Belgian designer Tine de Ruysser focused on the creation of wearable metal origami for her PhD at the royal college of art in london. one of the products she developed for her project was this shoulder cape made from copper and polyester combined in a geometric folding pattern. the unique geometry of the cape allows it to conform to the wearer’s body, fitting like a fabric rather than a solid metal. the materials consist of small squares and triangular forms made from sheet copper, connected together in a repeating pattern using the polyester. the shape of the metal gives the material its malleability. de ruysser created a number of other objects for her project including skirts, bracelets and bags.
She has developed her work in two directions. On the one hand there is the conceptual work. This is divided in different projects. Each project was built on a specific brief, set by Tine herself or by a gallery as an exhibition-theme. Material choice and design are different for each project because they are determined by Tine’s interpretation of the brief. The latest addition is the World Money Project, a continuation on the collection of banknote jewellery.
On the other hand the folding work and the copper lacework have been designed to be visually pleasing and a little surprising. They are made using a combination of traditional and computer-based techniques.