In The Spotlight with Zi Hao
Emcee Singapore: Charmaine had an insightful conversation with the talented content creator and product designer, Zi Hao Low, who is on the cutting edge of innovation in the world of art and design.
Zi Hao Low started his artistic journey at a very young age and quickly realized his passion for creating. He began his first art project at just 14 years old, setting the stage for his progressive career in the world of art and design.
After an assignment at the School of the Arts Singapore, where he didn’t quite follow the project brief but delivered something extraordinary, Zi Hao pursued a degree in the School of Art, Design at Nanyang Technological University. His dedication to his craft led him to found Para ( ) Studios.
One of the standout aspects of Zi Hao’s approach is his commitment to ongoing learning and exploration. He firmly believes that acquiring new skills and having a growth mindset are crucial for personal growth and creating meaningful work.
Charmaine delved into Zi Hao’s journey into 3D printing. It began in 2021, and he quickly realized its importance in rapid prototyping for his design projects. He designed and showcased a 3D-printed KISS logo with his signature, highlighting the versatility of 3D printing as a creative tool.
Beyond art and design, Zi Hao has used 3D printing for practical purposes around the house, from making towel hooks to finger brace for his mother’s tendonitis. He has plans for more unconventional projects, like custom-fit clothing and accessories.
As an owner of a printing farm with 16 printers, Zi Hao is well-equipped to explore various materials and applications in 3D printing that engage both senses of ‘touch’ and ‘sight’. He’s also experimenting with alternatives to traditional 3D printing.
Charmaine asked about his multi-disciplinary collaborations with different companies. Zi Hao explained that he customizes solutions to meet the specific needs of his clients, making his design studio, Para ( ) Studios, a valuable resource.
Materials play a significant role in Zi Hao’s work, and he has a fascination with paper’s fragility and strength. He incorporates elements of both 3D printing and origami in his projects, creating unique and visually stunning pieces.
While Zi Hao doesn’t have a specific mentor, he relies on experimentation, online communities and YouTube tutorials to refine his skills. He has a fellow origami enthusiast from Egypt who shares his journey, making their collaboration a source of motivation and inspiration.
On what gives Zi Hao the most satisfaction in his work, he revealed that it is the creative process, from designing in 3D software to physically assembling the modules into the final sculpture. It’s a testament to his dedication to pushing the boundaries of art and design.
Charmaine had a fascinating conversation with Zi Hao Low, a bold visionary in the world of 3D art and spatial design. Looking ahead, Zi Hao believes that 3D printers will become more affordable and accessible, paving the way for even more exciting possibilities at the intersection of art and technology.