This project has been created by a designer that attend the MIT and the Central Saint Martin in London. Ecolorium is a wearable technology project that brings to reality, jewels able to sense UV ray’s. Take a look at this video.
GO TO PROJECT
This collection is Inspired in natural raw minerals, the geometry and repetitive patterns of crystal growing structures, translucent light and global warming.Elena Corchero, specialist on wearable technology and smart materials has developed a unique crystal “Albedonite” with a pale quartz appearance and a mysterious secret, its composition reacts to sunlight to reveal bright colours. A beautiful and emotive reaction that make us aware about our environment, global warming, vitamin assimilation and other skin exposure concerns.
The Ecolorium Collection are jewellery pieces that encapsulate Albedonite Crystals and have been developed digitally using the strength and definition of 3Dprinted Nylon.
The exquisite choice of using latex as attachments and packaging makes this collection communicate visually its links to global warming and skin concerns.
Elena Corchero is a former MIT MLE researcher and holds an MA from Central Saint Martins in London.
WHAT MAKES THE ITEMS UNIQUE
Albedonite is a crystal developed by Smart Materials researcher Elena Corchero and currently grown in a laboratory in London. This Crystal is pale in colour until exposed to UV sunlight, a beautiful and emotive reaction that make us aware about our environment, global warming and vitamin assimilation and other skin exposure concerns. The Ecolorium Collection are jewellery pieces developed digitally and 3Dprinted in Nylon, silver and gold options can also be printed. The use of latex as attachments and packaging makes the collection link to the skin concept.
MAKING: HOW THE ITEMS HAVE BEEN OR WILL BE PRODUCED
After 3 years of chemistry research and salt growing tests, the crystal Albedonite has seen the light, these will be available for other designers to create designs with. For the launch, Elena Corchero has taken geometric inspiration and other forms that can only be achieved through 3D printing technology to generate a collection of jewellery pieces that translate the innovation and scientific concept into wearable keepsakes that allow anyone to enjoy this intriguing gem.
The more research I do into wearable technology, new materials and new prototyping techniques the more I realise that it is not these vast and innovative “means” what enriches our society, but instead it is more the “meaning” we provide and communicate with the projects we build when integrating new technologies, is no longer about making something innovative, but about making something significant and meaningful. My goal is to ensure technology easily filters into our everyday lives, but only when they are inspiring and foster our human nature and reach.