3D Printed Jewelry Takes Design Cues From Parasites

Unique designer creates wearable fungus-like items.

Titled Invasive Growth, artist Xuedi Chen has created a range of 3D-printed accessories using live moss to combine computation, nature, and fashion all in one series. The project is inspired by Chen’s fascination with cordyceps, a fungal parasite that grows on insects. Once the insect has been engulfed by the parasite they can then break through the exoskeleton and protrude out creating a web-like pattern.

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Chen explains, ‘I wanted to express organic patterns/forms, nature and in particular the invasive characteristics of growth in certain organisms.’

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Chen experimented with many processes before finally printing the pieces with help from the 3D printing marketplace and community Shapeways and using the Makerbot Replicator 2.

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