This is the time of the year when I usually reflect on my bobbin lace bucket list. There has only ever been six things on this list, but as life gets in the way, I usually have to carry them over to the next year. But this year I can tick off one of the items on my bucket list with a huge sense of achievement – a four day wire bobbin lace workshop with Lauran Sundin.
Lauran Sundin is a renowned artisan who makes woven and bobbin lace jewellery. While she and her husband divide their time between their two boats – a converted tug in Maine and a canal boat in England – she also travels the world to share her knowledge with lacemakers.
The first time I saw Lauran’s work, was at the Love Lace Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. I was mesmerised by her innovative and contemporary take on traditional bobbin lacemaking techniques. It is fresh and exciting, and has garnered awards and exhibitions world-wide.
A weaving and bobbin lace background has made Lauran’s approach to jewellery design very different from that of most jewellers. Her quest for understanding the naturalistic patterns of weaving took her around the world: to Guatemala, where she studied three dimensional overshot back strap weaving; to Japan to study Kumihumo braiding techniques; and to the University of Hawaii where she studied the intricacies of Asian textiles.