The Orchid is said to be one of the most evolved plant on earth.
The Orchid has an extraordinarily numerous variety of species and has been described as having one of the most sophisticated and rationalized structural formation among the many species of plants.
The design process I adopted for ‘Vandajoa’ began with cautious observation of this peculiar plant, the Orchid, especially the geometric formation of its flower. It has been a great discovery and learning experience in the attempt to interpret and translate the Orchid flower in its natural form into geometrical values. The translation process involves creating a program that enables the flower’s three dimensional compositional values, including the size of its petals, the amount of gathers in its frilled petal edges, the randomness, direction, amount of torsion and twists and its overall proportion, to be adjustable.
As mentioned, the Orchid has a great variety of species and for this project, I have chosen to work with the Vanda Miss Joaquim, the national flower of Singapore.
Flowers belonging to the Vanda genus, amongst the various species of Orchids, has one of the most unique and symbolic structure with magnificent presence.
In Nature, the Orchid grows in clusters, however, for ‘Vandajoa’, I have chosen to concentrate on working with the extraordinary flower alone.
The Orchid, with its outstanding presence, seems to have been a popular motif for hair accessories. In ‘Vandajoa’, I have chosen to create a brand new genre of fashion accessories , a ‘neck band’, that is worn around the neck and shoulders, an ‘intermediate’ between a necklace and a brooch.
The resulting ‘neck band’ design has an assymetrical composition on its left and right tips, accentuating the natural growth and vitality of the plant. The singular Orchid flower, designed with utmost care for its natural structural details, adorns the side nape of the wearer’s neck with a simple elegance that is unique, stylish and contemporary.
‘Vandajoa’ is made in Alumide (a mixture of plastic and aluminium) via the 3D printing process of additive manufacturing.