The patterns I designed where cut or etched on the laser cutter. The etching failed to leave enough light through the leather but it was difficult to decide on a power for the laser , in future another test will be needed to achieve a good quality etch.
Although the etching failed the fully cut patterns gave some interesting effects when placed in front of the Xicato LED.
Inspired by the light that seeps through the canopy of a forest this pattern gives small glimpses of light.
The grain of the leather is catching the light emitted by the LED and the light in the room around it, this makes the fabric look more luxurious and high end. This final pattern is the one I’ve chosen to use in my final design as it’s a simplified, less literal version of my earlier floral design. The small individual shapes are letting small amounts of light escape gradually across the surface of the leather and this gives an interesting shadow of pattern. Now that the form has simplified I hope this pattern will keep the texture and feeling of escapeism to the work that I wanted to include.