Enlightened in Barnsley

While lasers in design are certainly nothing new, a show opening in Barnsley this week looks to showcase the breadth of the creations that can be made using laser cutting and engraving technology.

Daniel Heath's hummingbird engraving
Daniel Heath’s hummingbird engraving

Juxtaposing this very modern technique with the backdrop of the town’s industrial heritage, the show, entitled Enlightened, invited designers to create any work they wanted, with an open brief in terms of style, concept and materials – as long as the work incorporated laser cutting or engraving technology.

Engraved Valchromat with 'See you in the morning light' typography by Sneaky Raccoon
Engraved Valchromat with ‘See you in the morning light’ typography by Sneaky Raccoon

All works were created with laser cutting and engraving firm Cutting Technologies, with the show presented by Barnsley-based consultancy DMSQD.

Wooden engraved face by Melbs (Chris Malbon)
Wooden engraved face by Melbs (Chris Malbon)

Kyle Wilkinson, creative director at DMSQD says ‘The way technology is constantly transforming what is possible means the opportunities for designers are increasing all the time. Enlightened is a great way of giving some superb designers the chance to push their creative limits.’

The show features work by other designers including Raid71, Sawdust and Daniel Heath.

There’s certainly a huge variety of executions on show. We’re rather impressed with Wilkinson’s Disney Princess-esque chair:

KyleWilkinson's Chair
KyleWilkinson’s Chair

And the cute typography-led pieces by Sawdust:

Engraved acrylic  by Sawdust
Engraved acrylic by Sawdust

As well as this brilliant, yet perhaps rather constrictive, foxy latex catsuit creation:

Laser-cut catsuit by Caroline Dacre of Cathouse Clothing
Laser-cut catsuit by Caroline Dacre of Cathouse Clothing

Enlightened runs until 8 March at  Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley S70


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