Zoe Jia-Yu Dai
Zoe Jia-Yu Dai (Jia Yu Dai), a shoe designer based in London, UK and Taiwan, Asia-Pacific. A winner of The Cordwainers Dato' JIMMY CHOO AWARD 2014. Also, Zoe is a Bronze A' Design Award Winner for 3D Printed Forms and Products Design Category in 2015.
Project title: Breaking the 3D Mould
This project is to discover ways in which 3-D printing can push the boundaries of these constraints, and to change these processes of the footwear manufacturing. One possible way in changing the processes of the footwear manufacturing is to use 3-D printing to push the limits of design structures, as well as allowing more flexibility in the design phase, and for more prototyping techniques to be investigated. This includes pushing the physical limits of design materials, and creating designs that could be impractical or even impossible to produce with traditional manufacturing methods such as machining or moulding.
Additionally, as the 3-D printing process creates shoes individually, the possibilities for customisation is explored. The shoes that are produced using 3-D printing are inherently custom-made, and therefore the possibilities
of custom-making the shape, colour and other properties of the shoe, as well as elements such as the last, is investigated. This project also looks at how 3-D printed components could be incorporated into shoes that are not completely 3-D printed, leather-making techniques, particularly the techniques are for the shoe upper.
This collection focuses on the high-end, high fashion luxury and custom-made market. This is the best place to position the products of this project as it allows designs to be realised within a reasonable budget, as is required for 3-D printing using cutting-edge materials. The collection resulting from this project should include shoes tailored for each client’s foot, so it would be an advantage to utilize new technology.
The design Inspirations are from natural structures, such as shell, fossil and bone are created to support or protect animals. Bone is a crucial part of a creature’s body, supporting their weight in a similar way just like a shoe supports the weight of the wearer. Another inspiration is organic shapes such as, furniture and architectures, for example, The bone chair was created by Joris Laarman and Sagrada Familia was designed by the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi. The final inspiration is the natural texture.
This collection sets the standards for 3-D printed work in fashion. This collection has produced three-dimensional objects that showcase complex design skills and a high level of craftsmanship.
Photographer: Mibuchi Hisashi
Gee Wee Lai
Maker's Affair 3D Printing studio (Loh Hu)