Posted on May 12, 2020
Maybe you were one of tens of millions people who watched Andrea Bocelli’s Music For Hope – Live From Duomo di Milano on Easter Sunday.
It was calming and moving at the same time to listen to Andrea’s beautiful voice singing hymns to Virgin Mary, praying for love and compassion that she embodies in Christian faith.
Besides the singer and the organist playing on the grand organ of the Duomo, the cathedral was empty. Camera moved around freely to reveal magnificent art of the church interior. At one moment, I noticed a familiar image – detail of the gothic tracery in one of the apse windows.
It instantly transported me back to time when I took this very image as inspiration for one panel of my work “Centering”.
Creating the work in 2008 for the 13th International Lace Biennial in Sancepolcro, Italy, I explored given theme of “lace as an architecture of threads” in study of circular elements in architecture, especially those resembling lace patterns. I found the rose window of the Milan Cathedral interesting because its clean, graceful design contains so much flow and movement. From the historical perspective, it is symbolic of enormous creative energy of the sciences and arts in Europe at the onset of the Renaissance.
Continuous Milanese tape braid allowed me to trace the simplified lines of the rosetta. The lace was worked in fine bronze wires to which an encaustic medium was applied later to evoke the colour of white marble.
Ten years later, the piece was one of the works reframed in the Lost Art series. Restored to the plain bronze and mounted in reverse against recessed black background it seems to continue living its own life in motion, propelling the gothic image through evolving times.
When the virtual offering of gifted Andrea Bocelli and his team culminated in Amazing Grace sung on an empty piazza in front of the cathedral, his voice carrying over across empty cities in Italy and around the world, I thought about how everything is connected.
Imagining all the links in time and space as delicate threads, they created an immense multidimensional lace… timeless, infinite and incredibly beautiful.
Posted on April 29, 2020
April 29, 2020
Prizes from Barkonie to all Europe-based recipients have been mailed and we hear that some of them already arrived!
We wish all recipients, the winners of 3rd lace|heart|art challenge 2020, a lot of inspiration for many creative projects with those wonderful threads:
We really appreciate Barkonie‘s generous sponsorship of our event. Especially now, when due to restrictions caused by the worldwide pandemic, business has become very challenging for many small firms. Despite that, they kept their word to us and to you. That is admirable, and we are very grateful for their commitment.
Family owned and run companies, like Barkonie s.r.o., have been historically very important for lacemaking. Their attention to quality and product innovation have helped generations of lacemakers to achieve perfection in their craft and create the most amazing works. Many of those artifacts survived centuries, as a testimony to human ingenuity and artistry.
We need superior threads for our work today as well, because they make a huge difference in results. If we put so much time into each lace piece, it makes sense to use the best quality materials possible. Not only for the lace to look good, but also to last as another precious heirloom.
To find where to purchase Barkonie, please contact the factory directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will point you to the nearest dealer.
Please, support our generous sponsor now, so they can thrive and produce more amazing treads for many beautiful, colourful lace creations.
Prizes from the Wire Lace Supplies in Canada are ready, but waiting for Canada Post to resume international parcel deliveries. Hopefully, they will dispatch soon.
Posted on April 27, 2020
April 27, 2020
Unfortunately, our exhibition cannot open due to coronavirus lockdown. We have started to prepare this event two years ago, and considered ourselves lucky when we were selected by the Crescent Beach Pop-Up Gallery committee to present our event this year. We will try to re-schedule – if we are lucky again, the exhibition might happen next year.
Our online exhibition is open to anybody with online access. In the last three weeks it has been viewed almost a thousand times!
Please visit the 3rd lace|heart|art online exhibition, and share the link with your friends.
Posted on November 29, 2018
Enjoy browsing, and if there is anything you would like to buy, make sure to take advantage of the Christmas sale!