Reticella Series, Digital Lace series

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The analysis of lace as an historical artefact was based on the Lace collection at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, with a mentorship with lace historian, Rosemary Shepherd. The intention was to translate lace in a contemporary way, merging traditional practice with emerging new technologies. The project was funded by the Australian Visual Arts/Craft Board, under an Emerging Works Grant. Research outcomes were exhibited as a solo exhibition entitled LACED, shown at the Sheffer Gallery, Sydney 2006, and receiving significant reviews. LACED was presented at the Inform Symposium, Powerhouse Museum, 2006 and was part of various discussions surrounding issues of practice-based research. This exhibition is part of a series of ongoing research-by-design investigations into the possibilities of contemporary lace. New production techniques, the possibilities of digital imaging and non-traditional imagery are explored in the context of the unique open-work structure of lace. The motivation behind these projects is to bring the qualities of lace into the world of modern textiles, fashion, interior design and architecture. These investigations combine technical and aesthetic innovation. The significance of this research is that it redefines the complexity of traditional lace structures and looks at alternatives for future lace as an openwork surface. Through deconstructing the original meaning of lace, new lace structures have been explored that are outside the original lace constructions of weave, knit, and embroidery. Alternative processes of machine stitching onto a soluble base with laser cut silk fabric motifs were created. The work is unique: rather than replicating the lace, it arrives at a new creation of lace. It is significant in that it stands alone in its field and has more relevance to our age of production and technology.
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