This brief is sponsored by Cooksongold.
Art Nouveau was a style of art, decoration and architecture popular in the early 1900’s, inspired by natural and organic forms such as the sinuous tendrils and swooping curves of plants, flowers and fungi. This fashion was heavily influenced by the work of William Morris & the Arts and Crafts movement. Energy was evoked using lines to create unusual flowing forms, especially in architecture, product and interior design. Extensive use of ‘whiplash’ curved forms derived in part from botanical studies and deep-sea organisms were employed alongside repetition and eccentric geometry.
This year we invite entrants to design and present a single, efficient and effective item of jewellery on the theme and influence of Art Nouveau. This must be specifically suitable to be produced by Direct Precious Metal 3D Printing (also known as Selective Laser Melting or Additive Manufacturing), embracing and utilising the unique design capabilities offered by this technology that lend itself well to Art Nouveau.
Your proposal should demonstrate that it is the best, and probably, the only way to produce your design by this direct precious metal 3D printing process, where powdered precious metal is melted layer by layer using a laser.
- Designs may incorporate articulation, hollow forms, entrapped components in other materials or metals and customisation.
- Direct Precious Metal 3D printing requires supports where there are surfaces that have an angle of more than 45 degrees from the Z axis, this also includes surfaces inside a hollow.
- Entrants should consider the printing requirements to reduce the support structure needed in production.
- Entrants should also consider the accessibility needed to finish areas especially with a high polish finish, and ensuring there is enough material to do so.