For the 2013 Rock Vault Collection, ten designers were selected to present their jewellery designs, made out of precious palladium, in a way that combined the latest technology with traditional jewellery craftsmanship.
Experiential production company Blonstein & Associates approached the International Palladium Board with the idea of displaying models of each designer’s head to showcase their own earings. Blonstein & Associates asked Inition to turn the idea into reality.
Inition scanned each of the designer’s heads in 3D using a Mephisto 3D scanner. The digital models underwent a post-production process to create stylised, faceted versions to reflect the Rock Vault aesthetic which were then realised in physical form using a ZPrinter 450.
Rob Jeffries, 3D Scanning and Print Consultant at Inition said: “We employ a range of scanning technologies and regularly scan everything from museum artefacts to pop stars. Scanning a human bust is particularly challenging, especially to capture the intricacies of hair and facial features accurately.”
He continued: “Post-production involved stylising the data to give the faceted look whilst retaining the recognisable features of each model. We are really pleased with the aesthetic of the finished life-sized heads and are excited about the huge potential for deploying these technologies in the fashion world.”
The result was a slick gallery style exhibition in Somerset House during London Fashion Week, which highlighted the sharp contrast of the light-absorbing painted heads and bright white of the palladium metal.