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 SiÃ¨cle' 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 SiÃ¨cle'.
Lindie Ward, Curator Design & Society, May 2012