Filaflex Purifier Filament and Fashion: One Step Further in Bringing Purpose and Responsability to the Planet
Jamela’s works often revolve around themes of culture, social justice and environment. As an outsider in a myriad of ways, Jamela hopes to redefine social constructs through her practice by casting light on issues related to diversity and connectivity, as well as cultivating empathy and emotional resilience in her adopted communities. Her retrospective, reflective outputs are often executed with state-of-the art technology and self-developed computational processes. Her works have been showcased internationally at notable venues such as the National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisation Museum, The Mills Fabrica Hong Kong, DongHua University in Shanghai, Art of Fashion San Francisco and Fashion Tech Week New York. Jamela had also worked with companies such as Swarovski, and Glenfiddich SEA for their marketing campaigns. In addition, she had contributed poetry for The Sexual and Reproductive Health Matter (SRHM) Journal. Her visual works had also been featured in numerous magazines such as Elle, Female, L’Official, loTex, Tatler and Vogue etc. Her work is in the permanent collection of the National Archive, under the Heritage Board in Singapore. We spoke with her to learn about the role of 3D printing in fashion and, in particular, the use of our Filaflex Purifier filament. Let's meet her!
Photo: Filaflex Purifier dress on runway, worn by Miss Universe Singapore 2022 1st Runner Up, Yvonne Sashirekha.
Hi, Jamela! Tell us something about yourself. How did you start your career in fashion?
Before I got into the fashion discipline, I was a science student. I am a voracious consumer of information, especially of my passions such as Natural Sciences, Technology and Culture. This is when the fashion practice comes in, acting as an adhesive to multiple disciplines I am passionate about, aiding me in self-expression and learning. Fashion is about visual identity, a kind of storytelling that is so important in a world that does not always embrace individuality or differences. It helped me spark difficult conversations and reopen doors that closed in my face.
Jamela Law is a neurodiverse artist, designer, and activist based in Singapore and Hong Kong. She holds a BA (Hons) degree from LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore, accredited by Goldsmiths, University of London. Her graduation collection was named Best Collection by her school’s Dean of Design. Moreover, she was a finalist in the 2017 Graduate Programme, organized by the Council of Fashion Designers in America (CFDA+). Presently she is developing her own Fashion and Art practice as a Founding Partner at Baëlf Design, established in late 2017.
Why did you decide to make your dress with 3d printing?
Fashion cannot exist without technology, whether the technology is as rudimentary as ancient stone tools, modern looms, or the advanced robotic manipulators of today. My co-founder Lionel worked as a product designer in the States a decade ago just before the maker movement exploded, where he developed a strong interest and understanding in computational methods of fabrication. When we founded Baëlf in 2017, we know 3D printing was going to be a dominant form of production in the future, made available to all. I have always been obsessed with technology, machines, and nature’s laws. I am aware of the limitation of my human mind from a very early stage and have been convinced that the kind of intricacy that intrigues me can only be achieved with the help of computers. 3D printing is by far the most direct fabrication method that can bring all my interests together.
Why did you choose to use our Filaflex Purifier filament for your dress and collection?
I was keen on exploring Restorative Design with my previous fashion collection ‘Mindful Intersections: Charting the Course Less Travelled, by combining sustainable making practices that seeks to repair harm with couture dressmaking techniques. This collection was inspired by the Astrolabe, a useful device that helped kickstart a heritage of trade in Singapore and established it as a bustling global trading network centuries ago. Yet with economic growth often comes environmental compromise. By using the Recreus Filaflex Purifier filament to create elegant, airy 3D printed textiles for use in the collection, my garments highlight another form of progress, one that is recuperative and healing, that makes their surroundings better simply with their existence. In addition, Recreus’s FilaFlex has a shore hardness of 82A and 650% stretch, technical advantages perfect for wearables that demands comfort and capability to flex and conform to the wearer’s body.
Photo: Runway showcase of 3D printed dresses at the Asian Civilisation Museum, organised by The Singapore Fashion Council.
Photo left: Astrolabe.
Photo center: Linework printed on Filaflex Purifier on fabric.
Photo right: Patterns laid flat prior to sewing.
How did you first become aware of our company and our products?
I was searching for recycled 3D printing filament and first came across your company’s Reciflex TPU filament. Finding the purifying filament on the website was like coming across an easter egg! I knew I must get my hands on it straightaway and make something!
Photo left: Digital Render of dress design.
Photo right: 3d printed work-in-progress dress toile with Filaflex Purifier.
Can you tell us about the process of using Filaflex Purifier filament to print a dress?
Photo left: Digital Pattern.
Photo center: 3d Printing Filaflex Purifier.
Photo right: Sewing the patterns together.
What 3d printer did you use?
Photo: Full lineup collection.
How did your processes contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry?
Can you walk us through the benefits of using Filaflex Purifier filament compared to traditional filaments?
How do you envision the future of sustainable fashion and the role of technology in it?
Photo: Collection presented at the Asian Civilisation Museum in Singapore in October of 2022.