Lace Exhibition: Love Lace – July 30, 2011 to April 2012

Third Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award Winner’s Exhibition
To be held as part of Sydney Design 2011
Dates: July 30, 2011 to April 2012
Sponsor: The Powerhouse Museum (Lace Study Center)
500 Harris Street Ultimo, PO Box K346 Haymarket, Sydney NSW 1238, Australia
Location: tbd
Web site
: http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/lovelace/

Information on this competition was posted last March on LaceNews. I’m giving an update because more information on the exhibition is now available at their web site, including many classes and events. This is a major event, and a publication is available at http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/lovelace/index.php/book. You can also download an app at http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/lovelace/index.php/the-app that will let you scan labels on individual items in the exhibition for detailed information – of course you actually have to go to the exhibition.

Love Lace is part of Sydney Design, 2011 and is a juried exhibition of the competition entrants. Seven hundred entries were originally received. A prize of $20,000 AUD goes to the winner, and 5 other prizes of $4,000 AUD each will be awarded (fashion and accessories, traditional techniques, built environment, digital multimedia, and student work).  130 works by 134 artists from 20 countries will downselected, and the artists developed their works from June 2010 to January 2011.  Winners will be announced at the opening of the exhibition. In contrast to the two previous competitions in 1997 and 2001 which invited ‘openwork fabric’ structures, the 2011 event expands the concept to ‘openwork structures’. The 2001 exhibition catalog can be downloaded at https://lacenews.net/2011/03/20/exhibitions-powerhouse-museum-international-lace-award-july-30-to-august-14-2011/.

Contemporary lace contests and exhibitions have been held in several countries over the years, but with a narrow aim at the textile and lace communities. In 2007 the broader concept started to go mainstream in the art world with the New York Museum of Arts and Design “Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting”. Reviews of that exhibition were not always complimentary, but one wonders what effect that event had on the current emphasis on lace in fashion.  Love Lace will let us see how artistic thinking in this area has evolved since 2007.

The judging criteria are:

  • visual impact
  • originality and creativity
  • innovation in design, materials or techniques
  • skill in execution
  • a conceptual interpretation of place

Judges include:

  • Architect Chris Bosse, Partner/Director, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture, Sydney
  • Fashion designer, Akira Isogawa, Sydney
  • Lace and fashion historian Anne Kraatz, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris
  • Peter McNeil, Professor of Design History, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Lace maker, author and historian Rosemary Shepherd OAM, Sydney
  • Curator Lindie Ward, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

The International Lace Award seeks to encourage contemporary design and challenge conventional notions of lace and its application in the areas of fashion, the built environment and digital multimedia.”

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