Here is a sneak preview of the process in the Drawn Dress series. Starting with a 3d body scan and moving through the robotic fabrication, our model Victoria Lee proves that not only the drawing of the dress is variable, but the reality is as well. More drawings, images, and animations of the Drawn Dress project to come.
Monthly Archive for October, 2009
To accompany the digital body scan, we decided to go all ‘digital’ for phase 2 of the ‘Drawn Dress’ project. Here is an animation for your enjoyment of Wes and his Robot cutting the custom dress geometries.
Each cast is the result of a 2d pattern drawn digitally and laser cut. These patterns are cut from rigid wood and elastic rubber. The liquid state of the plaster in combination with pressure stretches the malleable rubber. The result if a 3d form. Over ‘time’ the plaster solidifies into the objects viewed above. Each of these are snapshots that represent the specific circumstances of each material and process.
Starting with a laser cut pattern, a thin layer of latex is stretched over and clamped between two box molds. Surprisingly, the process is rapid with a de-molding time of 20 min. I found the process quite hypnotizing. When the pattern is developed, you can only speculate as to what the final product will be. At each de-molding, you are left with empty box molds waiting another casting.