Monday, August 3, 2015

DARIO SCAPITTA | DSA

3D Printed Red, Black and Blue Polyamide
Sparkling Cuff Bracelet
Touted as the second tallest mountain in Europe, Mount Etna is also known for its numerous eruptions.

Located in Sicily, Italy the surrounding land is nutrient-rich due to lava ejections; and because of the land’s abundance of various critters it is a declared wildlife sanctuary.

Italy is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Dario Scapitta.

As referenced in my post for Italian jeweler Stefania Lucchetta, many jewelers stand on opposing sides when it comes to the use of CAD (computer-aided design) in jewelry making. 

Some, like Canada-based Idar Jewellers, compare goldsmithing to “good tailoring” and that there is no place for CAD in a goldsmith’s workshop.  However, jeweler Tyron Hulley counters this perspective believing the quality of CAD produced jewelry “exceeds that of many jewelers who strictly make jewelry by hand.”  

A trained goldsmith, Scapitta recognizes that experimentation is a huge part of the creative process.  Like Hulley, he embraces technology making CAD and 3D printing a staple in producing his jewelry. 

His assortment of pendant necklaces, rings, choker necklaces and cuff bracelets, in gold, silver and black plated stainless steel and polyamide, are visually arresting.  His overall style is a convergence of classic outlines, statement making scope and tactile elements. 

Stylistically straightforward ribbed, colored polyamide makes up his Snake Collection; and bold metal spheres covered in open circles are the unique creations forming his spHera Collection.
Gold Plated Stainless Steel spHera Large Pendant Necklace
His polyamide creations seem particularly buoyant possessing what I deem the “signature” look of non-metal CAD-3D printed jewelry.  In terms of appearance only, however, his striking metal designs share the great detailing of handmade pieces.

The progeny of goldsmiths, Scapitta knew the path to jewelry making was already laid out.  After studying jewelry design, as well as set and interior design, the 39-year-old began learning about CAD-3D printing and was immediately drawn to its prospects.

“In 2005, in Valenza, Italy, I joined a CAD-3D and prototyping studio specializing in the jewelry sector.  Here is where I discovered the truly amazing power of 3D printing technology.  Research and curiosity are very important for a designer, especially when involved with fashion,” explains the Netherlands-based jeweler. 

“Three-dimensional printing is so perfect for my work because jewelry design is not just about diamonds and gold but different materials.”  Aware of its critics and misconceptions Scapitta cautions that the use of CAD-3D technology is misunderstood.

“A lot of people believe that all you need to do to print a 3D object is press “print.”  It is not like that.  You need to know about 3D modeling.  As amazing as this technology is it is not a way to reproduce things.  You always have to start with a concept, and creativity is very important. 

This technology is growing every day; materials and print quality are improving.  I aspire to create jewelry where technology is part of the creation process; but is concealed by the inventive mix of materials.”
Sterling Silver and Polyamide inKastro Stacking Rings
2015 Jewelry Trend AlertThe dainty, delicate look of stacking rings is in this year.  

Scapitta adds his special twist by including an interlocking design that connects two polyamide rings with a sterling silver one. 

Statement necklaces are also making a splash this year, and the winding rose, nylon necklace designs from Scapitta’s Black Rose Collection fit the bill.
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