The Quixotic Divinity headdress is the premiere piece of wearable art from Chicago-based artist, and longtime proponent of the 3D-printed medium, Joshua Harker.
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The headdress debuted on the runway in November 2013 at the 3D Printshow held at that Business Design Centre in London’s Islington borough and the Carrousel Du Louvre in Paris.
The engineering feat serves both as an eye-catching addition to the catwalk, as well as a representation of the shift to design-driven manufacturing from manufacturing-driven design.
Inspired by Harker’s intent to push the limitations of existing technology, laser-sintering system provider EOS sponsored his design, growing (laser sintering) the 8 ½-pound headdress on an EOSINT P 760 additive manufacturing (AM) system.
Quixotic Divinity [QD] resulted from automatism, an approach to the surrealist genre in which the artist spontaneously draws and develops from a dream state. Beginning in the 1980s, his intention had always been to develop his work three-dimensionally, but no medium sufficed until 3D printing came into play.
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