Once again, 3D printing has come to our attention.  This time we’re focusing on pieces made by Dorry Hsu, a student of the Royal College of Arts in London.




Born in Taipei, the young artist was an International Talent Support 2013 finalist for her astonishing and eerie colletion “The aesthetic of Fears”.  In it, Dorry Hsu, using jewelry made with 3D printing technology, recreates her greatest fear: many-legged insects.

In her own words: “My collection is about the aesthetic and the attraction of fears.  In many cultures people wear masks to scare evil away, so the masks are decorated with frightening images from the wearer’s own fears”.  



The making of the pieces was done with the help of a Haptic Arm (a device that allows the user to touch, feel, manipulate, create and change simulated three-dimensional objects in a virtual environment) and SLA (Stereolithography, also know as optical fabrication or photo-solidification).

The material that Dorry Hsu chose to work with was latex, which, using SLA, she converts into computer files.  In this way, she generates a three-dimensional solid copy, using 3D printing.

The child of an artist, she began to draw and to sculpt when she was only 5.  Let’s get to know her.



SO CATCHY!: Do you consider yourself as a Jewelry Designer or more as a Fashion Innovator?

DORRY HSU: I will say I am more a Fashion Innovator.


SC!: Why did you choose to design Jewelry?

DH: My work is around the subject “Jewellery” because humans and humanity are the most interesting subjects for me. The desire of the idea of jewellery always fascinates me. I always get a lot of inspiration from investigating people. Jewellery is the media that I can talk about.


SC!: Tell us about your last project, “The Aesthetic of Fears”.  How long did it take you?

DH: The beginning of dialogue of my fears, it was about last November that we were working on an exhibition for Galerie Marzee, and [I’ve been] working with the 3D program from April, when we had an exhibition for Goldsmith Centre, London.




SC!: Who has been supporting you?

DH: I got lots of support from the Royal College of Arts, the workshops, Rapidform (3D Scanning Program), and RCA tutors.


SC!: You were a finalist at the International Talent Support in 2013. What has this meant for you?

DH: It brings me to see a different world, and to get to understand how the fashion industry works. Also [I’ve] met lots of talented people which is amazing.


SC!: You say that you are afraid of bugs with lot of legs, after this project, did you overcome your fears?

DH: I believe it helps. I work on these objects and subjects that I fear and it makes it beautiful. It is like a process of therapy. Normally we fear something because we don’t know it. Now I will take another look at these bugs but I have to say that I still feel uncomfortable.


SC!: What are you doing to make a living at the moment?

DH: To make a living, I am working on launching my personal brand with a series of daily wearable jewellery that I would like to wear it.




SC!: Do you want people to wear your Jewelry?

DH: If someone is really afraid of bugs but wants to wear it, I would be very happy.



SC!: What’s your next project?

DH: I will keep developing this series, but the work might go beyond jewellery, and bigger. I think the practical part is developing myself as a professional artist so I can live by making art.  I’ve just participated in an exhibition with a group of Taiwanese artists and designers in London Design Week called Formosa show.


SC!: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

DH: Mars!


SC!: What is your “impossible dream”?

DH: Overcome myself!


SC!: Do you think something is changing in the Fashion (Jewelry, in your case) world with new technologies? Do you dare to predict something?

DH: I think jewellery will be muti-functional , such as [it will] function as a phone, or Google Glass. Furthermore, jewellery might have more function than as an accessory or emotion communicator since jewellery is an intimate object with body.


Translated by: Michael Padilla