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Sculptures Made From ‘Magnetic Clay’ by Jolan Van der Wiel

Magnets might hold mysterious appeal for some, but for Jolan Van der Wiel, they’re just another tool. For the past few years, the Dutch designer has been experimenting with magnetism to shape and create objects like violent looking stools and futuristic couture dresses.

His most recent investigation, Architecture Meets Magnetism, has led him to create a series of ceramic objects that look like Tim Burton got a hold of a kiln. Like Van der Wiel’s previous projects, this process begins by mixing metal with the core material. In this case, he created a slip (a mixture of clay and water) and added metallic powder like iron. The ratio is typically 90 percent clay, 10 percent metal. From there, he pipes this mixture through a nozzle, layering it on itself like icing on a cake. As the group of surrounding magnets take hold, the material is pulled into shape and dries like a spiky Hershey’s Kiss.

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May the force be with you.

Dutch designers Iris van Herpen and Jólan van der Wiel collaborated to grow these dresses with magnets.

Product designer Jólan van der Wiel approached fashion designer Iris van Herpen with the idea to grow clothing using magnetic forces. To do this they manipulated a material made from iron filings mixed into resin.

jolThis composite material was added to fabric in small sections then pulled by magnets, creating a spiky texture and patterns in a similar to the way van der Wiel shaped stools at Dezeen Platform in 2011.

“The technique still uses magnetism but with a new material that’s much more flexible and tactile, like a hairy skin that’s soft to touch,” van der Wiel told Dezeen. “The material moves with the body much better than what we’ve used previously.”

Before creating the dresses, van der Wiel experimented with the material to achieve the optimal flexible structure and dark pearlescent colour. Van Herpen then sketched out the shapes of the designs and made the cloth bases.

“The first dress we made was shaped like the moon,” said van Herpen. “With the second, I wanted the material to grow around the body more organically." Each of the two garments took three weeks to construct.

The dresses were shown as part of Iris van Herpen’s Autumn Winter 2013 fashion show in Paris earlier this month, where outfits were accompanied by 3D-printed shoes that look like tree roots.

"The original idea was to have a dress growing live during the show through magnetism… so people could see the birth of the dress, how the dress would grow,” van Herpen said, though this proved too complex and potentially unsafe for the models.

“Dutch designer Jolan van der Wiel uses the forces of gravity and magnets to create these stools. Van der Wiel places a mixure of liquid plastic compounds and iron fillings into a magnet-lined bowl, and then watches as 15 additional magnets attract the mixture, drawing it upward, and allowing the stool to take shape. Resultant stools are exact replicas of the magnetic pull. They’re van der Wiel’s way of giving an otherwise invisible field opacity, structure, tangible beauty, and an organic birth.”


Jolan Van Der Wiel - Gravity stool 


There’s also a video as well, good lad. (source)