Live blogging The Young Lace Makers Symposium- Doily Free Zone

I have proposed to Lorelei that those of us who are attending the 1st International Symposium of Young Lace Makers in Pavia Live Blog the event. I don't know if anyone has ever Live Blogged a lace event before, or even if it is a good idea, but in the spirit of innovation, I thought we could give it a try. I encourage anyone who is attending to share their thoughts, observations, pictures and Youtubes as responses to this entry.


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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 6, 2013 at 5:54pm

More of Devon's photos and comments from April 6.

Sensory Approach to Macrame

The three dimensional "hat" I made. Each workshop is only 4 hours long, so the experience is more impressive than the finished product. Meanwhile, the slides shown of the artists' work are very impressive. Would you rather see the work from the workshops or the display items and slides that the artists brought?

The sample of Kenmare Lace that I made under the supervision of Emer Finnegan. I cheated and exchanged a blunt needle for the sharp one in my kit. We old ladies have a few tricks up our sleeves...Not my first rodeo.

Guillermo Roig's girl friend helps to cover him in macrame in the workshop Macrame Worked Directly on the Body. 

The catalogue. I've got mine!

Steffi Mittmann of Germany stands in front of her work. She was interested to see what would happen if she treated dance movements as a two dimensional surface. She had dancers from three different traditions, flamenco, ballet and contemporary dance, dance over paper with paint covered feet (Steffi - correct me if I am wrong) making a pattern with different densities of paint. Then she reproduced this in bobbin lace using half stitch for lighter areas and linen stitch for darker or more heavily trampled areas. One of the painted papers is behind her, while the lace is on the right of the photo.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 6, 2013 at 5:38pm

Personally I would like to see examples of the modern work done by the various presenters.  To see how another mind imagines using old lace techniques to make some new and modern.

Comment by Devon Thein on April 6, 2013 at 4:36pm
The workshops are only four hours long so it is more about the experience than the production of a nice piece of finished work. However the work presented by the artists in the exhibit is much more impressive, as is the work in the slides they show. Are you more interested in the workshop work or the work of the artists? Anyone can answer this and I will try to tailor the blog to the desires of those following it. Some of the work in their slides is very interesting, but I have been limiting these images because I think a photo of someone, usually darkened, commenting on a slide is not an exciting visual. But the slides they show are great. The work in the exhibit is also great, but the light conditions are a little challenging for photography. I could try harder on that, if you like. Incidentally, there is a catalogue, Raising the Profile of Lace, that has been produced of the exhibit. Angharad is selling it for 12 Euros a piece. I am not sure what plans she has for selling it internationally. If anyone in the US wants a copy you might want to strike a deal with someone who can bring it back in a suitcase.
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 6, 2013 at 3:22pm


Can you show us more photos of the actual work these people are making?

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 6, 2013 at 3:15pm

Devon's photos and comments from the Young Lace Makers Symposium Saturday April 6:

Italian Baroque Metal lace class- Wow

Clones Irish crochet class with Orla Breslin. Orla explained that Clones lace features a distinctive three dimensional rose, shamrocks and leaves, all easily observable in Ireland, rather than the grapes and figs that are often found in Italian versions of Irish crochet. Orla likes to take advantage of the potential for three dimensional work in the technique in order to give her work a sculptural quality.

Saturday morning. Alicia Jane Boswell speaks about her art. She uses precious metal to make art and jewelry. Alicia has been exploring lace in metal while following an academic career of teaching and artist's residencies. She also sells her work at craft shows.

Costumer and lacemaker Allesandra Francesco Capurso in red, looks on while her students cover each other in macrame.

Milliner and lace maker, Daniel Iglesias Prieto adjusts Olivia Valentine's creation. Daniel led us through a workshop about making three dimensional lace hat trimmings from flat, two dimensional shapes. Due to time constraints we used paper shapes with the understanding that we would make the shapes in lace when we got home.

