Lace Heart Art

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!

Victorian Black Lace Brooch

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 brooch poster

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.

 

 

Lace Art Show and Workshop

Treat yourself to a double lace event on Valentine’s Day!

two hearts

Bobbin Lace in Wire Workshop #2 concurrent with a Lace Art Show will offer a special opportunity for students to see and learn from displayed lace art. Objets d’art – metal lace wall art, sculpture and wearable art – will offer an insight to possibilities of wire medium in handmade lace and motivate students to further their skills and free their imagination.

Lace Art Show is open to lacemakers, lace lovers, neighbours and friends from 11am to 4pm.
Bring your Valentine!

 

 

 

 

‘It’s OK to be a snail!’

A new workshop for new lacemakers – designed with love and understanding, how difficult it can be to leave a comfort zone and start something new… such as lacemaking with wire. I remember clearly my excitement and fear many years ago, when I left the shore of the Old World and its beautiful, delicate fibre laces and ventured into unknown territory in life and lace. I also remember that the beginnings were sometimes hard and frustrating. I am happy to share things that learned along the way and I strive to present them gradually, in accessible and enjoyable form. Slowly, one stitch at a time – because lacemaking nowadays really is about the process. I look forward sharing the joy of creative lace with some of you in Ocean Park!

snail

Silver 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: Silver, swarovski crystals

Silver Chantilly Pendants

Silver Chantilly Pendants

Silver Chantilly Pendant

Silver Chantilly Pendant

Photography: Kenji Nagai

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

Earth Amulets

These amulets celebrate the Earth and our life on it. They remind us that we are interconnected with everything – air, water, stones, plants, other animals… and that we should strive to understand and accept our existence as a part of the whole living system.
The aim of each amulet is to hold the energy of a focal object, so it could be consciously received and directed by the wearer. Lace design follows simple rules of sacred geometry, guiding the concentration inwards or outwards. While the Amulets can be perceived as a beautiful jewellery, their main function lies in the realm of invisible.

Gaia Amulet
Material: Enamelled copper, turquoise, carnelian
Technique: Plaited lace with leaf tallies

Dark Earth Amulet
Material: Enamelled copper, serpentine, calcite
Technique: Plaited lace with leaf tallies

Wind Amulet
Material: Enamelled copper, peacock feather, swarovski crystals
Technique: Tape lace

Thunder Amulet
Material: Enamelled copper, 14kt gold, labradorite, onyx necklace
Technique: Free-form tape lace

 

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.

Genoese Scallop Pendant

Genoese Scallop Pendants are inspired by bold and beautiful patterns of the Genoese laces.
Lace made in Genoa was very popular in the Renaissance fashion. Wide scalloped patterns were firmly rooted in a sacred geometry of the early Renaissance, which gave them a mysterious strength and rare beauty. This was lace of choice for the famous standing and falling collars that supported many royal heads of the European courts of the 17th century.

Genoese lace is uniquely suited for original lace jewellery. The patterns, which did not loose any of their magic and still evoke a regal connection, bestow the quality of one-of-a-kind heirloom.

Material: Fine silver, gold plated with 24kt gold, with garnet (left) or fresh water pearls (right).

Gold Genoese Scallop Pendants

Gold Genoese Scallop Pendants

Material: Enamelled copper with onyx (left) or labradorite (right)

Black Genoese Scallop Pendant

Black Genoese Scallop Pendant

Material: Fine silver with watermelon tourmaline (left) or moonstone (right)

Silver Genoese Scallop Pendant

Silver Genoese Scallop Pendant

All but one in private collections.

Photography: Kenji Nagai

Copyright © 2014 Lenka Suchanek. All rights reserved.