Jewellery designer Ana Thompson in collaboration with molecular biologist Dr Sean Speese, set out to explore the microscopic structures of the unseen world with the aim to “inspire and create wonder”. Together they created a unique garment and 3D printed body adornment that reflects the structure and dynamic nature of the cell nucleus and the fascinating symbiosis of the forms that nature contains with the human body.
THE NEW AND EMERGENT COLLABORATION
Shape and form have often been translated from our observations of nature, but in this case it has been fascinating to work with real data that has provided a pure form which has been sourced directly from nature.
Understanding the research of Dr Sean Speese, to utilise and translate his 2D scans into 3D data has given me a fresh perspective in my design process and has led me to explore a new way of capturing shape and form in nature, directly from cells, the building blocks of life.
Using this innovative design process which takes a different direction in the jewellery industry, we have been able to capture microscopic details invisible to the human eye and apply them to fashion and body adornments.
PRODUCTION PROCESS: Microscopic data captured by Cofocal images electron microscope, data manipulation converting 2D images into 3D forms, Stereolithography, hand finishing, electroplating, gold plating.
SOFTWARE: Zeiss - Zen 2011Fiji , MeshLab, Rhino, T-Splines
MATERIALS: SLA, Electroplated Copper, 24ct Champagne Gold Plated, Fresh Water pearls