Art + Science: An Iris Interview with Lynne MacLachlan

Art + Science: An Iris Interview with Lynne MacLachlan



Iris is so honored to have had the pleasure of chatting with July Featured Country Scotland's Lynne MacLachlan! With beginnings in the field of aerospace engineering, this Glasgow jewelry artist creates stunning optical-illusory jewelry work - in addition, she also creates sculptural pieces for installation and performance. We are so pleased to have Lynne MacLachlan as part of the Iris Collection, and we hope you enjoy reading her interview as much as we enjoyed learning more about her work, process, and inspiration!


Lynne MacLachlan Jewelry Glasgow Iris Trends

Jewelry from the Phase Collection 



Iris: What led you from aerospace engineering to jewelry making?

LM: I enjoyed some aspects of engineering but really wanted to be closer to the making of objects; I enjoy the combination of technology with craft skills, and jewelry is a great medium to do this. 


Iris: Describe a bit the career transition and how that was for you: going from the field of science to one of creativity?

LM: I just felt a sense of freedom moving into design, I enjoyed being creative and making things, and my background allowed me to embrace the use of the new technology that was becoming accessible to art and design students at the time.


 Lynne MacLachlan Jewelry Glasgow Iris Trends

Model Wearing Lynne MacLachlan, Provided by Iris Trends



Iris: How did you first encounter the 3D printing medium, and how did you know it was the one you would use to create your jewelry work?

LM: When I was in my undergrad, I started using the new at the time laser cutter. I loved the combination of experimenting with the software and the tool, and it suited my love of geometry, pattern and graphic aesthetic. Following on from this, I first started using 3D printing during my MA at the Royal College of Art, and gradually discovered the process I use today. 


Lynne MacLachlan Jewelry Glasgow Iris Trends

Model Wearing Lynne MacLachlan, Provided by Iris Trends



Iris: The dyeing and finishing of your pieces (the ombre and color play effects) is so remarkable – can you explain a little bit about the process?

LM: The precision of the 3D printing allows me to create graphic layered patterns - I was intrigued by Moire effects I could see when designing on-screen and they became a feature of the pieces. It felt like a little bit of magic in the designs that worked well with the fact that jewelry is worn and continually moving with the body. The other great aspect of the material I use is the potential to dye it vibrant colours, it's a traditional hand process, which allows the creation of gradients by carefully hand dip dyeing each piece, something that I feel elevates the pieces to something really unusual and precious.


Phase Hoop Earrings by Lynne MacLachlan Glasgow

Phase Hoop Earrings



Iris: What inspires your collections?

LM: Inspiration comes from many different places; effectively my work is a remix of the many things I love: contemporary and modern design, nature, geometry, and the possibilities of materials and tools. These all swirl together in my head to hopefully come up with something new and exciting that pushes the envelope.


Iris: How did you start making performance pieces, and what has been your favorite performance using these?

LM:I felt the idea of optical effects in my work would work well on a bigger scale, and this also seemed to fall into place with the idea of movement and dance. It seemed like a natural progression and I was lucky enough to be awarded a bursary from the Inches Carr trust here to make it a reality. So far I've made a simple video to the pieces, but I am hoping to do more performances and maybe new pieces of this scale in the future.


Lynne MacLachlan Wall Sculpture Installation

Wall Installation by Lynne MacLachlan



Iris: How would you describe the atmosphere of Glasgow, and how would you say that impacts your work?

LM: Scotland and Glasgow is a fantastic place to live and work - there is a real buzz around design at the moment, and Glasgow has had a well-established cutting edge contemporary art scene for a while, so there is always plenty going on culturally. It remains a reasonably affordable place to live, so it attracts and retains a lot of creative people - it's also small enough that getting to know people isn't too intimidating or difficult, and there is a strong but very welcoming and friendly creative community.


Industry Magazine Model Wearing Gego Bracelet by Lynne MacLachlan

Gego Bracelet provided by Iris Trends for Industry Magazine



Follow us at @eyeofiris to see more on Lynne MacLachlan, and her home country of Scotland all throughout the month of July!



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