Ever try wearing a red-carpeted spiral staircase, suiting up in a stunning cathedral, wrapping your wrist or neck in an aqueduct or arcade, or perhaps just putting your hand straight through an ornate window? This strange set of 3D-printed jewelry includes architecture-inspired bangles, collars and coils, and they make just about anything seem possible.
These fascinating accessories seem to mold themselves to their wearers like living works of art, animated dream-like sculptures. Joshua DeMonte’s unique (post)modern jewelry pieces sure do make a statement, but what that statement is could be a bit difficult to say.
Sometimes a fashion design idea is functional, and sometimes couture is fashioned to make a designer statement – this is clearly a case of the latter, with Classical Roman and Greek building elements as well as exaggerated Gothic structural details and decorative touches applied to gigantic pieces of unwearable jewelry.
“My jewelry objects mimic ancient architectural elements activating the space surrounding the body and altering the viewers perception of the wearer. My work has replaced the traditional embellishments of jewelry objects with the details of traditional architectural form. The objects have become jewelry that have defined architectural space around the body, altering our perception of the figure.”
About designer Joshua DeMonte:
“Joshua DeMonte is an artist, educator operating out of the Baltimore area, and teaching at Towson University. Through various digital and industrial processes, Joshua creates objects that speak about the world and structures around our bodies. Through the lens of adornment, these objects place the wearer within the space of these architectural objects.”
“Joshua is also the coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Object Design Program in the Department of Art, Design, Art History, and Art Education at Towson University. The IOD program is a fast paced curriculum that challenges students to envision and create objects of the 21st century using traditional craft, digital fabrication, and industrial process.”