On Grits and Goals

Sometimes I don‘t know whether to stick with it, dive through the uncomfortable feelings or whether to trust my gut and walk away. So much lies beyond fear, yet often so many good things come when I let go of trying and trust my inner voice. How do you go about it? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Maybe one needs a goal, a greater vision to stick through the uncomfortable zones - like in a marathon, or when you have children. It‘s not always fun, or easy, or comfortable. But you have a vision for it and that‘s what gives you grit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

„The race is long and in the end, it‘s only with yourself...“ Baz Luhrman‘s voice is a favorite in my head. What would you have suggested Mrs. Nin? A bit of courage, but also the courage to find out how much you need and want it to expand. We all too often blindly follow what we see these days and we see so much thanks to our lovely, little devices. Not everything is meant for us, make your own version of things. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Yes, maybe the grit in this case lies in trusting your gut feeling so long until it feels good, until it feels like YOUR LIFE in just the right kind of size.



Iceland with 3D printing muse & designer Julia Koerner


1. Design: Julia Körner | JK @koernerjulia. Photography: Pia Clodi @bypiaclodi.
Model: Sigrún Hrefna Sveinsdóttir @sigrunhrefna. Model Agency: Eskimo Agency @eskimo_model. Make Up & Hair: Sunna Björk @sunnabjorkmakeup. Photography Scanning & Processing: Carmencita Lab @carmencitalab. Leather Artisan: Oficio Studio @oficiostudio & Kyle Awtry @Kyle Awtry.


A: Much of your portfolio focuses on ready-to-wear fashion pieces. How does 3D printed clothing differ to conventional pieces in this respect? Can you discuss some advantages and challenges of using 3D printing in this type of medium?
With the Iceland collection I designed a series of 3D printed garments and accessories with a focus on wearability. I developed some of my previous research into natural formations and 3D printed material performance further and applied it to garments such as Jackets, Vests, Handbags, Necklaces and Skirts. The 3D designs are inspired by patterns and morphologies found in nature such as Kelp and Sea Sponges, and I designed the three-dimensional pieces in the computer. The 3D printing technology allows to realise these designs with all their complexity, intricacy and beauty. With a focus on elevating the wearability of the garments I researched various different additive manufacturing technologies as well the combination with delicate textiles such as leather, silk and cotton.


Read the full Interview with Julia in Aesthetica Magazine: