Bead by Bit by Audrey Chua

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For Industrial Designer Audrey Chua, Peranakan beadwork has inspired her final year project, Bead by Bit.

“I came up with a canvas for Peranakan beadwork, enabling beading on 3D forms. Leveraging 3D printing technology and algorithmic design software, the grid on the canvas can be customised to suit different bead sizes yet retain the densely beaded Peranakan aesthetic on a wide variety of forms. The Bead by Bit canvas is sturdy enough to withstand the pressure of glass beads as compared to a traditional canvas.

Jewellery, heels and a vase were chosen as they embody the ornamental nature of the beadwork craft. By re-adapting the beading process to a contemporary context, it evolves the craft to increase its relevance and sustainability in today’s digital world.”

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