Jewelry Inspired by Art is the Focus of New 3D Design Challenge by Shapeways and the National Gallery of Denmark

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I don’t usually wear earrings unless I’m attending a formal event, and I have only a few necklaces that are in regular rotation, but I love wearing unique rings. One of my favorites has a big owl on it, with a black jeweled head that’s complete with two sharp horns and a cute little beak. Obviously, whoever designed that ring, and others in the collection which feature elephants and cats, was inspired by animals. The customization offered by 3D printing makes the technology useful in the jewelry world, and we’ve seen 3D printed jewelry that’s been inspired by physical locations, wind, Norse mythology, the Chinese zodiac, and everything in between. Now, online 3D printing community and marketplace Shapeways is teaming up with the National Gallery of Denmark (known by its Danish initials of SMK) to announce a special jewelry contest, where the pieces will be inspired by works of art.

Members of the Shapeways design community will get the chance to have their original 3D designed jewelry displayed, and sold, at the SMK in Copenhagen. The National Gallery of Denmark Collection Jewelry Design Contest runs through June 16th.

The SMK is one of the leaders in the OpenGLAM movement, which promotes open and public access to important cultural works that are found in archives, libraries, galleries, and museums. The initiative is funded by the European Union and run by global non-profit Open Knowledge, which tracks the state of open government data. SMK Open ensures that the works in its collections which are no longer protected by copyright, and therefore in the public domain, are accessible to museum patrons, and can be “built upon by the public without restrictions.”

According to the SMK, “The SMK Open project is based on a vision of making art accessible and relevant to far more people. This is done by making the SMK collections available as an online resource and tool that people can bring into their own lives and use on their own terms.”

National Gallery of Denmark

For the Shapeways design contest, SMK curators chose six public domain paintings to be the inspiration for entrants’ 3D designed jewelry. Designers will then be able to use these six works as “jumping-off points” for inspiration to design and create their 3D printable jewelry. The designers will be able to use whatever parts of the paintings they want for inspiration, since the works are not copyright-protected, and create any type of jewelry they want.

To enter the contest, simply study the six paintings, design an original piece of jewelry based on one, or more, of the SMK paintings, upload your design to your public Shapeways shop, tag it SMK, and set your model to ‘Public’ in the Model Details page. The contest is open to Shapeways users over 13 years of age, with the exception of Shapeways and SMK employees, officers, directors, or members of their families. You can enter more than one design in the contest; for full rules and conditions, visit the contest page.

The SMK works include paintings and masterpieces by L.A. Ring, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Christen Købke, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts, and Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann, most of whom are Danish artists. The contest page includes more details about the paintings and the artists, such as the medium used and when the painter was active. The seven-person, all-female panel of judges, which includes representatives from Shapeways and SMK, will choose one winner and four runners-up, based only on their intellectual judgement and individual aesthetic as to “how well the entries draw inspiration from the SMK works.”

If there ends up being a tie, the judges will determine the winner based on the entry that they decide is the most unique. The winners will be chosen by July 14 and notified through the email addresses in their Shapeways accounts. The winning entries will be displayed in the SMK during the full month of September, next to the artwork that inspired them, as well as in promotional materials. The designs will also be eligible to be sold in the SMK Shapeways shop, and the winners will each receive a Shapeways printing credit, of no more than $200, so that their designs can be 3D printed in silver. Discuss in the Shapeways forum at 3DPB.com.

 

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