Lace Exhibition: Study, Design and Create: The 98 Lace Group – January 28, 2012 to April 15, 2012

Study, Design & Create: The 98 Lace Group
Dates:  January 28, 2012 to April 15, 2012
Place: The Bowes Museum
Barnard Castle, County Durham, UK
Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Admission:  £9.00 Adults, £4.50 Students, children under 16 free
Curator:  Annabel Talbot, Assistant Textiles Curator
Telephone:  01833 690606

The stock collection of A. Blackborne and Company, a lace dealership operating in London in the second half of the 19th Century was given to the Bowes Museum in 2006. Playing on the recent surge of interest in lace by modern fashion designers, the museum is presenting an innovative take on an old subject. The 98 Lace Group ( has taken as inspiration seven historic lappets in the Blackborn collection and offers modern interpretations of this venerable but now neglected form. This group, which was formed in 1998, aims to promote modern lace through exhibitions and a yearly residental weekend.  Events connected with the current exhibition include:

Friday February 17 – Children’s workshop
Sunday March 11 – Afternoon workshop: A plaited lace bracelet with Ann Allison
Tuesday March 13 – Beth Walsh, “Historic Lace in Contemporary Design”
Wednesday March 14 – Day workshop, “Cloth of Stitch – Needlelace techniques with Beth Walsh”
Wednesdays 2:00PM – 3:00 pm – Lace aftes Lunch. Join other lacemakers at the Café with your pillow on all Wednesdays during the exhibition.

From the website:
“The Blackborne Lace Collection is now being catalogued and stored in Fashion & Textile Gallery’s innovative Glass Cube research and study area, making it the place to go for young designers and enthusiasts who want to learn more about the extraordinary evolution of lace. ”

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