Artist Damilola Odusote and 3D printing designer Jon Fidler have come together to create this 3D printed sculpture based on the influences of the Nike Air Force 1.
Meeting at The Other Art Fair in London in October 2013, Jon spotted the potential in Damilola’s intricate drawings for making 3D sculptures and the project began to unfold. The pair met at Modla, Jon’s 3D printing design studio in London, to discuss ideas and mutual passions. Settling on sneakers and more specifically Nike, the pair came up with a concept that sees key parts of the Air Force 1 history exploding out of the back of the sneaker, all in pristine white of course.
Originally starting out as a 2D pen drawing by Damilola (seen below), Jon then recreated the piece in 3D software before it was printed in a 15 hour process of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which uses lasers to heat a powder substance and produce a durable, matt white, nylon plastic end product.
Both artists speaking on the project:
“I knew as soon as I saw Damilola’s work that the complex detail would be perfect to show the capabilities of 3D printing. We’d worked on some campaigns for Nike before and knew that we could create something special with the influences we’d come across, to really bring out the personality of the brand.” – Jon Fidler
“I was fascinated to see what could be done with this technology, and it seems to lend itself really well to my style. I’m a big sneaker fan so it’s been a lot of fun to create this piece, and quite mind-blowing to see it transformed into 3D.” – Damilola Odusote