Lynne MacLachlan-Eastwood

After a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a short stint in industry I returned to education to study Jewellery and Metalwork at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, I wanted to get closer to the making of things and the jewellery workshop was where I could do this. I then went on to a MA at the Royal College of Art in London, where I experimented with lots of different processes, materials and ideas and met an amazing range of artists and designers. This course let me to an ability to approach digital tools with confidence, while still having an open mind about the creative potential.

My jewellery collections play with light, space and colour, intending to create visual delight for wearer and viewer. Sculptural forms are produced in 3D printed nylon or wax cast into silver, taking advantage of the complex, precise forms that 3D printing can produce. By layering graphic patterns eye-catching Moiré effects are created as the wearer moves around, creating the theatre of statement jewellery in a novel way. Colour is also central to my work, particularly the nylon pieces I produce, which take on vibrant hues through hand dyeing, I find colour really draws people emotionally into the work. I am currently pushing the scale of this work into larger pieces for performance and interiors, in order to further experiment with dyeing techniques and optical effects and hopefully even greater spectacle for a viewer.

Alongside me practice I am also just finishing my PhD, my research focused on making, in particular how designer-makers use analogue and digital tools to generate creative outcomes. I used a design theory called shape grammar, developed by MIT Professors Stiny & Knight, to model strategies for creative tool use and to develop new digital tools for multi-material 3D printing. I hope to funnel this knowledge into developing strategies designers can use to work creatively with tools and materials, as it has helped my own design practices, and also to explore the potential of multi-material 3D printing in design in a more applied sense.

Interview with Lynne MacLachlan-Eastwood.

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