Mashrabiya Bracer

Design Work, Research

This design is abstracted from traditional Mashrabiya, an architectural screen designed to separate the Harim in the Middle East (men and women’s quarters).  Just as it acts as an environmental (protecting from intense sun while providing free air movement) and cultural barrier and shield, the bracer embeds intricate design details that can only be achieved through 3D printing.  The design, based on a 3D scan of the artist and parametrically mapped to the body contours, suggests the extension of cultural place into the fashion of the individual and seeks to explore how culture can update as technologies evolve and the cultures become more global >>> How does one celebrate their culture and heritage in this newly globalize world?

The work was printed and featured as a finalist in the 2nd International 3D Printing Fashion Show  (Juried Exhibition) at the 2015 World 3D Printing and Technology Industry Conference & Expo June 3-6, 2015 in Chengdu, China.