Collar of Petrified Lace
330 (diam) mm each
Two collars to be worn together: cut stainless steel, powder coated
‘Magnificent lace collars adorn the clothing in many grand portraits of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, has collections containing marvellous examples of the art of lace making. Petrified Lace is inspired by an example of Spanish lace made in the 17th century.
I have imagined that lace — so soft and delicate, a magical material — might be reinvented in a harder and stiffer state to be worn in a different way. My Petrified Lace collar still performs the same function as the original wondrous material: the ornamentation of clothing. It is a reminder of the glorious lace of the past, enhancing and elevating its wearer.’