The printed shroud by Assia Stefanova

A 3D printed scarf and glove on display in the morning room

The printed shroud presents an innovative “smart-lace” garment, created in response to society’s need for mass production and subsequent throw-away culture. It looks to the future of the textile industry, exploring the human relationship between the production of material goods and the way we use these as consumers.

Taking inspiration from Lord Armstrong’s fascination with modern mechanical interventions and how this revolutionised the efficiency of manual labour, The printed shroud (23 June-4 November) explores some of the most pioneering methods of textile manufacture through the use of 3D printing techniques.
Based on the intricate structure of Lady Armstrong’s lace which can be seen in her portrait in the library, it embraces some of the most technologically advanced methods currently being developed. The lace itself is made using a complex layering of material and the garment explores new methods of manufacture that enable the reintroduction of variation. The installation celebrates an emergent technology that gives individuals choice and freedom to participate in the shaping of thier environment.