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2012/75/1 3D model, 'Fin de Siècle', rapid prototyping, nylon, designed and made by Gwyllim Jahn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2010. Click to enlarge.

3D rapid prototyping model, ‘Fin de Siècle’, made by Gwyllim Jahn

Designed by Jahn, Gwyllim, 2010.
This unique three-dimensional nylon model using rapid prototyping was created for 'Love Lace', the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award, by Gwyllim Jahn, a student of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), in Melbourne. One of 130 finalists' works from 20 countries, 'Fin de Siècle' is distinguished by the use of digital technologies, which challenges our perception of lace as a textile.

Jahn's work won the student category, receiving a prize of $4000. The work was chosen for its interpretation of lace taking it into a new dimension with digital technologies.

Throughout history, experimentation in lace has seen the development of new techniques, materials, motifs and a broadening of the definition of lace. This sculptural piece exemplifies the continuance of that tradition. In a contemporary context, diversity of materials, new technologies, creativity, originality and conceptual interpretation are elements evident in 'Fin de Siècle'.

Lindie Ward, Curator Design & Society, May 2012


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Object Statement

3D model, 'Fin de Siècle', rapid prototyping, nylon, designed and made by Gwyllim Jahn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2010

Physical Description

A free form sculptural model made of white nylon created by three dimensional rapid prototyping.


No marks.



145 mm


220 mm



Jahn, Gwyllim 2010


Jahn, Gwyllim 2010


'Fin de Siècle' was constructed in 2010 by Gwyllim Jahn, a student of RMIT, Melbourne, using rapid prototyping - a process using three-dimensional computer aided design (CAD) data. 'The piece is fabricated using a SLS Nylon 3D printer, through a company called Shapeways, SLS printing in Australia (and) is still really expensive. The overall shape was designed by writing a computer program that draws arc networks which were then wrapped in a sort of digital blob to make the geometry for the 3D printer.' Jahn 2012

'This project proposes an architectural language of organic tectonic expressionism whereby ornament, structure and materiality are as formally inseparable as individual threads in a piece of fabric. This language is achieved by weaving together the inception of the first computer algorithm (Ada Lovelace), textile art as the origin of architectural decoration (Gottfried Semper) and the marriage of computing and textiles for fabrication (Jacquard Loom) within our contemporary context.' Jahn 2010

Three-dimensional printing technology was developed in the late 1980s to replicate models and protoype parts. It allows layer manufacturing or free form fabrication. By creating a 3D CAD file and printing it using a polymer type material, objects can be formed with geometric complexity without the need for elaborate machine set-up or final assembly. Advantages of additive technology is in cost savings and time efficiency.

Originally used in manufacturing industries, many in the arts community are exploring the potential of rapid prototyping in creating unique 3D pieces.

Reference: Rapid Prototyping: Introduction,, viewed April 2012; What are rapid prototyping technologies,, viewed April 2012



Gwyllim Jahn, a student finalist in the 2010 'Love Lace' - the Powerhouse Museum's International Lace Award - designed ''Fin de Siècle' taking inspiration from the world's first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace; Gottfried Semper, designer of the Dresden Opera House; and the Jacquard loom, to produce a 3D sculptural model using rapid prototyping.

Gwyllim's work won the student category, receiving a prize of $4000. He studied at RMIT's School of Architecture and Design, Melbourne, Victoria.


Credit Line

Purchased with the assistance of Apple Computer Australia Pty Ltd, 2012

Acquisition Date

20 June 2012

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