Frankly, The Folksy Magazine

Lost in Lace

by Emily. Average Reading Time: almost 2 minutes.

Annie Bascoul

Wherever you are in the UK, this exhibition looks to be a MUST for your winter diary. Curated by Lesley Miller MBE, Professor of Textile Culture at University for the Creative Arts, Lost In Lace features 20 UK and International artists, all inspired by the language of lace. Asked to move beyond their normal margins of practice, many of the artists have created large scale installations that look to challenge our perception of textiles and space. I’ll be honest, it’s got me a little bit excited.

As if the press release wasn’t enough, the Crafts Council sent me a sneaky peek of some of the works as they were being installed this week so I’ve selected a few to share with you.

Created by Chiharu Shiota this signature large-scale web of black thread entrapping a series of white dresses is just awe-inspiring.

Michael Brennan Wood explores his anti-militaristic sentiments in his series of red and black roundels, connected in a constellation-like pattern.

This enclosed space created by Tamar Frank contains a grid of phosphorescent threads that create a series of parabolic shapes following regular lighting of the space.

Diana Harrison will present a 6 metre length of cloth with each section burned, printed and stitched to represent a decade in her life.

Liz Nilsson looks are memory traces by casting shadows from one piece of fabric onto another.

Other pieces to look out for are Atelier Manferdini’s inverted crystal cathedral using over a tonne of Swarovski crystals that hangs from ceiling to floor – amazing! Lise Bjørne Linnerts politically motivated Fences, and Kathleen Rogers intricate depictions of thread structures.

This joint exhibition between the UK Crafts Council and Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery is the first from the Fifty:Fifty Programme opens in the beautiful Victorian Gas Hall in Birmingham this Saturday 29th Oct and runs until 19th Feb 2012 – so that’s plenty of time to book yourself a little day trip!

Exhibition Details

29th October 2011 – 19th February 2012
Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
B3 3DH
Tel:+44 (0)121 303 1966


Opening Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 10am – 5pm
Fri: 10.30am – 5pm
Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun: 12.30pm – 5pm

All images courtesy of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery