We are honoured to open the 1st lace | heart | art International Online Exhibition of Handmade Bobbin Lace in Colour, and to announce winners of the lace | heart | art challenge 2018.
One year ago, we shared Story of Barb’s Heart with lacemakers around the world and invited everybody to take part in our challenge and create original lace | heart | art filled with colours and love.
The initial response was overwhelming and we are grateful to all lacemakers who responded to our call, expressed their support and shared the news with their friends and other lacemakers.
When the first entries started to come in, we realized what great potential the lace | heart | art challenge has tapped into. The arriving hearts were exceeding our expectations in every way. They were truly original, inspired, and very beautiful.
By the deadline, we accepted 58 entries from 10 countries on 3 continents. Lacemakers of all ages and skill levels participated, mostly in fibre lace and a few in wire lace. All lacemakers fulfilled the proposition of the challenge to focus on creative use of colours, In their hands, the simple heart pattern was transformed into original art, affirming the exceptional creative potential of bobbin lace in colour.
Every heart conveyed joy and love, so reminiscent of Barb’s spirit, and delivered it in such precious and delicate way, that only handmade lace is able to accomplish.
With so many good entries, the selection process was much harder than we anticipated. In order to reflect the high quality of submissions we added honourable mentions in Fibre and Young Lacemakers categories.
We wish to thank all of you who participated in the lace | heart | art challenge, and to congratulate 2018 winners. We really appreciate your talent, effort and enthusiasm, and most of all, your creativity and love of lace.
Your lace | heart | art has made this world more beautiful!
On April 8, 2018, Barbara would be 31 years old. We know that she would be as delighted as we are to see the lace | heart | art project coming to fruition.
We welcome everybody to enjoy the 1st online exhibition, and to receive and share all love and joy it carries.
Wendy MacKinnon, Lenka Suchanek, Pat Wrigley