The Aesthetic of Fears
by Dorry Hsu

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This collection of 3D-printed jewellery by Royal College of Art student Dorry Hsu was inspired by the designer's own fear of insects.

The Aesthetic of Fears 3D-printed jewellery by Dorry Hsu

Dorry Hsu 3D-printed The Aesthetic of Fears collection in clear resin using stereolithography (SLA) before attaching latex straps.

The Aesthetic of Fears by Dorry Hsu

She then coloured each piece by dipping it into boiling dye, adding one hue at a time.

The Aesthetic of Fears 3D-printed jewellery by Dorry Hsu

The forms of the jewellery are based on insects with lots of legs.

The Aesthetic of Fears 3D-printed jewellery by Dorry Hsu

"My collection is about the aesthetic and the attraction of fears," she explained. "In many cultures people wear masks to scare evil away, so the masks are decorated with frightening images from the wearer’s own fears."

The Aesthetic of Fears 3D-printed jewellery by Dorry Hsu

"I recorded and wrote down my fears in 40 days, and the bug with many legs was one of the fearful objects on my list," she told Dezeen.

The Aesthetic of Fears 3D-printed jewellery by Dorry Hsu

To create the 3D files to be printed, Hsu used a tool called a haptic arm that allowed her to draw the shapes as though sculpting in clay.

The Aesthetic of Fears by Dorry Hsu

"It's a way of drawing in 3D, like building up clay in a computer program," she explained. "The haptic arm functions as a computer mouse and you can feel the tension of dragging clay."

The Aesthetic of Fears by Dorry Hsu

"It's more like hand-drawing or hand-building clay and is really different to traditional computer drawing like Rhino," she added.

The Aesthetic of Fears 3D-printed jewellery by Dorry Hsu

Dorry Hsu is studying an MA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery at the Royal College of Art in London.

The Aesthetic of Fears by Dorry Hsu - haptic arm
Hsu using the haptic arm to draw her 3D models

She developed the project with the college's RapidformRCA digital design, prototyping and manufacturing department.

 

The Aesthetic of Fears 3D-printed jewellery by Dorry Hsu

She was one of ten finalists in the International Talent Support awards last month.

The Aesthetic of Fears 3D-printed jewellery by Dorry Hsu

Other 3D-printed fashion on Dezeen includes jewellery made up of ball-and-socket joints3D-printed sunglasses by Ron Arad and sculptural pieces by Iris van Herpen.

The Aesthetic of Fears 3D-printed jewellery by Dorry Hsu

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  • yashodapathirana

    Given my own fear of the many legged, I find this repelling but equally hypnotising.