Something Beautiful in Fashion Jewellery – ELIXIR by Kali Ratcliffe

For this month’s Something Beautiful in Jewellery, I present a jeweller and fashion accessory designer Kali Ratcliffe, and her new brand ELIXIR.

Embossed leather hat, made with Rhino and a CNC milled mould

Kali is a graduate of the Royal College of Art who has studied under several jewellery and silversmithing masters before collaborating with a few London-based fashion labels. What makes her work so interesting is the diversity of approaches she’s willing to take to make the piece she wants, combining resourceful application of Rhino and Zbrush with laser engraving and control over metal and leather to make quite diverse (yet cohesive) forms.

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Exciting New Applications For Wearable Technology and Smart Jewellery

It seems we have recently started seeing a big momentum change in the fields of wearable tech and smart clothing. Recent innovations in embedded RFID technology (as I discussed back in 2012), cost-efficient 3D printing for accessories (as I’ve also been following here), and new materials research have finally come together to create a proper trend in wearable technology innovation.

The InnovateUK Blog has written a good overview of the many different directions of wearable technology research happening now.

But there is so much more going on right now in many fields of accessory design and experimental fashion. While some of the immediate applications are clearly more practical than others, all of them show the commercial possibilities we’re only just barely starting to explore within these technologies.

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Last year, Intel proposed the MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) as an extravagant snakeskin-covered wearable device with full smart-cuff touch screen capabilities. (image courtesy Engadget)

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Shining3D’s New 3D Printed Fashion Contest

Hangzhou based company Shining3D has launched a fashion design contest where people are asked to create catwalk pieces using 3D printing. It would seem news of this was first announced at TCT Asia. Designers work will be shown on the catwalk at the 2nd International 3D Printing Fashion Show at the 2015 Third World 3D Printing and Technology Industry Conference & Expo taking place 3-6 June in Chengdu, China.

Unfortunately, it seems this news has travelled rather slowly to the west, as there are only 15 days left to create something for the competition. That being said, it still might be worth looking into.

One of the judges for the competition is Shanghai-based company Xuberance, makers of this amazing 3D printed wedding dress:

The winner will be announced before the start of the Expo on May 25th and the design will be printed off at the 2015 Shining 3D Fashion Show as part of the Third World 3D Printing Technology Industry Conference. There is an impressive prize pool worth more than $5,000 along with six Einscan-S desktop 3D scanners and 3D printers.

To find out more about the 3D Fashion Contest, you can go directly to their website here:

Shining 3D Fashion Contest

3D Printing and Fashion – New Applications Driving New Innovations

It seems the wait is over for purchasing accessories from businesses focused entirely on 3D printed collections.

The limitations of the materials are proving no obstacle to the fashion industry’s ready and effective adoption of the machines for accessory production. We’re now beginning to see avant garde 3D printed fashion labels such as the Rogue and the Wolf.

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Rogue and Wolf’s 3D printed Bison Skull earrings

More examples after the break.

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