For this year’s Maker Festival we created a Maker Museum to showcase some of the unique and interesting products our clients are designing with 3D printing and laser cutting. We featured projects with innovative fabrication techniques, such as Studio Lulo’s Fusion Stool, and rarely heard of materials, such as alumide – a mix of aluminum and plastic. Keep reading to learn about each of the amazing designers and processes behind each of these cool designs.
Designers clockwise from top left: Miloshka, Love Lettering, Justine Latour, Vawk, Sous Sous, and Studio Lulo
Decorative Wall Hangings by Miloskha
Kira Varvanina, the designer behind Miloshka, makes safe and sustainable baby decor products such as mobiles, wall hangings, and night lights. To make the adorable designs, Kira first creates the vectors for laser cutting and then silkscreens each of the pieces before gluing them together.
Custom Signage by Love Lettering
Doris Wai is an OCADU graduate who loves lettering and illustration. For Love Lettering she designs really beautiful custom signage for business and events such as weddings and birthdays. She does everything from chalkboard signs to paper to laser cutting.
Laser Cut Fashion by Justine Latour
For her thesis project for the Ryerson School of Fashion, fashion designer Justine Latour used laser cut acrylic for her collection Au Natural. The collection was inspired by female censorship, and seeks to make an artistic statement about issues of gender inequality in current censorship laws and policies. By using transparent laser cut acrylic Justine wanted to celebrate the natural beauty of the female form. After the pieces were laser cut they were brought over to Club Ink for the digital print and then were stitched together with transparent thread.
Laser Cut Leather Belt by VAWK
The gold and black leather belt we featured at Maker Festival was made by none other than Sunny Fung of VAWK . This custom belt was designed specifically for the Shangri-la Hotel in Toronto and was built with several layers of laser cut leather. By mixing two different colours of leather and layering them together it gives the belt a really luxurious feel.
Illustrated Pins by Sous Sous
Selena Wong is an illustrator and artist who makes fanciful broaches and paper goods. In her projects for Sous Sous you’ll see cats pouring tea and magic bunnies going for a walk. Each of her unique designs are laser cut and then hand painted.
Fusion Stool by Studio Lulo
We’re in love with the Fusion Stool by Studio Lulo by Jose Narvarrete. We’ve even featured it on the blog here before! To make this this organic looking stool Jose laser cut each of the layers individually, glued them all together, and then sanded the stool down into one smooth surface.
Designers clockwise from top left: Ludviks, Uncuffed leather, Zoran Dobric, Zoran Dobric, and Ludviks
Geometric Jewelry by Ludviks
Elizabete Ludviks makes intricate and innovative jewelry designs with 3d printing and laser cutting. For her 3d printed cube necklace we used aluminide, which is a mix of aluminum and plastic with a slight sheen. All the cubes of the necklace are printed within each other, so the piece comes out of the printer all ready to go! Elizabete also uses 3d printed wax in order to do lost cast waxing, and has made really beautiful necklace and earring designs from mirrored acrylic.
Laser Cut Leather Scarves by Uncuffed Leather
Olga Barsky, the designer behind Uncuffed Leather, used to do all her leather pieces by hand with an X-Acto knife. Recently she has moved over to laser cutting to speed up the process and also help with some of the more delicate details. Olga’s work has also been featured on the Hot Pop blog.
Laser Cut Jewelry by Zoran Dobric
Zoran Dobric’s laser cut crown was a huge hit at Maker Festival. For this piece Zoran designed the laser cut file, which was used on black acrylic, and then each piece was sewn together with black elastic.