Very Berry Time

If you read this blog regularly, you might remember one post from March, Offering: Red Berries, in which I wrote about my new lace work and said that “… it became my offering to the season that makes us revere cedar, to the beauty of snow and ice, and to the berries who know how to say ‘fertility’ like none other.” 

Half a year later, lo and behold, the trees and shrubs in my neighbourhood are laden with huge amounts of berries.  Rowan trees, cotoneasters, barberries, hollies, wild roses, … wherever you look there are clusters of fruits, shining in vivid red and orange colurs. What a beautiful sight, and what a joy to see the overflowing cornucopia of nature!

More and more, I am learning to appreciate the order of the natural cycle, which is governed by never changing purpose to propagate. Observing the unwavering flow of seasons, I sense that nature really doesn’t need us to save her. On the contrary, we would be wise to listen to her wisdom if we wanted to save ourselves. In all its complexity, nature’s way is simple, and therefore timeless.

Humbly, I offer a few more berries that have grown in my workshop.

To find out more about the Red Berries Collections 2019, please visit my Way of Lace shop on Etsy

Happy berry time!

TesseLace Pendants

New TesseLace Pendants Collection is a unique creation in the world of lace as well as the world of jewellery. It has been designed with using a groundbreaking TesseLace program by Veronika Irvine, and made  by hand in a traditional bobbin lace technique. The TesseLace TSL1 Pendant is based on a TesseLace grid 6x6_3 and explores the pattern interpretation in two colours.

A hybrid between traditional and contemporary, fibre and metal, lace and jewellery, TesseLace Pendants create category of their own and bring an excitement back into wearable lace art.

The TesseLace Pendant Collection as a tiny window into the magical world of lace. The square frame defines an area of focus, which is filled with intriguing pattern. The lace weave, created with very fine threads, exhibits lightness and delicacy unequalled in jewellery design. Its transparency works well with various background colours, an therefore offers many styling combinations.

Variations A, B, C, D and E  are made from fibre, metal and crystal materials, which give the design very unique look and feel: black enamelled copper wire produces a body; stainless steel provides strength to the open lace weave; black pure silk contributes depth and softness; gold plated copper enriches with a precious detail; crystal beads and/or gold plated beads add highlights. All materials working together create a balanced sacred geometry pattern.

The TesseLace pendants connect the past and the future, and remind us to live in the present with awareness and appreciation.

I love to create these pendants. They represent the essence of lace design: a simple pattern can be worked in many variations by changing stitches and thread colours. As a result, each pendant is the same but different. This creative process is very interesting and rewarding for the designer, and it shows in the finished pieces. They carry the sense of wonder, and bring delight to discerning viewers and wearable art lovers.

These unique pendants appeal to connoisseurs of fine work and delicate ornament, as well as to the lovers of one-of-a-kind wearable art and understated luxury.

Size: height 5.5 cm, width – 5.4 cm (approx. 2 1/8 inch)
Removable silk necklace

Available in Lenka’s Way of Lace shop on Etsy




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Memory of This World

memory of this world - triptych -980

Wall Art – Triptych

Material: stainless steel, gold-plated copper
Technique: point ground lace
Size: 36 x 108 cm (14 x 42 inch)  total or 36 x 36 (14 x 14 inch) each panel

Artist’s Statement

In the midst of confusion and dis-order, when old ways are forgotten, coherence lost and all threads tangled, an essence of existence persists that is unchanging and unmoving

It is the truth, the universal memory

From this original source new worlds emerge and grow, reflecting patterns of the primal creative energy. Their pure form reminds us, again and again, that…

… memory of this world is Beauty …

memory of this world - beauty

… memory of this world is Harmony …

memory of this world - harmony

… memory of this world is Love …

memory of this world - love

This wall piece was created in 2014 for an exhibition “Memory” curated by Dr. Joyce Taylor Dawson and Nancy Pye, as a part of an exhibit “Art of the Lacemaker (Revisited)” for the Guelph Civic Museum in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

I like to participate in events where contemporary lace is exhibited along and exquisite antique lace and viewers can see the ancient and modern works in one room. Historical artefacts help audience to understand the context of modern work and see it as a part of a continuous evolution of handmade lace.

