We first heard the name Behnaz Farahi, when we were introduced to the 3D printed wearable ‘Caress of the Gaze’ cape. It was a garment that could recognize and respond to the gaze of another person. Created using the Objet Connex500 3D Printer, the interactive 3D-printed wearable demonstrated to us how the very latest and most advanced 3D printing technologies were contributing to the realm of fashion.
That was in 2015, now in 2017 Behnaz latest project focuses in on the behavior of the human body. Titled Bodyscape, it explores the movement of the female form and was inspired by the behavior of the human body. The technologically advanced fashion item was produced using 3D printing technology and reacts by lighting up whenever the wearer moves and gyrates their body. The LED lighting, controlled by a gyroscope, tracks the shoulder movements.
When it comes to the idea behind Bodyscape, Behnaz’s aim was to explore the role of geometry in material engineering. She did this by creating a dynamic 3D printed structure, with an interactive lighting system that showcased the poetic dance of light and human movement.
Amplifying the performative qualities of human bodily movement, Behnaz used both the principles of the 2D spiral, as a naturally flexible form, and the logic of Langer lines. This led to the innovative designer producing the kind of flexible garment, 3D-printed from non-flexible material, that is able to move in harmony with the human body.