Lynne MacLachlan

Lynne MacLachlan’s practice takes an experimental approach to digital design and fabrication tools, pushing their capabilities to produce intriguing jewellery and interior objects. State of the art 3D printing technologies are combined with meticulous hand-finishing techniques, such as dyeing, metalwork and construction, to explore optical illusions, geometry and colour effects. This hybridisation harnesses the precision and complexity of digital tools with craftsmanship to create unique contemporary design pieces. 

For DES 2019, MacLachlan has created her first screen. Using PLA (polylactic acid), a biodegradable plastic made from fermented plant starch and a 3D printer, MacLachlan has created chevron-shaped elements in a myriad of colours and opacities. The elements were then placed on a steel frame to create an optically-dazzling, freestanding screen for an interior space.  

Lynne MacLachlan is a designer, maker and researcher living in Renfrewshire and working in Glasgow. A graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, MacLachlan holds a PhD from the Open University, with research interests in computational making and 3D printing. Recent exhibitions include: Collect, represented by Craft Scotland, Saatchi Gallery, London (2019); LOOT: MAD about jewellery, Museum of Arts & Design, New York (2018); Nexus: Meetings at the edge, Fife Contemporary, Kirkcaldy Galleries and Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales (2018). MacLachlan’s work is also on long term loan to V&A Dundee.