Exhibitions like this inspire me to create work that will expand the boundaries of traditional craft to reflect our times, our thoughts, our existence. Theme of “Memory” suited me well, because being rather abstract, allowed freedom of interpretation.

The triptych is in private collection.


art of the lacemaker poster


An exhibition of the renowned Ruhland Collection of laces from the 17th to 20th centuries 

July 11th to Nov. 2nd 2014



 A small but exciting  selection of new works created for the exhibition by 

Contemporary Canadian Lacemaker/Artists

A special series of four lectures on lace entitled Sunday Matinée 

A unique programme of hands-on workshops related to facets of lacemaking and collecting


The Guelph Civic Museum

52 Norfolk Street 

Guelph Ontario N1H 4H8

July 11th to Nov 2nd 2014

 Copyright©2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

Ocean Collection … just because it is summer!

Ocean Collection

Ocean Collection

New needle lace Ocean Collection  of amulet pendants is inspired by ever changing appearance of the Ocean Park Beach.
Every morning is different as sky and water blend in mix of colours and shades and give the beach unique mood and purpose for each day.

Ocean Park Beach

Ocean Park Beach

I feel tremendous awe contemplating the endless variations that had graced this shore for millions of years and I am deeply grateful for each moment that I can be present to witness this natural wonder.

Ocean Collection is tiny offering to immensely huge Pacific Ocean and calm, receptive shores of the Turtle Island.

Ocean Collection Amulet Pendants are made in various materials – silver, enamelled copper, stainless steel and gold plated copper, with semiprecious stones.

Needle Lace Amulet Pendants are miniature pictures that capture a moment in time. They happen spontaneously, without planning or drafting, imagination triggered by a feeling rather than an idea. Needle lace technique supports instinctive flow of work beautifully, allowing free movement of threads in the frame-defined space. Lace is made from very fine wire – copper, silver, gold or stainless steel – and is built slowly, one stitch at the time.

Copyright©2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

Venus Triptych

Venus Triptych

Venus Triptych

Venus Triptych attempts to portray manifestations of divine feminine love on Earth.

The work was inspired by Venus Passage, a rare celestial alignment that blissfully happened in this lifetime and allowed us to contemplate the vastness of the universal harmony. The central part, Venus with a Star, reflects divine love which permeates the whole cosmos. The second part, Venus with Water, realizes love in its nourishing aspect, which sustains life and maintains balance on our planet. The third part, Venus with Fire, focuses on the purifying power of love, which makes spirituality possible for each of us. Of course, the theme proved to be too big a task for my artistic as well as technical skill. I had been repeatedly humbled by my inability to recreate in lace the vivid images I saw in my mind’s eye. I turned for inspiration and strength to the art masterpieces of the past – renaissance, romanticism and classicism. I kept trying, stretching my existing skills and searching for new. Lace supported my efforts well, confirming that there are no limitations to the technique other than lacemaker’s own. I grew as I reworked the pieces again and again. Finally, I learned to accept this work as a process without a formal end, and I am presenting the triptych as such. I gave it my best, and I always will.

Love is the only miracle there is…

Venus with a Star

Venus with a Star

Venus with a Star (Variation on a Renaissance Theme)
Materials: copper – silver and gold plated, enamelled
Techniques: plaited renaissance lace
Size: H106.5cm x W46cm

Love was a central theme to the Renaissance art, and became enshrined in timeless masterpieces that have inspired lovers and guided spiritual seekers ever since. Designs of plaited renaissance lace are based on sacred geometry and still cradle the original idea, the beginning of all laces. These patterns represent the first form that originated from the formless creative energy. In Venus’s elaborate aura they affirm the presence of expansive cosmic consciousness. Outline of a female body invokes the feminine principle, which receives the energy and gives it life. Focal point of the picture is the four-pointed star positioned conspicuously on mons Venus, which places love firmly on earth and in women’s womb.

