FOWELTION jewel, 2016
5 x 1.5 x 2.9 cm
2 x .6 x 1.1 inches
These detailed, 3D printed jewels are reminiscent to the blob-structures that are a central part of the oeuvre of Nick Ervinck. The organic, dynamic visual language is inspired by natural shapes and various other elements that can be found in the physical world, and are then transformed into a whole new design in the virtual world. The opposites organic – fluid, virtual – physical give a new dimension to the works, resulting in a dynamic, spontaneous and elegant design, as true ‘mini-sculptures’.
While the flowing shapes of the jewellery is designed using 3D software techniques, they are translated back to the physical world by the use of 3D printing. Not only does Nick Ervinck use the newest digital techniques and technology to create his sculptures, the virtual logic is an inherent part of his designs. 3D technology and 3D printing has the incredible advantage to create the most complex structures and shapes. That way Nick Ervinck is able to renew the tradition of sculpture. Where Michelangelo still dealt with chopping away, chiselling or carving, the digital design process follows an opposite route: the virtual form is nod ‘freed’ from the matter, but becomes a productive or generative principle in itself. This interaction between tradition and innovation is a central part of the oeuvre of Nick Ervinck.
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