The GamiBloom light was inspired by origami folding techniques which I translated into felt to take advantage of the transparency, and slight rigidity of the material. Here are shots of it fully open, midway and fully closed:
Take a peak for some process shots:
Box pieces cut on the table saw to form a precise octagon
pieces were lid out on a piece of tape for glueing
in this way tape helps the box seems stay in place
a ribbon clamp was used to hold the parts in place while gluing
file for laser cutting the pattern in felt
Felt pieces were laser cut for precision
here we see the process of sewing the pattern together
my “production line” of LED’s being soldered
LEDs ready to be laid out
I used a piece of plexi glass to hold the LEDs in place
Alexia is a Belgian-Venezuelan-American designer living in New York City. She received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Jewelry and Metalsmithing in 2006 with honors and distinction. Soon after graduating she established her studio and started exhibiting her Jewelry work in various galleries and trade shows across the U.S. After moving to NY in 2009, Alexia was hired as the Jewelry Studio Technician and as a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. During her time at Pratt she had the opportunity to enroll in Industrial Design classes and eventually decided to pursue design more seriously by accepting a seat at the Products of Design MFA at the School of Visual Arts.
At PoD Alexia has had the opportunity to engage in projects involving design research, user experience, systems thinking, and sustainable practices—which combined with her entrepreneurial spirit, make her ready to tackle complex challenges with curiosity and ingenuity.
Making and experimentation often go beyond the studio space for her, lately the kitchen counter has seen some examples of wild fermentation through sourdough bread baking, and her hands have developed new muscles through a new-found love for rock climbing and adventure.
Alexia’s aspiration is to join a team of likeminded designers and professionals to further develop her design and leadership skills, looking towards a more resilient and sustainable future.
Interested in working with Alexia? please e-mail her at: email@example.com
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