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Frocks from rocks

05 October 2010

model in wearing a dressOne of the dresses in the naturally exclusive range

Unique designs created by combining the latest digital technology and the microscopic wonders of nature are being showcased as part of an event celebrating the best of Welsh design.

Professor Richard Weston, of the Welsh School of Architecture has developed a method of using digital imaging on microscopic patterns in rocks and minerals to produce exclusive designs on fabrics and other material.

His weston naturally exclusive products will be on display in the Morgan Arcade, Cardiff, as part of the Cardiff Design Festival (2-16 October).

The Transformations exhibition features designs in architectural glass, silk – including scarves now being exclusively sold through Liberty of London – and dresses, known as "frocks from rocks".

Professor Richard WestonProfessor Richard Weston

Speaking about his work, Professor Weston said: "We have been developing the range over the past couple of years. Cardiff Design Festival provides an ideal showcase for the work, and I’m sure visitors will be stunned by the magnificent natural designs which we have uncovered.

"The images that emerge when we scan at high resolution are incredible. Many look like works of art, and all have remained hidden for millennia – only revealed now thanks to digital technology."

Transformations will highlight three aspects of the naturally exclusive range:

  • House design: the new home of leading London architect Andy Taylor features naturally exclusive images in laminated glass louvers; and the exhibition will include a model of a Weston-designed house in Sully, which will become his new home and studio.
  • Dresses: uniquely-designed and made-to-measure dresses created by Olga Alpatova, Gail Marshall, Sophie Shardelow and acclaimed University of Glamorgan graduate Joanne Terrar. Examples will be on display.
  • Scarves: now available exclusively in store and online through Liberty of London. A Spring/Summer 2011 collection will be previewed at the exhibition.

The Cardiff Design Festival celebrates the best of Welsh design through a programme of events that inform, inspire and provoke. The Festival provides a spotlight on the design sector and shows how design affects every aspect of our lives.

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