Posted on September 9, 2017
We are happy to report that the lace|heart|art international challenge has been embraced by a worldwide lacemaking community. We have received many supportive comments via this blog and our facebook page, some questions, and YES … the FIRST ENTRIES!
Our sincere thanks go to the editors of the following magazines for featuring info about the lace|heart|art challenge:
Vuelta y Cruz (Twist and Cross) – Spain (published in Spanish and English)
Australian Lace Guild Magazine – Australia
Canadian Lacemaker Gazette – Canada
Lacemakers and lace groups who have promoted our event on social networks are too numerous to list – we send a big THANK YOU! to all of you and ask you to keep sharing ❤️ !
We are excited for making a special connection with many lacemakers around the world via Barb’s Heart. It is just what we wanted to share – her love and our gratitude.
To encourage more of you to participate and to make it easier for you, we updated our lace|heart|art support page with some helpful hints and tips on how to understand the pattern and make it your own. Please peruse and start working on your lace|heart|art!
PS: Do not forget to share the lace|heart|art with your lace friends!
Posted on June 6, 2017
New School of Lace is pleased to announce a launch of the ‘lace | heart | art’ – 1st international challenge and online exhibition of handmade bobbin lace in colour.
Our new project offers one simple heart pattern and invites lacemakers around the world to fill it with colours and love.
We welcome everybody, and especially young lacemakers, to participate, get inspired and transform our first heart pattern into original lace art.
In the inaugural edition, we offer one pattern that can be worked in fibre as well as wire medium. Our lace|heart|art pattern #1 is open to interpretation, and lacemakers are encouraged to fill the given pattern with colours of their choice. The heart design is open ended, and the trail can be finished in many imaginative ways.
The pattern, and the whole challenge, follows the New School of Lace principles of respecting the tradition and encouraging creativity in the field of handmade lace.
Learn more about the ‘lace|heart|art challenge’ and share the news with your lace friends!
Posted on December 1, 2015
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.
Posted on June 3, 2015
Season wrap-up wire lace workshop is coming on Saturday, June 27, 2015. It will harness the fresh summer energy to finish projects we started in previous workshops, to improve, strengthen and grow our skills and most of all, to release the creative potential locked in lace. Bring your unfinished projects in wire bobbin or needle lace with your questions about techniques and finishing, bring your finished projects to show and share with others, and of course, bring your ideas for future lace designs. Be ready for learning, brainstorming and fun!
Posted on May 8, 2015
Bobbin lace in wire workshop #4 is coming soon, and since it will happen on a Canadian public holiday weekend that is celebrated in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday, the theme of the workshops is a Victorian Black Lace Brooch.
Join the class to learn how to make fine black lace, embellish it with jet crystals and finish it as a brooch. The workshop is design to suit beginners as well as lacemakers with some experience with wire. Instruction will cover braids, picots, leafs and basket weave cloth stitch with a special attention to handling fine enamelled copper wire, adding crystals and finishing.
The poster shows just a draft of the design as I am eagerly awaiting a shipment of brooch pin backs to finalize the design and make the first samples 🙂
Victorian Black Lace Brooch – Bobbin Lace in Wire #4
June workshop, on Saturday the 27, 2015 will celebrate arrival of summer with a bright happy “Sun” theme.
There are many ways how to create sun in lace. Numerous patterns had been developed by many previous lacemakers and lace designers, and we can find a lot of inspiration in traditional laces. It is hard to choose which one to start with, and I have not decided, yet it is going to be plaited bobbin lace design or needle lace Retticella in gold plated copper.
Posted on April 8, 2015
April workshop follows the spring theme with leaf motif. Leaves have a special place in lace design. They are bold, prominent and quite beautiful. In fibre lace, the leaf tallies can be difficult to master, and because of that, they are often feared by new lacemakers. Wire medium is quite different, though, and suits perfectly to successful leaf-making. Exploring foliage in wire lace is exciting, because the process is so much easier that negotiating tallies in thread. Lacemakers can relax, have fun and create beautiful leaves of all shapes. In this workshop, instruction will cover three kinds of leaves: plaited leaves, leaf tallies and 3-pair leaves, as well as colour variations in leaf design and implementing leaf design in wearable lace jewellery. With just two pairs of bobbins, lacemakers will create a seedling pendant, and add one more pair to start a vine that can grow into a necklace, bracelet or a garland ornament. This workshop is suitable for beginners, but is also open to experienced lacemakers, especially those who want to overcome lacemaker’s leaf-phobia, and see that they can become happy and prolific leaf growers. Detailed information and registration
Posted on March 16, 2015
Spring is here and it brings joy of colours, fresh breeze, warm sunshine and an abundance of energy and creative ideas!
Way of Lace and New School of Lace are collaborating to present original lace art to the Ocean Park community and are inviting neighbours, friends, friends of friends, art connoisseurs and lace lovers to an informal afternoon exhibition with a title “Creative Spring in Ocean Park”. The show is concurrent with lacemaking workshop “Spring Blossoms – Apples, Quinces, Sakuras…” in which new lacemakers will create as much as beauty as the tree branches in our neighbourhood – in a traditional needle lace technique, one stitch and one bud at a time…
Also, we are pleased to introduce work of another lacemaker and fashion designer – Iva Kolotelo. Iva learned lacemaking with Lenka long time ago, and have incorporated some of her wire lace designs into accessories and objects she creates. Her main body of work, though, is a very unique up-cycled fashion, and she will present her Green Art Collection in our spring show in Ocean Park.
Join us to welcome the first day of spring with us, with art and with style!