3D Printed Jewelry Takes Design Cues From Parasites

3D Printed Jewelry Takes Design Cues From Parasites

Unique designer creates wearable fungus-like items.

Lara Piras
  • 21 may 2013

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.


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


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.

Invasive Growth

+3D Printing
+Environmental / Green
+fashion / apparel
+Work & Business

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