The future is inevitable and the creative minds in tune with what it may hold will be the curators of our world.
An oracle of our time, Noa Raviv, is a young designer on the frontier of technology infused fashion demonstrating in her latest collection, “Hard Copy”. It focuses on the enthralling potential of combining two highly specialized medias. Raviv hails from Israel, specifically from the country’s second most populous city, Tel Aviv. There Raviv recently graduated from one of the world’s most esteemed design schools, Shenkar College of Design and Engineering. As a result, we sense a specialized hybrid of design technique in her work - a romance between technicality and organic lines.
I had the distinct pleasure of gaining some insight to the laborious processes behind her work in an exclusive interview below. Raviv weighs in on what it’s like to work with such a contemporary medium, regales us with her humble philosophy on work ethic and offers sage advice to aspiring designers.
Olivia Kirkpatrick: What is your inspiration process like?
Noa Raviv: It might sounds a bit banal but inspiration is everywhere. I'm often inspired by art, nature and everyday objects. I like to observe and look for the beauty in the mundane and ordinary. But good ideas doesn't come overnight, for me it requires a long process of research, sketching and many tryouts. It involves a lot of hard work.
OK: What or who is the heaviest influence on your work?
NR: Its a good question. I think my family, friends and everyday experiences are very influential.
OK: What was the labor process like behind your latest collection, “Hard Copy”?
NR: It was a very long process, but I can briefly say that I believe that a strong and in-depth research is one of the most important keys to a good project. Along side the research I was developing textiles and researching for materials. Later on I started draping, sketching, developing the patterns, fittings, sewing and so on.
Aside from the traditional garment making tasks it took a lot of effort in order to create the 3D printed parts - shaping the 3D files, imagining how it would look like in the end, understanding the scale and the geometry, incorporating the 3D parts into the garments - All are challenges I had to deal with.
It took a lot of effort to make it work and it was a lot of fun too.
OK: How much of the production of this collection was traditional and how much was technological?
NR: It was a mix. all the pieces contain both a technological part and a traditional part, it hard to set the elements apart.
OK: How were you initially influenced into working in the realm of 3-D?
NR: I read a lot about it and decided I want to get involved in this field, I took a couple of courses at Shenkar and I saw a lot of tutorials online.
OK: Do you plan to explore more with 3-D technology?
NR: 3D printing enables to imagine and produce things that could not be created in any other way. It is an amazing tool for a designer to work with and I will definitely use it again.
OK: As a recent graduate from Shenkar College, what advice would you have given yourself at the beginning of your education and to other young designers?
NR: Listen to yourself and don't be afraid to fail.
Follow Noa @noa_raviv
All photos courtesy of www.noaraviv.com
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