I wish I had thought of the idea of creating lace work with a blowtorch! As you know, I’m a massive fan of lace being created & used in new & surprising ways. Visual artist Cal Lane uses her expert welding skills to burn delicate traditional lace patterns into reclaimed steel objects with a blow torch. I am totally loving the dichotomy Lane creates in her sculpture work. Lane is exploring all sorts of contradictions & contrasts in her work – industrial and domestic; masculine and feminine; strong and delicate; practical and frivolous; ornament and function, the list is endless! I love the way she is challenging stereotypes, expectations & conventions.
In her artist biography we learn that to date, her pieces stand alone in capturing a delicacy and intricacy quite apart from her closest contemporaries. Lane’s tapestries, cut into harsh and often preternaturally large steel and iron structures, are sensual, alluring and deeply effeminate.
Lane says The metaphor of lace further intrigued me by its associations of hiding and exposing at the same time; like a veil to cover, or lingerie to reveal. It also introduces a kind of humor through the form of unexpected relationships. Like a Wrestler in a tutu, the absurdity of having opposing extremist stances is there for reaction and not rational understanding; the rational discussion arises in the search for how one thing defines the other by its proximity.
To explore more of her incredible work visit Lane’s website.
Tracey Wright is an NHS Recovery Worker by day & trying to be creative at all other times! Tracey is a member of the Aragon Lacemakers, who work to keep the making of handmade Bedfordshire lace alive by learning & making lace together. Tracey was taught to make handmade bobbin lace at school as a child & has returned to this craft in the past few years. Tracey is interested not only in learning about the history of lacemaking & its vast range of styles & techniques to contribute to preserving this traditional craft, but also in exploring how lacework is being used in art & craft today in new & exciting ways to show it is still fresh & contemporary.