Lace Narratives

UTS ePress
2015, pp. 1 - 84
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OVER THE LAST DECADE the perception of lace as a decorative accoutrement has changed. Designers from across disciplines are now exploring lace structures and applying unconventional materials and approaches to traditional lace-making. This is evidenced by international lace exhibitions such as: Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2007); Lost in Lace, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, UK (2011-12); Love Lace, Powerhouse Museum Sydney (2011). These exhibitions bring together lacework by practitioners from diverse disciplines such as textiles, interaction design and architecture. Lace Narratives is an artist monograph that covers a ten-year contemporary lace-making practice. Projects presented include solo exhibitions, research grants and the To Furnish a Future commission to design the lace curtains for the State Rooms of Government House, Sydney. The aim of this publication is to open a dialogue around alternative ways in which we can present and disseminate practice-led research. To understand practice as research, it is important to first gain an understanding of the practitioner: the person and their process (Gray 2004). Throughout the writing I use personal reflections and auto ethnography to provide an insight into my experiences as a designer and to discover what can be revealed through studio process. It is written in the spirit of an open studio and responds to the question posed by Barrett and Bolt (2007):
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