SCOTTISH jewellery designer Lynne MacLachlan’s career path has had an unusual trajectory ... beginning with a university degree in aerospace engineering.

But her technical expertise has not been wasted – her creations come to life with the help of 3D printing.

Now her striking and colourful designs are gracing glossy magazines across the world.

MacLachlan had a short stint in the engineering industry, but decided to return to education, studying jewellery and metalwork at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and then taking an MA at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. After completing her studies, she founded her label to produce contemporary jewellery collections using precious and non-precious materials.

Since launching her self-named label, MacLachlan’s work has been recognised by several industry influencers, with gold awards from the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council and a Dewar Arts Award to fund her studies at the Royal College of Art. Most recently, she was awarded a bursary from the Inches Carr Trust at the Scottish Craft Awards which will allow her to produce larger scale jewellery pieces.

Her work has also featured in prestigious fashion titles such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, the Guardian and Nylon. Her jewellery was worn by Gigi Hadid on her cover of Elle Canada.

MacLachlan’s jewellery has been widely exhibited across the UK as well as in Europe and North America, her work has been showcased by organisations including the UK Crafts Council, Craft Scotland, the V&A Dundee and the London Design Festival. She has also been named as one of the new V&A Dundee Design Champions, which pays tribute to high-quality emerging Scottish designers.

Through the use of 3D printing, MacLachlan produces jewellery which plays with light, space and colour, utilising to the full the complete and precise forms that 3D printing can produce. Her pieces are predominantly formed using 3D printed nylon which takes on vibrant hues created through hand dyeing. These elements work together to create her signature moiré effect.

Using this experimental technique, MacLachlan creates bold, large-scale pieces which are light but strong.

MacLachlan’s next project launches at the Craft Scotland Pavilion at the London Design Fair next month and focuses on 3D printed wall tiles which will incorporate the moiré effects.

Keen to further her knowledge, she is studying for a PhD with the Open University, but will continue to build on her label.

MacLachlan’s jewellery is currently on display at the Craft Scotland Summer Show in Edinburgh – at White Stuff on George Street and Dazzle at the Dovecot Studios.

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