Contemporary Lace


October 9, 2018
Tasmania, Australia

This lecture discusses how contemporary lace makers base their work on traditional patterns and stitches. Lauran points out the how the vision of contemporary lace makers is achieved through experimentation with new grounds, investigating the potential of large scale works and examining the possibilities of a multitude of filaments in their creations. Breaking the rules while maintaining a reverence to past lace making traditions is important to contemporary lace makers. She will consider the impact of contemporary lace on the fiber arts community.


The Art of Lace: Historic and Contemporary Materials, Techniques and Display

Symposium at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Saturday 13th September 2014


As part of our contemporary programme, lace-makers and selected artists have been invited to respond to the collection at Waddesdon. While lace and accessories acquired by members of the Rothschild family dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries are displayed, the new works in Imagine…Lace at Waddesdon are inspired by aspects as diverse as architecture, automata, porcelain and panelling. They are shown in the historic interiors, challenging the traditional concept of lace.

To complement the exhibition, a symposium The Art of Lace: Historic and Contemporary Materials, Techniques and Display will take place on Saturday 13th September 2014. Speakers Philippa Lawrence (Contemporary Artist), Annabel Talbot (The Bowes Museum), Lauran Sundin (Contemporary Artist) and Gail Baxter and Carol Quarini (Directors, Lace Research Network, UCA Farnham) will explore the challenge of displaying historic lace in museums and historic houses, the inspiration it provides to contemporary artists and makers, and the many ways lace techniques are interpreted in the 21st century.

The Art of Lace will include an opportunity to view Imagine…Lace at Waddesdon which has been organised by Waddesdon Manor and Lace 21, comprising members from the Lace Guild, the Lace Society and the Ring of Tatters.

For more information on Imagine…Lace at Waddesdon see www.waddesdon.org.uk/collection/exhibitions/imagine…lace-at-waddesdon

Tickets for The Art of Lace can be booked via the Waddesdon booking line 01296 653226.  The booking line is open Monday-Friday 10.00-4.00.  The ticket price is £25.00 which includes coffee and biscuits and tea and cake, but not lunch.  Please note, this event is not being advertised in the Waddesdon diary of exhibitions and events or on the website, to give lace-makers priority when booking.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ratti Center for Textiles, NY, NY

It was a great honor to be invited to exhibit my work, teach a workshop and lecture at the Ratti Textile center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, last November.


LOVE LACE, Sydney Australia. Design Sydney Exhibition

Love Lace, an exhibition of contemporary lace was presented by the Powerhouse Museum, in Sydney, Australia. The exhibition will continue through June 2013. Speaking at the Symposium, with Rosemary Shephard and teaching a class at the museum in addition to my participation, in the exhibition was a wonderful experience.