HADAR Lamp by Cyril Afsa

The muqarnas reminds me a little of a bee hive, as it appears to be a tessellation of geometric shapes that form a cave like structure with spatial depth. But the shapes used to form the muqarnas are a little more complicated and have what appears to be an infinite depth due to the various shapes used to form the pattern.

Cyril Afsa’s lamp design is a modern day realisation of the crafts based link to traditional Islamic art. An every day, and therefore very practical, object to which the Islamic aesthetics of the muqarnas is applied. Traditionally, elaborate patterns and designs would have been applied to nearly every kind of object encountered in the daily life of a resident in an Islamic land including but not limited to decanters, vases, plates, jewellery boxes as well as architectural monuments.

HADAR Lamp from Cyril Afsa on Vimeo.

The merger of the traditional application of an Islamic design with the modern process of 3D printing is an example of how digital technologies are entering the sphere of contemporary Islamic art. As can be seen in this example by Cyril Afsa, the results have amazing potential. The most significant aspect of utilising digital technology in producing these art works is the ability to attain a high level or accuracy – an accuracy that is required for implementing the various patterns that have become well-recognised in Islamic art.

There are some beautiful examples of  Muqarnas to be found in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, as well as the Shah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran. Have a look at this page on wikipedia for more information and images of the above mentioned examples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muqarnas

Very interestingly, a fairly recent discovery has found that the muqarnas feature was incorporated in the archway over one of the entrances to the Divrigi mosque (Turkey) in such as way as to cast a shadow of a man.

Shadow of man reading cast by design in Divrigi Ulu mosque, Sivas, Turkey

The shadow of a man reading and another of a person standing in prayer are cast in accordance with the sun’s changing position in the sky. Therefore, a combination of mathematics, architecture, art and astrology were combined in the design of this mosque which was founded in 1228. Find out more here: New Discoveries in the Islamic Complex of Mathematics, Architecture and Art

Felix Ackermann’s Al Salam – 3D typeface

Felix Ackermann works with typography and has developed a grid system allowing him to portray a 3d typeface. The grid system is such that the view from above is different to that from the side or below, therefore allowing for more than one word and meaning within the same space.

Take a look at the images below for a better idea of how this works. The idea is that each differing view provides a different perspective.

Grid system typeface by Felix Ackermann. Image accessed via: http://www.wallpaper.com/directory/1950 [24 Dec 2013 13:53]

Grid system typeface by Felix Ackermann. Image accessed via: http://www.wallpaper.com/directory/1950 [24 Dec 2013 13:53]

The effects of this grid-based typeface can be effectively viewed in Ackermann’s  ‘Al-Salam’, commissioned by Queen Rania of Jordan.

Chalk Studios (based in London) were asked to 3d print the piece and have kindly granted me permission to share their photos of Al-Salam within this post.

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann accessed via Chalk Studios Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chalkstudios/

Al Salam by Felix Ackermann accessed via Chalk Studios Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chalkstudios/

The front perspective shows the words ‘al-salam’ in Arabic text. If you move across to view the words from the top they appear to transform and you see the word ‘Peace’ in English text.

My favourite image is this one where you can see the English word ‘Peace’ cast in shadow whilst seeing only the Arabic when viewing the artwork from in front.

Not only is there visual value to this work, and also the inventiveness to be appreciated but also ideas regarding communication and differences. Things can be deceptive or they can be enlightening. You just need to be prepared to have an open mind and look for what else can be found and learnt by trying a new perspective.

For more information and images on this work and the studios who conducted the 3D-printing, visit Chalk Studios’ web site: http://www.chalkstudios.co.uk/article/a-fresh-look-at-typography