Posted on January 24, 2019
I do not write too often about contemporary lacemakers. They are out there, and each one of them is expanding horizons of the lace craft in unique ways. Handmade lace has creative potential that can never be exhausted, as each lace designer finds a new niche and new way of expression. Recently we have seen a great display of creativity in the Lace Not Lace exhibition of contemporary lace art, in Hunterdon Museum in Clinton, NJ, USA.
And there are many more than 28 living lace artists represented in the exhibition.
We, the lace artists, spend so much time dreaming, thinking, designing and making lace, that we lack time to communicate with each other. Maybe it is because we are scattered all over the world. But even when we pursue just our own work we know that we are not alone. We are connected with other lacemakers by invisible threads of lacemaking tradition.
When encounters do happen, though, they can be quite magical.
Last year I received an email Christmas greeting card from the Czech Republic on the other side of the world:
Beautiful lace art from Ivana Domanjova, lace artist, teacher and lace magazine editor.
The image of “Milenci” (“Beloveds”) took my breath away and I felt immediate connection with the work and with the author, whom I never met before. Ivana’s lace art follows the best standards of modern Czech lace design, with clean lines, subtle colouring and interesting, well thought-out patterns. It demonstrates unique talent, which is supported by flawless technique. Skill like this is achieved only by rigorous traditional schooling and years of practical experience. Because Ivana Domanjova has all that, her lace reached beyond craft. It has become true art, capable of relating matters beyond matter.
Since the first strong impression, the “Beloveds” were on my mind and I kept thinking how gently they hold each other, how they reflect and complement each other, how they are two joined into one… During the longest nights of the year, the twosome angel was reflecting the light that comes from the depths of darkness. And then, during quiet holidays, my only time for reading, I happened to come across a quote from Emanuel Swedenborg, that “masculine and feminine will reach entirety in heaven in a form of one angel”*. I am not an expert on teachings of Christian mystics, but occasionally encounter them on my journey to understand women and their place in fine arts, and in the world at large. The “Beloveds” reached me at the right time to illustrate Swedenborg’s hard-to-grasp idea, and did it precisely and beautifully, in the most feminine technique there is, the delicate hand made lace. I have never doubted that lace has that power, but it manifests rarely, only in hands of masters. I am truly grateful for meeting Ivana and her “Beloveds”.
To learn more about Ivana Domanjova and her original lace art, visit her website at www.domanjova.eu and Instagaram at izidora2
*Quote from a book: “Žena a spása světa” by Pavel Evdokimov
(Refugium Velehrad-Roma, 2011, ISBN 978-8074120664)
English version: “Woman and the Salvation of the World” (SVS Press, 1994, 978-0881410938)
French original: “La Femme et le Salut du Monde” (Tournai/Paris: Casterman, 1958)
Posted on February 1, 2018
The first 2018 Newsletter is here and it brings information about lace events that are planned for the next couple of months.
There is nothing better than lacemaking for the winter end months – especially if the projects are in warm tones (see Punto de España workshop) or downright spring colours (see Spring Meadow Egg Stand workshop).
Let’s make lace and get ready to celebrate the sun’s return 🙂
Saturday, February 10, 10;30 am – 5:30 pm
Ocean Park Community Hall, 1577 128th Street, Surrey, BC
One day creative workshop in bobbin lace in wire brings something very new. Traditional Spanish Point Lace (Punto de España) of the late Renaissance and Baroque times had been made in precious metal threads of silver and gold. Numerous royal portraits in major European art collections attest to popularity of this lace in fashion and interior design through centuries. Punto de España patterns are highly suitable for wire medium and offer endless inspiration for jewellery and art object design. This workshop, the first of the Spanish Point lace in the New School of Lace curriculum, offers an introduction to essential design elements of this fabulous technique.
Skill level: intermediate
Registration is still opened, and a few seats available in this workshop. Please register ASAP.
Weekly classes are well on the way. All lacemakers are doing great, learning many kinds of lace – Idrija tape lace and torchon lace in fibre, point ground lace in fibre and wire, free form wire lace, and lace design in fibre and wire. Monday classes are all full, but there is always possibility to open additional classes on other days, as long as three students agree on the same day and time.
Contact me by phone or email, or visit Weekly Classes page to find more information.
LACE | HEART | ART
Deadline for the 1st International Challenge and Online Exhibition of Handmade Bobbin Lace in Colour is approaching. Entries are arriving from all over the world and we are looking forward to receiving more lace | heart | art by Wednesday, February 14th. Do not wait and send your entry now!
For more information, visit lace | heart | art page.
TALKS, DISPLAYS, DEMOS and OTHER EVENTS
Lace by Lenka the Semiahmoo Library, in South Surrey, BC
Display featuring the New School of Lace will be in the library from February 3rd to March 15th.
Lacemaking demonstration is scheduled for Thursday, January 22nd, from 2 to 5 pm.
Library visitors will get a chance not only to learn about fine craft of lace, and see lacemaking demonstration, but also to win one of the original wire lace Bookworm Bookmarks in a contest!
If you are nearby, please drop in to see the lace display by the entrance door. For those of you who have never been to this library branch, here is a photo I took of the outside wall – it’s alive! And quite beautiful as it changes throughout the year.
Find more information on Surrey Libraries page.
I am happy to share the news that FibresWest 2018 accepted our proposal for a lecture titled
“Lace | Heart | Art : Barb’s Heart that inspired an International Lace Challenge”
A slide show presentation and talk will focus on place of traditional crafts in today’s society, and their capability to facilitate connecting, sharing and healing in families and communities. Our message, perhaps needed now more than ever, contributes to an important discussion about value of handwork and crafts for overall wellbeing and quality of life.
Saturday, March 24th, time to be confirmed.
Visit FibresWest website for more information.
WIRE LACE PATTERNS & SUPPLIES
New patterns are coming slowly, but surely. Stay tuned!
They will be soon added to my Wire Lace Supplies Etsy shop. To receive a notice about new listings, and occasional sales, subscribe to the Lenka’s Way of Lace News and select Interest: Wire Lace Supplies.