Jewelry artist and Tyler School of Art (Temple University) faculty member Doug Bucci describes the possibilities of digital design so well that I am including his entire artist statement. The description is seamless and these images of his Islet bracelets illustrate the idea beautifully.
Stackable Bracelets, 2007 – Photopolymer (Perfactory), polychrome, 18k
Digital technology has become a medium that has redefined the arts, broadening horizons and changing both the practice and the production of countless disciplines including graphic design, photography, architecture, industrial design, and jewelry and metalsmithing. The technique of Computer Aided Design (CAD) is the perfect medium to explore innovations in the jewelry field. With the expansion of CAD and leaps of modern medical technologies, we can envision that not only prosthesis, but replicas of actual biomedical tissues could be realized.
These cellular forms are likened to human cells. Starting with this one simple element, a cell, these simple forms can be repeated, stretched, curved, and linked, creating completely unique and innovative tangible structures. The digital has been adopted as a means of reinterpreting design, and making the physical objects of the jewelry discipline.