Lace Exhibition: Lace in Place, Arabel Rosillo de Blas – May 5 to July 29, 2012

This additional information for “Lace in Place” has just been released by Bedford Creative Arts. See the original post on LaceNews at

Lace in Place by Arabel Rosillo de Blas
Sponsored by: Bedford Creative Arts
Dates: May 5th to July 29th, 2012
Launch on Saturday May 5th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Place:  1 St Paul’s Square, Bedford, UK MK40 1SQ

Is this one of the largest pieces of hand-made lace ever created? – a resounding yes for Bedfordshire and beyond that, possibly even the world!
Bedford Creative Arts is delighted to present Lace in Place, a new public art commission by artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas, celebrating the rich history of lace making in Bedford. The installation will adorn the exterior of 1 St Paul’s Square in Bedford’s town centre, allowing people to see lace as they’ve never seen it before, on a massive scale.
Arabel has been working with local group, The Aragon Lacemakers, learning to make lace and designing patterns for the installation, which uses motifs and stitches found in traditional Bedfordshire lace such as the river, petals, plaits, picots and windmill crossings.
Lace, like many other crafts, connects people, place and culture. Throughout the project Arabel has sought to introduce new audiences to lace making and its rich history, which in Bedfordshire is thought to date back to Katherine of Aragon, who was imprisoned in Ampthill tower, near Bedford.
Another important aspect of the commission has been to inspire a new generation of lace makers. Through a series of public events and workshops Arabel has brought together a dedicated team of local people who have discovered the joys of lace making. They have also played a crucial role, along with The Aragon Lacemakers, in helping Arabel make the unique lace for Lace in Place. Together they completed the mammoth task of turning 3 miles of rope into the large scale lace needed for the exterior of the unoccupied St Paul’s Square building.
Information about the installation and its creation will be available at the Tourist Information Centre.

About Bedford Creative Arts:
Bedford Creative Arts is a contemporary visual arts organisation that has worked within the town for over 25 years. It is committed to commissioning quality art working with local communities.

About Arabel Rosillo de Blas:
Arabel Rosillo de Blas completed her Bachelor of Education in Art at the University of Fine Arts, Utrecht, Holland, and MA at Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design, London. She lives and works in Bedford. Arabel is well known nationally and internationally for her site-specific work which primarily references the historical narrative of places and the objects she uses in her work.

For more information contact:
Lyndall Phelps
Jennie Stoddart

An image of the completed work will be made available around May 7th.



Added May 10, 2012; the actual installation:


Arabel Rosillo de Blas
Lace in Place 2012
A Bedford Creative Arts commission
Photography: Richard Davies

Upcoming Events
Workshop: Music Box Lace
Discover the hidden melodies in patterns with audio-visual Artist Kathy Hinde. This is a hands on workshop in which you will punch patterns into images of lace to create a musical score.
13th/14th April 1-4pm, 123 Midland Road, Bedford, MK40 1DE. Cost £3. Book online <>

Workshop: Sounds of Lace
Come and experience lace through the medium of sound. The patterns in lace will be used as a musical score by audio-visual Artist Kathy Hinde. Specifically commissioned software will allow participants in this workshop explore the intricacies of lace through music – whether they can play an instrument or not.
27th/28th April 12.30-4.30pm, 123 Midland Road, Bedford, MK40 1DE. Cost £3. Book online <>

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1 Response to Lace Exhibition: Lace in Place, Arabel Rosillo de Blas – May 5 to July 29, 2012

  1. lacenews says:

    The artist has a terrific blog that details some of the processes of making this work at

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