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3D printed fascinator

Standstill to motion

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A new type of designer is being born: part craftsperson, part cyber-technician. Harnessing the potentials of high tech tools and additive manufacturing, and implementing them to create a digitally inspired product.

The race that
stops a nation

 

Australia’s most famous race (the Melbourne Cup) is the place where all milliners from across the country present their best and most flamboyant fascinators. The refined look and elaborated details of the fascinators attract many people’s attention. With a lot of visitors, photographers and journalists coming to the track, this is a day where a design statement has to be made.

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Understanding the aesthetics of millinery

 

I worked closely with one of Melbourne’s best milliner Julie Fleming to understand the aesthetics of millinery. These observations helped me to define the purpose of designing fascinators: “creating high quality and elegant headpieces that enhances the beauty of the wearer’s head. Enabling the wearer to display her fashionability and making the wearer feel comfortable wearing a fascinator.”

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Affected by natural forms, structures and lines

 

During this project I was predominantly inspired by the influences of the Art Nouveau. The two-minute sketches allowed me to get a visual understanding of what the characteristics of the Art Nouveau could mean in relation to fascinators.

Affected by natural forms, structures and lines

 

During this project I was predominantly inspired by the influences of the Art Nouveau. The two-minute sketches allowed me to get a visual understanding of what the characteristics of the Art Nouveau could mean in relation to fascinators.

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Iterate fast and agile

 

To create as many ideas and shapes as possible I started to experiment with paper and cardboard. This method of creative thinking allowed me to make quick models, but still provided me with enough feedback about the overall form. Due to the feedback of several users I was able to implement or eliminate certain design elements in subsequent models.

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One moment in time

 

The 3D printed fascinator freezes the movement where the wind intervenes with the dynamic motion of water. Its charismatic attitude brings energy and life to it. The elegant pattern of the base provides a light look and feel that creates the visual effect of a vortex. The ‘ribbons’ that cross the forehead ensure a lower visual weight and help to draw emphasis onto the eyes.

One moment in time

 

The 3D printed fascinator freezes the movement where the wind intervenes with the dynamic motion of water. Its charismatic attitude brings energy and life to it. The elegant pattern of the base provides a light look and feel that creates the visual effect of a vortex. The ‘ribbons’ that cross the forehead ensure a lower visual weight and help to draw emphasis onto the eyes.