Bridging the generations has always been vital for bobbin lace; it can take decades to build up expertise and develop new ideas, but these must be passed down if these developments are to be sustained and expanded.
So I am delighted to say that scholarship students from Vigo, Spain, and the University of the Arts, London, will be taking part in the workshops that accompany
Organised by Angharad Rixon through www.textilesupport.net , we shall be welcoming Marian Nuñez from Galicia on Pierre Fouché’s design course. Marian grew up with an appreciation of meticulous work through her mother’s career at the couturier André Courrèges in Paris, and has trained in graphic design, and in bobbin lace in Le Puy, France. Her work can be seen at marianlilu.myportfolio.com.
Eleanora Parks, who will join Lauran Sundin’s class in metal bobbin lace, is an accomplished English needle lace maker, working with ideas of anatomy. There are still additional £50-off student places on all the courses.
My own part of this is an examination in bobbin lace of the climate-sensitive ecology of the fragile landscape close to my home. In linen lace panels, hangings and wearable pieces, I have used texture, colour and pattern to develop the natural inspiration drawn from a daily observation of Stanpit Marsh in Christchurch Harbour.
Arts Council funding has also allowed me to write an accompanying publication detailing the way each piece recalls the losses wrought there by different aspects of climate change – as well as looking at how we can help reverse it. This has now arrived from the printers.
Bobbin lace techniques can also enhance other media such as gold and silver filament, horsehair, silk paper and 3D imagery, which will be shown by guest artists drawn from the UK and around the world: Ann Allison, Hanne Behrens, Anne Dyer, Pierre Fouché, Sue McLaggan, Sylvia Piddington, Lauran Sundin and Denise Watts.
A number of us will also present workshops, leading off with Pierre Fouché’s first visit to the UK, to teach and exhibit with us, followed by Lauran Sundin, Denise Watts, myself and Ann Allison. Pat Brunsdon will lead a children’s class before the show ends.
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