You know lace is becoming important when men do it! Premysl Knap of Czech Repubic and Spaniards Daniel Iglesias Prieto and Guillermo Roig stand their ground.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 5, 2013 at 6:06pm

Devon's photos and comments, afternoon workshops April 5.

Emer Finnegan, Kenmare lace teacher and daughter of a Kenmare lace legend checking Fulbright grant recipient Olivia Valentine's work during the afternoon workshop.

Premysl Knap sharing his passion for Traditional Czech Vlacka bobbin lace.

Angharad Rixon demonstrates Northern Italian Baroque Metal lace techniques to a class including lace artist Leslie Sercombe, lace jewelry artists Lauran Sundin and Alicia Jane Boswell, and goldsmiths Cheri Dunnigan and Hanne Behrens. The excitement builds for the day trip to the Basilica in Gandino to see the very old metallic laces. Why is lace in precious metals such an old idea but such a contemporary concept?

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 5, 2013 at 1:17pm

I love that pink and green piece.  Perfect color for my living room.  I want one!

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 5, 2013 at 1:15pm

Here are Devon's photo and words about day 1 of the symposium

Tradition was the theme of the first full day of the symposium. The morning consisted of short slide talks. Here Orla Breslin discusses her modern interpretations of traditional Clones lace which is a form of Irish crochet. Orla briefly described some incidents of yarn bombing that she has been involved in. Follow up questions mostly from the gray haired participants included practical questions about how one attached the yarn bombing to an abandoned building and how to avoid arrest. (Orla seems to yarn bomb largely as part of a village beautification initiative, so arrest has not been a problem.)

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 4, 2013 at 3:16pm

These are Devon's photos and comments on the symposium today:

I don't think it was emphasized enough that the Symposium, exhibit and opening cocktail party take place in a XII century landmark, the Palazzo del Broletto in Piazza Della Vittoria the historic center of this historical university town where Leonardo Di Vinci lived and worked. If anybody thinks that I would not fly over the ocean solely to attend a cocktail party in a building where Leonardo Di Vinci had to have his driver's license renewed, figuratively speaking, they are very much mistaken.

Group photo of the young presenters. Symposium organizer Angharad Rixon is second from the left in back, face not visible. Sorry I didn't get a good photo on your big day!

Contemporary lace artist, author and teacher, Jane Atkinson admiring a piece of modern tatting. 

New York area lace teacher, Ellyane Hutchinson admires the lace based enamel jewelry modeled by Alicia Jane Boswell. Alicia Jane Boswell is an artist who explores the intersection of lace and jewelry. She will be presenting a workshop on the metal hardening techniques she uses in her work.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 3, 2013 at 3:38pm

Devon has posted these photos, so I am adding them to her blog for her.  All the words and photos are hers.

This imposing black structure houses the excellent lace collection of the Poldi Pezzoli museum in Milan. I am blogging this because I feel certain that attendees at future Pavia based Young Lace Makers Symposiums will want to stop here to see the lace of the old before traveling to nearby Pavia to see the lace of the young. The cabinet of pull out frames and drawers is located on the way to the public lockers, but it is best to ask the guard to show you where.
The first time I saw the collection, I never made it to the rest of the museum. This time, however, my enjoyment of pulling out the drawers and admiring the lace may have suggested to other visitors that there were treasures to be seen within this unmarked case and they began to enjoy the lace as well. So, my husband suggested that I see the rest of the museum until the others left. The museum is really stunning, so it was in a state of sensory overload that I returned to the now abandoned case to take this photo for the reference of future lace oriented visitors to Milan.

The gold blob adjacent to the figure riding a quadruped is my husband's wedding ring which he is helpfully holding to provide a sense of the scale of this needle lace in the Poldi Pezzoli. We brought two cameras but found that it was the iPhone that triumphed in the low light of the lace area.
Tomorrow Pavia!  

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