Dr Shaun Borstrock and Mark Bloomfield

The Slotin Paradox – showcasing Modeclix on film

A fashion sci-fi short – yes, these exist! Showcasing the work of Modeclix, the 3D printed textile invented by Dr Shaun Borstrock and Visiting Professor Mark Bloomfield. Filmed in South Africa and directed by Professor Peter Richardson, the short is based on the true story of scientist Louis Slotin and his experiments with plutonium cores.

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About Dr Shaun Borstrock

Shaun is Associate Dean, Business, Innovation and Projects and is Head of the Digital Hack Lab, In Pursuit of Luxury and Creative Ideas in the School of Creative Arts. He is interested in design-led innovation where design comes first, not as a service to fulfil a business strategy but as a visionary path where design is considered to be an intrinsic part of decision making. This invites a new kind of multi and trans-disciplinary collaboration from around the world. He also works as an independent consultant to luxury brands and associations around the globe. They have included Unity PR, Ford, Finpro, The Cape Town Fashion Council, Ford, Thomas Pink, Fortnum and Mason, Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci. He is a regular keynote speaker at events around the world as an authority on luxury branding and fashion, consumerism and brand strategies.

Shaun’s research evaluates notions of luxury that seem far removed from today's world of excessive consumption. He explores how technology is changing the perception of the hand made in the context of how luxury brands have grown as a result of being able to supply historically hand-crafted products en masse through technological innovation. His practice, in collaboration with Professor Mark Bloomfield, includes the development of Modeclix, the world’s first fully customisable 3D printed textile. Modeclix has been shortlisted for numerous international 3D print awards.

About Mark Bloomfield

Jewellery designer and Royal College of Art graduate Mark Bloomfield is a digital craftsman and artist based at London's iconic Oxo Tower. He is Visiting Professor of Design, Innovation and Technology in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire.

Mark has designed for some of the most influential and prominent designers, including Asprey, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Matthew Williamson.  Additionally, he has worked in film and TV making jewellery for Titanic, Judge Dredd, Braveheart, Poirot, Tolkien and Gentleman Jack.

As a leader in his field, using traditional craftsmanship techniques, digital tools and manufacturing technologies, Mark continues to dissolve boundaries and redefine the process of making through his exploration of the possibilities offered by current and emerging manufacturing technologies. In 2012 he won the Materialise World 3D Print Award. Mark was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2019 and his work is currently on exhibition at the Lowry Galleries as part of the Expect the Unexpected exhibition in Manchester.

Mark creatively combines traditional craft techniques with advanced digital processes resulting in product that is engaging, surprising, thought provoking and sparks conversation.

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