Tectonic Forces is the new collection by fashion designer Maartje Dijkstra. It's a first look at some brand new designs that have never been exhibited before because the collection is still a work in progress. The focus is on the materials and the video release of my new project: Spectral Radiance.
The complex handmade designs are composed of many small hand printed parts. Hand printed means that with the help of a 3D-pen, a pen that functions as a 3D printer, innovative and unique textile expressions can be created. These parts are made by using different surfaces from objects such as precious metal jewelry and have been used as blueprints. They are transferring the structures into plastic and becoming an element on it’s own to work with. They refer to the unique way in which nature was 'distorted' millions of years ago. Forces of the earth shifted the crust and created new landscapes. The materials used for this collection are various semi- flexible 3D print filaments and the use of special shimmering, metallic and multi-colored effects. They refer to the minerals and crystals formed by geological forces. The designs are constructed as dresses, top and bottom pieces and accessories such as shoes and handbags. Some pieces are fully printed and some are formed using small knotted threads, which are tied together by hand into straps. They are used as a network to shape the designs and keep the many parts together. Each design took around 1000 hours to create.