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LASER beams were the sci-fi weapons of choice in movies like Star Wars and James Bond - but they are now in the arsenal of creative designers.

Work using the cutting art technology, produced by some of the UK’s top talent, is on show at a new exhibition in South Yorkshire.

It includes this almost transparent acrylic chair, by DMSQD’s creative director Kyle Wilkinson and a latex lace catsuit by Caroline Dacre, of Cathouse Clothing.

Enlightened 2013 is presented by laser cutting and engraving firm Cutting Technologies and creative studio DMSQD at Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre, in County Way, until March 8.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our video report including a tour of the exhibition.

It also features works from renowned creatives including Raid71, Sawdust, Daniel Heath and Sneaky Raccoon

Designers were given complete freedom in terms of style, materials and concepts but their work had to incorporate laser cutting and/or engraving.

The results included a pop-art inspired poster made in orange acrylic and steel from Raid71, laser engraved typography on Valchromat from Sneaky Raccoon, laser engraved reclaimed slates and mirrors from Daniel Heath and a laser cut acrylic chair from Kyle Wilkinson.

Jane Robinson, Director at Barnsley-based firm Cutting Technologies, said: “We’re finding that more and more designers are incorporating laser technology into their designs so we wanted to explore what was possible and showcase the enormous creative potential that lasers offer. The results have quite simply been outstanding. From laser cut latex fashion to intricately engraved designs on wood, the range of exhibits is superb.”

Kyle Wilkinson, Creative Director at Barnsley’s DMSQD, added: “We’ve been thrilled at the way the exhibition has been received so far and the fact that so many people travelled from across the country to our preview event.

“The quality and variety of work on display is fantastic and all the designers have fully embraced the challenge to explore lasers in design with incredible results.”

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