The largest Lacelightbox was made and delivered to my studio in early May 2020
Strips of self adhesive LEDs on biodegradable foamboard for inside the lacelightbox Trialling embroidery on net with the perspex and LEDs I tried just using text on net inside the box (above)but it needed the laser cut card give hard shadows. So I commissioned Handytech to make the laser cut after much backwards and forwards where I learned my understanding of Illustrator wasn’t up to much.
I made the embroidered picot onto cotton bobbinet from Swiss Tulle
while waiting for the laser cut . (see this post for more detail) Click on the gallery below to see the construction step by step
After putting the laser cut Charnia and suspending the embroidery on net, I had to peel off the protective film from the frosted perspex. Once done, it’s prone to scratching so I had to work fast and gently!
The lightbox before putting the frosted perspex in place. The box is so big I had to place it on the floor to assemble, and slide the perspex in place before hanging on the french cleat. Everything had to be very secure before it was hung!
I glued and clamped the bracket overnight so it was secure
I glued in the wooden bracket for the embroidery pole
Screws in the end of the pole slotted into a simple bracket on the inside of the box
The net was very slightly puckered, but the weight of it made it hang straight in the box. I used pins to secure the bottom corners
The embroidered layer was suspended from a simple pole. I hand stitched the net to the pole, using a simple over stitch. It was the easiest way to reduce puckering
Once pieced, I attached the laser cut to the foamboard backing, using upholstery pins. The lightbox was lined with biodegradable foam board, to which I attached the LED light strips (4x5m strips). The pins are 5cm long, so held the laser cut away from the lights.
Piecing together out the Charnia laser cut. I used paper tape to hold it together at certain sections, but securing it into the frame with T pins held everything in place
Laying out the Charnia laser cut. It had been cut in sections to fit the flat bed laser cutter.
The lacelightbox in action