3D printing provides users with literally endless opportunities to design and create their own custom objects, whether it be household accessories, elaborate art work, individualized toys, or custom jewelry. Jewelry itself has been around since the first humans became advanced enough to hammer on some stones and come up with their own unique designs. Jewelry design has since developed and evolved to a point today where virtually anyone can create their own custom designs, wear them, or even sell them, via 3D printing technology.
Online 3D printing marketplaces such as Shapeways have created a way in which jewelry designers can simply upload 3D models of their desired pieces, and then have them 3D printed in a matter of days. When browsing through the Shapeways marketplace, you will come across many incredibly unique pieces of jewelry, but none quite as astounding, breathtaking, and eye-catching as those a woman named Jenny Wu has created with her jewelry collection, ‘LACE by Jenny Wu‘.
Her 3D printed jewelry has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Architect Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and more. She has given talks on her jewelry at various designs shows, and remains one of the more noted individuals within the 3D printing space, when it comes to jewelry design. She is truly an internationally celebrated architect and designer, who now just so happens to have found a niche within the custom jewelry market. Now, Jenny Wu has some great news, for those of you who wish to see, touch, feel, and perhaps even purchase some of her jewelry.
“I am doing my first pop-up shop at Aqua Art Miami during Miami Art Week,” Wu tells 3DPrint.com. “As you may know it is one of the biggest art and design weeks in the US. 3D printing is starting to invade the art and design world!”
LACE by Jenny Wu is ready to debut its all new collection of 3D printed jewelry as part of Miami Art Week, at Aqua Art Miami which begins on December 3, 2014. The Jewelry collection will have its very own pop-up exhibition/shop in the main courtyard at the event. This collection, which features two lines of 3D printed designs, including “Experimental” and “Premium,” range in price from $40 to $1,000. The “Experimental” line features pieces 3D printed in thermoplastic polyurethane and nylon, while the “Premium” line offers high quality silver jewelry.
“Jewelry is an art form and I went about designing and creating my collection as I would my architectural projects,” explained Wu. “Sketching out experimental designs and then using innovative fabrication methods, such as 3D printing, to bring to life unconventional geometries with unique material qualities.”
The 10th annual art fair, located at the Aqua South Beach hotel in Miami, is known for its extremely laid-back vibe, featuring some of the world’s most well known and influential collectors and art professionals. This certainly will help put 3D printing on the map, if it isn’t already there, as far as art and design goes.
For those who are not yet familiar with Wu, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University before attending Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she received her Master’s degree in architecture. She later established Oyler Wu Collaborative in 2004 with another architect named Dwayne Oyler. This company focuses on progressive, experimental projects within the realm of architecture.
Jenny Wu realized that jewelry design was another way for her to use her creativity and design ability to bring ideas that she had in her head to fruition, and now she is ready to debut her designs on one of the world’s largest stages.
“While attending Art Basel 2013, prior to the creation of LACE by Jenny Wu, I received a lot of interest from wearing my designs that I was just making for myself at the time,” said Wu. “Aqua Art Miami is the perfect place to debut my collection, not just for the esteemed opportunity to present my work there, but for the significance the event has for LACE by Jenny Wu as well.”
So, if you can make your way to Miami next month, besides the warm, sunny weather which will surely be a welcoming sight, you may want to stop by and see for yourself why LACE by Jenny Wu has been garnering so much attention as of late. Feel free to stop by the official website for LACE by Jenny Wu, and check out Wu’s incredible jewelry design, or perhaps even purchase that special holiday gift for a loved one.
What do you think about LACE by Jenny Wu? Will you be attending the Miami Art Week this year? Discuss in the “LACE by Jenny Wu” forum thread on 3DPB.com.