My laser cut designs were accepted for SURFACE DESIGN TECHNOLOGY AND TRADITION, a jury- selected exhibition held in the Kulturcenter Huset, Aarhus, Denmark. Co-Exhibitors were international textile designers and artists working in either traditional processes of batik, hand printing and stitch, or in areas of digital technology and technology transfer. My work represented the only example of laser cutting and etching technologies to fashion and interior fabrics in the exhibition and I was also invited to deliver a conference paper on my research in this field entitled 'New Approaches to the Surface Treatment of Materials : The Application of Laser Cutting and Etching Technologies'.
The six one metre by two metre pieces that I exhibited were the result of research into the creation of three dimensional properties by cutting into and layering fabric with different transparent and semi opaque qualities – motifs were cut to cascade and fall out of the surface, revealing new colours and surface qualities underneath, that move with the body or air flow; fabrics that shimmer and create new patterns (moiré) against each other. Depth and dimension were also suggested by illusional geometric designs which in turn, when cut, formed new structures within the surface of the fabrics.
The exhibition created both a visual tension and synergy between the two extremes of textile art, and design / research activity, and highlighted the importance of the two communities existing side by side to the benefit of the future development of the textiles discipline.
Two of the multi-layered designs were subsequently selected for the Royal Society of Arts, London 'Innovate, Predicate, Fabricate' Exhibition, January 2005, and Avantex, Frankfurt, Germany, 7th – 9th June 2005. Work also featured in an article by Francis Geesin for the 'ETN Textile Forum Journal', ISSN No: 143-3529, Vol: 4/2003, December 2003, p. 23