Cara Lowe (She/Her)
Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase 2021 Shortlisted Graduate Award
Cara’s practice explores the relationship between the digital and physical realm, and investigates themes of play, technology and cyberspace. For those growing up in the ‘digital age’, childhood memories of play are associated with retro videogame consoles. Her work originates from retrofuturism, digital nostalgia, and toys. Throughout the pandemic, technology has provided us with much needed escapism, and she aims to highlight this: exploring how we can utilise technology to generate play and joy. Cara uses digital tools like computer rendering and creative coding to generate imagery, and 3D printing software to materialise these concepts into objects. Her designs aim to emulate a feeling of objects as digital fragments, that seem almost touchable through a computer screen.
Titled ‘CYBERPLAY’, her graduate collection offers an engaging activity for the wearer, combining both jewellery and play. It consists of three key components: colour, interchangeability and kinetic movement. PLA filament is her primary material, as a compostable plastic it permits a lightness to the pieces. The jewellery pieces are interchangeable, their lightness adding to their versatility. Together, these elements form an interactive experience, where the individual can combine + construct pieces to wear, keeping the activity of ‘play’ a key part of the collection.
CYBERPLAY: interchangeable earrings
3D printed PLA
three piece interchangeable earring set that offers the wearer a choice of different pairs to choose and construct. their colours reflect the link to toys and play. they’re extremely lightweight and feature a handle to attach a silver fastening to be worn on the ear.
CYBERPLAY: kinetic ring set
3D printed PLA, steel
a three-piece ring set with different attachments for the individual to choose + construct which one they wish to wear. a steel pin is provided that slots into the ring shank for the pieces to sit on. each component is 3D printed in a different translucent colour and when attached features a spinning movement to engage with the body.
CYBERPLAY: interchangeable box
3D printed PLA, steel.
pink & blue hinged box to hold the interchangeable earring set. it features a window cut out with clear acrylic perspex, designed to attract the attention of the viewer and create a sense of curiosity for what’s inside.
CYBERPLAY: RGB box
3D printed PLA, steel, silver
3D printed box in translucent pink + green designed to hold the silver earring bases. it’s colours were influenced by palettes from retro RGB 8-bit videogames. it comes with a blue insert for the earrings & backs to sit in, easily removed by sliding the pieces out through the tray indents.