Offering to the Tree of Life



Title: Offering to the Tree of Life

Artists: Colin Hamilton and Lenka Suchanek

Material:  cedar driftwood frame, bronze and copper lace, serpentine beads
Techniques: hand split cedar with traditional joinery; handmade bobbin lace in metal
Size: 70 x 42 x 10 cm

This artwork was created for West Coast Synergies: fibre + wood + metal
– a collaborative exhibition celebrating the Canadian Year of Craft 2015


Colin and Lenka met this year, because they were both ready to explore new aspects of their craft disciplines: Colin is drawn to making sculptures, which would reveal the natural beauty he perceives in the cedar driftwood. Lenka is seeking to restore connection between lace patterns and nature, which has been all but lost. Although coming from different directions and disciplines, both artisans share a common ground – love and dedication to their craft. They both prefer to express themselves through creative work rather then words, therefore their written statement is simple:

“Inspired by the tree of life, we are looking into the heart of nature’s beauty with the ‘Offering’. Pure and natural, following the grain, following the pattern, to understanding and harmony – a gift for all of us.”

This artwork is in a private collection.

Copyright©2015-16 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

New School of Lace – WORKSHOP SCHEDULE Winter/Spring 2016

January 17

“Sparkle!”  Free form needle lace in wire with crystals. Beginners/Intermediate  (Ocean Park, BC)

February 14

Two Hearts Are more than One”  New design on the original theme. Bobbin lace in wire. Intermediate level (Ocean Park, BC)

March 13

“The Chicken or the Egg?”  Traditional Easter theme in wire lace. Egg decoration – needle lace in wire for beginners. Chickens – bobbin lace in wire – intermediate level.  (Ocean Park, BC)

March 18-19 – Fibres West

“Wire Lace for Beginners” First earrings. Bobbin lace for complete beginners (Surrey, BC)

April 4-6 – Lace Getaway

Workshop or talk – details TBA – Vancouver Island, BC

April 10

“Rite of Spring” Flowers and birds in wire bobbin lace – Beginners/Intermediate level (Ocean Park, BC)

May 7

“Moon Song” Pendant (Ocean Park, BC)

June – details TBA

“Lace Done Well” End of Year Workshop and Exhibition  (Ocean Park, BC)

Workshops in Ocean Park Community Hall (Surrey, BC) are on Sundays, from 10:30am to 5:30pm. Fee is $120 plus $5-10 for materials, depending on the workshop project. Lacemaking tools for beginners are provided for each student for use in the class, and are available for purchase after the workshop.

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2016 Courses and Weekly Classes open on demand:

  • Bobbbin Lace in Fiber
  • Bobbin Lace in Wire
  • Needle Lace in Wire
  • Needle Lace Jewellery
  • Lace Design

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