Elaver


An interactive kit for making body adornments, this series is rather like a set of organic Legos. Taking a cue from L-system fractals, the series accumulates into complex organic structures though simple connections of varying elements. Each piece bridges to 1-3 additional pieces, unfolding an organic plant-like structure as the user puts the pieces together. Users have made necklaces, bracelets, crowns, brooches, and wall-hanging sculptures. The pieces are rapid-manufactured from SLS nylon, creating strong, flexible components that move with the body. This project was developed in a collaboration with Phil Renato, Professor of Jewelry Design at Kendall College of Art & Design.

 

Starting with computation and natural mutation as sources for design development, forms emerge through computational systems. Using text as building blocks, this work explores the translation between the virtual and physical, utilizing visualization and prototyping tools of industry to make one-of-a-kind objects. Each form is unique, built through an unfolding expression of potential, revealing semi-determinant authorship through similarities and deviations.

 

By utilizing mathematical structures that replicate variance in nature, every object produced is an original, sharing characteristics and evolutionary history with its sibling (same genetic code, different expression). Exploring the space between control and chaos, this work allows the affordances of unpredictability to be a significant part of the process of form generation.

 

What is the physical manifestation of our understanding of fractals, chaos and emergent systems? How can products be grown like trees? Through programmatic growth systems, this project is developing an expression of our understanding of nature through computation and desktop manufacturing.