30 January 2008
A group of contemporary lace makers is to give an ancient craft a twenty-first century edge with a new exhibition of modern lace.
To mark its 10th anniversary, the 98 Lace Group is bringing together the best of its work to challenge all preconceptions about this often delicate, intricate textile. No longer the preserve of old ladies in bonnets, the pieces exhibited range from wall-hangings to bags and vessels, all demonstrating the surprising possibilities of lace.
The pieces create colour and texture out of a web of different materials. Plastic, paper and raffia, metal, linen thread and wire are worked in different combinations to make a stunning whole, echoing the finest lace of the past while belonging firmly in the present.
The UK-wide fellowship of textile teachers and artists aims to revive and maintain the ancient skill of lace making to prevent it being lost for good. Members are offering a rare opportunity to learn their craft at the De Morgan Centre in a series of workshops for children and adults.
an exhibition by The 98 Lace Group of innovative hand-made lace inspired by music and poetry
The De Morgan Centre, 38 West Hill, London SW18 1RZ
22 March – 31 May 2008
Tues – Wed 12.00 – 18.00, Fri – Sat 10.00 – 17.00
Tel: 020 8871 1144
The work is for sale. Prices range from £40 to £850. Smaller pieces will also be available in the De Morgan Centre shop.
Visit the 98 Lace Group web site at www.98lacegroup.org.uk.