Australian model Andrej Pejić is surely a remarkable figure working in the fashion industry. While the industry of fashion is a place where gender roles are important, Pejić doesn’t want to hear about this at all. He is a so-called androgynous model “living in between genders”, but who prefers female pronouns. Right now, the model has found a way to let his androgynous ideals break through into the world of jewelry, therefore using 3D printing techniques.
The model was approached by New York-based jewelry line Sam H Snyder Design, and the line is now called Pejić x Snyder. It includes jewelry made from silver, palladium, 18k gold as well as platinum. Pejić has said to Fashionista, “It definitely fits my aesthetic, I don’t like flashy, diamonds — it’s modern and minimal but thick and chunky.”
Pejić was willing to cooperate, because Sam H Snyder Design wants to give parts of the financial earnings to Ali Forney Center, which is a foundation helping young homeless people with a sexual minority with inter alia, medical assistance. More precisely, the foundation helps so-called LGBTQ youth, an abbreviation which stands for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers (or people questioning). As you might expect, the androgynous Pejić was interested in helping such a foundation and therefore collaborated.
To fashionista, she adds: “[My career] has helped to raise awareness of this social minority, most people don’t know what the struggles are — my goal has always been to share my story and give a human face to all of that and to show that I can be confident and anyone can be confident in being who they are. More transgender girls have come out — in 2010 when I came out I think it did start a wave and opened some doors in the marketplace. I wouldn’t say it’s changed society — it would take a lot more to do that.”
If you’re interested in this new line, then take a look at the website of Sam H Snyder Design. It is by the way not the first time the jewelry-company uses 3D printing techniques, as they’ve already released a 3D printed square wrap case for iPhone. They are also not the first jewelry-company to experiment with 3D printing techniques. Already for a while, Dutch company Zazzy is producing 3D printed jewelry via retail giant Hema.
Image credits: Pejić x Snyder.