DIALOGUE | A FabCafe Tokyo x Hiko-Mizuno College of Jewelry Collaboration

By their second year, students at Hiko-Mizuno College of Jewelry are eager to start creating. Hiko-Mizuno is filled with equipment for gem polishing, casting and sewing. However; Hiko-Mizuno is lacking a capacity for digital fabrication. This activated a collaboration with FabCafe Tokyo.

Over the course of the semester, Kotaro Iwaoka will lead students to explore the concept of DIALOGUE through the lens of digital fabrication. This includes inspiration excursions throughout Tokyo, instruction on Rhino 3D fabrication software, and access to the laser cutters and 3D printers for production at FabCafe.

The first day was rainy, but the student’s excitement could not be dampened. Together, we visited Future Gift, an exhibit showcasing 3D printed accessories and home decor. This was a great starting point for this journey, as it sparked curiosity and wonder within the students. Back at Hiko-Mizuno, Rumi Tasaka lead students to research and brainstorm on the meaning of dialogue and Kotaro gave the students an introduction to digital fabrication.

Rumi Tasaka is Lecturer at Hiko-Mizuon College of Jewelry. Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry is the first technical college in Japan approved as educational corporation in the field of jewelry. Since then, by establishing watch, shoes and bag departments,it has continued its journey as a college of nurturing “manufacturing” techniques and creative design techniques focused on each of these fields.
Kotaro Iwaoka, FabCafe Tokyo Director, graduated from the Department of Design and Architecture at Chiba University. In the center of Shibuya, FabCafe provides a space where people can enjoy making things in an exciting environment furnished with a variety of digital fabrication tools, including a laser cutter and 3d printers.
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