Every Friday we’ll be meeting one of Cubify’s Featured Artists and offering a special weekend promotion. This week we’re chatting with Johanna Spath about SHAPES iN PLAY, the creative studio she shares with Johannes Tsopanides, and their store on Cubify, Designs by SHAPES iN PLAY.
As a special feature to our series, this weekend only you can purchase their Fabbric bracelet loop for 20% off using promo code: Fabbric20.
Tell us about SHAPES iN PLAY. What is your background, and how did you come to collaborate?
We actually started working together during our studies where we had a project that was concerned with 3D printing in product design. That was about 6 years ago. Since then we’ve gotten more and more into the topic and continued to work together on various projects. About one and a half years ago we finally made the step and founded our own studio SHAPES iN PLAY
here in Berlin.
How did you get into 3D printing?
We started to work with 3D printing while attending university and ever since have been amazed by what is possible with this new technology. We just cannot stop trying new things, pushing the borders and playing with the cultural context of 3D printing.
What is the inspiration for your 3D printed fashion accessories? What makes you create these pieces?
For Fabbric we thought it was very interesting to combine an old traditional manufacturing technology like weaving with this new digital fabrication method of 3D printing. Just as 3D printing is new at the moment, weaving was new as well many, many years ago. So we worked out what the new possibilities are and how we could create a small series of products from that.
Do you have any advice for artists who want to get into 3D printing design?
Do-do-do! It is a long, challenging process with a lot to learn and find out. But in the end you are able to create your own things, which is very rewarding; it brings a lot of autonomy and also fun.
You’ve got some amazing designs, what’s next?
We are continously working on new projects, most of them in the broad field of digital fabrication. Customization definitely is one big issue, but of course also the design of more 3D printed products.
Thank you Johanna for sharing your designs with us and letting us learn more about SHAPES iN PLAY.
See all of Johanna & Johannes’ designs at the store Designs by SHAPES iN PLAY.