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Fashion & Style Gallery, National Museum of Scotland

Taylor, Sarah; Robertson, Sara


Sara Robertson


A 3m high static image of award winning Digital Lace design work features as a permanent exhibit in one of the ten major new galleries opened in July 2016 as part of the Museum's £14.1million redevelopment.

Footage of the work also features in one of two, newly commissioned films highlighting couture fabric and design & manufacture. The work represents the shift in the use of innovative textiles within technology-led fashion as represented in the gallery. Since its opening, the Museum has attracted 500,000 visitors (Sept 2016).

Digital Lace won the International Symposium of Wearable Computers (ISWC) 2014 Design Exhibition Jury Award: Fibre Art, and was showcased at EMP Museum and Microsoft Research, Seattle. The project represents design work completed during 2014 – 2015. Iterations of the work were developed and exhibited as part of the first V&A Dundee’s Touring Exhibition, Design in Motion, 2015.

Digital Lace is a re-interpretation of heritage lace which exploits and amalgamates the responsive technologies of dye and fibre with digital-control as a light and colour-changing textile exhibit. The research was in response to the global theme, ‘Generate Collision’ and the demand for unique products utilising novel material properties and digital making (Heimtextil 2014). One of six proposals selected for the Expert Workshop: Rejuvenating Craft, Plymouth College of Art, 2014; subsequently presented at the European Crysalis closing event at TIO3, Belgium, Make:Shift Craft Council conference, 2014.

Exhibition Performance Type Exhibition
Start Date Jul 6, 2016
Deposit Date Mar 3, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 5, 2017
Keywords smart textiles; digital craft; liquid crystals; fibre optics; colour-change; light-emitting
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