Louise West

Venue: 02. Kittys Cottage, 40 Belper Lane, Belper DE56 2UQ

I started Louise West Lace Design while studying an MA at University of Derby, with the focus on the heritage craft of handmade bobbin lace. I now design, make and teach this craft throughout the UK and Europe. I have worked on several commissions, including lace for the Danish Royal family and for a restoration at Kedleston Hall.
My work uses traditional techniques in new contemporary designs, and is regularly published in specialist magazines and last year I published my first book ‘Bedfordshire Lace Designs’.
The basic techniques of bobbin lace are straight forward and yet the combinations continue to develop complex work in both traditional and contemporary pieces. The contemporary 3D pieces are much more challenging, often growing and changing throughout, reacting to research in ways that traditional lace does not. Contemporary work has more of a story to tell than historical pieces and the aim is more often to convey a message. The pieces are often viewed by the audience not as lace initially until they look closer and then question how they are created.
My work is echoed in the methodology of lace, many strands, twisting together to form an ethos of tradition interwoven with the contemporary for the future, encouraging engagement and development to make history relevant and interesting for future generations.
I will be demonstrating lace and encouraging visitors to have a go, to show how easy the basics actually are.

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