This exhibition at West Ox Arts, Bampton, includes the work of four lacemakers: me, Gail Baxter, Sue McLaggan and Beth Walsh. It opened last Saturday and runs until 24 July 2016. I’m showing three of my curtains from the Whispering series and three collaged panels of lace and printed papers based on a theme of tracks, maps and paths. All three tracks panels were sold at the private view to an American visitor. Gail’s black lace rolls were beautifully displayed along two walls emphasising their sculptural quality. They were inspired by research into machine lace designers and the draftsmen who interpret their drawings and reveal some of the hidden codes and processes used in historic machine-made laces. Sue’s work is also sculptural and was cleverly hung to display interesting shadows behind the work. Her inspiration came from a study of ancient Greek winds myths. Beth’s work combines personal visual memories of time and place with pieces reflecting her interest in the sensual experiences of times past. So although we are all lacemakers the exhibition contains an interesting mix of work. If you’re thinking of visiting it’s easy to park outside the gallery, the church is worth a visit and much of the Downton Abbey series was filmed in the area - so make a day of it.
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