Joshua Harker had a vision, a unique creative idea, and so he started a Kickstarter project to get funding for his dream. The project quickly became Kickstarter’s most funded sculpture project of all time. It’s a filigree skull made from 3D printed polyamide which is essentially a nylon and glass powder fused together with a laser. You can watch Joshua Harker talk about the process at a TED Talk here.
3D printing started in the late 1980s and the printers were originally large, expensive, and highly limited in what they could produce. The process has become far more sophisticated and accessible in recent years and is now used for clothes design, jewellery, sculpture and industrial design. Dita Von Teese recently wore a 3D mesh dress designed (on an iPad!) for her specific dimensions with 3,000 movable joints.
Anyway back to Joshua! He now has an etsy store under the name shhark selling his 3D printed sculpture pieces, most of which have a skull theme. I have fallen head over heels with them and am trying to decide between the original filigree skull or the hanging Till Death Do Us Part skull. I don’t often buy things for my house that are purely decorative (apart from paintings of course) but one of these in my bedroom has become a must have!