Doily Free Zone: Lace in the 21st Century – June 12-13, 2021

An Unmissable Opportunity!

Lace enthusiasts across the globe will be glued to their screens over the weekend of June 12th and 13th for the Web-based symposium ‘Doily Free Zone’, for 16 exciting lectures and 11 workshops presented by the cream of the world’s lace artists.

All presentations will remain online afterwards so that participants will be able to listen to every talk, whatever their time zone, and take part in every workshop.  For the price of US$239, that is the most amazing value – less than $10 apiece!

Lecturers will include Pierre Fouché (SA) whose huge photorealist lace hangings are gaining him worldwide renown, Tarmo Thorström (S) exploring large-scale outdoor lace installations, Lauran Sundin (USA) teaching techniques for making lace in gold and silver and Maggie Hensel-Brown (Aus) turning everyday life into riveting needlelace stories.

Needlelace also meets basketry with Kathryn Harris (USA), while Olivia Valentine and Paula Matthusen (USA) will be exploring sound and feedback through bobbin lace.  Conceptual, technical, practical, theoretical, mathematical; from tiny to enormous – all tastes will be catered to.

Lindy de Wijn (Aus) will not be the only one taking lace into public spaces, while Kim Lieberman (SA) will reframe the history of lace from Europe to Africa.

All have huge respect for the traditions that engendered the lace techniques, and are taking them forward into the 21st century with warmth and enthusiasm. No one with interest or curiosity in this marvellous fabric can afford not to be there.

Organized by the technical academic Angharad Rixon through her website Textile Support, https://www.doilyfreezone.net/artists-2021 is not to be missed – book today!

Maggie Hensel-Brown “Covid Floor” 2020
Fiona Harrington “Fragile Econemies” 2020
Pierre Fouché, “Lebenslanglichen Explosionsgluck” 2001
Lauren Sundin “Two Become One” 2010
Kim Lieberman “Human Constellations” (detail) 2007-2008

Post provided by Jane Atkinson and Angharad Rixon.

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