Sara Barroccu is a digital craftswoman. Or rather, a hi-tech jeweller. Her brand “Barsa Design” creates jewels using 3D printing technology. “I worked for years as an interior design architect, then I decidedto do something different”, she explains. In 2013 she was the first person to purchase a 3D printer made by an Italian manufacturer.“I decided to buy it because, ever since I was a child, I have hada passion for fashion accessories, and it was the perfect tool formaking earrings, necklaces and rings designed by me. I tried itout, and tested myself. Everything went well”. For her creations, Sara draws inspiration from architecture, particularly that in Rome: “I have lived in Rome for 15 years, and I am always captivated by its domes and rusticated buildings”.There are both geometric and organic forms in her creations.“I was born in Olbia, and grew up in contact with the land and with animals. What I make also brings to mind the wild nature of Sardinia”. Once the model is designed, the raw product that comes out of the printer has to be worked and “sanded with five types of sandpaper, starting with a coarse paper and ending with a very fine paper, like that used to finish the fibreglass surface of boats”. To learn the manual skills, she has observed professionals at work: “I learnt sanding by studying workmen who were replastering the outside walls of a house”. “As far as painting is concerned, I watched a body shop repairer. The polymers I use, in fact, do not have many colours”. It is this “street training” that has helped Sara’s brand to grow. She works on a commission basis, and is much esteemed in art galleries, “perhaps because they are frequented by people having a certain artistic sensibility, who understand how much manual and creative work there is behind my jewels. The 3D printer is merely a tool that I use”.
The story has bee written by Serena Berardi, writer.
A brand of jewellery, made with 3D printing, inspired by architecture and by the forms of nature.