Love Lace – Make Lace Not War

Close up image of Michele Eastwood's 'Shadows of Memory'
'Shadows of Memory' by Michele Eastwood
Materials: Textiles. Close weave calico laser cut into silhouettes, which are backed onto a dissolvable fabric and the fine threads are couched, holding the figures in space.

I know, I know – yesterday I talked about the ArtExpress exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.  Today I’m bringing you news of another exhibition, this time at the Powerhouse Museum.  What can I tell you? – I’m mining a theme. I’ve also had visitors from New Zealand staying.  You may get more of the same tomorrow!

The Love Lace exhibition is an impressive show of 130 Lace Works by 134 artists from 20 different countries. Each artist displays their passion for lace in this beautiful (if a little dark) exhibition of winning entries and finalists in the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award.

To be honest, I had read about the Love Lace exhibition and, despite a keen interest in surface design and fibre art, wasn’t that motivated to go and see it. Well, I was pleased to be proved wrong. It is well worth a visit. The works are amazing, and my wee nephew even got to make slime from scratch as part of the school holiday programme. 

I am loving this renaissance of traditional arts and crafts with a modern interpretation.

Image of Griselda Gonzales 'Nanduti Lace'
'Nanduti Lace' by Griselda Gonzales
Materials: Linen needlework lace
Image of Ashley Shepherd 'White Guilt'
'White Guilt' by Ashley Shepherd
Materials: Cotton, machine embroidered onto water-soluble fabric and burnt with incense sticks
Image of Wendy Ramshaw "Collar of Petrified Lace'
'Collar of Petrified Lace' by Wendy Ramshaw
Materials: cut stainless steel, powder coated
Image of Tania Spencer 'Intersect' and Joep Verhoeven 'Lace Fence'
Front: 'Intersect' by Tania Spencer
Materials: Knitted galvanised wire using s spinning ginny, fencing tools, pliers and bolt cutters. The wire is hand bent around the jig and then woven together.
Back: 'Lace Fence' by Joep Verhoeven
Materials: Bobbin lace technique using galvanised steel wire, fabricated in Bangalore, India

The Love Lace exhibition runs at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney until April 2013.

If you don’t live in Sydney, you can check out the Love Lace exhibition online at the Powerhouse Museum Website (here). Alternatively, another great reason for you to come and visit!

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Comments (27)

They are stunning, people have some amazing ideas… Who would have thought you would get that effect by burning with incense sticks. Thanks for sharing 🙂

I had the same thought about the incense! Totally agree, BCD. 🙂

your photos make the lace look gorgeous! hope you’re enjoying family time!

My photos are snapshots. YOUR photos are gorgeous (but I’ll take the compliment with many thanks!)

We’re having a great time. 🙂

Those pics are awesome – loved them! Happy you’re happy with family. It must feel great to reunite!

It’s lovely, Marina. The boys have gone home and I am now having bonding tome with Mum. 🙂

I cannot believe the intricacies that are involved in some of these pieces!

Imagine the havoc Wonderbutt could create! 🙂

So lovely. I am especially impressed by that petrified lace collar. I am a serious sucker for lace and would really like to try my hand at tatting some day! Enjoy your company….and banana milk shakes! We wont blame ya for posting about museum exhibits especially when they are this lovely!

Hillery – you are a far more patient woman than I. I can (and do) admire the lace work, but actually taking up tatting is beyond this girl!

Thanks, by the way. 🙂

A stunning mosaic! Honestly, if I had guests like you I doubt I could string a proper sentence together, never mind continue the awesome posting! Your work is admirable my friend! Very cool stuff!

Bless your cotton socks, S 🙂

Hi,
Lovely designs. 😀

Glad you liked ’em, Mags. Rain, rain, rain here in Syders. 🙂

Stunning work! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

ooh lovely – thanks! I like that I get to see exhibitions happening many miles away!

We aim to please, my far-away blog buddy! 🙂

oh so lovely…i currently have a cotton lace table cloth as a sort of bed spread on my bed at the moment…love it…long live lace!!! x danielle

It is a beautiful art, isn’t it? How’s tricks over in WA? 🙂

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amazing exhibition and the events around it were great too.

Hi Harriet – Cheers for stopping by. Yes – the Powerhouse is a great museum. I try to get to the Young Blood Markets every year.

You got me on this one here:
“I am loving this renaissance of traditional arts and crafts with a modern interpretation”

You can tell I admire lace and the craft it requires in making as you saw it recently on my site. I completely agree with what you said – it’s actually thrilling to see this ar coming back, being reborn with the imagination of the new artists – and your photos prove that there are so many ways and techniques in which they work, it’s amazing!
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f it wasn’t for the distance, I’d certainly visit the museum…for now, I must content myself with truly traditional lace on handicraft markets around here 🙂

Such a great comment, L. Thank you 🙂

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