I’m bringing you some Irish lace this month, courtesy of Irish artist Fiona Harrington. Harrington’s award winning lace is born out of her talent as a fine artist and her desire to preserve the heritage and history of lacemaking in Ireland. Her lace pieces are adorable!
Harrington originally studied Fine Art, however, as we learn in her biography, traditional textile making…was in her blood. Her mother was a lace-maker who had come from a long line of hand-weavers so when the opportunity to train at the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre presented itself, she accepted it with open arms. Here she learned traditional Irish lace techniques including Carrickmacross and Kenmare Needlepoint. She completed a degree in Textile Design at the National College of Art in Dublin and from here she went on to develop an individual style of contemporary Irish Lace.
Harrington is passionate about Irish lace and it’s own unique styles and stitches. You can also see that Harrington is passionate about her home, the Irish landscape. She captures little pieces of Irish life and nature.
Fiona’s work is inspired by her surroundings, the everyday scenes of the Irish countryside which are so commonplace, they are often overlooked. She sees an almost reverent beauty in trees, flowers, animals, hedgerows and believes that through the meditative process of lacemaking she can connect with that beauty on a deeper level.
I love how, from a distance, Harrington’s work is quite visually simple or minimalist and it is not until you get much closer that the intricate detail of her lacework is revealed. Her pieces are woven of the finest thread and can take 50 – 60 hours to complete.
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.