The present work involves the use of textile weaving techniques with optical fibers to create a series of chandelier designs. Each chandelier is constructed from an intricate volumetric array of optical fibres woven through concentric plastic rings or discs, lit and coloured by metal-halide and miniature LED light sources. Transparent sculptures by day, they transform into a dynamic and colourful light displays by night.
The design for the optical fibre chandeliers developed out of the body of work from the Master of Design degree, the graduation exhibition of which was entitled Illuminated Transformations: Light, Jewellery, and the Body. The chandeliers are an extension of optical fibre pendants that were used as portable pieces of illuminating jewellery in a dance performance at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
The illuminating jewellery gradually substituted the use of actual movement by the body into impressions of movement and form itself. These forms evolved into chandeliers that were fitted with more intense light sources. The present work funtions to cross the boundaries between art and design by extending the context of jewellery for the body into jewellery for the interior.