This piece blew me away — it’s just the thing that Effie Trinket of The Hunger Games would have worn. Part Elizabethan grandeur and part futuristic splendor, Luciferin brightly shows off the talents of artist Laura Jade Hindes. Laura is based in Sydney and works with natural history, science and lighting (as if you couldn’t guess).
The collar is a happy mix of textures and tech, with its tulle and laser cut acrylic glass pieces. White LEDs adorn the ruffled collar, while colorful LED sequins glimmer along the chest area. A FLORA microcontroller and accelerometer control the sequins, celebrating the movement of the wearer. Laura talks about the thought behind the design.
As a lighting student I am fascinated by biological organisms that produce their own light- Luciferin is the molecule which produces bio-luminescence in nature. The design was also highly inspired by the intricate illustrations of biologist Ernst Haeckel in “Art Forms of Nature” which describe an array of symmetrical and geometrical patterns found in living creatures.
Luciferin was recently displayed at Sydney Design 2014 with an exciting addition — a spine piece! This is equally amazing with its intricate laser cut designs and thoughtful lighting with EL wire. Of course, it moves and shakes as you might expect.
I can tell you I’ll be following everything this artist is doing — check out her blog for other exciting designs. If you are feeling way inspired, consider making your own spiny light up creation like our LED Stego Hoodie. You can always add some EL wire in the mix, too. Be prehistoric future-epic.
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