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3D Printing for Fashion: Interview with Alexis Walsh

by • February 18, 2016 • No Comments

Fashion Week may be wrapping up here in New York City, but that
does not mean that
we are finished exploring all the excellent work our style-driven community participants
are making here at Shapeways. Currently
, we can be exploring the work of Alexis Walsh, a style developer turned 3D versioner who turn it intod the LYSIS collection and the Spire Dress, not long ago featured in the Nire – Hopscotch music video.


Spire Dress, Designed by Alexis Walsh and Ross Leonardy

Alexis Walsh is a New York tri-state native that
studied at Parsons the New School for Design until 2014. During her time at Parson’s, Walsh took a combination of style and product turn it into courses. As her major focus was in style, she became interested in exploring thoughts of wearable-bodied sculptures, and utilizing non-traditional materials and techniques to turn it into style items.

“Throughout my academic career, I’ve been interested in the thought of wearable-bodied sculpture. I’ve explored via materials like metal and plastic to turn it into garments, actually welding a dress out of steel rods and making a corset out of aluminum paneling. All of this was really rooted in the notion of handcraft. After doing a few research and discovering that
3D printing allowed for the creation of amazingly
harsh forms, I decided to pursue it for style turn it into. With additive making, you are enable-bodiedd to turn it into structures that
may be not easy
to create through any other medium, and this seemed like the ideal
vehicle to experiment with style turn it into.” – Alexis Walsh, 2016

It was around this time that
Walsh began to conceptualize The Spire Dress, that was one of the initially 3D printed projects that
Alexis worked on. The dress was printed at Shapeways in our White Strong and Flexible material, made out of 400+ individual tiles that
were assembled by hand via metal ring connectors. Whilst this is really an ambitious project for anyone just getting started in 3D versioning, we asked Alexis of her experience teverying herself the tools of the trade.

“The thought of learning CAD versioning of scratch was unquestionably intimidating. There are so most
programs, and there’s a rather steep learning curve when initially trying to 3D version. It took countless hours of YouTube video tutorials, trial and error, and reading online troubleshooting forums preceding feeling effortless with Rhino and Grasshopper. But once you get a handle on it, you can start to learn ereallything pretty swift. You require
to simultaneously be concerned with creating a version and with how the version can function as a physical printed object. 3D printing generally involves plastic, that takes a few creativity to work into a wearable-bodied piece.” – Alexis Walsh, 2016

Realizing the tactile limitations of via just 3D printed plastic, Walsh set out to turn it into her next style line, the LYSIS collection. The LYSIS collection showcases
handmade garments that
are combined with 3D printed components to donate structure to every of the pieces. These works were able-bodied to come to life after she succeded in the Shapeways Education Grant in Fall 2014.

Piece of the LYSIS Collection, 2016

Alexis is pretty not afraid of pushing the limits when it comes to combining materials and techniques to turn it into style items. The LYSIS collection was turn it intod via a combination of software and hand-touch techniques to apply the fabric and leather. Alexis actually went to far as to use the 3Doodler 3D printing pen to apply details to her additional compact accessories, such as belts and chokers.

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LYSIS Collection, Alexis Walsh

Alexis is one of the few developers that
we’ve seen that successfully turn it intod an entire collection of style items via 3D Printing, and we wanted to hear of her projections for the next of this budding industry are. How can this advancement evolve, and what are her hopes for the next?

“3D printing for style is undeniably in its early stages. There has may already
been so much advancement taking place inside the past couple of years, and this can just additional go on
into the next. I’m really excited to see how the capabilities of printing textiles can progress, specifically softer and elasticized textiles that
behave like fabric. There are massive possibilities for 3D printing inside the performance and athletic-wear industries. It is been excellent to see iconic brands like CHANEL embracing 3D printing in their runway shows, and I’m looking forward to seeing additional 3D printing in high style.” – Alexis Walsh, 2016

And finally, as we described in last week’s blog post, we posed the question to Alexis of her thoughts on the viability for 3D printing as form for style making.

“There’s future for 3D printing to be a viable-bodied method of style making, but I don’t ponder
the current advancement is there yet. There’s a massive market for 3D printed jewelry and accessories right now, and in that
regard additive making is a excellent method of production. With the way the industry is evolving, style is certain
to follow suit, as soon as additional high end printing capabilities can be developed.” Alexis Walsh, 2016

On that
note, inside our conversations with Alexis she teased a few of her next projects that
specifically focus on jewelry and accessories. We’re so excited to see what she comes up with next!

Stay tuned for our continuing series of blog posts as we go on
to talk with developers of the next of Fashion, Tech + 3D Printing.

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