Ben O’Brien (aka Ben the Illustrator) has recently been illustrating from the loft studio he shares with his product designer wife on everything from advertising work for GQ, pattern designs for urban cyclewear and packaging designs for Candyland.

He also takes his colourful skills to fabrics which his wife developes into bags, fashion accessories and homewares. This year one of their quirky fabric designs has won a prestigious 3x3 award.

New technology is no new news, it’s the norm now.  3D printing, lasercutting and etching are readily available at our fingertips, they’re not whimsical glimpses of the future on Tomorrow’s World anymore, no longer a fad, trend or quirky toy.

Now that we know all about them and can experiment at any opportunity, it’s time to move away from the obvious lasercut keyrings and etched buttons and use this equipment to create true pieces of art.  

Barnsley’s ‘Enlightened Exhibition’ (made possible by Cutting Technologies and design studio DMSQD) brought together a selection of artists and designers to create lasercut pieces of art and furniture to show quite what’s capable of the lasercutting technology in 2014.

For the show, artist Ben The Illustrator designed a new surface pattern inspired by the Australian rainforest, a lush little scene featuring a Wompoo Fruit Dove, which he then developed into a (rather heavy) lasercut metal installation.

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