Ornamentation of the body and objects have been the origin of the plastic arts. From antiquity to today, humans have sought to adorn themselves and their surroundings. The reasons vary: sometimes it is symbolic or as a demonstration of authority, power or self expression; sometimes it is to enact order upon nature; sometimes it is for the sheer joy of embellishment. Whether the ornament is figurative or abstract, all design begins with patterns.
Students produced a patterned 3D-printed band sized to their individual limbs as a vehicle through which to explore and learn advanced curve and surface geometries, as well as test the potentials of 3D printing.