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Why I plunged myself into 3d

Bijgewerkt op: 22 okt. 2020

As a dinosaur I learned to draw my designs by hand, with pencil, pen, a ruler and a set of drawing molds… the hard way.

I have always embraced new technologies.

So, once working as an employee I was eager to learn to draw straight into Coreldraw, later in Canvas and then, some ten years ago, in Illustrator.

For a designer making flat and technical drawings this way was really a big step forward.


It has never really changed the way making apparel as an entire industry worked.

Loads of fitting samples, bad working conditions overseas, shipping and excessive waste for realizing just one item. It made me feel bad being part of the problem we created ourselves. But I just did not know what to do about it and where to start.

So what now...?

Being overwhelmed by the amount of companies, start-ups, young designers and especially new graduates that seem to easily jump into the new sustainable way as the only way to move forward. I got nervous. I have over 20 years of experience in design of sports and outdoor apparel and accessories, but on this I felt myself lagging behind.

"As eager as I am to learn new things, I wanted to be part of this."

For the past years 3d technology has become a helping hand to make the fashion industry a more sustainable one.

As eager as I am to learn new things, I wanted to be part of this.

But as an independent, this is not an easy step to take. There is investment and a usual lack of time to even start training.

The pandemic this year at least took one obstacle away… time.

And with the mindset that changes have to made now more than ever, I plunged myself into this world of 3d with Marvelous Designer and Clo3d.

Working with 3d

It is a totally different way of working, but I am so excited about it and so happy that I made this step in educating myself.

It took me a considerable amount of time and perseverance to push through and to reach where I am now. Don’t get me wrong, I am still a beginner in this and this is certainly not something you learn overnight. But I am so proud with what I have reached so far, that I want to share this with you. It is a puff jacket I originally designed for a client in Illustrator and turned it with Clo3d into an almost realistic product. It is not perfect, right? But every step is one step forward, for me and for my clients. For that I am sure.

What could this mean for you?

I want to be part of the process of making your collections in a more sustainable and less-waste way. I am eagerly learning to shift from 2d to 3d to make the designs I offer look more realistic, so we can have a better idea of what your products will look like. Together with my longtime expertise and your vision and input we can both make the way to a more sustainable and less-waste world.


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