All images courtesy of Noa Raviv
Classical Greek sculpture once represented an ideal vision of beauty. Mastering techniques during the eras of ancient civilisations, each composition was able to capture intricate details of the human body – the sinuous curves, the rigid muscles, the small facial features – with primitive means. it was copied and reproduced many times throughout history until it became an empty repetition of style and expression. For these reasons, designer Noa Raviv has used the classical art and its evolution as the point of departure for ‘hard copy’, a fashion collection created during her time at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design.
In collaboration with Stratasys, one of the largest manufacturers of 3D printers in the world, Raviv has deliberately developed manipulated digital images with computer modelling software; deformed pieces envisioned by a command that would be difficult for the technology to execute without setting a complex configuration of parameters, components, and codes. ‘These objects cannot be printed, nor produced in reality. They exist only in the virtual space. The tension between the real and the virtual, between 2D and 3D inspired me to create this collection,’ said the tel-aviv-based designer.
Following this motif, each item is a true representation of an alternate reality presented within the confines of screens. For example, the grid is a tool used within programs such as rhinoceros, autoCAD, and illustrator in order to grant designers the ability to understand size, scale, and proportion. Within the context of the collection, the series of criss-crossing perpendicular vectors is referenced by lines of black and white polymers that articulate ruffled and undulating silk and tulle fabrics as they assume shapes similar to the traditional versions of bodices. This is contrasted by accents of orange that decorate the perimeters of the pleated textiles, a characteristic meant to symbolize the action of selecting the edge of a volume or surface in modelling software.