“Dita’s Gown” (detail) – Michael Schmidt Studios, Francis Bitonti Studio and Shapeways. Photo: Albert Sanchez Photography
Learn the basics and possibilities of digital fabrication from NYC design experts! As part of Eyebeam’s Computational Fashion program, this workshop will demonstrate some of today’s most disruptive, innovative, and thought provoking technologies. Join Arthur Young-Spivey, Sabine Seymour, and Francis Bitonti to explore 3D software, scanning, and printing tools, and consider how they can be used, combined, and pushed in new directions.
Workshop participants will gain exposure to digital fabrication and its potential use within fashion, developing new ways to think about it as both a prototyping process and a creative medium. Presentations – including designer Francis Bitonti discussing his work on a fully articulated 3D printed gown – will be followed by hands-on demonstrations, where participants will be able to try out various aspects of the digital fabrication process using a selection of 3D printers, scanners, and software.
Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own laptops installed with 3D modeling software in order to get insight and feedback from workshop experts. Recommended free or open source software includes: 3dtin.com, Tinkercad.com, SketchUp, OpenSCAD, Wings3D, Scupltris, Autodesk 123D, and Blender.
About the Presenters
Arthur Young-Spivey is an industrial designer and digital fabrication specialist versed in all of the various aspects of 3D software, 3D printing/rapid prototyping, 3D scanning and how they apply to different industries. Arthur has consulted with medical, architectural, product design and engineering firms to facilitate how they can bring their visions into the real world.
Dr. Sabine Seymour focuses on the intertwining of aesthetics and function in fashion and technology. Her company Moondial consults on fashionable technology to companies and institutions worldwide. Moondial Lab is the nexus between silicon and style. She is an Assistant Professor of Fashionable Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. She has published extensively on the subject, including recent books, Fashionable Technology and Functional Aesthetics.
Francis Bitonti is a designer, researcher, and founding principal of Francis Bitonti Studio, an interdisciplinary design studio working across scales and disciplines ranging form innovative spaces and objects to wearables and wearable technologies. Bitonti is ushering in a new manufacturing paradigm through his innovative use of computational design techniques and emerging manufacturing technologies. The studio has been published in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, V Magazine, Wired, and The New York Daily News and continues to garner global recognition.