Lace edited by Cecilia Heffer, Textiles co-ordinator, Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles
First published: 2007
Price: $30 (plus $2.00 postage and handling within Australia, $4.00 international)
Print run: 500
Size: 210 x 202 mm, 46pp
Today lace can be interpreted in varied and intriguing ways. The lace works featured in this catalogue explore the integration of current technologies with existing traditional craft practice. The pre-occupation behind the textiles is the translation of an historical lace artefact into contemporary textile works. The resulting lace pieces are intended to evoke memory through the physicality of new materials and traditional techniques. The work explores the notion of linking people to historic ties through the integration of memory, pattern and technology. Encoded in the process is the tradition of a textile history that is continually responding to creative technologies evolving within each age.
Lace initiates an exchange of ideas from a number of different design disciplines: Professor Kees Dorst opens the discussion with his essay "Lace speaks to us again"; historian Rosemary Shepherd offers an historical background to lace making; academic and weaver Liz Williamson opens up contextual design possibilities by providing interesting examples of designers who reference lace in their work; academic, researcher and designer Bruce Wood Carnie focuses on technology and analyses the process of translating lace into the digital realm; and academic and practitioner Lycia Trouton discusses the nature of textiles as installations and responds to the process and cultural meaning embedded in the Lace works.
Work featured also includes a recent commission of contemporary lace curtain for the State Rooms at Government House, Sydney and research outcomes from the lab reSkin, The Future of Wearable Technology. ReSkin was an initiative of the Australian Network for Art and Technology in partnership with Craft Australia and the Australian National University School of Art and Design.
Cecilia Heffer is a lecturer and the Co-ordinator for Textiles within the Fashion and Textiles program at the University of Technology, Sydney where she combines her teaching with research development and design practice. Cecilia gained her Masters in Textiles at London’s Central Saint Martins and has spent a number of years working in leading textile studios both in London and New York. She has received a number of awards including research grants for the development of her work from the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council of the Arts.
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