tear away

Artist statement

From royal garments to grandma’s doilies to couture finery, lace has a long and complicated history. Lace evokes femininity, delicacy, light, air, and fragility. In it’s early history lace was so highly revered that only royals and nobles were permitted to display it. Never since has a textile technique embodied such economic value and status. Lace’s history parallels human history; the role of lace has changed over the centuries but it’s allure has endured.  This series takes two bookends of lace’s history, it’s birth at the end of the sixteenth century and it’s current use in sculptural fine art today, and combines them to create wearable pieces that embody elements of both time periods. The silhouette of each collar was inspired by a different style of lace collar worn in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Tear Away(white)

Laser cut non-woven fabric, thread, paint

2010

Tear Away(white)

Laser cut non-woven fabric, thread, paint

2010

Tear Away(black)

Laser cut non-woven fabric, thread, mesh, paint

2010

Tear Away(black)

Laser cut non-woven fabric, thread, mesh, paint

2010

Tear Away(grey)

Laser cut non-woven fabric, thread

2010

Tear Away(grey)

Laser cut non-woven fabric, thread

2010