Lace Old and New

Date: Sunday, 23 July 2017
Time: 10.00am
Venue: Uralla Community Centre, 9 Hill Street, Uralla
Entry: Gold coin donation, NELG members - free. Morning tea provided BYO lunch

All are welcome, for either or both sessions. The morning session will be of special interest to lace and other textile makers, particularly weavers and embroiderers. After morning tea there will be two illustrated talks.

1. Rosemary Shepherd
Although very decorative lace has never been the slightest bit useful, but almost without exception all the techniques lacemakers use originally had a practical purpose, hundreds and sometimes thousands of years ago. Rosemary will show how the early skills evolved to produce some of the most breathtaking textiles in history.

2. Vicki Taylor, will show some of her stunning images of modern lace creations from around the world, proving that today’s hand-made lace is a vibrant textile art form which has moved way beyond doyleys to include exotic fashion items as well as wall decorations and sculptural forms.

Rosemary Shepherd is a lacemaker and lace historian who is well known in the lace world for her teaching and her books, and for her work as Lace Curator at the Powerhouse Museum. She moved to Uralla two years ago to enjoy the company and inspiration of the local artistic community.

Vicky Taylor is a well-known creative lacemaker and teacher who has lived in this region all her life. For the last 15 years she has hosted the New England lace group’s weekly sessions which now take place in the Go Create Studio on the Taylor property at Kentucky. Vicki has a passion for teaching the modern application of traditional bobbin lace techniques, and is especially interested in sharing her skills with young people.

Lunch 12-1.30 pm, including a short meeting for members

The afternoon program will be a “show and tell” session led by Rosemary Shepherd. This will be an opportunity for those who have lace collections, or old lace-trimmed items from their families, to bring along pieces they would like to learn more about. Rosemary will explain what techniques were used, and how to tell machine-made lace from hand-made. She will also be able to date your treasures and advise on their care and storage.
Some special pieces may be suitable for inclusion in the planned National Lace Register.

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