Language Lace: thinking and speaking through material making

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Conference Proceedings 2017, 2017, pp. 114 - 126
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Over the last decade interdisciplinary engagement with lace has opened up an emerging space for designers to explore new materials and technologies that question conventional forms of textile making and meaning. The focus of this article is to present contemporary approaches to lacemaking as a creative exploratory response to a local environment. The article will present a textile installation created for the Museum Central de Textile in Lódź, Poland in 2013. Here historical embroidered laces known as punto en aire (translation: ‘stitches in the air’) will be re- imagined as a modern-day place marker. Philosophies of striated and smooth space (Deleuze & Guattari 1988) will explore metaphor through the relationship between language and material structures as a means to move beyond the surface reading of a textile. This article seeks to find original research methodologies for place making in textiles and in doing so present an expanded view of the field.
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