Love Lace finalists have employed an impressive range of over 60 techniques and 100 different materials to create their extraordinary work. Here we will look behind the scenes to see how artists went about this fascinating process.
Many hours have been spent making the work but don’t forget the creative conceptual work and preparation – also consuming much time and energy. By the time each artist has completed these works, they are no doubt experts in their particular skill.
Traditional techniques have been used in many of the works but when artists play with scale, materials and colour to make new combinations, the work can appear edgy and new.
Needle and bobbin lace are fascinating processes that can be applied to new concepts in 2 and 3 dimensions. Wire features extensively in these lace works.
One of the newer techniques that has been used to great effect with machine stitching and printing, is using a soluble backing to form the work and then dissolving the backing away to leave spaces.
Digital design and making processes have made some of the more dramatic changes in our concept of lace, with three dimensions and highly complex computer modelling and cutting processes. These allow more complex structures to be made. Digital multi media works have pushed the boundaries of lace even further into virtual worlds.