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  • Layer by Layer| Photograph: Victoria Spruce, 2011| Photo depicts a grey patent sculptural twisting heeled shoe

    Layer by Layer| Photograph: Victoria Spruce, 2011| courtesy of the designer

  • Layer by Layer| Photograph: Marla Marchant, 2013|Image depicts a shoe made from linear metal rods shaped and thin leather straps that have been used to create the shape of shoe through tension

    Layer by Layer| Photograph: Marla Marchant, 2013| courtesy of the designer

  • Layer by Layer| Rapid Form Shoe| Chau Har Lee, 2011| photograph depicts a black open toe slip on heeled shoe with sculptural/ geometric style

    Layer by Layer|Photograph: Rapid Form Shoe| Chau Har Lee, 2011| Courtesy of the designer| Lead Image

  • Layer by Layer| Photograph: Marieka Ratsma and Kostika Spaho| Image shows a white plastic enclosed stiletto, 3D printed bird skull shoe

    Layer by Layer| Photograph: Marieka Ratsma and Kostika Spaho| 3D printed bird skull shoe

  • Layer by Layer| Photograph: Hyphae Ring, Nervous System, 2011| Female model wearing black ring featuring nervous system shape like a web

    Layer by Layer| Photograph: Hyphae Ring, Nervous System, 2011| courtesy of the designer

  • Layer by Layer| 05 AWM, Ross Barber, 2012| Photograph depicts mottled painted leg and work man style boot with wire mesh mould peeling away from shoe

    Layer by Layer| 05 AWM, Ross Barber, 2012| Photography by Madame Peripetie| Makeup by Isamaya Frenc

  • Layer by Layer| Photograph: Exhibition Installation Close- up View of technical textile| Image depicts 3 different textile samples

    Layer by Layer| Photograph: Exhibition Installation Close- up View of technical textile

  • Layer by Layer|Photograph: Exhibition Installation View of interactive screen, display plinth and imagery| Image shows wall with photographs and interactive screen, with shoe on plinth inside perspex case

    Layer by Layer|Photograph: Exhibition Installation View of interactive screen, display plinth and imagery

  • Layer by Layer| Photograph: Exhibition Installation View of exhibition display plinth and photographs| Image depicts two walls meeting that have photographs displayed on and white paint exhibiting heeled shoes

    Layer by Layer| Photograph:Exhibition Installation View of exhibition display plinth and photographs

  • Layer by Layer| Photograph: Exhibition Installation View of 3D software| Image depicts a table with two computers supporting 3D software and 3D printer

    Layer by Layer| Photograph: Exhibition Installation View of 3D software

  • Layer by Layer| Photograph: Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf| Photo depicts a red sculptural heeled stiletto

    Layer by Layer| Photograph: Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf| 3D Printed by i.materialise

  • Layer by Layer| Photograph: Hoon Chung, 2012|Image depicts 3D printed open toe wedge in pale olive green and sandy soul with open toe style

    Layer by Layer| Photograph: Hoon Chung, 2012| courtesy of the designer

  • Layer by Layer| Digital split screen view: Jewellery Morph, Julia Gaimster and Enrique Ramos, 2013| Image of a digital screen split 4 ways showing a 3D construction of warped ring shape

    Layer by Layer| Digital split screen view: Jewellery Morph, Julia Gaimster and Enrique Ramos, 2013, courtesy of the designer

  • Layer by Layer| Z Form Study for Sodra Paper Pulp Shoe, 2013, ©Liz Ciokajlo| Photograph depicts a wool soul of shoe with holes on separate to the white 3D printed heeled platform and woolen hard felt sock

    Layer by Layer| Z Form Study for Sodra Paper Pulp Shoe, 2013, ©Liz Ciokajlo| Photography by Stephanie Potter Corwin

Layer by Layer

10 April–18 May 2013

Layer by Layer focused on 3D printing and its potential as a tool for design. By outlining some of the processes, stages of development and materials involved in the printing of objects, this exhibition demonstrated some of its most innovative uses in contemporary practice. 3D printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing or rapid prototyping, was first patented in the 1970s. New advances in 3D-modelling software have enabled designers to think creatively about their output in ways that were previously unimaginable.

The exhibition was loosely divided into three sections – process, materials and applications. Process explored both the process of making and designing, and featured work by Marloes ten Bhömer, which revealed the entire production process. Iris van Herpen’s A/W 2013 collection, Voltage, featured one 3D-printed ensemble created in collaboration with Neri Oxman from MIT’s Media Lab and printed by Stratasys using multi-material technology. It also featured works by Victoria Spruce, Marla Marchant, and a collaboration between architect Julia Koerner and printer Materialise. Materials featured a newly commissioned materials library, to illustrate the number of materials and finishes currently available to users, created in close collaboration with Shapeways, a leading 3D-printing marketplace and community.

 

Also featured were the Melonia Shoe, designed by fashion designer Naim Josefi and industrial designer Souzan Yusouf, and printed by i.materialise; the Biomimicry Shoe, printed by i.materialise and designed by Marieka Ratsma in collaboration with Kostika Spaho; and designs by Chau Har Lee, Hoon Chung and Liz Ciokajlo, and Ron Arad’s PQ Eyewear. Applications featured 3D-printing companies, such as Nervous System, who have begun to harness these new capabilities in order to market and sell their products. Their digital design applications enable visitors to their website to customise and purchase jewellery online. Julia Gaimster has worked with Enrique Ramos to create a program through which the design of a ring can be altered via twitter.

A Makerbot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer ran in the gallery throughout the exhibition, giving visitors a firsthand experience. The Fashion Digital Studio oversaw the printing of new work by jeweller Silvia Weidenbach, which took place twice a day, Monday to Friday.

Layer by Layer was curated by Leanne Wierzba and Gemma Williams.