In February 2015, 3dChef began a project with Katrin Spranger, A london based conceptual jewellery designer/artist for her up coming exposition at Collect Open 2015. Katrin turned to 3dChef asking a question of a different material other than sugar that can tell her story and be eaten.
But why honey? Katrin’s piece deals with the issues of bee decline and in particular the alarming Colony Collapse Disorder. Therefore being able to 3D print in honey was an important factor to tell the story.
The design represents ‘the food chain’ and elements of traditional adornment, symbolising the presence and history of jewellery whilst referring to its future applications. Drawing on perceived values of precious metals and the continuous esteem of traditional jewellery materials, gold is compared to honey.
Armed with little more than a old school collage and a brief meeting, 3dChef set to work digitally designing this complex piece down to every last link, claw and clasp. Designing the piece was only have the story. The other was making the parts print out in this untried material, honey. Before too long we nailed it and the results even amazed us. The detail, the crispness and strength were perfect.
To 3dChef’s knowledge this is the largest 3D printed edible sculpture to date.
Collect Open 2015 was held at the Saatchi Gallery in London. On the last day the clear display case was removed and the the sculpture was consumed by the eager gallery guests wanting their first taste of 3D printed honey.
Some could not bare to share it but instead take it home to enjoy quietly by themselves.