Beautiful Protector: A 3D Printed Neck Piece

Jennise Alberta Thurston (Exhibitor), Michael Mamp (Exhibitor)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


This neckpiece was designed to conceptually present the psychological and emotional walls that humans often build internally to protect oneself in an external aesthetic interpretation. It is a statement about how the walls we build do protect us, but they also leave us alone and unable to interact fully with the outside world. Ruffs of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, ceremonial collars of the Maasai people, as well as the 3D printed fashion creations of Iris Van Herpen and Francis Bitonti informed the design process. When the wearer has the neckpiece on, one can only see minimally, and only through specific areas, in essence hiding behind the 3D printed structure. The ears are not blocked by the design so the wearer can listen to and hear the outside world, but when trying to react and respond the wearer is limited. Hand applied adornments such as feathering and beadwork further enhance the design and present 3D printing as but one tool in a holistic approach to aesthetic and creative problem solving. Feathering, in many cultures, represents protection and comfort, while beadwork is often used symbolically and for adornment purposes. The beading further reinforces the idea of protection by fitting snug against the body and having a substantial weight so that the wearer feels comfort and protection. The 3D printed structure was executed on a Makerbot Z-18 printer over a period of thirty hours. The entire piece was then sanded and painted with black pigment and iridescent shades of blue and green to develop further contrast and to emphasize the voronoi pattern. Feathers were sourced on a recent trip to New York City and then attached by hand along with artfully created strands of beads in complimentary colors.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1800
EventBeautiful Protector: A 3D Printed Neck Piece - International Textile and Apparel Association Juried Design Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
Duration: Jan 1 1800 → …


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