Fig. 1 Prototype Light From Soane – on/0ff/0n/0ff ad finitum
Fig. 2 Prototype The Form Does Float – concept and process
Fig. 3 Prototype Light From Soane – on/0ff/0n/0ff ad finitum
Fig. 4 Paint Samples On Display At The Vault, LDF 2014
Fig. 5 Incidental Light From Soane Jewellery
Fig. 6 Original Inspiration
Exhibition: 4 – 22 November 2014, Sir John Soane’s Museum
Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, 10am-5pm. Also on the first Tuesday evening of each month the museum is open from 6-9pm. Admission Free.
The judges selection are all available to purchase from the 4th November, including my lamp.
“ After receiving the small fragment for the project I knew I wanted to do something that extended out of the flowing form, the abstracted structure reminded me of a candlestick. I have been looking at light within my work for several years so this was a very natural progression.
You don’t have to wander far into the museum to notice Soane’s relationship with light and dark, especially when you travel between the yellowy Mediterranean quality of light upstairs and the dark Crypt at the lowest levels. This confirmed the route I was taking with the project – the drama of a light is very fitting for the museum.
The process involved remaking the fragment from scratch in CAD software so I could reshape parts of the form and integrate hidden fixings for the electrical components in the back. This meant the lamp could be printed as one unit ready for the wires to slot in to.
When the model was printed, I then worked sympathetically with the layered grain of the print and finished the surface by hand, creating a marble effect with various pigments. The wiring and electrical components sit together with the lamp’s body; a contemporary natural flex covering from Soane’s beloved Italy, with clear plugs and switches to fit with contemporary interiors.
Illuminating the fragment highlights and elevates it to something special. The light is a memento of the fragments in the museum and also a product you can take home and use.
This is object is a hybrid of conservation techniques and 3D printing, the old and the new come together in a way that I hope the ever innovative and playful Sir John Soane would have appreciated”
“ Sir John Soane’s Museum has announced the winners of The Digital Soane, a competition organised in collaboration and with support from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Royal College of Art.
The digital fragments, 3D printed in various materials, were given to the designer makers who have reinterpreted them into a range of products to be displayed and sold in the Museum’s shop.
The competition aimed to marry the processes of hands-on craftsmanship with the latest digital technologies, and offers a prestigious platform for a new generation of jewellery designer makers to showcase their hybrid contemporary designs.
An expert panel of judges including Heal’s Head of Fabric and Design Pia Benham; jewellery designers Lara Bohinc, and Shaun Leane and Ben Rowe from House of Shaun Leane; curator of applied arts Sarah Griffin; artist and 3D printing expert Adam Lowe; Anna Rigby, Head of Buying, Home Accessories & Gifts, Textiles and Carpets for John Lewis; and journalist and luxury expert Lucia van der Post, selected the winning designers.”
The bust’s digital fragmentation at the beginning of the project was made possible with the help of specialist scanning company Quod who were able to scan the bust in situ with the use of hand-held 3D scanning equipment. www.quodscan3d.com
Special thanks to Rapidform for the 3D printing.