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Make Works: Lynne MacLachlan

We've collaborated with Make Works to showcase the stories behind our products. Today we meet designer Lynne MacLachlan who uses 3D printing technology and colour to play with light, space and colour.

Lynne mostly makes jewellery that's 3D-printed, hand-dyed and hand-finished. She's currently experimenting with pushing the scale of her work.

Find out more about her process in the video below.

Finding this kind of 3D-printing more accessible than some of the kinds related to precious metals, Lynne also liked the fact that you can hand-dye it any colour.

It's also quite a light material, but still strong, which is perfect for jewellery.

A woman in a coral cardigan stood ina . studio surrounded by interesting plastic structures of different colours.
A selection of colourful plastic structures of different shapes and forms.
A corner of the studio where the walls are adorned with vibrant posters of models wearing her amazing jewellery.
  • Lynne MacLachlan in her studio.

  • Some of Lynne's creations.

  • Posters featuring Lynne's work, pinned in her studio.

Digital tools are a vital part of Lynne's work. Using a CAD programme, she has a playful approach when it comes to software.

But it's the combination of the digital with the hand-finishing that Lynne feels elevates her work. it also brings a human warmth to it. This results in a magic quality in her work, as the pieces change from different angles.

A box of white plastic geometric jewellery, all different shapes and sizes.
A selection of Lynne's jewellery once dyed, all different colours and gradients.
A desk on which sits an orange 3D printer. On the wall behind, posters and pieces of jewellery are hung.
  • Some of Lynne's pieces before they've been hand-dyed.

  • The pieces after the hand-dyeing process.

  • The 3D-printer in Lynne's studio.

For our shop, Lynne made two brand new pieces: a pair of earrings and a ring, both inspired by our building. We love the visual delight Lynne achieves through her designs and can't stop looking at her pieces from every angle!

Follow Lynne on Instagram to get a real sense of her beautiful work.

A black pair of earrings and a matching black ring. Both have deep geometric ridges evoking the museum building.
The exclusive pieces Lynne designed for our shop.

Make Works Collaboration

To help tell the stories behind some of the wonderful collaborations in our shop, we have been working with leading Scottish design studio Make Works.

Originating in Scotland and extending throughout the UK, Make Works now have an international reach, including regions in the UAE and Sweden.

Make Works source local manufacturers, workshops and materials, beautifully capturing the people behind them and making them available through their open access platform. Since 2013, Make Works have visited and documented almost 200 factories and manufacturers, encouraging those in the creative industries to have work made locally or independently.

With their profound knowledge of Scotland’s creative industries and talent for storytelling, Make Works are the perfect partner to showcase a selection of our retail collaborations.