Venus with Water

Venus with Water

Venus with Water (Vltava/Moldau)
Materials: enamelled copper, czech glass beads
Techniques: half-stitch and free form lace
Size: H106.5cm x W46cm

Contemplating love that cares, nourishes and protects naturally brought memories of my childhood into the picture. I grew up with folks who were capable of loving each other and their children, who sang and danced in joy as well as sadness, who did not loose their sense of humour even in the most trying circumstances. Their roots deeply in the earth, they used to worship nature as manifestation of the divine – hills, forests, soil, and most of all – water. Water springs, ponds, brooks and rivers were celebrated in sacred rituals, and eternalized in myths, tales and songs. Those inspired many artists, and the resulting culture flows like a mighty Vltava river throughout the people’s history. Melodies of a beloved symphonic poem of the same name, composed by Bedřich Smetana, were leading the dance of the bobbins on my lacemaking pillow and the lace poured in. Like a life-giving water that springs from the mons Venus, to nourish generations to come, like yin that in constantly changes and therefore defeats all obstacles, like love that is here now and forever.

Venus with Fire

Venus with Fire

Venus with Fire (Brunhild)
Materials: enamelled copper, partially gold plated
Techniques: half-stitch and free form lace
Size: H106.5cm x W46cm

The most absorbing from the three, Venus with Fire, has taken me beyond all my limits. The fire captivated  my senses and burned and melted rigid patterns and ideas one after another. Intense heat of the raw energy alternated regularly with feelings of loss and confusion.  I was lucky to have a guide for the work right from its conception, and her help was vital. Brunhild, a valkyrie and a shieldmaiden, protected me and led me through. I have learned a lot about this goddess-warrior who, of her free will decided to save pure love in this world. Seeing that the strong rule of her father Wotan (Odin), and an innate wisdom of her mother Erda (Earth), were no longer in a harmonious relationship, Brunhild was intuitively drawn to love and its power to restore balance of the masculine and feminine elements. To understand human love she sacrificed her immortality and experienced the duality of life of as a mortal woman and lover. In an ultimate offering she united with her beloved eternally by jumping into his funeral pyre. Her sacrifice restored love on earth and in heavens. Remembered in the old myths, and illuminated in Richard Wagner’s musical drama The Ring of the Niebelung, Brunhild’s message today is as timely as it is timeless.


Copyright©2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rigths reserved.

Black Chantilly Pendants

Traditional Chantilly lace designs are the embodiment of delicacy, refinement and beauty. Their floral compositions offer an endless inspiration. I love Chantilly, it is my favourite lace. It always invites me to create. Projected into the three-dimensional space, the flowers and bouquets become alive in pendants, rings and necklaces. A difficult technique to master in metal, Chantilly also constantly challenges my skills and my patience. Each piece is a long journey, and at the end there is no better reward than to see how Chantilly lace jewellery accentuates the beauty of women who wear it.

Material: Black enamelled copper, swarovski crystals

Black Chantilly Pendants

Black Chantilly Pendants

Photography: Kenji Nagai

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.


Transparent Lace Sculpture
Materials: Copper – patinated, partially gold plated; metal frame
Techniques: Bobbin lace – point ground, free-form lace
198cm x 70cm x 30cm

This sculpture was created for the Internati0nal Exhibition of the IIX International Lace Biennial, on a theme “Lace as a Poetry” and was exhibited in Sansepolcro, Italy, in 1998.

In private collection.

Photography: Kenji Nagai
Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.


Transparent Lace Sculpture
Materials: copper – enamelled, patinated or gold plated; metal frame
Techniques: Venetian plaited lace, free-form lace, knitted lace
Size: 198cm x 70cm x30cm

In private collection. Photography: Kenji Nagai Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

White Lotus

Transparent Lace Sculpture
Materials: Enamelled copper with amber, garnet and fresh water pearls
Techniques: Bucks point lace, free-form lace, beading, wire wrapping
56cm x 56cm x12cm

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek

Blue Lily

Transparent Lace Sculpture
Materials: Enamelled copper
Techniques: Handmade bobbin lace – milanese braids, point ground, free-form lace, braiding, wire wrapping
55cm x 55cm x 15cm

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek.  All rights reserved.